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How to Make DIY Beeswax Candles

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Learn how to make DIY beeswax candles with essential oils in this easy tutorial – instructional video included.

Beeswax candle in a 4 ounce mason jar

I love making my own candles because I can scent them however I like with essential oils. I’ve shared how to make soy wax candles before, so this tutorial will teach you how to make beeswax candles.

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.

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 scent better.

For this batch, we used a 15 ml bottle of Bug Away Essential Oil to make insect repelling candles. You can use any essential oil of your choosing. Some other great blends are lavender and sandalwood, peppermint and lemon or cinnamon and orange.

Beeswax candle made in a 4 ounce jelly jar with smaller beeswax candles behind it

DIY Beeswax Candles

Follow this tutorial to make the best beeswax candles that retain their scent.
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 30 minutes
Additional Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 35 minutes
Makes: 16 ounces candles


  • 1 pound beeswax pastilles
  • ½ cup coconut oil
  • 15 ml essential oils - blend of your choosing
  • Candle wicks


  • 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)
    Wick glued into bottom of glass jar on a kitchen counter
  • Place candle pouring pitcher into saucepan that is half full of water, then add beeswax and coconut oil to the candle pouring pitcher.
    Close up of beeswax pellets in a 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.
    Pouring bottle of Nature Shield essential oil into melted beeswax
  • Immediately pour the wax into your prepared jars.
    Melted beeswax being poured into a glass jar with a candle wick hanging out of it.
  • 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.
    6 small glass jars with beeswax poured into them cooling into beeswax candles
  • Remove the clothespins, then snip the wick to the appropriate length.
    DIY beeswax candle shot from overhead
  • Light your DIY beeswax candles and enjoy the ambiance.
    DIY beeswax candle lit on a table

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