Beeswax candles are beautiful and healthful
Beeswax candles are the only candles I burn inside my home. They have positive health effects on the air we breath. Beeswax also has wonderful properties when used in skincare products. My garden is humming with bees during the warm summer months.
It’s amazing how beautiful battery operated candles have become. The soft warm glow gives them a realistic candle look. They tuck into places that I could never place a burning candle. Still, they don’t replace the flickering flame of a real beeswax candle.
The batteries seem to constantly need changing and we are not talking one battery per candle. It becomes quite an expense keeping them lit.
Being the diy girl that I am, I decided to make healthy beeswax candles.
I was excited to order my first solid block of beeswax. It actually has real health benefits like purifying the air we breath rather than harming it. It smelled amazing.
The easiest way to work with Beeswax is to melt it down into smaller size chunks. Beeswax needs to melt at a low temperature. It can become flammable if care is not taken. Always use a double boiler with any project that melts wax. Keep your burner at a very low setting while your wax is slowly melting down.
When all the wax is melted, pour the liquid into small silicone molds.
As you’re pouring wax into molds, it will begin to harden quickly. You will need to reheat your wax a few times as the liquid amount lessens in your container.
The melting pot is not going to clean up with soap and water. To remove excess wax from your contain, warm it up and wipe out the wax with a paper towel. My container is dedicated to melting wax only.
The wax pops right out of the silicone molds with ease. You are now ready to begin your candle making journey.
First Batch of Candles
When making a candle with a hard wax such as beeswax, the size of the wick will determine just how well your candle will burn. Digging through my craft supplies, I found some cotton wicking and a mold that I had used back in my paraffin wax candle making days.
For my first batch of candles, I mixed the beeswax with palm wax. Beeswax burns much easier with the blend of a softer wax. Use a double boiler to slowly melt your beeswax. After it turns to liquid you can turn off the heat and add your palm wax oil. Beeswax smells absolutely amazing while melting but has almost no fragrance while burning.
My Palm Oil blend was 70% beeswax and 30% palm oil.
I made one candle in the mold and one in a small glass jar about the same size as the mold. The same size wick was used in both. The candle in the glass burned perfectly while the molded candle started to tunnel down the center. They were so close in size I didn’t expect to see these different results. The glass must of keep the wax warmer which helped it to burn evenly.
I remelted my candle from the mold. It was poured into a glass container with a larger wick. This time I added 6 drops of Patchouli oil and 12 drops of Cassia (cinnamon) oil. The essential oils gave the candle a very faint scent. It melted great in the glass container.
Second Batch of Candles
For the next batch I used 70% beeswax and 30% unrefined coconut oil.
I poured the beeswax/coconut oil blend into a candle mold and a glass jar. Once again the candle from the mold started to tunnel down the center. This time I placed my molded candle inside a glass canning jar. Once again, the glass surrounding the wax made for a much better burn.
Both the palm oil and the coconut oil blend burning very similarly.
On both sets of candles, I blew out the flame after the first hour of use. The second time I burnt the candle, I only let it go for two hours. The candle can be relit after it hardens. Taking this extra step will help your candle burn all the way to the bottom of your container.
The coconut oil and the palm oil both produced good results. I will continue to use either when making my candles.