For those of us who like to take a fun, hands-on approach to creating our natural products, here is an easy step by step DIY to make your own scented candles using organic beeswax, coconut oil, and essential oils. These candles are pure and burn clean!
Conventional Scented Candles Can Be Unhealthy
Most candles are made of paraffin wax, a sludge waste product from the petroleum industry. When burned the candles create known carcinogens benzene and toluene. In fact, the toxins released from paraffin candles are the same as those found in diesel fuel fumes. Scented candles might also contain lead or lead cores in the wick. Artificial scents and colors are also irritants to many people and can trigger allergic reactions.
Keep in mind, the cheaper the candle the more chemicals and synthetic fragrances will be present. If you are not into DIYing your own candles, but still want to have healthy candles in the house, make sure to look for 100% beeswax. Some companies will use only a small amount of beeswax mixed with paraffin, and then label them as “beeswax candles.” Soy candles are another great option, they also burn clean, and for a long period of time.
Lets Get Started
Supplies Check List
√ 16 oz organic beeswax (I used two 16 oz bags because I tried two different organic beeswax brands – I touch more on this later in the post) you can purchase white or yellow beeswax, but I personally prefer white.
√ 1/2-3/4 cup virgin/unrefined coconut oil
√ Essential oils (I used Eden’s Garden & Simply Earth vanilla, lavender, root beer, silver fir, mandarine and cassia)
√ 200 ft organic hemp candle wick that are beeswax coated + 200 pieces of wick sustainer tabs. I used this bundle here.
√ 4lb Pouring Pot. I used this one here.
√ Mason Jars (I use various sizes – 16 oz, 8oz & 4oz )
√ Glue gun (not pictured)
√ Dowels, popsicle stick, pencil (anything narrow and longer than the opening of your jar)
I used the following essential oil blends making these candles:
“Rootbeer Float” – Eden’s Garden Vanilla and Rootbeer
“Apple Pie” – Simply Earth’s Mandarine and Cassia
“Winter” – Eden’s Garden Silver Fir
“Relax” – Eden’s Garden Lavender and Vanilla (to be honest this was not my favorite)
I like to choose my scents based of the time of year. In the spring I plan on creating floral & citrcus scented candles.
STEP 1: Attaching the wick to the candle jar
Cut a strand of of your organic hemp candle wick, make sure it is a few inches taller than your mason jar. Attach this strand to the wick sustainer tab using a hot glue gun. Next glue the wick sustainer tab in the center of you mason jar.
Place your dowel, popsicle stick, pencil (or something similar) across the top of your jar. I found with this particular wick I am using, it sticks very well to itself making it easy to wind around the dowel several times and let stay. If that doesn’t work, simply tie it.
STEP 2: Melting the organic beeswax & coconut oil
Now it’s time to melt the beeswax and coconut oil together in a double boiler. If you don’t have a double boiler, you can create one like I have pictured. Place one inch of water in a pot, and place a smaller pot or stainless steel bowl inside. Bring the water to a low boil.
Your melted coconut oil and beeswax should look like the picture below.
STEP 3: Pouring the mixture into your candle jar
This is where you can add your desired essential oils. Depending on the size of your jar you will need 40 – 120 drops of EO’s.
Carefully pour the mixure – coconut oil, beeswax & essential oil blend – into your mason jar and let harden. If the candles cool too quickly the wax might crack. To resolve this issue place your jars in a preheated oven at 150F.
Once they have hardened you can add your own embellishments. I tied the rim of my candle jars with a hemp string and made a bow. Get creative! These are perfect for gifts and the holidays!
MY BEESWAX CHOICE
I tried two different beeswax brands and one was a clear winner. Sky Organics (pictured on the right) unfortunately had a slight chemical/cheap smell that carried over into the wax. It wasn’t overpowering and to be honest I probably wouldn’t have noticed if it I didn’t have Nature’s Oil to compare it to. Nature’s Oil smelt pure and fresh, resulting in a cleaner aroma. Also, Sky Organics is only a little bit less expensive than Nature’s Oil.
Beeswax candles are naturally scented with the aroma of honey. This is highly desirable for those who suffer with asthma or is allergic or sensitive to smells. Pure beeswax candles emit little (if any) smoke when they burn – keeping your home cleaner and more comfortable. Besides the smoke, these candles burn with little or no wax drip making them last longer!
Yellow Beeswax is filtered for purity while the natural color and aromas of honey are preserved.
White Beeswax is filtered for purity and the color is removed by a natural carbon filtration to discolor the beeswax but still preserve the aroma. There are no additives or chemicals of any kind used in this process.
Recent studies suggest that burning beeswax candles can actually purify the air by releasing negative ions removing impurities from the air we breathe.
Wax can be quite difficult to remove from your dishes. A tip for clean up is to bring water to a boil, and put your utensils in the water. Use an old rag to wipe away the melted wax. Of course, be careful! Use tongs to remove your utensils from the hot water. To clean the bowl, preheat your oven to 200F, then turn it off and place the bowl inside. When the wax is completely melted it is easy to wipe away with an old rag too. After that, you can scrub with soap and water per usual.
Now you have beautiful candles you created yourself that won’t jeopardize your health. Enjoy this activity with friends and family and see what scents you create!
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