Our Ultimate Guide To Making Your Beeswax Scented Candle
If you are looking to get creative at home and love candles, why not try making your all-natural scented candle at home with some beeswax.
To make beeswax candles at home all you will need is a beeswax coconut oil mix, a double boiler, some jars and essential oils to make the scented candle.
We’ve made an informative step by step guide below which will take you through the benefits of making beeswax candles, which scents you should use and two easy methods to make your candle.
Why Choose Beeswax Candles?
You can make all kinds of candles at home, from paraffin candles to soy candles, but beeswax candles are one of the healthiest and most natural options.
We’ve listed a few benefits to making beeswax candles down below.
- They have fewer chemical compounds – Pure beeswax candles have no chemical compounds, unlike paraffin common candle types.
- More environmentally friendly – These candles are all naturally made and entirely non-toxic, handmade beeswax candle types are even more impressive as you can choose natural fragrances.
- Better burn time – Beeswax candles have a much better burn time than paraffin candles they can burn 3-4 hours long which is why they are often more expensive.
- Hypoallergenic – For people who have allergies, beeswax candles are your best bet over paraffin candles as they are natural and do not produce allergic reactions in people like paraffin wax does with the chemicals.
Which Scents Should I Use In My Beeswax Candles?
If you are wondering which scent to use in your homemade beeswax candles we suggest choosing aromatherapy scents that do not have undesired chemicals inside, fragrance oils will often be made with synthetic materials.
We’ve listed a few of the best scents to use in your beeswax candles below.
Our Guide To Making Your Scented Beeswax Candles
If you’ve made attempts at candle making before and found it difficult, you’ll be happy to know we have two very simple methods to make your beeswax candles down below.
One of our methods uses a cinnamon recipe while the other one uses the double boiler method.
The Double Boiler Method
- A cup of beeswax.
- 1/4 cup of coconut oil.
- Wick stickers and wicks.
- Two teaspoons of fragrance.
- Bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil then place your candle jars with the beeswax and coconut oil inside to melt the wax.
- Grab your other wax container jars and place your wick stickers inside, this will help to keep the wax centre when you pour your melted wax inside.
- Add your chosen fragrance into the wax candles then pour inside the jars and allow them to harden for at least 12 hours.
- Trim around 2 inches of wick when the candle has been set and burn it for two hours, to begin with.
Cinnamon Beeswax Candle Recipe
- One and a half cups of beeswax pellets.
- Half a cup of coconut oil.
- 30 drops of cinnamon oil and 15 of clove.
- 20 drops of orange essential oil.
- Medium cotton wicks or wood wicks.
- A glass mason jar.
- To begin, start by placing the wick into the centre of your mason jar, sturdier wicks can be made by using a wick sticker.
- Heat a pot of water then place a pyrex measuring jug with your beeswax pellets and coconut oil inside, hook the hand over the top to keep it raised and allow it to melt for around 15 minutes stirring now and then.
- Add you are essential oils into the jug, pour into the jar and allow the candle to set, after this, you can trim the excess wick and light!
Frequently Asked Questions About Making Scented Beeswax Candles
What wick size should my beeswax candle have?
The wick size for your candle will differ according to the size of your candle, it should be trimmed to at least 1/4 inch above your candle and is half the diameter of your whole candle.
Are scented beeswax candles safe to burn?
Scented beeswax candles are much more natural to burn than paraffin wax candles, the scents are reported to have no negative side effects, especially if your use essential oils rather than fragrance oil as these are more natural.
Can I melt beeswax in the microwave?
Melting beeswax in the microwave is less safe than using the double boiler method but can be done, it’s best to use medium to high heat and check it in 20-second intervals.
Alternatively, you can use a double boiler method but this will take around 15 minutes as it is a much slower method.
How do I make honey-scented candles?
Beeswax itself will not be heavily honey scented but you can buy honey-scented fragrance oil to boost the scent.
Should I use essential oils or fragrance oils in my beeswax candles?
Fragrance oils can give a nice strong scent to your candles and are better for specialised scents, but they are less natural to burn than essential oils as they are synthetically made and are not from plants, there are however no negative side effects reported unless you are allergic to certain scents.
Why did my beeswax candle crack?
If your homemade candle cracked, it cooled down too quickly, you should always allow your candle to cool at room temperature.
Which types of beeswax should I use for making candles?
You should use pellet beeswax for melting as this is much easier than larger pieces of beeswax.
To conclude, scented beeswax candles are easy to make using a double boiler method, all you need is some beeswax pellets, coconut oil and your fragrance of choice then you are good to go!
We always suggest using wick stickers to make it easier when pouring your melted wax into your candle jar and allowing it to cool slowly to avoid cracks in your candle.
Kirsten Carter is a freelance content writer who specialises in writing about travel, technology and health. When she’s not traveling between her home of Tanzania and England, she writes for her blog Rightminded Travelling and features on a variety of different travel and technology sites.