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Anne Marie Helmenstine, Ph.D.

Make a Clementine Candle - Easy Fire Project

By February 23, 2014

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Make a candle using a clementine and olive oil. (Anne Helmestine)Did you know you can make a candle using a citrus fruit and olive oil, no wax or wick required? If you think about how a candle works, the wick supplies fuel to the flame, which undergoes combustion to become water and carbon dioxide. The white part of a citrus fruit, the pericarp, supplies oil the same way. This project uses a clementine, which is similar to an orange, but has a very thin skin and is easy to peel. You could substitute another citrus if you can't find this particular one. The resulting candle is all-natural and burns cleanly, plus it's pretty and smells nice!... Try it

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