How to Make Scented Beeswax Candles

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Thinking about making scented beeswax candles with essential oils?

Even in our modern age candles still create a unique warmth and comfort to our homes. For many, candles promote relaxation and help us to slow down in our fast-paced lives.  Unfortunately, even though we have banned toxic lead wicks in the U.S., many candles are still made with paraffin wax and artificial fragrances.

Scented beeswax candles, on the other hand, allow us to keep the air clean in our homes and are twice as warming with their beautiful natural golden glow! 

Why are beeswax candles better?

As reported by CNN unlike paraffin candles that release known carcinogens such as benzene and toluene into the air, contrary beeswax candles burn clean and neutralize pollutants. 

How do beeswax candles really clean the air? Wellness expert Katie Wells explains, “Beeswax candles clean the air by releasing negative ions. These ions bind with toxins and neutralize pollutants.”     

And for those of us striving for a more sustainable zero waste lifestyle, beeswax candles are not only an eco friendly candle, but they also burn more slowly than paraffin candles and in turn last much longer. You can repurpose oui yogurt jars into sustainable candles for a creative zero waste gift just like I did. 

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Are beeswax candles better? Find out in our DIY candle making guide.

How can you make scented beeswax candles?

Homemade beeswax candles on their own have a faint, yet delightful honey-like scent. But, if you’d like to make aromatherapy candles you can add essential oils.  However, beeswax doesn’t hold fragrance as well as other candle waxes. This is where coconut oil comes into play…

Why add coconut oil to beeswax candles?

There are a couple of reasons you should add coconut oil to beeswax candles. First, coconut oil or coconut wax can help beeswax burn more consistently, while avoiding candle problems like tunneling. You’ll find it included in premium candle wax blends like this

Secondly, essential oils, in short, don’t love high temperatures and commonly have a poor hot throw compared to other candle fragrance choices. Even though their cold throw is AMAZING. Anyhow, adding coconut oil to beeswax candles can help give the scent of essential oils a boost when it comes to candle making. 

So, repurpose oui yogurt jars into beeswax candles and test your favorite essential oils blends. At least you won’t be creating any waste and if the scent isn’t as strong as you like the golden glow of beeswax is still magical! 

This is the best homemade scented beeswax candle recipe with essential oils!

What kind of beeswax should you use to make beeswax candles?

In regards to how to make beeswax candles, you have three options for wax. The first being beeswax blocks. You can buy a 1arge 1 pound block or simple 1 ounce blocks. The blocks can be shredded with a cheese grater for quick melting or cut into small chunks. 

If you know a local beekeeper you can go right to the source and buy raw beeswax. If will, however, need to be filtered before making scented beeswax candles.  Heather shares steps on how to filter beeswax for candle making here

Another option is beeswax pastilles. These are the easiest to use in my experience than the other options. No filtering or shredding required! Beeswax pastilles melt very easily and are just as easy to measure. 

Need some tips on measuring candle wax for your homemade candles? Use our candle wax calculator

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What Are the Best Wicks for Beeswax Candles? 

When it comes to the best wicks for beeswax candles one that is pre-waxed with beeswax and all-natural takes the win in my book.  I use these hemp candle wicks made from 100% organic hemp. They are biodegradable, non-toxic and each is dipped in natural beeswax. 

Wood wicks are another great option for homemade beeswax candles. They are harvested from sustainable sources and 100% natural, and non-toxic too. Did you know wood wicks actually crackle just like wood stacked in the fireplace? How and why do wood wick candles crackle? The phenomenon of crackling candles occurs for these two reasons.  

If you’re having trouble finding the right wick use our printable beeswax wick chart in the Simple Living Library

Having trouble finding the right wick use our printable beeswax wick chart

Scented Beeswax Candle Supplies and Ingredients:

Repurpose oui yogurt jars into scented beeswax candles

How to Make Scented Beeswax Candles with Essential Oils:

1. Place Wicks &  Measure Beeswax Wax 

Place a wick sticker in the center base of each yogurt jar. Then adhere to the wick tab. Use a kitchen scale to measure half a pound of beeswax to make 2 candles and. 

2. Melt Beeswax

To safely melt the wax, pour the measured beeswax in a candle melting pitcher. Place the pitcher filled with wax inside a large saucepan filled with about 2 inches of water. Using the double boiler method, heat on medium to low heat with gentle simmer at most. Keeping in mind the melting point of beeswax is 144 degrees F. Stir often with a heat resistant silicone spatula.

3. Cool & Scent Beeswax with Essential Oils

Remove the pitcher from the heat immediately, after melting to avoid the wax from becoming too hot or burning. Then clip a candle thermometer inside of the pitcher to monitor. 

Allow the temperature of the wax to cool to between 125°F to 120°F before adding 1 ½ teaspoons of lemon essential oil. Thoroughly incorporate the scent by stirring constantly for 2 minutes. 

4. Pour Scented Beeswax 

Carefully pour your lemon-scented beeswax into each glass yogurt jar. Place an optional centering device over each wick to help keep them in place during the curing process. 

Before trimming each wick allow the candles to cool and the wax to harden 30 minutes to 1 hour. Trim each wick to about ¼ an inch. No matter how tempting, do not light your scented beeswax candles until they have cured for at least 3 days. 

P.S. Beeswax can be tough to clean up and that’s putting it lightly! Get a second candle melting pitcher to keep for making beeswax candles, lip balm, beeswax sachets, solid perfume, or anything else your heart desires. 

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Making scented beeswax candles with essential oils? Use our step by step instructions and valuable tips on how to make scented beeswax candles with essential oils naturally.

Scented Beeswax Candles

Yield: 2 candles
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Difficulty: Intermediate

Making scented beeswax candles with essential oils? Use our step by step instructions and valuable tips on how to make scented beeswax candles with essential oils naturally.

Materials

  • 2 4-ounce repurposed french yogurt jars
  • ½ pound beeswax blocks or pastilles
  • 2 pre-waxed hemp candle wicks
  • 2 wick sticker tabs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon essential oil

Tools

  • 2 wick centering devices
  • candle melting pitcher
  • heat resistant silicone whisk
  • candle thermometer
  • digital kitchen scale

Instructions

1. Place Wicks &  Measure Beeswax Wax 

Place a wick sticker in the center base of each yogurt jar. Then adhere to the wick tab. Use a kitchen scale to measure half a pound of beeswax to make 2 candles and. 

2. Melt Beeswax

To safely melt the wax, pour the measured beeswax in a candle melting pitcher. Place the pitcher filled with wax inside a large saucepan filled with about 2 inches of water. Using the double boiler method, heat on medium to low heat with gentle simmer at most. Keeping in mind the melting point of beeswax is 144 degrees F. Stir often with a heat resistant silicone spatula.

3. Cool & Scent Beeswax with Essential Oils

Remove the pitcher from the heat immediately, after melting to avoid the wax from becoming too hot or burning. Then clip a candle thermometer inside of the pitcher to monitor. 

Allow the temperature of the wax to cool to between 125°F to 120°F before adding 1 ½  teaspoons of lemon essential oil. Thoroughly incorporate the scent by stirring constantly for 2 minutes. 

4. Pour Scented Beeswax 

Carefully pour your lemon-scented beeswax into each glass yogurt jar. Place an optional centering device over each wick to help keep them in place during the curing process.

Notes

Before trimming each wick allow the candles to cool and the wax to harden 30 minutes to 1 hour. Trim each wick to about ¼ an inch. No matter how tempting, do not light your scented beeswax candles until they have cured for at least 3 days.

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Making scented beeswax candles with essential oils? Use our step by step instructions and valuable tips on how to make scented beeswax candles with essential oils naturally.

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I love projects like making scented beeswax candles with essential oils. I crave the hands-on experience and appreciate the glow of candlelight, even more, when I’m unwinding for the evening.

Have you made beeswax candles before? I’d love to hear your experience – leave a comment here or tag #lifenreflection on Instagram to share. Pin these steps for how to make beeswax candles now!

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    Michelle

    I bet these smell amazing! Thank you for the tips on using beeswax for candle making. Your tutorial makes it look so easy! I’ll have to try these.
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      lifenreflection

      Thanks, Michelle they do have a sweet honey-lemon scent. And they are pretty quick to make!

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