I absolutely love a good beeswax candle. When I started my business, used beeswax by accident. I was trying to multi-task (something that happens with kids running around) and I thought soy wax on my phone. A few days later, a big box full of beeswax pellets arrived at my doorstep. Instead of feeling as though I made a huge mistake, I took it as a sign to learn about the benefits of beeswax. Looking back, I realize that keeping the beeswax made the most sense. I live in a city steeped in Moravian traditions. Beeswax candles during Lovefeast was a part of my childhood (even though I’m not Moravian). I clearly came full circle.
- Wick (cotton or wooden)
- Candle holder (glass jar)
- 2 cups of beeswax pellets
- 1/4 cup of coconut oil (melted or not)
- Essential oil fragrance
The great thing about beeswax candles is that they can be made with just beeswax. It’s all natural and burns clean, which means little to no soot around the house. Also, when the right fragrance is added, your entire place smells so good. I especially like the scents of coffee, apple pie, sweet orange, and champagne (yes, champagne).
It’s also important to choose the right wick. Now, I love a wickless candle, but if I can get the right size cotton wick, I’m loving my candle even more. Choose between a waxed wick, a cotton one (dip it in wax first), or a wooden wick. The possibilities are endless. Once you choose the wick and candle holder, it’ll be time to start.
One thing about candle holders: I love a good glass holder, but tins ones are great too. Try a few out and see which ones work best for you. Just make sure the holder is thick. Now onto melting.
I glue the bottom of the wick to the inside of the candle holder. Now, this took me a few tries because my hand shakes and it completely throws me off. Now I’ve got the hang of it, so give it time. While the glue dries, I place about 2 cups of wax pellets and 1/4 cup of coconut oil into a wax burner and let it melt on low-medium heat. I find that the coconut oil helps the candle not crack when its cooling. After everything melts (approx. 35 minutes), I add fragrance and give everything a good stir. *I don’t measure the fragrance. I go until everything smells divine.
Slowly, pour the wax into the candle holder. Side note: you’ll find many sites saying to invest in clips made for holding the wick while pouring. I use my daughter’s hair clips to hold the wick in place. This way, the wick stays straight and doesn’t curve.
Then I let everything cool. Sometimes, I find that my wax has caved in. Just add some more and let it all cool again. The whole process will take 2-3 days, depending on how large the candle holder is. Once everything has cooled fully, enjoy your new candle.