How To Make Beeswax Candles With Luxurious Aromas

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DIY Beeswax candles are both fun and easy to make.

So we’ve covered nearly every type of wax for making candles, but there’s still another type I also wanted to show you guys, how to make beeswax candles.

We’ve used sheets of beeswax to make no melt, rolled beeswax pillar candles, but that’s a craft I think is best done with the kids as it’s a lot of fun. So I thought it would be nice to have a go at melting and pouring our own beeswax candles!

Today I’m going to show you two methods, first I’m making beeswax jar candles and further down the page you will find some super cute little beeswax tealights that are just gorgeous.

But as I’m sure you know, beeswax is the most expensive wax available. So I wanted to go a little further with these and scent them with essential oils for the most luxurious diy beeswax candles you can make at home. But don’t worry; you can just substitute it for fragrance oil if you wish.

So let’s get on with how to make beeswax candles.

Some notes on making beeswax candles

Homemade beeswax candles are the perfect gift for your friends and family

There are a few things I wanted to discuss before we get onto the method of making beeswax candles. The most important of which is how much to actually use.

  • For tealights, I’d say around 3.5 ounces or 100g of beeswax should make around 4 or 5 tealights. Bear in mind that beeswax is a natural product, so depending on where you source it the weight may differ slightly. Just make sure you have a few tealight cups spare so you can use up all your wax if you have any leftover.
  • As for jars – if you fill your jar with water, the weight of this water is roughly how much beeswax you’ll need. Obviously beeswax is heavier than water, but this will make sure you have enough left over to top up an uneven surface and fix sink holes. If you have quite a bit left, just use the rest to make tealights or store it in sealed, plastic sandwich bags.
  • Another thing I wanted to mention was coloring a beeswax candle. Your ordinary, run of the mill yellow beeswax can be a bit of a nightmare to color. It’s natural, yellow tint means you’ll need to use a lot of dye and you still probably won’t get what you want (red dye will usually turn the beeswax orange, not red). A good alternative to this is to use white beeswax, which is ordinarily used for cosmetics. It’s pretty much the same as your standard yellow, just with a much softer color. But remember it’s a natural product, and you won’t ever find white beeswax that is as pure white as something synthetic like paraffin. Just experiment and see what color dyes look best.

The Finish Of Your Beeswax Candle

I also wanted to comment on the overall look of a jar candle, particularly when using a more natural wax such as beeswax. You’ll notice in the pictures that the sides of the jar seem a bit mottled. It looks as if they’re layered; as if I poured them in stages. This isn’t the case, and I’ll explain why this can happen.

There’s a certain amount of luck when pouring a candle. Sometimes you’ll get a perfect finish, other times you won’t. The finish will depend on a few variables, including the surface of the inside of your jar, pouring temperature and the temperature of the jar when pouring.

I’ve experimented with warming my jars before pouring, but have had mixed results.

Some of the most expensive and luxurious candles in the world have an appearance similar to this, mostly because they’re hand made by expert candle makers rather than machines and conveyor belts. Remember that you’re making this yourself. We’re not computers. Nothing is going to be perfect.

I like to think of them as beautiful little imperfections, a testament to the love and care you’ve put into making these yourself.

What You Need For Beeswax Candle Making

What you will need for beeswax candle making

Method For Making Beeswax Candles

First I’m going to take you through the process of how to make a beeswax jar candle. However, many of the techniques are going to be similar for the tea lights so I’ll run through that quickly at the end.

Step 1: Melt your beeswax the same way I showed you in the candle making guide for beginners here. Just like you would melt any other type of wax, in a double boiler (bain-marie). This should take a few minutes, so keep an eye on it and stir occasionally. In the meantime, we can get on with the candle wicking.

Step 2: Using a hot glue gun, glue the stabilizer attached to the bottom of your pre waxed wick to the inside base of your jar. Your wick should stick out at the top.

glue the stabilizer attached to the bottom of your pre waxed wick to the inside base of your jar

Step 3: Now your wax should be nice and melted. This is the point where you will want to add your luxurious essential oils. For these candles, I’ve used sweet orange essential oil. It’s a relatively cheap essential oil to buy, and a perfect scent for a candle. You’ll want to add around 6% of the weight of your wax.

Step 4: Slowly pour your wax into your jars. You may find your prewaxed wicks begin to droop at this point. To keep them nice and straight, stabilize them using a wick holder, pencil or some bamboo sticks, much like I have In the picture below.

Slowly pour your wax into your jars.

Step 5: Leave your beeswax candle to harden for about an hour or two. At this stage we’ll want to fix any sink holes that are present in the candle. Using a bamboo stick, poke a few holes around the wick (being careful not to disturb it). Then leave your candle for another hour and then top up with your remaining wax. A full explanation on fixing sink holes with photos can be found on the basics of candlemaking page at why do homemade candles sink in the middle.

top up with your remaining wax.

Once your diy beeswax candle has fully hardened, it will be ready to burn. I always recommend leaving a candle for about 48 hours before burning, just to make sure it has fully settled. But otherwise, at this point your done!

Homemade beeswax candles are the perfect gift for your friends and family

How To Make Beeswax Tealights

As I’ve said, tealights are a very similar method as the jars, so I’ll run through how to make beeswax candles using tealights mostly with pictures and give you some helpful notes in the captions.

First, wick all of your beeswax tealight cases
First, wick all of your beeswax tealight cases
when you wax has melted, use dye to color your candles
Then, when you wax has melted, use dye to color your candles. Use small amounts at first, as some dyes can be very concentrated. If your dye does not mix properly, pop it back on the double boiler and let the dye melt.
add any essential oil or fragrance oil you want.
Now at this stage you’ll want to add any essential oil or fragrance oil you want. Make sure this is done after adding any dye, as we don’t want to subject our scented oils to a higher temperature.
Pour your beeswax into your wicked tealight cases.
Pour your beeswax into your wicked tealight cases.
Leave your tealights for at least 24 hours before lighting or gifting.
Leave your tealights for at least 24 hours before lighting or gifting. As these are quite small, I don’t routinely attempt to fix sink holes. They should be just fine as is.

 

So there we have it, you now know how to make beeswax candles, scented with the sacred and luxurious aromas of essential oils. These make absolutely fantastic gifts, and you can tailor your scents and colors to suit the person you’re gifting. You could purchase a little tealight holder to gift alongside your amazing diy beeswax candles, just to give it that extra touch.

Don’t forget to share this or one of my other candles on your social medias so you can impress your friends and keep them up to date with all your amazing crafty endeavors. I’ll do my best to check this page and answer any queries you might have in the comments section below. I absolutely love to see your comments, sharing your experiences with your fellow crafters!

And here’s how to make diy soy candles that are both colored and delightfully scented. They smell absolutely amazing when using your favorite candle fragrance oil! They’re also pretty similar to the make-up of your favorite popular brands, namely Yankee Candle.

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  1. This was very educational for me I am new at making candles, does regular fragrance oil work good with bee wax? Or essential oil is better?

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    • Hi Mary,

      Fragrance oils should be absolutely fine. In fact, I usually always use them for this, unless I’m making aromatherapy tea lights. Because they’re so expensive, I think essentials oils are best left to skin care products. Fragrance oils are suitable to use with pretty much any wax you can buy for candle making.

      Hope this helps

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  2. Hello, just found your site. Thanks so much for the useful info. I made a small candle today for a tryout. It came out perfectly. Love it.

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  3. Hi Angela. This is great information, thank you. Do you have a specific wick chart for beeswax? I am having a difficult time finding the correct wick size for my 2.5 diameter and tea light candles. Any words of wisdom would be appreciated. Thank you again.

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  4. You are amazing – Thanks sooo very much for sharing. I am going to make the effort to make some candles, as I LOVE them xXx

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