A few years ago, if you had visited my home you would have been welcomed by the smell of a few candles. A good smelling candle is hard to resist… until you know that it’s hiding all sorts of toxins. (Toxins like fake fragrances and waxes that actually pollute your indoor air!) Once you realize that those scented beauties can damage your health, it’s pretty easy to stop buying them. However, if you still want that charming glow there is thankfully a toxin free alternative: beeswax candles.
Beeswax candles are pretty amazing. Not only do they not have all the toxins that most candles have the ability to actually help clean the air in your home, release negative ions, and as an extra bonus beeswax candles tend to burn longer than other candles.
You can of course buy beeswax candles. No problems with doing that so long as there is no funny stuff added to them. However, why buy when you can DIY? Not to mention that homemade beeswax candles make pretty amazing gifts! You can even customize them by adding your own unique blends of essential oils!
Now I know you might be wondering just how hard is it to make your own beeswax candles… let me put your fears at ease. It is not hard at all! I was able to make this round of candles all while homeschooling my kids and making lunch!
Ok, but what about the mess? Wax is notoriously difficult to clean up! I was wondering how I’d over come this issue. I really didn’t want to heat the beeswax up only to have to clean the container that I used. I could just have a designated beeswax container but I didn’t have one so it just wasn’t going to happen.
I then realized that I could make beeswax candles mess free! That’s right, I didn’t even need to clean on single container! That is a wonderful DIY, right there!
How to Make Beeswax Candles
Skillet or large pan
Canning jar lids
Sticks (for holding the wicks up)
Fill skillet about 1 inch full of water.
Place canning jar lids into the water. (These will act as your “double boiler” so that the jars do not touch the pan.)
Fill jars with beeswax almost to the top.
Heat up water over medium heat.
Carefully place jars on top of the canning jars (water should be about halfway up the jars)
Heat until the beeswax is melted. (This will take about an hour. Do not leave candles unattended.)
Make sure to add more beeswax as it melts or you will end up with a half full candle.
Once your beeswax has melted, carefully remove jars (do one at a time).
Add in essential oils if desired. (20-30 drops per 4 oz)
Take one wick and place into melted beeswax. (this will be a little difficult as you can’t really adhere the wick in place but it’s the cost of having a mess free process)
Use a stick to wrap around the top of the wick and lay on top of the jar to hold the wick in place.
Place somewhere draft free (and not too cold) to cool.
Repeat with remaining candles.
Trim wicks and your candles are finished!