Learning how to make organic beeswax candles
gives you a fun new skill and control over the ingredients. Enjoy using these, giving away as gifts, or even selling to your local community!
Health Benefits of Beeswax Candles
Beeswax is a fuel which produces negative ions when burned. Further, since opposite charges are attracted, these negative ions will attach to positively charged particles in the air, such as bacteria, viruses, and allergens like dust and pollen. These new clumps of particles become heavier, allowing gravity to pull them down where they can be swept or vacuumed. (source)
Even soy candles can’t compare to beeswax, since most soy in the US is genetically modified, and highly contaminated with pesticides. According to this article, even 100% soy candles must be processed with a small amount of paraffin, which means those chemicals are still being released when burned.
So to be sure you’re getting a quality, healthy candle. Or make your own, which is another reason why learning how to make pure beeswax candles
is a great option.
A note before you start. Beeswax is very difficult to remove from surfaces. I have designated a few tools specifically for this job so I do not have to worry too much about getting them clean. These same tools can be used to make lotion bars and other oil-based products, and this removes the need to clean these tools between uses. I use the same tools for candles, lotion bars, lip balms and other products and just melt and remove as much of the wax/oils between uses.
1.Place beeswax in pitcher or coffee can.
2.Put the pitcher in the pot and fill with enough water to come up the outside of the pitcher without spilling into the pitcher. The water will eventually boil so you don’t want to fill it so high that the water bubbles into the pitcher.
3.Bring the water to a boil and then keep it at a gentle boil until all of the beeswax has melted.
4.While the beeswax is melting, prepare the wicks by cutting 3-4 pieces 6 inches long. I was able to fill 3 candles by filling just to the bottom of the threads on the jar but it is not a bad idea to have an extra wick ready just in case.
5.Once the beeswax is completely melted, remove from heat and add the coconut oil. Stir gently with a bamboo skewer until the coconut oil is melted and incorporated.
6.Pour a small amount of wax into the bottom of each jar so that there is about a half-inch at the bottom. Return the pitcher to the hot water to keep the wax melted.
7.Place a wick down into the wax in the center of each jar. You can use a skewer to make sure it is placed correctly by pushing down the wick and holding it there for a few minutes.
8.Let the wax cool until it is solid enough to hold the wick in place, approximately 5-10 minutes.
9.Wrap the top end of the wick around a bamboo skewer until it is taut with the skewer resting across the top of the jar. You might need to use a small piece of tape to keep the wick from slipping off of the skewer.
10.Hold onto the skewer and pour remaining melted wax into each jar. Leave about an inch of space at the top.
11.Reposition the skewer holding the wick as needed so that it is in the center of the jar.
12.Let cool completely! This can take several hours but it is best to leave them over night.
13.Trim the wick to about 1/2 inch. Do not trim any shorter than this because this will make a smaller flame and it is more likely the candle will tunnel. After you light the candle, if it is flickering wildly or smoking, simply blow it out, trim the wick a bit more and re-light.
14.During the first burn keep your candle lit for at least 2.5 hours and preferable until the entire surface has melted.
Caution: Beeswax candle is flammable so take care to keep an eye on it while it is heating. You don’t want to forget about it so that it gets too hot or spill it on your hot stove.