Candles, even in this day and age, provide a distinct warmth and comfort to our homes. Candles, for many, encourage relaxation and help us slow down in our fast-paced life. Unfortunately, many candles continue to be created with paraffin wax and synthetic smells. Scented beeswax candles, on the other hand, help to keep the air in our homes pure while also being twice as warm with their wonderful natural golden glow! So, how is beeswax made for candles?
What makes beeswax candles superior?
According to CNN, in contrast to paraffin candles, which emit known carcinogens such as benzene and toluene into the air, beeswax candles burn cleanly and neutralize pollutants.
By emitting negative ions, beeswax candles purify the air. Toxins bond to these ions, and contaminants are neutralized. And for those of us working for a more sustainable, zero-waste lifestyle, beeswax candles are not only eco-friendly, but they also burn slower than paraffin candles and last far longer. Just like we did, you may reuse oui yogurt jars into sustainable candles for a unique zero waste present.
What type of beeswax should you use for making beeswax candles?
When it comes to how to make beeswax candles, you have three wax options.
The first of these are beeswax blocks. You can purchase a large 1 pound block or a little 1 ounce blocks. For quick melting, shred the blocks with a cheese grater or break them into small parts. If you know a local beekeeper, you can get raw beeswax directly from the source. However, it must be filtered before being used to make perfumed beeswax candles. Beeswax pastilles are another alternative. In our experience, they are the most user-friendly of the options. There is no need for filtering or shredding! Beeswax pastilles melt quickly and are equally simple to measure.
Which wicks work best for beeswax candles?
We use these hemp candle wicks made from 100 percent organic hemp as the best wicks for beeswax candles. They are biodegradable, non-toxic, and dipped in natural beeswax.
Wood wicks are yet another excellent choice for homemade beeswax candles. They are harvested from sustainable sources, are completely natural, and are non-toxic. Did you know that wood wicks crackle in the same way that wood stacked in a fireplace does? Why do wood-wick candles crackle? These two factors contribute to the phenomena of cracking candles.
How to make scented beeswax candles?
Supplies and Ingredients:
- 2 4-ounce repurposed french yogurt jars
- 2 pre-waxed hemp candle wicks
- 6 ounces beeswax blocks or pastilles
- 1-ounce coconut oil
- 2 wick centering devices
- 2 wick sticker tabs
- 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon essential oil
- candle melting pitcher
- heat resistant silicone whisk
- candle thermometer
- digital kitchen scale
Guide step by step
- Step 1: Place wicks & measure beeswax wax
Insert a wick sticker onto the center of each yogurt jar. Then attach it to the wick tab. To make two candles, weigh 6 ounces of beeswax on a kitchen scale.
- Step 2: Melt beeswax
Pour the measured beeswax into a candle melting pitcher to securely melt the wax. Then, set the wax-filled pitcher inside a big saucepan with about 2 inches of water. Heat on medium to low heat, keep in mind that the melting point of beeswax is 144 degrees Fahrenheit. With a heat-resistant silicone spatula, stir often.
Remove the pitcher from the fire as soon as the wax has melted to prevent it from becoming too hot or burning. Scoop 1 ounce of coconut oil into the melted wax and stir until blended.
- Step 3: Cool & scent beeswax with essential oils
Then, to keep track of the temperature, place a candle thermometer inside the pitcher. Allow the wax to cool to between 125°F and 120°F before adding 1 ½ tablespoons lemon essential oil. Stir regularly for 2 minutes to thoroughly mix the aroma.
- Step 4: Pour scented beeswax
Pour your lemon-scented beeswax into each glass yogurt jar carefully. To help hold the wicks in place during the curing process, install an optional centering device over each one. Allow the candles to cool and the wax to set for 30 minutes to an hour before trimming each wick. Trim each wick to 14 inches in length. Do not light your scented beeswax candles until they have cured for at least 3 days, no matter how tempting it may be.
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Q1: why add coconut oil to beeswax candles?
There are a few reasons why you should use coconut oil in beeswax candles. To begin, coconut oil or coconut wax can help beeswax burn more consistently while preventing candle issues such as tunneling. It can be found in premium candle wax mixtures like this one.
Second, essential oils do not like high temperatures and typically have a poor hot throw when compared to other candle scent options. Despite the fact that their cold throw is outstanding. In any case, when it comes to candle production, adding coconut oil to beeswax candles can assist amplify the aroma of essential oils.
Q2: Can I substitute olive oil with the coconut oil?
Because olive oil is liquid at room temperature and coconut oil is semi-solid, the candle will be soft. As a result, we do not advocate utilizing it.
Q3: I have some extra beeswax. What am I supposed to do with it?
Reusable food wrap, moisturizing hand salve, homemade crayons, citronella candles, solid perfume, and magnesium body butter are all possibilities.