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Our Top 10 Host/Hostess Gifts!

Our Top 10 Host/Hostess Gifts!

This holiday season, the easiest and best received host/hostess gifts are ones that do not require work... and what I mean by that is work for your host/hostess!

Stay away from home decor items... Think of gifts that can either be opened at a later time, or can immediately be used. Here are our top 10 gift ideas for your next party!

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all about soy wax

HOW-TO Information SOY

Soy Wax When talking about soy wax candles you'll find that it can come in many forms... for the Baxter Manor brand of candles, we use a 100% soy wax flakes. The reason for this is because it is a clean burning, sustainable, carbon neutral product made in the United States. The soybean is harvested (mainly from Indiana, Illinois and Iowa), cleaned, shelled, and then flattened into flakes.Soy wax flakesMelting the soy waxPouring the hot wax into our containerThe finished product!  

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how-to: make a candle

HOW-TO

A step-by-step look at how you too can make your own candles at home! Making a candle is similar to baking... and we have all had amazing baked goods... and then, well, not so much.  Through trial and error, you too can find the right recipe for your candles... things like your ingredients (paraffin, soy, beeswax, fragrance, essential oils, etc.), melting/pouring temperatures, wick size, and containers... they all need to work seamlessly in order to produce a quality candle. To help you along, we've produced a quick reference guide to making your first candle! This how-to will yield you two...

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favorite candle making books

books

favorite candle making books

If you are looking to start making your own candles, or if you're simply looking for a great gift idea, then these books are worth a look. Candle making can be a lot of fun and the best way to ensure a good result is to do a little prep work to ensure you have the proper ingredients and supplies!  We also have a How-To on our site that will also help as well as break down some of the costs.  Now... go have some fun making candles! Beeswax Alchemy: How to Make Your Own Soap, Candles, Balms, Creams, and...

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