Making natural beeswax candles is one of my favorite hobbies!
I make candles for myself, and for friends and family. They make wonderful gifts! I sometimes make more than I need, so I’ll have them on hand for events like birthdays and holidays . . . and a few in storage for me!
Natural beeswax candles have no synthetic ingredients that can cause negative reactions, so they are great options for people with sensitivities.
The ingredients and utensils I use are:
- A Pyrex measuring cup.
- A little jojoba wax (Simmondsia chinensis). I use this to “grease” the Pyrex measuring cup, so it’s easier to clean when I’m finished.
- Glass jars. You can use any size glass jars that you like. It’s fun to get creative with different kinds of jars!
- Beeswax pellets (Cera alba). The amount of pellets you need depends on the size of your jar. I use enough to fill my jar once, then fill it again halfway (so I fill my jar 1.5 times).
- An organic wick. It’s important to use a natural wick, so you’re only releasing healthy particles into the air when you burn your beeswax candle.
- Scissors (to trim the wick).
- A glass stir rod or a spoon.
- Essential oils. You can choose any essential oils you’d like (but I have a few suggestions below).
- Chop sticks. (I’ll explain in the directions!)
I made a YouTube video so you can see how to make natural beeswax candles and follow along step by step.
The process is so simple. Here are the steps:
- “Grease” your Pyrex measuring cup with a little jojoba.
- “Measure” your beeswax. Just fill your jar with beeswax pellets 1.5 times, and pour the beeswax pellets into your Pyrex.
- Melt the beeswax on the stove top using a DIY “double boiler” method. You can see this method in the YouTube video. It’s just a pot filled ¼ with water, and the Pyrex in the pot with the handle hanging over the side.
- While the beeswax is melting, “measure” your wicks. Place them in the jars, and trim them so there’s a decent amount sticking up over the top of the jar. Balance the chop sticks on the top of the jar to hold the wick in place.
- Measure your essential oils. I use about 25 drops of essential oil (1 ml) for every 1 oz (28 gm) of beeswax. It’s enough to scent the whole room.
- When your beeswax is melted, remove it from the heat and add your essential oils. Stir gently with a glass stir rod or the end of a spoon.
- Pour it carefully into the jar, being sure to hold the wick in place.
In the YouTube video, I use Vetiver (Vetiveria zizanoides) and Vintage Patchouli (Pogostemom cablin) essential oils. They have rich, deep, long-lasting scents that are just right for natural beeswax candles! But as I mentioned, you can choose your favorite oils. Heavier base note oils work really well.
Here’s a beautiful blend for a woodsy, floral candle. Make sure to adjust the amount of drops according to how much beeswax you’re using:
- 9 drops Cedarwood (Juniperus virginiana)
- 7 drops Geranium (Pelargonium roseum x asperum)
- 9 drops Vetiver (Vetiveria zizanoides)
Time to clean up! You greased your Pyrex with jojoba, right? It can be tough to get the dried beeswax off without pre-greasing your Pyrex, so if you forgot, you might have to use some hot water, elbow grease, and something to scrape the wax off.