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Who doesn’t love the flicker of a newly lit candle? Or the warm and comforting scent of vanilla or the fresh scent of a sea breeze? However………..
Did you know that the majority of candles available out there are made with paraffin which emits harmful fumes such as toluene and benzene and are linked to lung cancer and asthma? Then there are the added artificial fragrances. And I know there are such fun scents for all kinds of occasions. But once you’ve removed artificial scents from your environment those do not evoke comfort or warmness but instead give me a headache and make me feel a bit uneasy.
So, what’s the alternative? Well, there always seems to be one and it always points to nature and it’s just always there waiting for us to use what’s been gifted to us in creation. I am constantly in AWE! So let’s talk about how to make beeswax candles from raw beeswax !
Bees….Zzzzzzzzzzzz…… ! Bees give us honey and pollination and raw beeswax. What are the benefits of beeswax candles? Raw Beeswax, in candle form, burns clean with no smoke and emit a warm and soothing sweet honey aroma in addition to natural scents which can be added such as cinnamon or herbs or essential oils. Ahhhhhhh….. and BONUS! beeswax also emit negative ions which purify the air! More points for nature 🙂
You can learn how to make candles at home with beeswax or just try them out by buying some beeswax candles << ( check these out) which burn clean or there are a few available online. Keep reading…..it’s simple 🙂
So here is how I did it and you can too:
I had bought a nice block of raw beeswax at a local market fair.
You can find beexwax by connecting with local beekeepers in your area, farmers markets or simply order it online.
>> Beeswax pellets ship easily and melt wonderfully.
THEN – I got my hunky husband to chisel off the amount I needed for my candles. Thanks hubby!
Here are the needed supplies:
* old can for melting beeswax
*chiseled chunks of beeswax from said hunky hubby or purchased – so much available online !
*wicks – << ( see these) non lead, preferably 100% cotton
I then set my beeswax into the old can set into a water bath for melting on the stove. It didn’t take long and already the kitchen began smelling of the warm and sweet aroma of honey ! While the beeswax was melting I prepared my glass jars. My wicks had come with sticky tabs to place at the botton which helped to hold the wick in place. You want to trim the wick after the beeswax is set into the jar so I curled the extra with a chopstick on top as viewed in the photo. Plus, I was feeling very crafty and using natural resources always makes my heart sing.
Now, it’s important to make sure you can multi task at all times ( something I am not great at) so whilst making these raw beeswax candles I also prepared our dinner. Nothing like fresh ingredients and organic ground pork to prepare for simple homemade tacos
. In no time at all the beeswax had melted down and it was time to pour it into the glass jars and I was loving it as I have been wanting to do this for quite some time. Diffusing essential oils is a MUST but there are times when the flicker of a beautiful candle are what’s called for . In AFRICA our power tends to switch off now and again – sometimes hours at a time and it’s great to have candles on hand in preparation as well.
So it was time to pour the wax and add the aromatic scents!
You can learn how to make beeswax candles with essential oils by playing around with scent combinations that you love. The beauty of essential oils are they are herbal, purely from nature. I used tea tree in the pic above, however here are a few more scent combinations that would be lovely:
Essential oil combinations for diffusing or adding scent to beeswax candles:
** you are welcome to click the scent names to learn more about that oil 🙂
Really all that’s left at this point is trimming the wick. Leave plenty of space as you see in the photo provided.
I was just pleased as can be to make these candles and will be looking for a variety of candle molds in the future to keep this process going and have beeswax candles readily available. Wouldn’t it be lovely to have tapered beeswax candles? or votives? Maybe some beeswax tealights? I’m loving this – we have all that we need in nature provided by the Creator. What joy – what a blessing and reason to give thanks.
Making these clean burning candles not only provide air purification but also give you another step forward into getting back to basics and using nature’s resources to live a non toxic and sustainable life. No one was ever meant to use artificial ANYTHING – least of all fragrances made in a petri dish. I hope you’ll give it a go in making your own raw beeswax candles and let me know how it goes in the comments below. If you have any tips leave those comments too.
- TO NOTE – I did hear that raw beeswax will create a tunnel as the wax melts leaving a ring of unmelted wax around. Well no worries, you’ve got a couple of choices. Just scoop out the wax and remelt using it again. No biggie. You can also add in another clean oil such as coconut oil to your beeswax in perhaps a 1:4 ratio. 1 part coconut oil 3 parts beeswax to help in creating a more solid base and even melt. I’m going to be trying that at my next candle making session.
Looking for more info regarding essential oils and their nature made healing properties? Head on over to the Essential Oil page.
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Thanks for reading …….I’ll be sitting here curled up on my couch with the flicker of a beautifully made beeswax candle reading the next chapter of my book and thanking the bees for their goodness. Tomorrow I head outdoors to add more flowers to my garden beds….to encourage more bees aa permaculture is where it’s at. Letting the homestead work for you 🙂 Sigh……..and thank you God for your bounty in and on the earth 🙂