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Milton and Margie's Soy Wax Candles is excited to announce we have a new product: Mini Tin Soy Candles! At just $6 a pop, these cuties make the perfect gift and a great way to try out a new scent. 

These handmade soy candles are hand poured into cute, little reused tins, meaning that no materials, energy, or waste goes into producing the container. We gather the cans from our own kitchen; friends, family, and customers; and a generous Chicago recycling center. And, of course, we meticulously clean each one, transforming them from trash into shiny, new candle holders.

We then hand paint the cans in bright colors and finish them off with metallic accents. The clean, simple design complements a variety of home decor styles, and adds a pop of color to mantels, dining room tables, and shelves. 

Because soy wax washes out easily with soap and hot water, you can reuse the stylish mini tin as a planter or catch-all. 

THE DETAILS

Height: 1.5"
Diameter: 2.5"
Weight: 3 oz.
Burn Time: ~30 hours

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Working from home as a solopreneur can get pretty lonely, so I turn to podcasts for friendship while I'm making soy candles. I'm obsessed with true crime, so my podcast playlist basically consists of only murder, with shows including Last Podcast on the Left, True Crime Garage, and Case File, to name a few, but my all-time favorite podcast is My Favorite Murder, hosted by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark. The true-crime enthusiasts—aka Murderinos—tell grisly and heartbreaking stories of murder through the lens of humor and feminism, and I truly can not get enough.

As a lifelong Murderino, it seemed only right to come up with a My Favorite Murder–inspired line of soy candles. The collection features four can soy candles decked with a quirky My Favorite Murder–inspired illustration designed by me. 

THE SCENTS Stay Sexy. Don't Get Murdered

white tea + ginger + amber + bergamot

Murderinos know that it’s not as easy as it sounds—well, we have the sexy part down pat—because you never know when an Ed Kemper or Richard Ramirez is on the loose. 

To ward off some of that anxiety, light this calming candle. Bright top notes of ginger and bergamot add sparkle to the soothing scents of white tea and amber. It’s a relaxing fragrance that creates a resplendent atmosphere for listening to tales of murder.

Elvis, Want a Cookie—NEW SCENT! 

crème brûlée + vanilla

Mrrreeoooow. All Murderinos wait for this moment. At the end of each podcast, Georgia says to her cross-eyed Siamese cat Elvis, “Elvis, want a cookie?” to which he responds with the grumpiest, cutest meow of all time to get his treat. Everyone needs a little treat while fending off murderers and toxic masculinity, so light up this decadently sweet candle, and have your cookie, too.

Stay Out of the Forest

lemongrass + sage + mulberry + orange + cedar campfire

Any Murderino worth her salt knows you should never go into a forest, whether you’re alone or with an entire marching band. To stay sexy and not get murdered, Karen and Georgia recommend that you “Get a job. Buy your own shit. Stay out of the forest.” 

If you feel yourself getting an urge to go camping, light this candle instead. It’s a woodsy combination of cedar campfire, lemongrass, sage, mulberry, and orange. In this full-bodied scent, tangy top notes of orange and mulberry weave through lemongrass and sage, balanced by cedar base notes. Herbal, citrus, and woodsy, this scent embodies the woodlands, sans the dead bodies. So turn on the podcast, light up your candle, and whatever you do, do not go into those woods.

Call Your Dad, You're In a Cult

vanilla + cedar + sandalwood + leather

Murderinos know that finding yourself in the grips of a cult isn’t as far-fetched as the general public seems to think it is. It all starts so innocently. You’ve gone to a meeting for a group of socialists against racism called The People’s Union—sure, the meeting is in an abandoned megachurch, but there are a lot of people involved, so they need a big meeting space. The leader sports an ‘80s mustache and is wearing aviator sunglasses indoors, but he’s just a little eccentric. 

BOOM. Next thing you know, you’re wearing a bonnet and giving birth to his child, humanity’s li’l savior. As Karen and Georgia wisely advise, “Call your Dad, you’re in a cult.” He’ll probably be a little disappointed in you, but he’ll still come pick you up.

As a reminder, light this candle that smells just like your Dad. The rugged yet warm scent is rich and woodsy with a hint of vanilla. 

Are you a Murderino, too? Light up a candle next time you're learning how to stay sexy and not get murdered!

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Get ready for Milton and Margie's weekend sale, Black Friday–Cyber Monday (11/24–11/27)!

We're offering 50% off on select soy candles in vintage glassware and 20% off everything else at http://www.miltonandmargies.com/.

And as always, you get free shipping!

50% Off Select Vintage Soy Candles 20% Off All Soy Candles!
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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. 

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Milton and Margie's Soy Wax Candles is now offering soy candle making kits

The candle kits contain everything you need to learn to make soy candles, including the supplies, instructions, and tips on creating your own signature fragrance. 

The kit comes in a smart little solid pine box, making it an ideal gift for your favorite crafter or DIY enthusiast. 

What are the benefits of soy wax? For starts, it's sustainable and it burns longer and cleaner than traditional paraffin wax candles. 

Photo by Michelle Klosinski. 

THE KIT INCLUDES
  • Instructional booklet
  • 5 lbs. 100% pure soy wax
  • 5 1 oz. bottles of soy-based fragrance oils
    • Green Clover and Aloe oil
    • Lemon oil     
    • French Vanilla oil     
    • Cedarwood oil   
    • Lavender oil   
  • 25 cotton-core wicks
  • 25 wick stickers

You just need to provide your own fun containers. (For reference, this kit contains enough wax to fill 5 standard mason jars or 25 glass votives.) Make a candle in your favorite vintage mug, farmhouse mason jar, or even a tea tin.

One of my favorite parts of running Milton and Margie's is scouring thrift stores in search of the perfect kitschy mug or classic midcentury glass. I'm most excited when I find glass cowboy boot beer mugs—they just make me happy. So get out there and find your glass cowboy boot! 

Photo by Michelle Klosinski

If you'd like to supplement the kit, take a Dabble soy candle making class with me at Paperish Mess or Eye Spy Optical (both in Chicago). You'll learn to make soy candles while sipping cocktails and gabbing with other crafter-types. What else do you need for a good time? 

GET A KIT

 

 

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March 8th is A Day Without a Woman, and Milton and Margie's Soy Wax Candles wants to stand in solidarity with women everywhere by donating 25% of sales to Planned Parenthood

I believe that women's health is at the center of women's rights, and that makes the survival of Planned Parenthood essential. I, like their 2.5 million patients, have gotten health care at Planned Parenthood, and want all women to have access to their services. 

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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 RecipeIngredients

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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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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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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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. 

 

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