Make Beeswax Candles at Home!
I recently came to the conclusion that I may have a serious candle addiction. Every time I pass candles in any store I must stop and smell all of them. This usually leads to the purchase of more candles that I don’t really need, but can’t live without.
As I was organizing my containers for body butters, I noticed I had extra glass jars that I no longer use for my body butters. I just couldn’t bring myself to just toss them in the recycle bin, so I grabbed my beeswax and got to work. I was able to feed my candle addiction, but by using items I already had around the house.
- Beeswax (50%)
- Palm Oil (50%)
- Essential Oils. Any scent except Sweet Orange. The scent evaporates when burned so it’s pointless to add. (For this batch of candles, I used Lemongrass and Peppermint)
- Glass Jars with a screw on lid (I used small 4 oz craft jars that I purchased from the dollar section at Target)
- Candle Wick (Generally for beeswax candles, you want to use a cotton wick. I purchased mine from Amazon.)
- Double Boiler
- Wooden BBQ skewers
- A pouring ladle (I used a stainless steel Weight Watcher’s 1/4 cup ladle)
- A scale
- Prime the candle wick: Melt beeswax (enough for how much wick you’ll be using) in your double boiler. Once melted, place wick in beeswax and wait until all bubbles from wick stop. Remove wick from the wax and lay flat on a wax proof surface (my granite counter top was just fine to use) and allow to dry (about 10-15 minutes). Once dry, cut your wick according to your jar size, but allow an extra 2-3 inches to wrap around the skewer.
- Figure out how many candles you are going to make. For example, if you are just making one 4 oz jar candle, you will need to melt down 2 oz of beeswax and 2 oz of palm oil. To make beeswax candles, you want to always use a measurement of 50/50 beeswax & palm oil.
- Melt beeswax and palm oil in double boiler on medium heat as shown below. Mix often with the wooden skewer.
4. Once beeswax and palm oil has melted completely, add essential oils. For one 4 oz candle I used 7 drops lemongrass and 3 drops peppermint. I usually will just add, mix, and smell. If it isn’t strong enough to my liking, I will add more.
5. Pour about 1/2 inch of wax mix into the bottom on the jar using the ladle. Place candle wick in the center and hold in place until it wick stands on it’s own. (You can avoid the holding step if you get candle wick tabs, but I didn’t have any on hand).
6. Once the wick stands on it’s own, wrap the top of the wick around a wooden skewer to hold it in place and set aside until all 1/2 inch of wax has cooled. (Touch the bottom of the glass jar, if it still feels warm, wait longer. I made that mistake and my wick came loose when I poured the rest of the wax).
7. Once the 1/2 inch of wax has completely cooled, pour the remaining wax into the jar using the ladle. After the wax settles a bit there may be an air bubble hole left. Pour additional wax into the jar to cover hole.
8. Allow candles to sit 12-24 hours before use. Trim excess wick leaving 1/4-1/2 inch, screw on lid to jar and enjoy!