How to Melt Beeswax for Candles

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Beeswax has a long and varied history, dating back to ancient times. Throughout the history of beeswax, a common theme remains--people place significant value on this natural substance. Beeswax is a frequent ingredient in candles, cosmetics and soaps. As a candle ingredient, beeswax provides an exceptionally clean and long burn with a light and natural scent. Melt beeswax for candles carefully for optimal control over temperature and melting to avoid damaging the wax.

Things You'll Need

  • 4-qt. saucepan
  • 2-qt. pouring pot such as a metal coffee pot
  • Beeswax pellets
  • Digital thermometer with probe
  • Metal spoon
  • Hot pads
  • Candle mold
  • Fill the saucepan with 2 inches of water. Set the saucepan on the stovetop and boil the water.

  • Pour the beeswax pellets into the pouring pot. Use 1 lb. of beeswax pellets to melt into 10.5 oz. of melted wax. Measure an appropriate amount of beeswax to produce the amount of melted wax you need for your candles.

  • Set the pouring pot in the boiling water and reduce the burner heat to medium-low to keep the water simmering.

  • Insert the thermometer probe into the beeswax pellets.

  • Stir the wax pellets as they melt with a metal spoon. If a lump of melting wax develops in the center of the pouring pot, break it up with the metal spoon to encourage faster melting.

  • Add more water to the saucepan if the water level goes below 2 inches.

  • Monitor the beeswax temperature to make sure it stays below 160 F. Temperatures over 160 F can damage the wax and create a fire hazard.

  • Lift the pouring container from the hot water when the wax melts completely and pour it into your candle molds. Use hot pads to protect your hands from the hot container, as well as from steam and hot wax. Beeswax melts at 147 F.

Tips & Warnings

  • Never leave melting beeswax unattended.
  • Keep children away from the wax as it melts.
  • Monitor the wax temperature carefully to ensure it never exceeds 160 F.

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