Making products at home can be very gratifying, and natural beeswax candles are no exception to that. I recently discovered that burning beeswax candles can aid in cleaning the air. As a nesting pregnant woman on a mission to eliminate all things dirty, I knew I needed some in my life.
Natural beeswax candles
making seems intimidating but isn’t actually all that difficult. You’ll need a container to hold your candle in, a candle wick, some beeswax, and a double broiler (or a glass bowl set on top of a saucepan) to melt the wax in. One thing I love about beeswax candles is the subtle pleasant scent they have. If you want to make a stronger scented candle, you’ll want to have some essential oil on hand. One thing I love about beeswax candles is the subtle pleasant scent they have.
1 pound beeswax 1 pound of wax will equal about 20 melted ounces
wicks with a metal base
15-20 drops essential oil the amount of essential oil(s) used will depend on the size of the candle and the scent desired., optional
double broiler or a glass bowl set over a pot of water
skewer pencil, or clothespin
1. Begin by melting your beeswax in a double boiler over medium heat. If you don't have a double boiler, you can use a large glass or metal bowl set over a pot of boiling water.
2. Once the beeswax is melted, dip the metal base of the candle wick into the wax and set it into the candle container. Roll the excess wick around a wooden skewer or pencil and set it on top of the container. Alternatively, you can use a clothespin. This will help the wick to stay in place while you pour the wax.
3. If you would like to add essential oils, add the desire amount to the melted beeswax before pouring it into the container.
4. Slowly and carefully pour the wax into the container.
5. Allow the candle to cool completely. Once set, trim the wick to 1-inch above the wax.
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