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If you’re trying to re-create the smell from your tropical vacation, step away from your “Orange Splash” Yankee candle and take a look at your fruit basket. Are there any oranges resting in it? If so, prepare to have your mind blown with this super-quick DIY candle. (We liked this little trick so much, we spent an afternoon crafting a few ourselves.) Plus, once you get the hang of it, you can expand your collection to include other citrus fruits like limes and lemons. Who said you couldn’t have your cake orange and eat smell it too?

Let’s get started:

  1. Start by gathering up the following items: an orange (or a lime, or a lemon), a knife, olive oil and a lighter.
  2. Take your citrus fruit of choice and cut the peel completely around the fruit. Alternatively, you can just cut it half.
  3. Carefully separate the skin from the fruit, making sure the stem stays attached to the peel.
  4. Next, pour some olive oil into your citrus “bowl” and on the stem.
  5. Let your candle sit for 30 minutes and let it soak up a bit of that oily goodness.
  6. Now all you have to do is grab your lighter and set the stem on fire. Note: It might take a while to light up so be patient (we know, we tried).
  7. And there you have it. Your home smells like a tropical forest now. Yuuuummmmmm!

Bonus: Once you’re a citrus candle pro, flex your creative muscle by creating a top for your sweet sweet smelling candle. All you have to do is take the other half of the orange and carve out a large design on it, like our entertainment editor did (below). Just pop the top on the candle and voila! Your globe citrus candle looks beautiful!

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