Beeswax candles make the perfect gift all year long, especially in the Fall and Winter months. Enjoy the long lasting and toxic-free benefits of beeswax candles.
It is currently winter and nearing Christmas. I cannot believe it is less than a week away. That being said, we are busy finishing up last minute gifts like tea towels, aprons, chapstick, trivets, and candles! We also plan to bake some fresh sourdough bread to gift family and friends.
The thing I love about making these gifts is that I can make them in bulk and also create multiple things with the same ingredients, making it budget friendly! Which, if you know me at all, you know that I am passionate about living on a budget. It has given our family so much freedom and empowerment to assign every dollar to go somewhere. This type of budget has allowed us to have better control over our money and make it easier to meet our goals. God does also call us to be good stewards of all we have been entrusted, and that includes our finances.
I’ve felt encouraged in recent years to accrue more and more skills to add to my skill set. This allows me to be creative and accomplish hard things. By learning how to make DIY products to use around my house, I am able to also make them as gifts. One of my favorite gifts to give are these simple candles.
Why Use Beeswax For Candles?
Beeswax is a natural product that has health benefits when used to make other care products like body butter and chapstick. I love that it burns clean and is a pure product made by bees.
We also love to make beeswax wraps for food storage instead of using harmful plastic wrap. You can feel good about what you are breathing in, knowing that the wax is a pure and natural product.
What Beeswax Is Best For Candle Making?
I love using raw beeswax from my local farmer as a non-toxic option for candle making versus soy or other base candle ingredients for that reason. If I can’t get my hands on the unfiltered, raw product locally then I will source elsewhere. I love to buy these beeswax pellets alternatively.
How Long Do These Candles Last?
The burn time of beeswax candles will depend on a couple of factors. The size of candle you are making as well as how long and often you burn the candle. If you are burning the candle for a couple of hours per day and making a candle in an 8oz jar, then you can expect the candle to last about a week or two.
Supplies You’ll Need
- Storage Containers
- Coconut Oil
- Essential Oils, optional
- Hot glue gun
- Pencil or skewers, optional for holding up the wick when pouring in the wax
- Medium glass bowl or wax melting pot
- Small or medium stainless steel pot
- Funnel, optional
How To Make Non-Toxic Beeswax Candles
Measure out Beeswax and Coconut Oil and add to glass bowl or wax melting pot. Set aside.
Fill a pot with about 2 inches of water, place over medium heat to simmer.
Add glass bowl or wax melting pot to the simmering water to create a double broiler for melting the wax and oil.
Meanwhile, glue the wicks to the bottom of your candle storage jar. If using, place the pencil or skewer horizontally across the opening of the storage container and wrap the wick around it to be sure the wick stays in place as the wax is poured and cools.
Once the wax and oil are melted together, add optional essential oils to either the mixture or individual jars to scent. Pour the wax and oil mixture into the storage jar to fill.
Allow candles to cool fully before handling. Cut wicks about 1/2-1 inch from the candle level.
Place an optional label and enjoy!
Here’s A FREE Printable For Simple, Unscented Beeswax Candles
How To Make The Candles Scented
One of my favorite things about making DIY products, such as these candles, is that that you can customize them to your liking. We love to use our CPTG doTERRA Essential Oils to scent our candles. I will note that you do need to use a good amount of essential oils to notice the scent is candles. For this reason, I do often buy an off brand in a larger quantity to use strictly for candle making.
It’s not my favorite idea to buy an off brand that is low quality, but I can’t afford to use my whole 15ml oil bottle on a batch of candles. So, pick you battles and decide what is most important to you. I would never use the low quality essential oils for use internally or topically. The low quality brands can contain toxic ingredients that can cause an aversion or allergic reaction when inhaled for some. They also are not potent and powerful like the pure, CPTG oils on the market.
My Favorite Candle Scents For Different Seasons
- Wild Orange
- Siberian Fir
I love to do a combination of a couple of these oils to create a unique scent that will compliment the cozy, cold Winter months. I recommend using 50 drops of oil per batch of candles. For example, I love to do a combination of Orange and Vanilla, I use about 30 drops of orange and 20 of vanilla for a subtle orange creamsicle scent.
- Juniper Berry
In the Spring season we love to add scents that would mimmic blooming flowers and fresh air. One of my favorite combinations is Juniper berry, Grapefruit, and Orange. I will use about 20 drops of each in a batch of candles.
Similar to the Spring time, our favorite scents to use revolve around what is currently blooming outside. Try a combination of flower oils or herbs with a fresh fruit scent for an invigoration aromatic experience.
- Cedar Wood
- Harvest Spice
As the go between season, I love to start incorporating some spice scents with something fresh to subtly invite the colder weather in. It makes the house feel so cozy when I start pulling out the candles and adding cozy aromas to smell up the house.
A great idea to use beeswax candles as gifts would be to make up several batches for each season. This way you can gift someone a few different scented candles that they could use throughout the entire year to make their home cozy.
I love stocking up with accessories like unique containers from the thrift store that can be used later to make candles. If I don’t happen to have anything at home to use for candles, I love these swing top jars to use for candle making.
If you make these candles, I’d love for you to come back and give it 5 starts! Leave a comment with you favorite scent combination.
For more encouragement in DIY from My Abiding Home:
- How To Make Moisturizing Shea Body Butter
- Simple Non-Toxic Finger Paint Recipe For Kids
- Simple Hand Soap Recipe with Essential Oils
- How To Make A Beeswax Wrap DIY
How To Make Easy, Non-toxic Beeswax Candles
- Bowl to create double broiler
- Medium sauce pan to create double broiler
- Storage jar
- Candle wicks
- Hot Glue Gun
- Pencils or Scewers optional but recommended to prevent the wick from falling over during cooling time
- 3 Cups Beeswax raw, local preferred
- ⅓ Cup Coconut Oil
- 50 drops Essential Oils optional
- Begin by adding oil and beeswax to a medium sized glass bowl, set aside.
- Add 1-2 inches of water to a saucepan and place over medium heat to bring to a simmer.
- Once simmering, place the bowl on top of the pot to create a double broiler and allow the oil and wax to melt together.
- Meanwhile, use hot glue gun to secure the wicks to the bottom of your storage container.
- Use a pencil or skewer to wrap the wick around and hold in place so that it doesn't sway when the wax is poured into the jar.
- Once melted, add any essential oils of choice to the wax and oil mixture.
- Using oven mitts or hot pads, carefully pour equal amounts of the wax mixture into each of the storage jars.
- Allow to fully cool and use scissors to cut the wicks 1 inch above the candle level.
- Light and enjoy!