Beeswax candles are beautiful, natural and relatively easy to make. The beeswax itself can be obtained from a craft store or local beekeeper. Keep in mind that beeswax candles have a naturally sweet, honeyed scent. Therefore, even those candles that are made without any added aromas will have a pleasant smell. If you must add your own fragrance, do so in moderation and keep in mind that it should complement and not clash with the natural scent of beeswax. Almond and vanilla are good choices that will create a delicious, sweet scent.
Things You'll Need
- Metal wick clip
- Glass container
- Double boiler
- Wooden spoon
Making a Beeswax Candle
Prepare your wick. Thread one end of a candle wick through a metal wick stand. Place the stand flat on the bottom of the candle container. Wrap the top of the wick around a pencil and lay this across the mouth of the container to hold the wick in place.
Melt the beeswax. This can be done by placing the wax in the upper container of a double boiler. Stir with a wooden spoon while melting. Once the wax is melted, you can add a drop or two of fragrance if desired. Keep in mind that the candle will smell naturally of honey, so pairing this with other subtle, sweet scents such as almond or vanilla will work best. For a more exotic pairing, consider papaya, mango, and other tropical fragrances.
Transfer the melted wax from the double boiler to a container with a spout that will make pouring your candle easier.
Pour the melted wax into your candle container, being careful not to bump the wick. Let the candle set for at least 24 hours to dry completely. Trim the wick before burning
Tips & Warnings
- For an even simpler beeswax candle, buy a sheet of beeswax and roll it up around a prepared wick.
- Never leave hot wax untended, and always keep out of the reach of children and pets.
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