Let’s start with the good news – making beeswax candles with essential oils is really easy.
Scented beeswax candles burn with a soft, flickering glow and give out a lovely, soothing aroma that adds a wonderful sense of warmth and coziness to your surroundings.
Regular candles scented with perfumes also feel cozy and fill the space with a nice scent but these candles contain paraffin, a mineral oil that is highly refined from petroleum. Breathing in these paraffin vapors can be toxic in large doses.
Beeswax candles are a healthier alternative. Not only are they non-toxic and safe to use but they actually reduce indoor pollution.
So how exactly do beeswax candles purify the air? These candles emit negative ions when they are lit. These negative ions neutralize positively charged ions that are present in the air, reducing indoor pollution.
When you make your own beeswax candles with essential oils you can customize the scent to your preference. As an added bonus, you get the therapeutic benefits of the oil too.
Is making your own beeswax candles complicated? No, you only need a few, simple ingredients to make your own beeswax candles with essential oil as you will see below.
Things to Know About Beeswax Candles
Candles made from beeswax emit a subtle sweet scent that is similar to honey but gentler.
The color of your DIY beeswax candles may vary depending on where the raw material is sourced from. Just like there are darker and lighter colored varieties of honeys, there is also darker and lighter colored beeswax.
The color of the beeswax does not affect either its burn time or its benefits.
You can buy or make your own. Making your own is easy but if DIY is not your thing, scroll to the bottom and you will find a few top-rated beeswax candles you can buy.
What You Need to Make Candles at Home: Candle Making Supplies
- 1 lb. Organic Beeswax Block or Pellets
- ¼ cup Organic Coconut Oil
- 2 teaspoons of your favorite essential oil or blend (see options below)
- Glass jars – 4 oz. or 8 oz.
- 60 ply cotton braided wick #4
- Large saucepan to use as a double boiler – this is the one I use
- Metal pitcher to melt the wax (an old large coffee can will do just as well)
- Candle Wick Centering Device – this helps to center the wick and keep it in place while the candle hardens
- Scissors, wooden spoon, spatula, tape
With this recipe, you can make two large 12-ounce candles. If you prefer to make smaller candles either for yourself or to give away as gifts, use smaller jars to make three 8-ounce or six 4-ounce candles.
For a cool gift set, make one 12-ounce, one 8-ounce, and one 4-ounce candle and scent each one using different essential oils.
Note: Beeswax can be difficult to remove from the container. Using an old coffee can or buying a metal container especially for this purpose will save you a lot of trouble.
Before getting into how to make beeswax candles with essential oils, here’s a look at each of the materials used. Understanding the why of using these specific materials, will help you better understand how to use them to create beautiful candles.
You can buy beeswax for your candles in the form of a solid block or small pellets.
Pellets are easier to use. You just measure how much you need and put it in the container with the coconut oil.
The block is too solid and dense to use as is. It will take a long time to melt. To quicken the process, you will need to shred the block using a cheese grater.
In its natural form, beeswax has that same golden-yellow color as honey. Although a little rare, you can also find white beeswax. If you prefer to use white beeswax, look for those that are bleached naturally using the sun and air instead of using chemical bleach.
Coconut oil may seem like an unusual ingredient for making candles. Here’s how it helps. Beeswax can be expensive. Making candles from pure beeswax can work out to be very expensive.
Also, pure beeswax tends to burn very quickly so your homemade candles won’t last very long. Coconut oil helps to slow the burn time so your candles last longer.
The third benefit of adding coconut oil is to increase the lasting power of the essential oils that you use in your homemade candle.
A little bit of oil can go a long way with candle scents, so that is something to keep in mind when using essential oils to scent your homemade beeswax candles. Essential oils have strong aromas so only use the recommended amount. If you want a stronger scent, increase the quantity one drop at a time.
These are my favorite essential oils to use in homemade beeswax candles:
Grapefruit– refreshing aroma, also helps keep hunger pangs at bay
Lavender– calming and relaxing
Sweet Orange– excellent mood-lifting scent
Lemon– fresh, energizing aroma
Pine Needle – crisp forest scent
Citronella – fresh scent that that supports the respiratory system
And these are a few fun blends that I’ve used when making beeswax candles to give away as gifts:
Relax Synergy Blend – promotes a peaceful, tranquil state of mind, perfect for use at the end of the day or while relaxing in the bath
Tropical Passion Synergy Blend – delightfully bold and fruity aroma that evokes the feeling of a summer party
Wood Spice Blend – warm, spicy scent that is cozy and comforting, great for cooler fall and winter evenings
Balance Synergy Blend – calming, floral blend that promotes emotional balance
Immune Aid Synergy Blend – lifts your spirits and give your mind and body the support it needs
Blues Buster Synergy Blend – a combination of cheerful aromas that work together to lift your mood
If you want to experiment with different scents or create your own, I highly recommend buying a set of essential oils instead of buying individual oils. With a set of oils, you will have a wider assortment of oils to experiment with. Buying a set works out much cheaper too.
I use Plant Therapy’s Top 32 Essential Oil Set for all my DIY projects using essential oils. With 10ml each of 32 100% pure, high-quality essential oils, this set offers the best value for money.
If you prefer to start smaller, this is a great starter set. The 7 & 7 Essential Oil Set includes 7 single oils and 7 essential oil blends.
If you want to explore even more options, check out this list of Best Essential Oil Sets – Save Money On High-Quality Oils
The main function of the wick is to draw the wax upwards toward the flame so that it burns continually.
A wick works because it is made of braided natural fibers that burn easily but not as quickly as a string of thread would.
How well a candle burns depends a lot on the thickness of the wick. A wick that’s too thick will sputter, flicker, and eventually burn out. One that’s too thin will produce a weak flame that won’t stay lit for long.
Candle-makers carefully select the wick size and length depending on the type and size of the pillar candle that they are creating or the size of the container when making container candles. A candle created with the right type and size of wick will burn long and steady without sputtering or excessive flickering.
The length of the wick is just as important as its width. A wick that’s trimmed to a proper height will give you the longest-lasting burn time.
When making beeswax candles at home, it is important to choose the right size and type of wick for the container you’ll be using. These wicks burn best.
Best Candle Containers for Your Homemade Essential Oil Candles
Another key item in your list of candle-making supplies is the container. Glass jars are the best if you are making container candles. For pillar candles, you’ll use your molds.
You cannot use plastic, wood, or cardboard containers for your homemade candles. Plastic will melt with the heat and wood and paper will burn.
These are some of my favorite containers for putting my homemade beeswax candles in:
12-ounce glass jars
8-ounce Quilted Mason Jars with Lids
4-ounce glass Quilted Mason Jars with Lids
8-ounce Aluminum Candle Tins
4-ounce Aluminum Candle Tins
Best Candle Molds for Free-Standing Homemade Beeswax Candles
You don’t necessarily have to use containers for your homemade candles. The other option is to make free-standing pillar candles. Making free-standing beeswax candles is a fun option especially when you see the unique types of candle molds available.
If you decide to go with this option, you won’t need to buy the glass containers. Instead, you will need to buy silicone candle molds. These are incredibly easy to use. You simply pour your pillar candles into a form and leave them there till completely dry.
Remove the candle from the form and place it in a candle holder or a candle dish.
Here are a few unique candle molds I found that are great for homemade Beeswax Candles.
How to Make Beeswax Candles with Essential Oils: Step-By-Step
Step 1: Place the saucepan of water on the stove and bring the water to a boil.
Step 2: While the water is boiling, go ahead and put the beeswax and coconut oil into the coffee can or metal pitcher you’ve bought especially for this purpose.
Step 3: Lower the flame and place this container in the middle of the pan of warm water. Using the pan of water as a buffer between the direct flame and the wax forms an effective double boiler that helps the contents melt slowly and evenly. Let it heat on medium flame until the beeswax has melted completely. Beeswax is flammable so make sure you do not leave it unattended while it is on the fire.
Step 4: While you’re waiting for the beeswax and coconut oil to melt, start preparing your candle jars. Cut the wick a little more than you need, dip one end in the melting beeswax and stick that end at the bottom. The beeswax acts as a glue. Press down on the beeswax with the blunt end of a pencil till it hardens or else it will get loose and peel away from the jar.
Step 5: When the beeswax is completely melted, take it off the stove. Stir gently to make sure the wax and coconut oil have mixed together well.
Step 6: Wait for the beeswax-coconut oil mix to cool down slightly before adding the essential oil. Mix gently for a few seconds. Now it’s ready to be transferred into the container.
Step 7: Wrap the top end of the wick around a pencil or pen. Place the pencil across the opening of the jar so that the wick is taut and does not fall into the container. Pour the wax around the dangling wick, to the top of the jar or container.
Step 8: Allow candles to cool until wax hardens. This can take a few hours. It’s best to leave the candle in a warmer room while it’s hardening to prevent any cracks from forming. If you keep it in a cold room, the outer part of the candle will cool faster than the center and cracks will form on the top. The cracks won’t affect the performance of the candle and you can leave them as is.
Step 9: When the candle has cooled completely, snip wicks to about ½ inch. Be careful not to trip the wick any shorter than ½ inch as it will result in a smaller flame, which will cause the candle to burn downwards creating a tunnel.
Wait at least 12 hours before lighting your beautiful and aromatic homemade beeswax candle with essential oils.
P.S. – If you are making beeswax candles to give away as gifts and they crack in Step 7, these are easy to fix. Melt a little bit of beeswax using the double boiler method as before. Pour this gently over the top of your prepared candle and let it cool. This layer will harden smoothly and cover the cracked surface.
Want the benefits of beeswax candles with essential oils but don’t want to make your own? Check out these beautiful beeswax candles that you can buy.
Beeswax Candles to Buy
Making Beeswax Candles with Essential Oils for Christmas
When making beeswax candles to give away as gifts during the Holiday season you can use individual seasonal scents, such as cinnamon or vanilla or you can make your own seasonal blends using a combination of oils. Alternatively, you can also use pre-made holiday blends.
These scents are perfect for the holiday season:
Fir or Pine
Add Some Festive Holiday Touches to Your Homemade Christmas Candles
If you plan to use these candles to decorate your home for the holidays or give as holiday gifts, then you may wish to add embellishments. Some easy ways to add a bit of holiday decorating style:
Add ribbon. Burlap ribbon wrapped around candle tins and Mason jars create a rustic look. Red and green plaid gives a country Christmas feel. Velvet bows in a deep scarlet hue make for a rich presentation.
Paint your votives. Use red, white, green, brown, and black acrylic paint to add holiday pinecones, red-painted ribbons, berries, holly, and pine bows to your collection of Christmas candles.
Homemade candle gifts are quick, easy, and fun to make. You can try this project with your children while supervising the use of the stove of course. This type of natural, homemade gift from the heart makes a perfect holiday present for family, friends, and even school teachers, sitters, child care providers, and bus drivers.
Whatever you do, be sure to have fun and relax while doing your homemade, candle making project. With any luck, you’ll soon be a pro at this.
Disclaimer: This information is not intended to serve as medical advice. Please consult your physician before using essential oils. See Full Disclaimer here.