This post will show you how to make beeswax candles. Did you guys know that beeswax candles can actually help purify the air in your home? I feel like I’m on a air- purification roll after the houseplant post! But it’s true. Beeswax candles release negative ions in the air which help remove toxins from the air. These candles are great for people with allergies and they are beautiful too. Their golden color is really pretty and has a rustic quality to it. You can also buy beeswax that is more white in color.
And since candles can be expensive (especially the larger, natural ones) – I definitely wanted to try and diy this.
Guys – making your own beeswax candles couldn’t be any easier! There are a lot of methods out there but I’ll show you the way I made them.
I’m very happy with how they turned out and you get a lot of bang for your buck with this method too.
Let’s get started!
- 1 lb beeswax – this is the brand I used. Love.
- 2 cups of coconut oil
- Essential oils (optional)
- Dowel, clothespin, pencil etc. (something to hold your wick upright and in the center as the wax hardens).
- Cotton wicks – I used this brand.
- Wick stickers or hot glue (optional)
- A pretty jar to hold your candle. I used a large mercury glass jar and cleaned out the previous remnants of candle from the bottom. You can also use a mason jar!
- An old pot or foil pan to melt your candles in. I used a cheapy foil pan from the grocery store so I could just throw it away when finished. Easy cleanup!
Tutorial for How to Make Beeswax Candles
- Set up a double boiler on the stove. This is how I set up my double boiler. I filled a pan with water and brought it to a boil. Then I put my cheap foil pan on top.
- Pour your beeswax pellets and coconut oil in the foil pan and melt it. Stir it around a bit.
- While the wax is melting, I prepared my jars. (Hint : to clean the old stubborn wax out of your jar – use goo gone!!) To prepare the jars, I stuck my cotton wicks in them and wrapped the long wick around a dowel which rested on top. You can use wick stickers or hot glue to help your wick adhere to the center of your jar. I didn’t use anything – I just winged it! Once you pour the wax in, the weight of it helped anchor my wick down and I poked it down with a wooden dowel. I figured I will see what happens once I get to the bottom of the candle!
- After it’s fully melted, you can add in your choice of essential oils.
- Carefully pour the melted wax in your prepared jars.
- Place the wick around a pencil, dowel or through a clothespin to keep it centered.
- Wait for it to harden!
- After it hardens – trim your wick as necessary.
My daughter said this candle smells “so good – like lotion.” Beeswax has a very faint smell of honey on its own. I found it was a clean burn too. No smoke for me!
This recipe made one giant candle for me. I mean it is pretty large. My jar is 5 inches in diameter and 5 inches tall and I filled it just about to the top.
The only issue for me is candle tunneling (my candle is really wide), but I picked up a few tips to help prevent this. (1) Don’t trim your wick too short initially. (2) Burn your candle for a long time the first time so it melts out to the sides of the entire top layer of wax.
I love the candle making process and the fact that these beeswax candles are healthy and all natural. Next time I will add some essential oils and maybe another wick or two (if I’m making the large size again).
These candles would make an awesome gift for someone too!
I hope you guys enjoyed!