A Do It Yourself Guide to Making Your Own Beeswax Candles
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Make your own beeswax candles.
Candles are a great accent to any home, providing a warm glow to a dim room or the perfect scent accompanying a bubble bath after a long day. Unfortunately, the most common candle option at the store, the paraffin wax candle, can make you sick.
Problems with Paraffin
According to researchers at SC State University, “long-term exposure to emissions of certain types of paraffin candles could be hazardous to human health and cause poor indoor air quality.” The same study explored the toxicity of soybean candles as well and promoted the benefits of switching to a vegetable wax, I’ve decided to make the switch to the most natural waxes of all: beeswax.
You can read more about the dangers of paraffin candles here.
Benefits of Beeswax
Beeswax involves the least amount of processing and contains no additives. With only filtering for processing, beeswax is the only wax that is essentially used in its natural state. Natural beeswax candles are a fantastic option for a happy and healthy home! One downside to beeswax candles is that they can be rather expensive in comparison to other types candles, costing upwards of $20 per candle The perfect solution is a fun and easy activity, accomplished in the comfort of your own kitchen.
Do it yourself Beeswax Candles
Beeswax (1 pound)
Coconut oil (½ cup)
Essential oils (if you prefer)
Dedicated container for melting the wax. I chose to pick up a small, $5 pot set from Dollar General (because it's impossible to clean out afterwards.)
One pound of beeswax equals approximately 20 ounces in volume. I used one pound of beeswax pastilles. It filled seven of the small canning jars shown in the photo below.
Place the beeswax into your dedicated pot/container. Place your container inside a larger pot filled half-full with water. Simmer over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally as it melts.
In the meantime, prepare your jars and wicks.
The goal is to get the wick to stay in the middle of the jar as you pour in the beeswax and it sets. You can accomplish this a variety of ways.
As long as the wick stays in the center of the jar, it doesn’t matter how it’s managed. I purchased these low smoke and natural wicks, which came with their own stickers for securing the wick to the bottom of your container. Then I curled the wick around a wooden skewer to keep it in place.
Add your coconut oil. The coconut oil will soften your wax and prevent cracks when cooling down. Remove melted beeswax from heat and add ½ cup of coconut oil. Return to heat and ensure the oil has completely melted.
Essential oils are next! I chose to do two batches (just split the recipe if you’d like to do the same), one with lavender and the next with a combination of lemon zest and eucalyptus! You’ll want to remove your wax from the heat one more time and incorporate your essential oils.
Pour the melted beeswax into the jar, leaving about one inch of room at the top. Set the jars aside and allow them to cool and set completely.
Trim the wick, light, and enjoy your homemade beeswax candles!
Alec is a third-year member of the team at Second Nature. He brings expert knowledge of a myriad of home air filtration topics including HVAC filters, filtration efficiency, and indoor air quality.