Beeswax is a natural by-product of the honey bees. It’s an amazing preserver and essential ingredient in honey bee hives. It offers stabilization of the honeycomb and essential structures.
When honey is extracted from the honeycomb by the beekeeper, the wax is left. It’s typically filtered and put into blocks or pellets to be re-used in another form. You can purchase it from a willing beekeeper or purchase it online. I bought my beeswax online. (US organic Beeswax)
Since becoming a more natural minded homemaker over the last decade, I have removed many fragrances from my daily living. Because of this, my nose is extremely sensitive to smells and I find that I enjoy and am more attracted to subtle and natural scents. Beeswax has a slightly sweet honey smell as it burns and it lingers.
Having a designated vessel:
Instead of avoiding the mess of wax clean up, I have a designated milk froth pitcher that I purchased second hand. It always has wax built up in it after each use, which is fine since that’s its new and only job in my home.
Aside from beeswax and a stovetop safe vessel, you will need a few other supplies. Glass jars and candle wicks will be helpful! I ordered my candle wicks pre-waxed online. They are very affordable, usually under $10 for close to 100 count. I now have a ball of organic waxed hemp ( linked here) As for the glass jars, I have had great success re-using baby food jars. They are just the right size!
- Baby food jars
- Small jelly jars
- Reuse candle votives (to remove old candle wax, place votive in the freezer. The wax will shrink away from the edges of the votive and should pop out fairly easily.)
- Teacup – I’ve had the best success with small, antique teacups versus the larger sizes. The wax dissipates better in a small vessel and you aren’t left with much wax as it burns down.
- Pour wax pellets into a stovetop safe vessel. (something like this works great. – no clean up afterwards because it’s just for wax)
- Allow wax pellets to melt completely on low heat stirring occasionally.
- Once melted, pour into the desired container.
- Use a washer to weigh the wick down if tying your own.
- To stabilize the wick, wrap the untrimmed wick around a pencil, or chopstick, or simply use a cloth pin.
- When pouring, make sure you leave room for the wax to pool (once in use) around the top.
- Allow the candle to cool completely before use.
If the center of the candle sinks in, melt more wax and pour over it.
If the wick is off-center, place candle in a cold oven on an oven safe plate and turn the oven of 180-200 F. Allow the candle to GRADUALLY reach temperature and warm with the oven. Once the candle is completely melted, adjust the wick accordingly.
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I love making beeswax candles! Especially, now being a beekeeper I have a deeper appreciation for the wax and all the work that goes into making it.
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Christy (formerly @historicmillview)
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Thanks for all the info can’t wait to make them and burn them. You are awesome 👌 😊
You are welcome! Enjoy!
Excited to get started! Thanks for the clear and thorough info. 🤗
thank you for reading! 🙂