Who doesn’t love burning candles at home? Even though it is currently winter here in the Southern Hemisphere (when it is the perfect time to bundle up and get more cozy) candles can still be burned all year long and are perfect for any season regardless of which hemisphere you live in. They add an inviting and relaxing vibe to any home. So in today’s blog I will be sharing a very easy and classic recipe to make your own beeswax candles at home!
I prefer to use beeswax rather than other types of candle wax because when burned it actually purifies the air you breathe, compared to regular wax that actually clogs up the air and releases many toxins. Soy wax is also a good option in this regard but I still opt for beeswax because it supports bee pollination – which is so important for obvious reasons. I like to always keep a stock of it at home in order to make multiple DIYs such as All Purpose Body Cream, candles, & kitchen fabric wraps (coming up in another blog post).
Candles can get quite expensive if you use them on a regular basis, which is why I prefer to make them at home because it can be a fraction of the cost and I know exactly what ingredients are going into it.
There are multiple recipes for making beeswax candles, depending on your preferences, but I will keep this one very basic in order to make life easier. Sometimes the more you add on to a recipe for different textures or scents it can become a slightly complicated project, it might not work for you, or you end up with a list of bulk ingredients that you will not use again for other things.
Before sharing the recipe, I wanted to mention that the proportions I am using are meant for a 250 ml glass jar. You can increase the recipe depending on your candle holder or how many candles you decide on making.
So, let’s get right into it!
What You Will Need:
- 1 cup (200 ml) melted beeswax (I will explain this in further detail)
- Candle wicks – depending on how many candles you will make
- 10-12 drops of your preferred essential oil – this is optional
- Glass jar, tin jar, or anything that you will use as the candle holder
- Hot glue gun or any type of glue reinforcement
- Double boiler or make-shift double boiler (I will also explain this in further detail)
- Maybe grater – depending on which beeswax you use
- If you are using beeswax pellets, measure it out to about 700 grams. If you are not using pellets, start off by grating your block of beeswax to measure up to 700 grams. When melted this will measure down to 200 ml.
- Place the grated beeswax / pellets into a double boiler. If you do not have a double boiler, you can make-shift it by using a deep heat-resistant measuring cup inside a cooking pot. Add water to the pot and bring to a boil. Make sure that the boiling water does not spill into the measuring cup of beeswax.
- Keep stirring occasionally until all of the wax is melted completely. Be patient, this can take some time.
- Add the essential oil for fragrance and blend well, keeping the water at a boil. **Do not decrease the heat because the beeswax will start to solidify almost immediately!**
- Take your candle holder and wick to measure out how you will place it – in the center or not if there are multiple wicks. Use a hot glue gun or any glue reinforcement to secure the bottom of the wick to the holder. I prefer hot glue because it will stick to glass.
- After securing the wick, use a pencil and wrap the top of the wick around the pencil to hold it straight up.
- This part can be a bit tricky because you will have to work fast so that the wax does not begin to solidify…. Take the measuring cup with the blend of beeswax & essential oil from the pot of boiling water and pour it quickly down your jar / candle holder. You may have some wax around the lip of the measuring cup – in which case you can place it back in the pot of boiling water and add it to the jar once it is melted again.
- So even though beeswax solidifies very rapidly, you should wait about 6-8 hours before burning the candle so that the wax has completely cooled off internally. You can speed up this process by placing the candle in the fridge for 2 hours.
- After the awaited time, you can cut unwrap the wick from the pencil and cut off the unnecessary length with scissors. And there you have it – you are ready to use your candle! If you want you can also decorate the candle holder to your own style with ribbons or any other craft materials. I usually do this during Christmas time or if I’m giving it as a gift for a special occasion.
Hope you found this blog post useful & enjoy your homemade candles! Share any pictures with me if you end up making some. 🙂
Peace & Love ❤