There is nothing like a good candle. It makes your home feel warmer, more inviting, and like a happy cozy place. Unfortunately, many times when we are burning candles in our room we are actually letting off a mixture of chemicals and toxins that don’t need to be in the air!
We’ve already mentioned a few options for clean burning candles here on Little House Living. Olive Oil Candles are fun to make and it gives you an excuse to use up that expired olive oil you left in the back of your pantry. And Soy Candles are another fun one. Today we are going to talk about Beeswax Candles and show you how easy they are to make!
Ever since we moved into a much smaller space I haven’t been able to burn a candle. No matter what they are made out of, the smell gets too strong and overpowering too quickly and I have to blow it out. Regular candles put out artificial scents which can be damaging to the health of those that are sensitive to chemicals, and even those that are not. Most of them also contain a lead based wick and chemicals within the wax that can upset how your body is supposed to function…not really the kind of thing I want to put in the air!
Beeswax Candles are ridiculously easy to make and take only a few things. When choosing your beeswax for candle making make sure that you choose a filtered beeswax. Unfiltered beeswax can still have pesticides and chemical residue left in them from how the bees were treated or from what they consumed. (I buy my beeswax from Amazon, or get it locally)
This recipe is for one 8oz candle, double or triple to make more!
What You Need:
Start by measuring your wick. You need it to be taller than the jar.
Now I know you can get those little metal things that clamp on the end of the wick to go in the bottom of the jar but I’m a cheapskate and those are expensive and I don’t like that they move around. Tape is easier 🙂 Put a piece of tape on one end. The other end of the wick should be taped to a pen or pencil that you don’t mind getting dirty.
Secure the tape at the bottom of the jar. Wrap the other end of the wick around the pen until you can sit it on the rim of the jar. You want you wick to be pulled up straight so your candle can burn.
In a saucepan (I have one just for cooking up my weird concoctions!), melt the coconut oil and the beeswax together.
Constantly stir at a low heat until they are both melted and no pieces remain. You don’t need much heat to get either substance to melt. Just keep stirring.
Pour the mixture into the jar. Make sure that your wick stays as straight as possible and upright during this process.
Or you could totally make a big mess like I did, that’s cool too. As long as the majority of the mixture gets in the jar you are good.
After you let the candle sit for a while the mixture will firm and harden. After it’s done this you can trim the wick down to about a half an inch.
And that’s all it takes to make your own beeswax candles! So easy and they are ingredients that are easy to come by. Now that I have them on hand I can continually make candles as each one burns out! You can also add a small amount of essential oils to these candles if you really need a scent. If you use a virgin coconut oil (like I did) your candle will have a faint coconut scent already.
For a fun winter themed candle you can also make these Frosty Beeswax Candles!
Have you ever made beeswax candles…or candles of any kind?