How to Make Your Own Beeswax Candles

Conventional candles aren’t healthy. Not even close. These candles are known to pollute indoor air with toxic chemicals, especially in under-ventilated areas. These toxins cause allergy symptoms like itchy eyes and nose, nasal discharge, sneezing, coughing, or, worse, swelling of the airway.

You can either stop burning candles altogether, open a few windows when you burn or burn a safer alternative: beeswax candles.

How to Make Beeswax Candles

makes 3 candles

What You Need

  • 1lb pure filtered beeswax (You can buy these in pellet form for easier melting).
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 3 half-pint canning jars
  • 60 ply braided wick
  • Metal can/pitcher (You need something to melt all the ingredients in that you don’t mind ruining, as beeswax can be hard to remove once solid.)
  • Large pot with water
  • Chopsticks (Or some utensil to stir that you don’t mind ruining.)
  • Essential oil(s) of your choice

1. Sit your can inside your large pot.

You want to fill the pot with water up to the halfway mark on the can. Place the pot of water on the stove over high heat. You want to bring the water to boil. Then lower the heat to about medium so the water is at a gentle rolling boiling.

2. Add the beeswax and coconut oil to the can.

Use your chopstick to stir as it melts. It will take some time for the beeswax to fully melt. After it has fully melted, you’ll remove it from the heat. Allow to cool just slightly. Then add one to two tablespoons total of your choice of essential oils. Stir to mix.

How to Make Beeswax Candles: Pouring the Wax

3. Pour a small amount of liquid into the bottom of each jar.

You’ll place a long piece of the wick into the center of each one and allow to cool for about 10 minutes.  While the wax is cooling, you’ll want to keep the remaining liquid wax in the hot water so it doesn’t harden during this time.

How to Make Beeswax Candles: Adding the Wick

4. Add the wick.

Once the wax at the base of each jar has completely cooled, you’ll wrap the end of each wick around a chopstick and secure with tape. This will help to keep the wick straight and center while you pour in the remaining wax. Hold the chopstick steady as you pour.

5. Let the candles cool.

Once they are cooled and the wick is secure you can cut the wick to about a ½ inch from the wax. Keep a long wick so that the flame is large to burn the candle evenly.

6. Put the lid on the jars.

Feel free to create labels for each candle or leave unlabeled. Up to you!

Conventional candles aren't healthy. So learn how to make your own safer alternative: beeswax candles.

Now Enjoy

Candles set a certain mood, and the flames can be captivating. These beauties are hard to let go, and safer alternatives, like these homemade beeswax candles, are a great option instead.

Now that you have your safe, handcrafted beeswax candles, you can enjoy them or gift them to friends and family.

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