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How to Make Beeswax Candles at Home

Candles indeed make a delightful addition to your home. The faint glow and flicker of a candle create the perfect cosy mood to relax and enjoy. However, there are a number of limitations associated with the use of regular candles. Paraffin candles are created from substances that release toxins into the air and can pollute your home with artificial chemicals and fragrances. They also emit carcinogens into the air like toluene and benzene.

But what if you could enjoy the charm of a candle and be sure that the quality of your indoor air is being maintained?

Well, we have the perfect natural alternative that not only allows you to enjoy the golden glow but also purifies the air. If you are a candle-lover and eager to enjoy the aroma and ambience created by candles, why not try making your own beeswax candles at home? Beeswax candles are organic and natural with a sweet smell. They serve as an air purifier and have been used for centuries to fill spaces with a gorgeous aroma.

The Benefits of Beeswax Candles:

Beeswax candles make a healthy alternative to paraffin candles, with their ability to cleanse the air. When burned, beeswax produces negative ions. As opposite charges attract, the negative ions emitted by beeswax combine with the dust, dirt and chemicals. The newly formed particles are heavy and are pulled down to be swept away or vacuumed. In this manner, beeswax cleans the air naturally and improves the quality of air of your home. Natural beeswax candles do not have any synthetic ingredients that can cause adverse reactions. Moreover, they burn longer than regular candles.

Are you a candle enthusiast? Do you wish to create an inviting and warm space with beeswax candles? The process of making beeswax candles is easy and fun. You just need a few things to enjoy the goodness of a pure beeswax candle.

Step by step guide to making your own beeswax candles:

With the following recipe, you can either make two 340 gram candles, three 225 gram candles or six 115 gram candles.

Can essentials oils be added to beeswax candle?

Most beeswax has a faint honey smell and blends perfectly with a range of essential oils. However, to ensure that the beeswax holds on to the fragrance, you can add a little coconut oil to the candles for a long-lasting aroma. Moreover, adding coconut oil can also help you to stretch the beeswax further. You can infuse your candles lightly with essential oils to ensure that the smell is not too powerful.

What you need to make the candles:

450 grams beeswax
½ cup melted coconut oil
1-2 tablespoon essential oils
Medium sized cotton wicks with the tabs attached
(For safety reasons, make sure that wick sizes match container/mould sizes. Refer to a wick size chart)
Jars
Wick stickers

When buying beeswax, opting for beeswax granules can make it easier for you, as compared to the beeswax blocks. The blocks are difficult to chop as they are very hard. In comparison, the granules can help you to save time. Beeswax candles burn slowly and require wicks that are thicker and sturdier. The manner in which the wick burns varies widely and is determined by a number of factors. The size of the container and the level of refinement of the beeswax have an impact on it. You may need to experiment to figure out the size of the container and beeswax that best works for you.

Method:

  1. Begin by picking a wick with the wick tab attached and placing a wick sticker on to the tab.
  2. Peel the paper from the exposed side of the wick sticker.
  3. The wick must then be attached to the bottom centre of the container or jar.
  4. Following this, melt the wax and oil in a double boiler. You can even create a double boiler by placing a pot with 2.5cmof water and another smaller pot or bowl inside it.
  5. After the beeswax melts, add the essential oil as desired.
  6. Thoroughly stir the beeswax, coconut and essential oil together. You can even use a wooden chopstick for this.
  7. Next, pour the wax into the jars.
  8. Place the wick in such a manner that it lies in the centre. You can use a pencil across the jar and tape the wick to it. Alternatively, you can even use a clothespin and place the wick through its centre.
  9. Place the jars in a space that is warm. The process of hardening must be gradual to ensure that there are no cracks. You can even place the finished candle in warm water so that it cools  down slowly and does not crack.
  10. Allow the candles to settle for two days following which the wick can be trimmed by 0.5cm.
  11. When you light the candles, the flame must be directed towards the base of the wick. This will result in some of the wax to melt and the flame is drawn up.
  12. You can even make beeswax candles in exciting shapes. You can use rubber moulds to create candles of different shapes.

Tips to efficiently clean up the wax from the bowl:

Getting rid of the beeswax from the bowl in which it is melted is often a difficult task. We have a tip that can make the process of cleaning your bowl much simpler. Preheat your oven to 93degC. Turn it off and place the bowl in it. The wax in the bowl will melt completely in a few minutes and then you can easily remove it with a tissue paper.

Are you eager to explore the joy of making your own beeswax candles at home? If you are looking for pure ingredients, N-Essentials has some of the best products in store for you.

N-Essentials brings to you a wide range of pure, natural and organic cosmetics and essential oils. In case you are looking for more information about pure ingredients and essential oils, feel free to call us today. Alternatively, you can also email us at info@n-essentials.com.au.