Making your own beeswax essential oil candles is a great way to get the most out of your essential oils. Homemade candles are a lot of fun to make and give as gifts, or just to use around the house. Not only do you get to enjoy the lovely scent of your favorite oil, but you can also benefit from the therapeutic properties it offers. In this guide, we’ll show you how to make these candles using just a few simple ingredients. Let’s get started!
Introduction To Beeswax
Beeswax, as the name suggests, is wax that originates from the bees. A honeycomb of this wax is being produced by the worker bees to provide storage for the bee colony’s honey.
What Are The Uses Of Beeswax In Actual Applications
Beeswax has a much longer history and a much broader range of applications than any other bee product. Beeswax was once highly valued for candles because it has a higher melting point than many other waxes, allowing the candles to stay upright in hot weather. Modeling and casting were also done with beeswax. The lost-wax process has produced some of the world’s finest bronze statues and gold ornaments. A beeswax model is created and encased in mud or plaster that is allowed to dry; the whole is then heated, the molten wax is allowed to escape, and molten metal is poured in. The metal hardens in the exact shape of the original beeswax cast, and the casing material is then removed.
Beeswax can be used as a “resist” in the batik method of dyeing cloth, as well as in etching on a glass or metal surface, to protect certain areas of a surface from reaction during a subsequent process.
One of the most common modern applications for beeswax is in ointments, emollient skin creams, and lotions. It is still used as a lubricant in the armament and other industries, as well as in polishes and other protective coatings. Because of its dielectric properties, it is used in electrical engineering.
How To Make Beeswax Candles Using Essential Oils
Essential oils may smell strong straight from the bottle, but they won’t smell as strong when burned in a candle, so you’ll need a lot of them. Pine, eucalyptus, rosemary essential oils are some of the essential oils that will produce a much stronger scent. Deeply scented base note essential oils work particularly well. They have rich, heavy scents that last a long time and do not evaporate quickly.
Lemon essential oil is recommended. After all, beeswax is a slow burning wax that will retain the scent longer and gradually release it as it burns down.
Ingredients In A Nutshell For Making Beeswax Candles With Essential Oils
- Beeswax pastilles
- Essential oil
- Coconut oil
- heat resistant silicone whisk
- candle melting pitcher
- digital kitchen scale
- candle thermometer
Step 1 – Selecting The Right Wick Of Good Quality
Now that you have already chosen beeswax, it is time to choose the correct wick for the candle. Make sure to use a high-quality, hot-burning wick. These are excellent for essential oil candles.
Step 2 – Apply Sufficient Essential Oil
Make plentiful use of essential oils. When making candles, 2 teaspoons of oils are recommended for every 4 ounces of wax. To make 2 candles, weigh 8 ounces of beeswax on a kitchen scale.
You can certainly use more, but essential oils are not cheap, and the more you use, the more expensive your candle will be. Oh yes, don’t forget to use coconut oil and add it to make the scent last even longer! Lemon essential oil is the hot favourite in this case.
Step 3 – Melt The Wax
To safely melt the wax, pour the measured beeswax into a candle melting pitcher. Place the wax-filled pitcher in a large saucepan with about 2 inches of water. Heat on medium to low heat, with a gentle simmer at most, using the double boiler method. Keeping in mind that beeswax has a melting point of 144 degrees. With a heat-resistant silicone spatula, stir frequently.
Remove the pitcher from the heat as soon as the wax has melted to prevent it from becoming too hot or burning. Stir 1 ounce of coconut oil into the melted wax until combined.
Step 4 – Cool Down The Wax And Add The Essential Oil
Let the beeswax cool down a bit before adding the essential oil to it. Then, to keep track of the temperature, place a candle thermometer inside the pitcher. Allow the wax to cool to 155 degrees as needed before adding 1.5 teaspoons lemon essential oil. Stir continuously for 2 minutes to thoroughly incorporate the scent.
How Much Essential Oils To Add To Beeswax Candles
As a general rule, for every 4 ounces of wax blend, you’ll need at least 60 drops of essential oils. You can, however, use more. 2 teaspoons essential oils in a 4 ounce candle for a stronger scent.
What Temperature To Add Essential Oils To Beeswax
Allowing the wax to cool to 180 degrees will help ensure that the scent in your oils is not destroyed by the wax’s heat.
After following these steps, your beeswax candles will be ready to enjoy! The lovely smell of the essential oils will boost your mood and create a relaxing atmosphere. These candles also make great gifts for friends and family. With just a few supplies and some time, you can easily make beautiful, fragrant beeswax candles at home.