Here’s your ultimate guide to beeswax candlemaking! Get all the tips and tricks for making your own beeswax candles.
Did you guys know that beeswax candles can actually help purify the air in your home?
I feel like I’m on an 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. And just so you know, you can also buy beeswax that is more white in color.
By the way – check out my DIY Soy Candles and Video!
Since candles can be expensive (especially the larger, natural ones) – I definitely wanted to try and DIY beeswax candlemaking for myself.
Good thing this couldn’t be any easier!
My method is simple and straightforward and all materials can be purchased online at Amazon.
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 a great brand of beeswax if you need a second recommendation.
- 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).
- 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 a 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!
Beeswax Candlemaking Guide
Follow these steps to make your own beeswax candles!
Step 1: Set up Double Boiler
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.
Step 2: Make Beeswax Mixture
Pour your beeswax pellets and coconut oil in the foil pan and melt it. Stir it around a bit.
Step 3: Prepare your Candle Jars and Wicks
While the wax is melting, you can prepare your 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 stick to the bottom center of your jar.
Keep in mind, once you pour the wax in, the weight of it will help anchor your wick down.
Step 4: Add in Essential Oils (optional)
After your wax is fully melted, you can add in your choice of essential oils. The trick to getting a stronger scent? Stir, stir, stir! This stirring helps the essential oils to incorporate into the wax and provide a good scent. I had 20 -30 drops!
You don’t have to add any scent as beeswax has a light, sweet smell all on its own.
Step 5: Pour Wax into Jars
Now, 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 your wax 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.
How to Prevent Candle Tunneling with Your Beeswax Candles
The only issue for me is candle tunneling (my candle is really wide which doesn’t help), 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.
You can read more about candle tunneling here.
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 a large size again).
These candles would make an awesome gift for someone too!
Let me know how it goes – tag me on Instagram with your beautiful beeswax candles.