This Easy Beeswax Candles guide and recipe will show you a simple way to make Beeswax Candles right at home.
Beeswax candles are so lovely and give off the warmest light. They are top-of-the-line when it comes to candles in my book as they clean the air when burning as opposed to letting off toxins into the air like most traditional candles. I love to have them burning throughout the fall and winter months as it just creates a beautiful cozy glow. However, they can be a bit pricey, so I sometimes find myself using them sparingly throughout the day when opting to buy them.
Thankfully, they are pretty simple to make, and not only does this cut the cost down a bit, but it’s also a fun little project that you can get creative with. I like to use mason jars but also using pretty containers you find at the thrift stores would be a fun thing to use as well. They make great gifts too so keep that in mind when the holidays come around or when that teacher needs a gift. Nothing is cuter or more thoughtful than handing over a homemade beeswax candle for someone else to enjoy.
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What You Will Need To Make Them
Using a glue gun place a bit of glue on the bottom of the wick under the silver piece.
Center the wick and stick it to the bottom. Use the pencil to help center it if needed.
Next, roll the pencil around the top portion of the wick and lay it across the top of the mason jar (pictured).
Using a double boiler or a saucepan with a glass bowl. Pour the beeswax into the bowl or double boiler and begin to melt it over medium heat. I like to cover mine with a piece of foil to make the process go quicker.
When the beeswax is just about melted, pour in the coconut oil. Stir until its incorperated.
When melted, take a towel or a pot holder, pick up the bowl, and pour the mixture into the awaiting mason jars. Fill them to about 3/4 of the way up.
Use the pencil to recenter the wick if needed.
Allow them to set, usually 1 hour or more to fully have them set.
The candle will be completely a creamy yellow when done.
Use a sharp pair of scissors to cut the wick down to about a half inch.
Candles are ready to burn.
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Why use beeswax over soy or other candle making mixes?
Beeswax is the healthiest choice in candle making. It also has the highest melting point of any wax out there so it will burn longer. However, the use of beeswax in our home is primarily due to the benefits that only beeswax can provide. Beeswax acts as a natural air purifier since when you light a beeswax candle over soy or another type of candle, the negative ions naturally present in beeswax will attach themselves to dirt, mold, or other air pollutants which then helps clean the air.
What is the purpose of the use of coconut oil in this recipe?
Coconut oil is added to help slow down the burning time of the candle so that they last longer.
What other types containers can I use for this recipe?
You can use any sort of glass container that is clean and free from cracks or contaminants. One fun thing I have done is use pretty glass containers from a second-hand store like old mugs, vintage small vases, or other lovely glass containers that are a good size for a candle. You can even reuse old candle containers you might have by simply scraping out the old wax and removing the used wick. Then replaced with a new wick.
Beeswax Vs. Store Bought
Many people would be surprised to know that most store-bought candles unfortunately are often made with toxic ingredients. When burned they quickly fill the air with toxic particles that we breathe in without us even knowing. It is important to read labels and be aware of what is out there so that we can make healthier choices when purchasing.
Pure beeswax candles are a natural and great alternative to these store-bought candles. They clean the air by way of negative ions that attach themselves to dirt, mold, and other air pollutants in the air. When this happens those particles drop from the air thus creating healthier air in the area where the candles are burned.
Adding Scent to a Beeswax Candle
Many people ask me about scenting these candles. To be transparent, that is not something I waste my essential oils on. But it does not mean that they can’t be scented. It is just that it takes quite a bit of essential oil for it to have that smell when burned. I don’t find it worth it myself. If you are wanting to scent these candles, see below.
To Scent: I would suggest adding about 30-40 drops of essential oil per candle. And yes, you read that right. It will take about this much essential oil per candle to provide a scent. I recommend using essential oils that have a stronger scent for example pine, lavender, rosemary with lemon, and lemongrass.
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- 1 lb Beeswax
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 6 Inch wicks
- mason jars
- Glue Gun
- Glue Sticks
- 4 Pencils
- Double Boiler or Glass Bowl with Sauce Pan (see note)
- Using a glue gun place a bit of glue on the bottom of the wick under the silver piece.
- Center the wick and stick it to the bottom. Use the pencil to help center it if needed.
- Next, roll the pencil around the top portion of the wick and lay it across the top of the mason jar (pictured).
- Using a double boiler or a saucepan with a glass bowl. Pour the beeswax into the bowl or double boiler and begin to melt it over medium heat.
- When the beeswax is just about melted, pour in the coconut oil. Stir until it's incorporated.
- When melted, take a towel or a pot holder and pick up the bowl and pour the mixture into the awaiting mason jars.
- Fill them to about 3/4 of the way up.
- Use the pencil to recenter the wick if needed.
- Allow them to set, usually 1 hour or more to fully have them set.
- The candle will be completely creamy yellow when done.
- Use a sharp pair of scissors to cut the wick down to about a half inch.
- Candle is ready to burn.
*To make your own double boiler, use a sauce pan and glass bowl. Fill the sauce pot about 3 inches or about 1/3 full of water and place the glass bowl on top.
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