If you’re a fan of coziness, there’s nothing quite like the warm and inviting atmosphere of a candle. It’s a pretty easy and delightful old fashioned skill to make homemade candles, too. In this guide, we’ll walk you through the simple steps to create your very own candles using natural beeswax. Get ready to fill your space with the comforting cozy ambiance that these candles will bring to any room!
Which is healthier, beeswax or soy candles?
Beeswax is a healthier choice of candle wax because it is all-natural. Soy candles often contain artificial ingredients and other chemicals.
Beeswax candles also naturally purify the air, remove bad odors, and can help with allergies when burned. It needs to be local beeswax if you want to use it to help with allergies. It’s very similar to using local honey for your allergies.
Can you add spices to beeswax candles?
Yes, you can add spices to beeswax candles. However, they will not scent the candle as well as essential oils will.
How do you add essential oils to beeswax?
If you would like to make scented candles, essential oils are a good way to do it. The best time to add them is after you have melted the wax and removed it from the burner/microwave. It does take a lot to get a good enough scent throw so be prepared to add about a teaspoon or so of your favorite scent.
Another option is to make unscented candles and burn them while you run a diffuser. This is my preferred method because you can conserve your oils and make them last longer and you can easily switch up the scent to fit the season you are enjoying.
Is it cheaper to make your own candles?
Yes, if you enjoy having candles lit all the time, it is much cheaper to make your own in the long run. If you aren’t quite as faithful to lighting candles year round, it may not be that much cheaper, but you also cannot put a price on the enjoyment of something you have crafted yourself.
What are the ingredients?
For this simple recipe, I am only using beeswax because I want the beautiful golden color for my fall decor.
There are, however, a few drawbacks to this method. While the beeswax is cooling, it tends to tunnel so you will need to top it off with some more wax. To avoid this, you can melt a little coconut oil(several tablespoons) with the wax. It will lighten the color, though.
What are the essential tools?
- Double boiler or microwave-safe dish
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Melt the wax.
Choose your method of melting the wax with either a double boiler or a microwave-safe dish.
Pour water into a pan. (You’ll want to use a pan dedicated to this craft in case the beeswax spills over into it.)
Put it on a burner over medium to high heat.
Place the double boiler on top.
Measure the beeswax using the intended candle jar, leaving about a quarter of an inch at the top.
Dump the beeswax into the double boiler and let it melt completely, stirring occasionally.
You can also melt the wax in the microwave in a glass or microwave-safe dish for 30 seconds at a time until the wax is melted. Stir it occasionally to help it melt evenly.
Prepare the jar.
While the wax is melting, prepare the jar. Place a wick in the center of the bottom of the jar using a clothespin to keep it centered. You can also tie the wick around a pencil.
Pour the wax into the jar.
Once the wax is melted, remove from heat, add 1 teaspoon of essential oil if desired, stir it, and pour it into the jar to cool and solidify.
Let it cool.
Place the candle where it won’t be disturbed while it cools for two hours or until it is solid.
Top it off.
If your candle tunnels while cooling, top it off with some more wax. (You can also melt coconut oil with the wax to prevent this from happening if you do not mind losing the golden color.)
Trim the wick.
Trim the wick with a pair of scissors to about a quarter of an inch.
Light and enjoy!
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