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Beeswax Candles

Make your own beeswax candles scented with your favorite essential oils and fresh herbs.
Prep Time25 mins
Cooling Time3 hrs
Total Time3 hrs 25 mins
Course: Home Decor
Cuisine: DIY
Keyword: beeswax
Yield: 2 candles
Author: Stephanie Pollard
Cost: $14

Equipment

  • Cotton wicks
  • 2 12-ounce glass jars
  • Masking tape
  • Small saucepan
  • Tin can - either one 28-ounce or two 15-ounce cans

Materials

Instructions

  • Place beeswax into one large can or divide evenly between two smaller cans.
  • Fill a small sauce pan with 2 inches of water and place your can in the center. Turn the burner to medium-low heat and keep a close eye on your beeswax while it melts.
  • While you're waiting for the wax to melt, set up your wicks. I took a piece of masking tape and punched a small hole in the center with a sharp knife. Then I slid my wick through the hole, centered the tape over the top of one of the jars and secured it to both sides.
  • Once your beeswax has melted, turn off the heat and add your coconut oil. Finally, add about 20 drops of each of your essential oils and stir with a popsicle stick or plastic spoon.
  • Pour the wax into two 12-ounce glass jars.
  • If desired, wait a few minutes for the wax to set up slightly and submerge a few fresh herbs into the wax to give it a pretty, earthy look.
  • Let your candles cool on the counter (to avoid cracking, do not put your candles in the refrigerator) for 5 or 6 hours before trimming the wicks.

Notes

While the beeswax blocks can be a little less expensive, unless you soften it in the microwave (a messy process) or have incredibly strong wrists, it’s nearly impossible to chop! At one point I thought my knife was about to snap in half when I tried cutting it into pieces, so don’t be like me. Save time—and knives—and buy the granules if possible.