When we got our starter kit of oils, my eyes were opened to all the ways I could do better as a mom & wife. Among things I learned, was about all the toxic things that were in the candles I had stashed around our home. All the terribly toxic ingredients that were put into the air from the candle wax, let alone what is added to some candle wicks to attain a certain type of burn.. I threw them all them in the trash. I was always diffusing oils everyday anyway, so it was a pretty easy decision to make. But lately, candles have been on my mind – maybe it was wondering the aisles of Hobby Lobby that are stocked with all the beautiful Fall things..
So looking into how I could make a non-toxic candle led me to making a super simple beeswax candle that is also beneficial – the beeswax actually helps purify the air and the essentials oils you choose to use provide all their wonderful benefits – sleep support, stress, calming, grounding.
+ 1 cup Organic Yellow or White Beeswax Pellets* (I had yellow on hand)
+ 1/4 cup Organic Coconut Oil
+ Glass jars: 2- 4 ounce or 1- 8 ounce
+ 20-50 drops essential oils of choice – depending on how strong you want the aroma
*You can choose any beeswax, but make sure it’s pure beeswax. Stay away from Paraffin and soy. If you can find a 100% organic soy, you may be able to use that, but often times soy wax is cut with paraffin which is pretty toxic when burned.
1. In order to make the candles, you need to use the double boiler method- I used a large mason jar for this. In a small sauce pan bring water to boil. Once the water is warm put a glass jar in the middle of the pan with the beeswax and coconut oil in it.
2. While you wait for the beeswax to melt, prepare the candle jars. You need to make sure the wick stays in place when you pour the wax into the containers. You can use wick stickers, tape, a glue gun to glue or hot wax to stick the wick to the bottom of the glass jar.
3. Once the beeswax and coconut oil are completely melting, use a spoon to mix it up and speed up the process a little.
Once there are no trace of beeswax pellets and everything has melted, turn of the stove top and let cool 10-15 minutes. Then add the essential oils of choice.
I chose the “Anthropologie Blend” (8oz candle):
10 drops Geranium
10 drops Idaho Blue Spruce
15 drops Grapefruit
15 drops Orange
And “Lemon Drop” (8oz candle):
1 tbsp pure vanilla extract
20 drops Lemon
20 drops Jade Lemon
*Adjust drops accordingly for lighter or stronger scent – when I do another batch I will probably make mine a little stronger.
Mix with a spoon for a few seconds and transfer the beeswax into the glass jars. I used a popsicle stick to support the wicks while the wax cooled.
The beeswax will take a few hours to harden – it’s best to let it harden in a warmer room so it doesn’t crack (like one of mine shown here – I was impatient and stuck it in the freezer).
Cracks can also happen if the beeswax is settling. To fix this, just melt a little bit of beeswax to create a thin layer to cover the top of the candle and let it reharden.
Wait about 12 hours to make sure the beeswax is completely set and hardened. Trim the excess wick off.
Now your candle is ready to be burned and enjoyed!
What scent are you going to make yours?!
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