One of my favorite hobbies is to make natural beeswax candles for people!
I make natural beeswax 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!)
Want to watch the process and follow along step by step? Watch me make natural beeswax candles in this YouTube video!
The process to make natural beeswax candles 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.