Simple & Easy Beeswax Candle Recipe
Do you find joy in creating your own hand made products? I do. This is especially true when working with beeswax. One of the most popular beeswax uses involves making your own candles. It is a simple and fun way to be creative. And best of all, a beeswax candle recipe does not require a lot of ingredients.
Finding or making your own beeswax candles does involve a bit of effort. Why would you bother?
Well there are many reasons for considering beeswax over other candle types. Beeswax is a natural wax. It burns clean adding no pollutants to the air.
And, you can build upon the wonderful properties of beeswax by using a mixture of beeswax and other quality oils.
Beeswax vs Paraffin for Candles
Beeswax is made by honeybees. How do bees make beeswax? Interestingly, it is only the female worker bees who can accomplish this task.
The bees consume honey and produce wax from glands on their abdomen. This excess beeswax is used by the bees to construct their home.
How do we get wax to use for projects? Excess wax is left over after beekeepers harvest honey.
This is a valuable product from the hive so it is saved and used for many things.
Paraffin is a byproduct of the oil refining industry. Like beeswax, it is used in many health and beauty regimes.
Because paraffin is relatively cheap, it is a favorite of large candle making companies. Candles can be made with the bland paraffin wax and colors and scents are added.
In recent years, paraffin has fallen out of favor with consumers looking for natural products. Some studies have reported the possibility of harmful fumes being released by the burning of paraffin.
How much of a problem is this risk? That depends on who you ask.
Some resources say the risk is minimal and it would take years to have any negative effect. But, do you want to take the risk?
Cleaning Beeswax for Candles
When raw beeswax is removed from the hive, it will contain traces of honey and other goodies. We want to remove these and have a clean block of wax.
Honey residues will prevent your candle from burning properly. The wick may become plugged and not function well.
If you are using raw beeswax, check out my post on Cleaning or Rendering Beeswax for tips on preparing your raw wax.
Best Beeswax Candle Recipe
Let’s start with the basics. There are many ways to create candles using wax. Rolled, molded and dipped are all popular methods. But today we are talking about poured candles.
To create your own beeswax candles, you need 3 things:
Beeswax Candle Ingredients
- clean beeswax
- proper sized candle wick
- container or mold
Beeswax Candle Recipe Instructions
1. Melt your beeswax using a double boiler. The amount of wax needed will depend on the size of your mold or container.
The great thing about beeswax is that you can remelt it and start again if you have a problem. So you do not have to stress over an exact measurement of wax.
2. Choose your wick size based on the diameter of the candle. If you purchase a mold made especially for beeswax candles, the mold company will suggest a wick size to use.
For most first-timers, it is common to use a small glass canning jar (like a jelly jar).
A #4 square braided cotton wick is the most common wick size used for small jar beeswax candles. The wick size for candles made of beeswax is different than that of other waxes.
3. Measure a length of wick that will fit down into the glass jar – all the way to the bottom. Add about 3″ extra to your wick length.
You want the wick to reach the bottom of the jar and have enough extra to gently tie around a wooden craft stick.
This holds the candle wick in place while the wax cools. You do not have to purchase a skewer or craft stick to hold your candle wick. Anything that supports the wick will work just fine.
4. Once your wick is in place, pour the melted wax into the container. Leave to cool for at least 6 hours.
5. Now you should be able to remove the craft stick (wick support) from the top of the beeswax candle.
You will want to trim the wick – leaving about ½ of excess wick sticking out of the top of the candle.
These simple instructions refer to making a candle of pure beeswax. However, beeswax can be mixed with other waxes or oils such as coconut oil, palm oil or soy.
Beeswax and Coconut Oil Candle Recipe
Coconut oil is a great partner to pair with beeswax when creating container candles. It is readily available and not very expensive.
Feel free to experiment with different ratio mixtures. A blend of 3 parts beeswax to 1 part coconut oil is common.
Soy and Beeswax Candle Recipe
Soy wax is another wax that is often used in candle making. It is a smooth wax that burns well.
When added to beeswax, the soy and beeswax blend forms a candle that is less likely to crack when cooling.
Also, when adding softer waxes or oils to beeswax, you end up with a softer candle that can do other things.
Working with beeswax is a lot of fun. It is easy to manage and you can remelt and try again if you make a mistake.
Experiment with different types of beeswax candling making. Whether making beeswax candles with molds, pouring container candles or creating rolled beeswax candles, you are sure to have an enjoyable time.