Make Your Own Beeswax Candles
Candles can create so much warmth and comfort in your home. For me - they promote relaxation & help me to wind down at night. Unfortunately, when looking at candles for purchase - most of what you will find is made with paraffin wax & filled with overpowering fragrance! New style candles have ruined it for me!
Paraffin wax, is derived from petroleum, and is a known carcinogen, releasing chemicals like toluene and benzene into the air. In my journey to a more sustainable life, a large part of my focus go towards detoxing my home to ensure my sanctuary is not polluted!
Beeswax candles, on the other hand - are twice as warming, with a natural golden glow - they are long burning and release a faint honey-like scent. They're also really simple + fun to make! A project for your home, but these also make excellent gifts!
Using your own essential oil blends, you can create everything from lavender, vanilla, peppermint or lemongrass - for the holidays you can create festive blends such as gingerbread (cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, vanilla, clove) candy cane (peppermint, vanilla) or a simple pine needle!
While beeswax typically can overpower any added essential oils, the addition of coconut oil in this candle recipe helps to catalyze the scents from your essential oils!
How To Make Beeswax Candles
Makes three 8 ounce candles (250 ml mason jars)
OR six 4 ounce candles (125 ml mason jars).
What you need:
1 pound natural beeswax (pellets or pearls are easiest to work with)
1/2 cup coconut oil
1-2 tablespoons pure essential oil (lavender, pine needle, peppermint, etc.)
Glass mason jars (either in 125 ml size, or 250 ml size)
Medium cotton wicks (with the wick tabs already attached, see here)*
-Since CandleScience pricing can fluctuate with those of us using Amazon.ca, I have found a company based out of Quebec named Coop Coco that provides candle making supplies at a better cost for Canadians!*
If you are in Canada, here is where I recommend you get your wicks/stickers/wick tabs - & unfortunately you will have to attach your wicks to the wick tab, but it isn't much work at all!
For this second option in purchasing supplies, before you continue in your candle making journey. You must attach your wick to your wick holder! To do this:
- Cut enough wicks at your required length (about 1 inch above the top of your mason jar, you can trim again at the end).
- After your wicks are cut, melt a small amount of beeswax in a double boiler. While the wax is melting, line a baking sheet with aluminum foil
- Once your wax has melted, simply dip each wick into the beeswax and lay flat, and as straight as possible on the prepared baking sheet. Really try to have every wick stay straight!
- After the wax solidifies, which is pretty instant. Transfer the baking sheet into your freezer for a few minutes.
- Now that your wicks have solidified and are completely coated in wax, slide each wick into a wick holder and use pliers to gently crimp the metal so that the two are attached!
Now we can begin the candle making fun!
Directions for making beeswax candles
- Arrange your mason jars on a piece of newspaper - on your counter or table. Then, using the candle mold sealant, or your wick stickers - stick each wick (in it's holder), into the centre of each mason jar. Press down on the sticker or sealant to ensure it is sealed (see picture).
- Use a close pin to keep your wick tall and straight (see picture), so that when you pour your wax in, your wick is dead centre and your candle will evenly burn once finished!
- Make a double boiler by filling a pot halfway with water and placing a glass bowl that fits snugly on top. Bring water to a light boil or simmer and add in your 1 lb of beeswax (ensure your bowl is big enough beforehand to hold all the wax + 1/2 cup coconut oil)
- If you're using the beeswax pellets/pearls/beads, they are pretty simple to work with! I normally use a disposable wooden chopstick or popsicle stick to stir the beeswax as it melts, I find this speeds up the process (and gives you something to do while you're waiting.
- Once the beeswax has melted, add in the 1/2 cup of coconut oil, stir until melted and remove the bowl from the heat. At this point you're going to whisk in your 1-2 tablespoons of essential oils and transfer the melted wax mixture to a 2 cup measuring cup with a pouring spout. Work quickly and use a spatula to scrape your bowl clean!
- Now it's time to pour your candles. Be careful of the close pin and slowly fill each mason jar to the first screw thread.
- Allow to cure for two days at room temperature, then trim the wick to about 1/4 inch. If you used the CandleScience wicks, since they are not pre-coated with wax, when lighting for the first time - direct the flame at the base of the wick so that some of wax melts and is drawn up into the wick – this helps it to burn properly.
- Always allow your candles to burn long enough so that the wax melts out to the sides of the jar. This also helps to prevent tunneling. Never leave your candle unattended & enjoy!
Final Candle-making Notes
-Because beeswax candles are slow burning, they require a thicker, sturdier wick than what is used for paraffin candles. Keep in mind that the way a wick burns will vary based on many factors, including the size of the container and how refined the beeswax is. I have been successful many times using the directions above, however if alterations are made - it may take a little experimentation to find the perfect sized wick for your wax/container combo.
-Beeswax is a bugger to remove from the bowl/measuring cup it was melted in. This is one reason why I recommend you have beeswax only equipment, especially if you plan to take part in more DIY recipes with wax (like my Herbal Healing Balm).
-For an easier cleanup, preheat your oven to 200 degrees F, then turn it off and place the bowl/measuring cup inside. Within a few minutes the wax will be completely melted, making it easy to wipe out with paper towels. After that, scrub with soap and water as usual.