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How to Make Beeswax Candles

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Learn how to make beeswax candles with essential oils in this easy tutorial. Be sure to watch the instructional video to see this fun project in action.

Homemade beeswax candles in mason jars.

I love making my own beeswax 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 homemade beeswax candles.

Candle making is easy and a lot of fun once you know you a few little tricks, like the addition of coconut oil to make the scent last longer. You can make these candles any time of year, and they make a wonderful gift as well.

Supplies and Ingredients

  • 1 pound of beeswax pastilles
  • ½ cup of coconut oil
  • 15 ml bottle of essential oils
  • Candle wicks
  • Candle pouring pitcher
  • Sauce pan large enough to hold the pitcher
  • Small glass jars
  • Hot glue gun or wick stickers
  • Clothes pins
  • Craft sticks

By the Numbers: How to Make Beeswax Candles

Follow these simple steps to learn how to make your own candles with beeswax at home.

Step 1: Attach Wicks to Jar Bottoms.

Attach a wick, using a wick sticker, to the bottom of each jar. Alternatively, you can hot glue them to the bottom of the jar, but this doesn’t work as well. Sometimes the wicks will detach when you pour the hot wax into the jar, so using a wick sticker is the best option.

Wick glued into bottom of glass jar on a kitchen counter

Step 2: Add Beeswax & Coconut Oil to Pitcher.

Add 16 ounces of beeswax and ½ cup of coconut oil to the candle pouring pitcher. Place it into a saucepan that is filled with about 2-3 inches of water and turn the stove onto high heat.

Close up of beeswax pellets in a candle pouring pitcher

Step 3: Add Essential Oil to Melted Wax & Oil.

Melt the wax and oil, stirring frequently, until it’s clear and smooth. Turn off the heat, then add 15 ml of essential oils and mix well.

Pouring bottle of essential oil into melted beeswax.

Step 4: Pour Candle Wax Into Jars.

Quickly pour the melted beeswax into the jars you prepared with wicks. If the wax starts to harden, put it back in the hot water to remelt it. Use paper towels to wipe any drips.

Melted beeswax being poured into a glass jar with a candle wick hanging out of it.

Step 5: Secure Wick with Clothespin.

Take a clothespin and set it across the top of the jars to hold the wick in place in the center of the jar as it cools. It should take about 2 hours for smaller candles to cool, and longer for larger jars.

6 small glass jars with beeswax poured into them cooling into beeswax candles

Step 6: Trim the Wicks.

After the candles are totally cooled down to room temperature, you can remove the clothes pins, then trim the wicks down to the right wick length.

DIY beeswax candle shot from overhead

Step 7: Light Your Beeswax Candles.

Your DIY Beeswax Candles are ready to be lit and enjoyed. See tips below for burning your candles for the first time.

DIY beeswax candle lit on a table

Tips for Making Beeswax Candles

Answers to all of your questions about making candles from beeswax that burn evenly and hold their scent for a long time.

1. How many candles does this recipe make?

You will get four 4-ounce candles or two 8 ounce candles from a pound of beeswax (about 16 ounces in total). You can use any size jar you’d like, or mix and match.

2. Why add coconut oil to beeswax candles?

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.

3. Which essential oils to use?

I don’t love using artificial scents like fragrance oils to make candles, so I choose essential oils. The first time I made beeswax candles, I used a 15 ml bottle of Bug Away Essential Oil to make insect repelling candles. The next time, I made some holiday scented candles… I love the versatility.

I typically buy my essential oils from Rocky Mountain Oils because I like the quality and that I can buy direct and get free shipping. The best thing about this tutorial is that you can use any essential oil of your choosing.

Some other great blends are:

4. How many drops of essential oils in 15 mL?

There are approximately 250 drops of essential oils in a 15 mL bottle. You need to use a lot of essential oils to get strong scents in candle waxes compared to DIY beauty products.

5. What’s the best beeswax to use?

If you’re wondering where to buy beeswax for candle making, I like to order it from Mountain Rose Herbs. I like to be sure it’s pure beeswax. As long as it’s pure, it doesn’t matter whether you choose white beeswax or yellow beeswax.

If you have raw beeswax from your own hives or a local beekeeper, you’ll need to be sure you clean your beeswax first if you want your candles to burn properly.

6. Is there a cheaper alternative to beeswax?

Beeswax burns much cleaner than any other wax so it’s my first choice for making candles, especially for families. Soy wax still burns pretty clean and it’s much more affordable than beeswax pellets.

If you want to make more affordable candles, try my DIY Soy Candles tutorial. Soy wax does tend to burn down more quickly though since it’s not as dense, so it’s a tradeoff.

Beeswax melts slower and cleaner than other types of wax so they can burn for a long time. In my opinion, it’s worth the extra cost.

I don’t recommend using paraffin wax, which is what is typically found in regular candles you find at the store unless they’re labeled otherwise. Paraffin candles do not burn cleanly and it can affect indoor air quality, so I recommend avoiding cheap candle waxes like paraffin.

7. What’s the ideal wax temperature?

At 140-145° F, pure beeswax does not have a particularly high melting point, so you need to keep an eye on it or you can burn it.

If you want to be more precise when melting your beeswax, you can use a candy thermometer attached to the inside of your candle pouring pitcher.

8. How to make candles without a candle pitcher?

If you can, I recommend getting a candle pouring pitcher. It makes things so much easier and then you have a pitcher dedicated to making candles. Blick Art Materials is my favorite place to get crafting supplies, including beeswax candle making supplies, and they have affordable candle pitchers.

Even if you don’t have a pitcher, it’s important to know that you don’t want to melt beeswax under direct heat. You can use a double boiler or utilize the double boiler method instead.

To use that method, fit a bowl into a pan filled with enough water to almost touch the bowl, then heat and melt the ingredients in the bowl. That way the flame isn’t hitting the wax directly and you won’t scorch it.

9. What’s the best wick to use?

If you’ve tried your hand at candle making before, you’ll know that not all wicks burn the same. You want a wick that burns evenly so your candles burn evenly. I prefer to use a natural cotton wick, and I like buying them from Blick Art Supplies.

By the way, a larger wick is not necessarily better. If you’ve made your candles and find that the wicks aren’t burning right, you can always melt down the wax again, then repour it into a new mason jar with a different wick. It’s okay to reuse wax rather than waste it.

10. What is the correct wick size?

You want to trim it down to where there is about a ¼” piece of wick sticking up out of the wax. Much more than that and the flame can burn too much, and much less and you won’t be able to light it.

11. What type of candle container works best?

I prefer to use a glass jar like mason jars for my candle tins since they have lids that fit perfectly. You can use any clean jar or tin as candle jars though… pretty much anything that is heat safe. I like to choose ones with lids for easy storage.

12. Alternatives to clothespins?

If you don’t have clothes pins, you can also use bamboo skewers or pencils laid across the jars. Then you just wrap the wicks around them to hold them in place while the candles cool.

13. What else can you make with beeswax?

In addition to this beeswax candle recipe, you can make many homemade beauty products like:

14. How to make beeswax candles burn longer?

The first burn matters if you want your candles to last for as long as possible. The first time you burn a candle, you need to burn it for the right length of time, or it will create a “tunnel” or “memory ring” in the center of your candle that you will never be able to fix.

You need to burn it for at least an hour for every inch of diameter of the candle on the initial burn. For example, a 4-ounce mason jar has a 2.5” diameter, and should therefore be burned for 2.5 hours the first time it’s used.

You want to make sure the wax that is touching the sides of the container has melted too, or you’ll get that tunnel effect, and the life of your candle will be shortened. So don’t burn your homemade candles until you have time to do it right.

15. How long do beeswax candles burn for?

You can expect a four-ounce beeswax candle to burn for around 20 hours if you burn it properly. An 8-ounce candle, on the other hand, will burn for twice as long.

16. How long do beeswax candles last?

If stored properly, beeswax itself does not go rancid like soy wax. Coconut oil, on the other hand, can. You want to store these candles with a lid on them or covered in some way in a cool, dry, dark place. They will last as long as the coconut oil is good for.

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

How to Make Beeswax Candles

Learn how to make the best candles from beeswax and essential oils that retain their scent in this easy to follow tutorial.
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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

Supplies

Tools

  • 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
  • Clothes pins
  • Craft sticks
  • Candle wicks

Instructions

  • 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 high, stirring occasionally, until the wax and oil are fully melted. Then, add the bottle of essential oils and stir to combine with the hot wax mixture.
    Pouring bottle of essential oil into melted beeswax.
  • Immediately pour the melted 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 watching your candle burn.
    DIY beeswax candle lit on a table

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