How to make perfect beeswax candles
It’s cosy season. Creating cosy spaces at this time of year is my favourite thing to do, it helps get through the long dark days and creates a feeling of warmth when the outside world is cold and damp.
Lighting the wood burning stove, lots of cosy blankets and wholesome hearty meals are part of my winter routine but there's other things I love to do to make winter special, making natural candles is one of them.
I love burning candles through winter months, the dancing light of a burning wick brings a sense of cheer and happiness.
We all know that shop bought candles contain lots of nasty stuff we really don't want to be breathing in, they're also very expensive and cost less than half the price to make ourselves with a bit of wax and old jam jars.
It became a mission of mine to learn how to make my own beautiful natural candles. If you've followed me for a while you'll know that I'm a bit of a homemade geek!
Homemade candles also make gorgeous gifts for friends and family. They save you money on shop bought and it’s really simple to make basic candles.
After years of perfecting my technique and learning all there is to know about making natural scented candles I launched my own brand of candles over two years ago, this little side business now provides part of the essential income for the farm.
Below I’m going to show you how to make basic unscented bees wax candles which is a great place to start out on your candle making journey.
If you’d like to get a bit more technical and learn how to use essential oils, different waxes and vessels take a look at my natural candle making online course. For the entrepreneurs out there you can also learn how to turn this therapeutic hobby in to a fully fledged business!
How to Make Beeswax Candles
- Wicks (I use hemp wicks but cotton are great too)
- Glass jars (clean jam jars work great!)
- Double boiler for melting the wax, when I started I used a heavy based pan and Pyrex jug which made the wax easy to pour once melted.
(A Note About Amounts: 500g of beeswax equals approximately 580ml in volume. For this tutorial, I used 500g of beeswax. It filled two 250ml jam jars and one smaller 100ml jam jar. If you have more or less beeswax, simply fill more or less jars.)
Set up your double boiler and place the beeswax in you jug or bowl. Place the jug over the pan of just off the boil water and continue to simmer until it's melted.
To prepare your jars and wicks -
You have to make sure your wick stays in the middle of the jar as you pour the wax in to the vessel. There are a fwe ways you can do this:
- Use a glue dots to stick the wick to the bottom of the jar
- Attach the wick to the jar with super glue
- As the wax starts to melt dip your wick in to the wax and secure it to the bottom of the jar with the cooled wax (my chosen method)
- Use wooden skewers to prop/stabilize the wick.
- Or use a combination of these methods.
Curl the wick around a skewer to keep it from moving when the wax is poured in the jar.
Pour the melted beeswax into the jar, almost to the top. Set the jars aside and allow them to cool at room temperature until they are set completely.
Always trim the wick to about 2mm before burning.
- Can I scent my homemade beeswax candles? Yes. However beeswax isn’t the best wax for scent throw. When I make bees wax candles I use my aroma diffuser with essential oils. Essential oils don’t like high temperatures, this is a little more scientific to learn.