Three Best Soy Candle Scents to Eliminate Pet Odor

As the proud mother of three cats and one dog, I have to admit that my home often smells like there are, indeed, four animals living it. Lucky for me, as the owner of Milton and Margie's Soy Wax Candles, I make soy candles and burn them nonstop all day every day to help combat my animals' disgustingness.

You could always opt for some Glade Plug-Ins or Febreeze, but I prefer the natural alternative of lighting soy candles to keep my home smelling fresh (of course, for accidents on rugs or furniture, I pull out the Arm and Hammer Pet Stain and Odor Remover). The cheap scents in household sprays give me a headache and make me feel claustrophobic—is that just me? 

So what candle scents are best for eliminating pet odor? Here are a few of my favorites. You can't even tell that one of my cats (it's Cobra) semi-regularly pees on one of my arm chairs!

1. Lemongrass Basil

There's a reason why so many household cleaners smell like lemon: it is one of the best scents for eliminating odors. Lemongrass has the same effect. It instantly freshens the room and neutralizes bad smells. 

2. Market Days

Scents that feature citrus oils are especially great at getting rid of bad smells, and Market Days is a refreshing, citrus combination of blood orange, mango, red currant, and sandalwood, making it a great candidate for squashing pet odor. 

3. Lavender Lemon

Lavender Lemon packs a double punch, as both lemon and lavender are both highly effective in neutralizing odors. I keep a Lavender Lemon candle burning all day on a shelf next to the litter boxes, and it makes me feel so much better about my life. 

Pink Himalayan Salt Scrub DIY

I am obsessed with this pink Himalayan salt scrub. Personal confession alert: My legs tend to be incredibly dry—Chicago winters—and I get a lot of in-grown hairs on the outsides of my upper thighs—probably because my jeans fit like sausage casings—and regular lotion just doesn't do anything for these issues. But ever since I started using this pink Himalayan salt scrub, my legs are smooth, soft, and free of bumps, and, most importantly, they're not itchy due to dry skin. They kind of look like the inhumanly shiny legs of celebrities on late-night talk shows (but, like, fatter—and I'm okay with that). It smells amazing and will leave your skin with a bright, youthful glow.

This DIY salt scrub recipe is super easy, and you just need a few ingredients and about 10 minutes. 

DIY Pink Himalayan Salt Scrub Recipe

Ingredients

Combine the above ingredients in a bowl and simply stir them with a metal spoon, and boom! You have an incredibly hydrating sea salt scrub. I store mine in a mason jar with a metal lid. If you don't use it frequently, store it in the refrigerator to make it last longer. It's gentle enough to use every other shower or so, and I especially like to use it while taking a bath with my DIY lavender and rosemary bath salts and burning a Lavender Lemon soy candle. Enjoy!

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Happy Valentine's Day: Free Shipping on Orders of $50 or More!

To help you celebrate Valentine's Day (or, really, Galentine's Day), we're offering free shipping on orders of $50 or more at Milton and Margie's Soy Wax Candles all throughout February.

Use discount code FREE50.

We have some pretty romantic scents (if we don't say so ourselves) for our soy candles, such as Dusk and Wild Rose, and the fun boozy scent Gin and Tonic that will set the scene for a girls' night in.

Looking for a Valentine's Day gift for a guy? Snag some beard oil and beard wax to help him look sharp for your hot date. 

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Lavender and Rosemary Bath Salts DIY

Those of you who know me well know that I am a filth-person who doesn't bathe regularly. But when I do, I go all out. I get like 12 soy candles going and break out my DIY pink Himalayan sea salt scrubYoung Living bath and shower gel (I add lavender and rosemary oil to it—my personal favorite combo), Young Living Art skincare collection, and my DIY bath salts. Post-bath I slather my entire body with Sweet Simple Living's Pretty Legs cream and recite a prayer to my overlord Young Living (jk ... maybe).

But that's enough of my blathering; let's just get to the DIY bath salts recipe. It makes the room smell like some swanky spa, and because it's made from epsom salts, it soothes sore muscles and tired feet. You can get a bag of epsom salts at Walgreens or Target for around $5. 

DIY BATH SALTS RECIPE

  • 2 cups of epsom salt
  • 4 drops of lavender essential oil
  • 4 drops of rosemary essential oil

Mix them together in a large bowl, and there you have it! Easy. I use the entire 2 cups for one bath. 

To up the relaxation quotient, light up a Lavender Lemon soy candle (or 12). 

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Hot Toddy Recipe with Apple Cider

If you, too, are foolish enough to live in Chicago, you already know what I'm going to say: IT'S SO COLD. PLEASE, SOMEONE, ANYONE, HELP ME! My apartment/studio is a frigid punishment with tile floors that might as well be an ice rink. Does this sound familiar? I guess my point is that the only way to escape is through man's merciful numbing elixir: booze—and more specifically, warm cocktails. 

To loosen winter's grasp, I've worked up a hot toddy recipe, and I've been sharing it at my Dabble Chicago candle-making class Make Soy Candles, Drink Hot Toddys to give folks a little added motivation to leave the house on these cold days. It's not your traditional hot toddy recipe, as I've modified it with apple cider (my students and I have been calling them Moddy Toddys, because that's super cool). The cider makes the drink a bit sweeter and more velvety, and really only monsters don't like hot apple cider. So here's to making winter a little more bearable.

RECIPE

  • 4 oz. whiskey
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 1/4 gallon apple cider
  • 4 tbsp honey
  • 1 lemon
    (This recipe makes about 4 servings.)

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Combine the whiskey, cinnamon sticks, apple cider, and honey in a large pot. 
  • Heat to a low simmer.
  • Remove the pot from the heat and add the juice of half the lemon. 
  • Cut the remaining half of the lemon into wedges to use as a garnish. 
  • Enjoy!

SOY CANDLE PAIRING

To further warm up your space, I recommend pairing this hot toddy recipe with a soy candle. To complement the whiskey-based cocktail's notes of oak, lemon, cinnamon, and honey, I suggest pairing it with a woodsy and sweet soy candle, making Vanilla Tobacco an ideal match. 

 

Last-Minute Christmas Gift: Learn How to Make Soy Candles

Maybe your girl friend is really hard to shop for, or maybe you haven't had time to shop this holiday season because you've just recently escaped the underground laboratory of a mad man who's spent the last seven years treating you as a lab rat in his unthinkable medical experiments. I don't know your life, and I'm certainly not judging you for not having your gifts all purchased and neatly wrapped under the tree.

I'm here to help. Instead of making a last-minute trip to the mall, you can give the gift of knowledge, experience, and booze through my Chicago soy candle making class on Dabble: Make Soy Candles and Drink Hot Toddies

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Throughout the two-hour class at Paperish Mess, I teach folks how to make soy candles from start to finish, and send them home with their very own handmade soy candles in the containers of their choice. To spark on creativity (and further motivate people to leave their homes in January and February—life is hard), I'm serving complimentary hot toddies. 

Here are some students basking in the glory of their candle creations:

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And here's an especially chic lineup of containers. When I saw these, I felt like a proud mother who had only just given birth. 

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Perhaps best of all, if you register for a Dabble class during the 12 Days of Dabble, you'll be entered to win some amazing gifts and experiences. Milton and Margie's Soy Wax Candles is contributing a little something to the contest, so keep an eye out here!

 

Holiday Gift Guide: Handmade in Chicago

Looking for some last-minute holiday gift ideas? Whether you're looking for handmade gifts for men or women, this handmade holiday guide has you covered. And best of all? Each of these goodies is handcrafted in Chicago by some of my favorite local makers. I promise you that any of these gifts will be better received than a gift card to Block Buster. 

Pair Wine with a Candle to Be the Ultimate Host

Typically, foodies and wine connoisseurs suggest that you burn only unscented candles when you're hosting a dinner party so that the fragrance doesn't overpower the smells and flavors of the foods and drinks you're serving. But with the right pairings, you can actually light up a soy candle to work with those smells and flavors. This was very good news to me, because I have three cats and a dog and, therefore, I would never invite anyone to my apartment without burning at least 10 soy candles (for real). So which candles smell best with wine?  

To find out, I traveled to Dallas for an event by Wines of Chile to lead a candle-making and wine-pairing DIY. I taught some bad-ass food and wine bloggers, including the immensely talented Brittany Wright from Wright Kitchen, how to make candles in cut wine bottles. And, of course, we sipped and learned about loads of delicious Chilean wines. (See a roundup of the event).

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Because I knew absolutely nothing about wine before attending this event—other than the fact that I think it tastes good and it can get me drunk—I teamed up with Master Sommelier Fred Dexheimer to devise some dreamy candle and wine pairings. Here's what we came up with:

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1. Vanilla Tobacco Candle and Chardonnay

Milton and Margie's Vanilla Tobacco scent is a rich blend of vanilla, tobacco, cedar, and sandalwood, which complements the smoothness and buttery flavor of chardonnay. Together, they make for a sensual duo that would be ideal for a date night. Fred hashtagged this pairing #smellthesexy, which is both uncomfortable and hilarious.

2. Deck the Halls Candle and Sauvignon Blanc

The Chilean sauvignon blanc we paired with the Deck the Halls features green flavors that almost taste like green peppers. The grassy, peppery flavors are balanced out by tropical and citrus fruits, which make it a natural fit for Deck the Halls, a blend of raspberry, grapefruit, lemon, clove, and pine. This citrus notes and pine scent really brought the zesty green pepper flavor to the forefront, which I might have otherwise missed.

3. Citrus Cranberry and Pais

Pais is basically packed with aromas of juicy red fruits, like raspberries, cherries, and other red berries, and a hint of orange peel, making this the obvious choice to pair with Citrus Cranberry, a blend of cranberry, pomegranate, and orange. Fred noted that pais, central to Chile's wine industry, is totally on-trend right now, so pick this pairing if you want to impress your friends with your hipster wine knowledge.

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Pumpkin Spice Essential Oil Diffuser Blend

As I said earlier this week, I will never tire of pumpkin spice. It's the quintessential fall scent created from the tears of joy of pumpkins. Sadly I can not burn one of Milton and Margie's pumpkin spice soy candles while I'm sleeping, so I created an essential oil blend to diffuse on those crisp fall nights. 

THE RECIPE

  • 3 drops cardamom
  • 3 drops clove
  • 3 drops nutmeg
  • 2 drops tangerine

Enjoy!

Note: I am a Young Living essential oils diehard, but if your friend gives you a bottle of Now clove essential oil (she realized she hates clove!), you don't look a gift horse in the mouth.

The Classics Never Go Out of Style: Pumpkin Spice Soy Candles

Hang onto your hats, folks, it's pumpkin spice season—that cinnamony time when lattes, donuts, and even hair-dos turn orange (re: #pumpkinspicehair, for real). And you might have guessed it: Milton and Margie's Soy Wax Candles isn't even a little bit tired of the pumpkin spice craze. I'm over here sipping pumpkin spice ale while wearing pumpkin pie lip gloss as I make batches of pumpkin spice soy candles in sweet vintage mugs. And all the action is fueled by eating bowls of Pumpkin Spice Cheerio's. If only there were a pumpkin spice La Croix flavor.

Pumpkin Spice Soy Candle

The rich, cinnamon-infused scent just smells like home to me, and I didn't even grow up in a home where anyone made pumpkin pies. Milton and Margie's Pumpkin Spice scent is a rich blend of pumpkin and cinnamon with top notes of ginger and orange, balanced by the sweet aromas of brown sugar and vanilla.