Does the smell of artificial fragrances give you a headache? One of the worst offenders for this is cheap, scented candles loaded up with synthetic smells. Not only do they not smell so good once you light them up, they fill the room with less than desirable toxins.
For anyone who can’t tolerate strong, chemical based fragrances, beeswax candles scented with essential oils are perfect. Even if this isn’t an issue for you, the pure scents of essential oils versus synthetic fragrances are much nicer. Combine these natural scents with beeswax instead of paraffin (a mineral oil from petroleum) and you’ve got a winner.
Beeswax candles are easy to make with only a few simple ingredients needed. If you are keen to try this natural and healthy alternative, here we’ll show you everything about how to make beeswax candles with essential oils.
Aromatherapy Benefits of Essential Oil Candles
Once you include essential oils in candles, they will not only give out beautiful aromas, but also therapeutic benefits. The odors of organic compounds, like essential oils, cause a change in your body chemistry. This in turn results in physical and emotional effects that are beneficial to your well being.
Each oil gives a different effect and there are many options for blending them. You can create your own unique aromas while benefiting from the healing properties of the essential oils. Here’s an example:
Classic holiday spices like cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, clove and ginger give a feeling of calm and well being. Specifically, cinnamon has antibacterial, antimicrobial, antiviral and anti inflammatory properties.
Lemon essential oil cleanses and deodorizes while giving mental clarity with a fresh scent.
Combining cinnamon and lemon for a scented candle will give warm, spicy aromas like home baked apple pie. But at the same time you are triggering healing reactions in your body and imparting a sense of tranquility, well being and clarity.
What You Need for Homemade Candles
Beeswax is ideal for homemade candles thanks to its ability to burn for a long time. The easiest form to use for candles is beeswax pellets like these.
Here’s a few things to know about beeswax candles:
- They will give off a sweet, honey-like smell.
- Depending on what bees were pollinating, the color may vary between batches. Just like there is dark and light honey, there is dark and light beeswax.
- You need to trim beeswax candles regularly to ensure the wick stays exposed.
- Store bought beeswax candles are likely to contain hardeners. Making your own ensures the purest beeswax candles possible.
Wicks are readily available online or at local home goods and hardware stores. No candle exists without them so here’s what you need to know:
- The main function of a candle wick is to draw the wax up towards the flame so it burns continuously.
- The braided natural fibers of a wick burn easily to make it work.
- How well a candle burns is directly related to the wick’s thickness relative to the candle size.
- If the wick is too thick, the candle flickers, sputters and eventually burns out. In contrast, if it is too thin, the flame will be weak and not stay lit for long.
- It is important to select the right wick size and length for the candle you are creating. A proper wick ensures the candle will burn for a long time with no sputtering or dying out.
- As a candle wick can be too short or long, be sure to keep it trimmed to the proper height.
There are several types of candle wicks but not all are suitable for beeswax candles. The best choice are those made from cotton material. The shape of the wicks can be flat or square with the latter being the best option. They are a bit more rounded in shape.
The easiest to use are those that are pre-waxed and pre-tabbed. They will stand straight (with some proper support) and are easy to position.
Once you’ve got the beeswax and wicks sorted, it’s time to look at what containers you will use for the candles. Obvious no-no’s are plastic, wood and paper – they will melt or burn!
The best options for your hand made candles are:
- Glass mason jars – all different sizes.
- Glass votives – plain, painted and decorated.
- Mini tins
- You can also use a mold to shape the candle. Once it is set, you remove it from the mold so it stands alone on a dish or holder. There are heaps of different shapes, sizes and designs. Take a look at these candle molds.
DIY Beeswax Candles with Essential Oils Recipe
Equipment and Ingredients
- Beeswax pellets – as a guide use 1.5 times the size of your container
- Essential oils – you can use single oils or blends*
- Large pot or double boiler
- Glass or ceramic jug, preferably with a handle
- Cotton wicks
- Pencil or chopstick to support wicks while beeswax hardens
- Misc items – scissors, spoon, spatula
*Here are some oil blend recipes to get you started.
Bring a pot of water to the boil. Put just enough water into the pot so it comes a maximum of two thirds of the way up the side of your melting jug.
Place the required amount of beeswax into your glass jug. Carefully put the jug into the pot of water. If possible, leave the handle hanging over the side so it doesn’t get hot.
Get your wick measured and ready. Cut the required length to fit the container you will be pouring into. Support the wick between two chopsticks or pencils in the middle of the jar or container. If it has a tab, make sure this is sitting on the bottom of the container.
Once the wax is completely melted, stir in the essential oils with a glass rod or end of a spoon. Use around 25 drops (1 ml) of essential oils for every 1 oz (28 grams) of beeswax.
Pour in the melted wax while holding the wick carefully in place. Fill to the top of the jar.
Allow the wax to cool and harden.
Snip the wick to about half an inch.
Your candle is ready to go!
Step-by-Step Candle Making Video
The video below steps through making a beeswax candle using essential oils. It has some great tips including how to grease the jug so it is easier to clean.
Homemade beeswax candles are quick, easy and fun to make. Not only are they great for decorating and scenting your own home, but they make a wonderful homemade gift. Family and friends will love them as much as you enjoy making them.
Get creative with the essential oils used and enjoy a different smell each time. No more synthetic ingredients or artificial smells. Just the subtle, sweet smell of honey infused with empowering essential oils.
Light and enjoy!