November 15, 2013
I like lighting candles around the house, especially in the winter months, but I'm really sensitive to the perfumes and toxic ingredients that are in most of the candles found at the store. That's why I decided to learn how to make beeswax candles this year, and, surprisingly, it's a lot easier than I thought.
Aside from the raw coolness factor that comes from watching the liquid wax solidify - something that always intrigued me as a kid - I like making these candles at home because I can scent them however I want with essential oils. Mostly I'll just leave them plain because the beeswax (usually) smells nice enough on its own, but sometimes it's fun to add something extra.
Simple Beeswax Candles
A medium saucepan
1 4-cup measuring glass
Beeswax (in pellet or block form)
Essential oils (optional)
Small glass jars or candle molds, clean and dry
Cotton candle wicks
Skewers or chopsticks
1. Prepare all of your ingredients. If your beeswax is in block form, cut it into cubes for faster melting.
2. Pour water into your saucepan until it is 2 inches high, and place on the stove over medium heat.
3. Place beeswax cubes or pellets into 4-cup measuring glass. Then place measuring glass in saucepan until the beeswax has completely melted.
4. Once beeswax melts, carefully remove measuring glass from saucepan, and place on towel-lined counter top. Add 50-100 drops of essential oil, or until you're happy with the strength of the scent (optional).
5. While still in liquid form, pour the beeswax into your small jars, making sure to leave at least 1/2-inch headspace.
6. Place one wick in each jar, centering it as best as possible. Use chopsticks or wooden skewers to hold the wicks in place until the wax has dried.
7. Once the wax has dried completely, snip the tops of your wicks to about 1" height.
8. Light wicks, and enjoy!
(P.S. These also make really great gifts for the holidays!)