Homemade Beeswax Candles

Beeswax smells delightful and it cleans the air in your space. When you burn a beeswax candle it releases negative ions that attach to positive ions - think dust, pollen, mold, odors, etc - and acts as an air purifier.

I made these from local beeswax. And honestly it’s really so simple. I love to have candles burning, but I want to reduce the new things I’m buying and this project is the perfect way to do that. You can reuse glass jars, make them with local beeswax and enjoy the natural scents and cleansing qualities.

What you’ll need to make about 8 candles approximately 4 oz. candles.

16 oz. beeswax (local if you can)

8, 4 oz jars (I used various jars from jelly, sundried tomatoes, etc)

4 Tbsp coconut oil

60-70 drops of essential oils, optional

8 candle wicks (I got mine here @scentsofh

Chisel/ screwdriver


Double boiler - or just make one, I used a medium saucepan in a larger frying pan

8 clothespins

I got two 1/2 lb blocks of beeswax from Swan’s Honey in Albion, ME. I had to chisel and break it up into chunks using a screw driver and hammer.

I’ll say you should really designate specific items as your candle making equipment. Once you have it all broken up you add it to your saucepan (double boiler) and bring the water to a low simmer. The beeswax will melt after about 30 ish minutes - stir regularly with a wooden skewer to help it melt faster.

Get it in your “double boiler”

Once it’s almost completely melted add in your coconut oil. Now, I didn’t do this part but I will moving forward. You should take the wax off the stove and let it cool ever so slightly because it will cool in the jar and contract, leaving a slight gap around the candle and the glass jar. It doesn’t affect anything when burning, but your candle may burn better and more evenly and it’ll just look nicer.

Nice and empty - still needs some time to be completely melted.

Once cooled slightly add in your essential oils - if using. Dip the bottom of your candle wick into the melted wax and stick it to the bottom of your jars, do that for all the jars.

Then slowly pour in the wax to fill the jars. You should leave about 1-2 inches unfilled at the top.

Now, take the clothespins and stick the wick through the little hole to keep them centered while they dry. Now just leave them to dry for at least 24 hours. Once dried trim the wick to a 1/4 inch before burning.

And you’re now ready to enjoy the wonderful benefits of homemade beeswax candles.

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