I finally put all of the beeswax Luke and I collected from our honey harvest to good use! I had about a third of a pound of wax total and have been wanting to make candles for quite some time. Making candles is actually very easy and did you know beeswax candles are actually good for you! Unlike other waxes beeswax candles put off negative ions into the air when burned which can help reduce allergies, pollutants in the air like dust and mold as well as odors.
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Step one: Gather supplies
- 1 lb. Clean Beeswax (from my own bees!) Learn how I clean the wax in my previous post Sweet and Gooey!
- Wood Wicks
- 1/2 cup Coconut Oil
- (Optional) Essential Oil
- Jars or containers of some kind
- A glass jar to double boil the wax in
- Pot of water (not yet boiling)
I am using wood wicks that I purchased off of amazon for next to nothing! These wicks come with easy to use weights for the bottom of the candle and burn quite nicely in the beeswax. I absolutely love the crackle and pop they make like a fire!
I also add some coconut oil to my wax to lower the temperature in which the wax burns. This helps the wood wick to not burn up and extinguish itself and also keeps the glass jar from cracking when to much of the wax is melted after a long burn time.
Step two: Melt the wax and mix in the coconut oil
I use a simple double boiler method using a wide mouth jar. I first add cold water to the pot and the wax and coconut oil to the jar within. Make sure the water is not already boiling as you may break the glass when you place it within if it is to cold or has any residual moisture within. Cutting the cleaned wax into small chunks will help it melt faster. I use the handle end of a wooden spoon to stir the oil and wax mixture. After the mixture is completely melted you can add in the optional essential oils, I chose to leave mine natural because I love the sweet scent the honey leaves behind in the wax. If you do decide to scent your wax go a little heavy on the essential oil as beeswax does not hold scents as easily as other waxes.
Step three: Pour the melted wax mixture into your containers
I take am old kitchen rag and grab the jar out of the hot pot then carefully pour the mixture into my container of choice. Once the mixture is poured in I center a wood wick and weight inside. I make sure the wick is stable and will not move before leaving the candle to cool over night. The bottom and sides of the candle will begin to solidify first. I advise not moving the candle until the next morning after it has had a chance to completely cool.
In the morning I cut the wick to size and tie a cute little bow around the container. Now you are ready to gift your candle or use it personally! Enjoy, I know I certainly do.