Most candles contain paraffin, a mineral oil that is highly refined from petroleum. Breathing in these paraffin vapors can be toxic in large doses.
One way to avoid having your family breathe in toxic petrochemicals is by making your own candles. Beeswax candles are particularly easy to make.
Perfuming your DIY beeswax candles with essential oils ensures that you know exactly what you are breathing in. As an added bonus, you get the therapeutic benefits of the oil too.
Once you learn how to make beeswax candles, you can enjoy the relaxing scents and flickering flame without reserve.
Is it Difficult to Make Beeswax Candles with Essential Oils?
The truth is that DIY beeswax candles only require a few, simple ingredients to make. They’re a fun gift idea for any occasion too. Think of how much your “crunchy” and health-conscious friends and family members will adore these!
If you’re into experimenting with different essential oils and essential oil blends, then you’re going to love making your own, homemade scented candles that smell just like your favorite essential oil blends.
What You Need to Make Candles at Home: Candle Making Supplies
Beeswax – enough for as many candles as you plan to make
Essential oils in your favorite holiday scents (see EO Holiday Blend recipes for ideas)
Large pot to use as a double boiler
Small can to melt the wax (an old coffee can, for example)
Pencil to wrap wicks around as candle is hardening
Scissors, wooden spoon, spatula, tape
Things to Know About Beeswax Candles
Beeswax is naturally long burning, so it works perfectly for making candles at home.
Candles made from beeswax emit a sweet, honey-like odor
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 varieties of honey, there is also darker and lighter beeswax.
Beeswax candles need to be trimmed often to ensure that the wick remains exposed.
Beeswax candles that you purchase pre-made may contain hardeners. If you want the purest beeswax candles possible, purchase your own to make from scratch.
Things to Know About Cotton Wicks
The main function of the wick is to draw the wax up toward the flame so that it burns continually.
A wick works because it is made of braided natural fibers that burn easily.
How well a candle burns is related to the wick’s thickness as relative to the size of the candle/amount of wax being burned.
A wick that’s too thick can create a candle that sputters and flickers and eventually burns out.
A wick that’s too thin produces a weak flame which is unable to stay lit for long.
Candlemakers carefully select wick size and length depending on the type and size of candle that they are creating. A good candle that contains the proper wick will burn long and steady without sputtering or petering out!
A candle wick can be too long or too short. Be sure to keep your candle wicks trimmed to a proper height for best and longest lasting burn time.
Types of Candle Wicks
There are several types of candle wicks to choose from. The kinds that are made from braided cotton are the best for use in beeswax candle making applications.
Flat wicks – These are made of knitted fibers such as cotton. They are the most common type of candle wick.
Cored wicks – You may recall snipping the wick of a standard pillar candle to see that it has a “core” of metal or another type of substance. These wicks are not recommended for beeswax candles.
Square wicks – Square plaited or knitted candle wicks prolong burning time and are the best choice for making beeswax candles because they help to distribute the wax evenly. Their shape is a bit more rounded than the traditional, flat type of wick.
You can purchase a set of good quality wicks online. I’ve included a few links below to make it easy for you.
What Types of Candle Containers to Use in Your Homemade Essential Oil Candles
Another key item in your list of candle-making supplies is containers. Obviously, you can’t burn beeswax in a plastic container that will melt. Wood or paper would be a big no-no for obvious reasons as well.
Your homemade holiday candle gifts will look delightful hand-poured into the following:
- Glass Mason Jars of different sizes
- Glass votives that have been painted for the holidays
- Mini tins with lids
- You can also pour your pillar candles into a form that will later be removed so that the candle stands on its own or can be set in a holder or dish.
These accessories make it even easier when you want to make beeswax candles with essential oils
How to Make Beeswax Candles with essential oils in Seven Easy Steps
Step 1: Place a pot of water on the stove and bring to a boil.
Step 2: Place beeswax into your can (ie coffee can) and insert can into the pot of heating water to make a double boiler
Step 3: Prepare wicks by measuring against the various receptacles that you plan to pour the candles into, such as Mason jars and candle tins. Snip to the correct length.
Step 4: When wax is completely melted, stir in your essential oils blend and adjust to the desired potency
Step 5: For each candle that you plan to pour, stretch a length of wick down the center and wrap the wick around a pencil or pen. Place the pencil across the jar’s opening so that the wick dangles from the pencil but does not fall into the container. Pour the wax around the dangling wick, to the top of the jar or container.
Step 6: Allow candles to cool until wax hardens.
Step 7: Snip wicks to about half an inch. Test one by lighting. Enjoy the delightful holiday scent of your new, homemade, aromatherapy candle!
Making Beeswax Candles with Essential Oils for Christmas
In addition to using the right kind of wax and making sure you know how to melt and pour it into the container, you will also be adding your scents with essential oils.
A little bit of oil can go a long way with candle scents, so that is something to keep in mind.
You can use individual seasonal scents, such as a cinnamon or vanilla or you can make your own seasonal blends using a combination of oils. Alternately, you can also use pre-made holiday blends.
Some scents that are just perfect for the holiday season include:
Fir or Pine
Add Some Festive Holiday Touches to Your Homemade Beeswax 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 creates 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 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.
Essential Oil Candle Aromatherapy Really Works
Maybe the word “aromatherapy” sounds like a made-up term to you? There is legitimate truth to this concept that the odors of different organic compounds can cause a change in your body chemistry that will, in turn, create different physical and emotional sensations for you.
There are so many options for combining the magical healing properties of essential oils to obtain delicious, one-of-a-kind scents for your own aromatherapy collection.
Many of the traditional holiday spice scents that go into baking recipes — such as cinnamon, clove, cardamom, ginger and nutmeg– produce a feeling of well being and a calm sense of stable groundedness. Orange oil is known to be a mood lifter, and peppermint invigorates and cools. The clean, fresh scent of lemon works to increase mental clarity as it deodorizes and sanitizes your home.
Cinnamon is known for its antibacterial, antiviral, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. So when you burn a cinnamon and lemon scented candle, you’re not only enjoying the warm, spicy aroma of home-baked apple pie, but you are also triggering healing reactions in your body and imparting a sense of tranquility and well being.
Disclaimer: This information is not intended to serve as medical advice. Please consult your physician before using essential oils. See Full Disclaimer here.