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Beeswax candles are a healthier choice than candles made from other waxes. Learn how to make easy, clean burning DIY beeswax candles with essential oils.
I have always loved burning candles. The heavily scented candles remind me of my Grandma. She was always burning one in her bedroom.
Unfortunately, most of those candles are highly toxic so we don’t burn them in our home. They’re made with waxes like paraffin that aren’t healthy to breathe in, and fragrances that can cause respiratory difficulties.
So we prefer to make our own candles and scent them with essential oils. I’ve shared how to make soy wax candles before, but I haven’t shown you how to make beeswax candles yet, so I’m going to do that today.
Beeswax burns much cleaner than any other wax so it’s my first choice for making candles, especially for families. Soy wax is much more affordable. It burns pretty clean, but not as clean as beeswax, so beeswax candles are always my first choice..
It’s said that burning beeswax candles in your home actually helps to clean the air. And since indoor air can be up to 5 times more toxic than outdoor air, that’s a pretty cool benefit.
The one issue with beeswax is that even though it burns longer and cleaner than other waxes, it doesn’t retain scent well on its own. So we add some coconut oil to our beeswax candles to help them retain the smell better.
For this batch, we used a bottle of Nature Shield Essential Oil to make insect repelling candles. We had tons of those tiny mosquitoes in our yard last summer, and I want to be prepared for this summer!
To show you just how easy it is to make DIY beeswax candles, the girls and I made a quick video to show you the process. After you watch the video, be sure to print out the tutorial to make the candles now or pin this post so you can find it when you’re ready.
How to Make Easy DIY Beeswax Candles
- Candle pouring pitcher
- Sauce pan large enough to hold the pitcher
- Small glass jars, totaling about 16 ounces total volume
- Hot glue gun or wick stickers
- Craft sticks
- Glue wicks to the bottoms of each of your jars (or use wick stickers)
- Place candle pouring pitcher into saucepan that is half full of water, then add beeswax and coconut oil to the candle pouring pitcher.
- Heat over medium, stirring occasionally, until the wax and oil are fully melted. Then, add the bottle of essential oils and stir to combine.
- Immediately pour the wax into your prepared jars.
- Use a clothes pin to secure the wick in place on each jar, then allow the jars to cool for about 2 hours or until completely cool.
- Remove the clothespins, then snip the wick to the appropriate length.
- Light your DIY beeswax candles and enjoy the ambiance.