Ever wonder how to create your own Homemade Candles? Believe it or not, Beeswax Candle making is actually a simple process—one that is not only fun but is also a great family activity!
Best of all, choosing your favorite Essentials Oils elevates the process and allows you to create your own unique, soothing experience. Who knew that Candle Making could also be an effective form of Aromatherapy?
Don’t continue paying for overpriced candles and try making your own with natural ingredients! Follow the simple step-by-step instructions below and be sure to share your finished product with us!
What You’ll Need:
- 100% Pure White or Yellow Beeswax
- Glass containers or Mason Jars
- Wick(s) & either a Wick Sticker or a Hot Glue-Gun
- Pencils & Tape
- Your favorite Piping Rock Essential Oil (We used Lavender Oil)
- Pouring pot (& a frying pan to make your own double boiler)
- Household Thermometer
- Cookie sheet
- Colored dye(s) of your choice (optional)
- UV stabilizer (optional)
Measure your Wax and Preheat your Containers
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It’s important that you make sure you’re using the proper amount of Beeswax. For easy measuring, try filling the container(s) you want to use with wax flakes, then pouring the flakes into your pouring pot. That way, you know you’ll have the correct amount for the number of candles you want to make.
Preheat your oven to 150°F (or the lowest setting). Place your empty glass containers on a cookie sheet and place in the oven until you’re ready to use them. Heating them up will help to eliminate jump lines and prevent possible breakage that could happen if you poured hot wax into a cold container.
Create a Double-Boiler:
Fill a frying pan with 1 inch of water. Place the pouring pot that you poured your wax into in the water and bring it to a boil (but not a rolling boil, since the water could splatter out of the pan).
Melt your Wax under High Heat
The wax will need to be heated to around 150°F. On medium-low setting, stir the wax occasionally until it is melted. You will need to check the temperature of the wax regularly to make sure it’s not getting too hot. If it is, adjust the heat of your stove as needed. Never leave your wax unattended!
Step 4: Add Your Essential Oil(s)
Once your wax is melted and has reached 150°F, you’re ready to add your oils! The most common ratio is around 1 ounce of oil per 1 pound of wax. If you’re not sure how much oil adds up to 1 ounce, keep in mind that approximately 1 tablespoon is equal to .5 ounces of oil. Pour the oil into your melted wax and give it a nice stir.
Step 5: Add Your Dye & UV Stabilizer
This next step is optional. If you choose to add dye(s) and/or a UV stabilizer to your wax, now’s the time! Add the desired amount of dye to the wax (we recommend doing it sparingly, since you can always add more but cannot remove any dye). Mix well. Adding a UV stabilizer will help keep the color of your candle from fading if it’s exposed to UV or fluorescent light. Add about ½ teaspoon of UV stabilizer per pound of wax & mix well.
Start Mixing up the Wax
Remove your pouring pot from the double boiler and mix all your ingredients thoroughly. As you prepare your containers, make sure you re-mix the wax to keep everything combined.
Assembling the Wicks:
Remove the containers from the oven. Insert your wick(s) through two pencils you’ve taped together and place your wick sticker or a dot of hot glue to the bottom. Press the wick to the bottom of the container, pulling it through the pencils. Rest the pencils on the edge of the containers to keep the wick stable as you pour the Beeswax.
Pouring the Wax
Be sure to give the Beeswax one more good stir before pouring. Carefully and slowly pour the wax into the jar, being extra mindful to get an even pour that doesn’t splash up along the sides of the container. Pouring the wax too fast can result in air bubbles or a general mess all along the sides of the container.
Wait for the Wax to Cool
Leave your containers to cool completely. It’s best if you do not move the containers as they cool so the Beeswax is not disrupted and that there are no vents blowing air onto them, as you do not want to speed up the cooling process. Let the containers stand and cool for 4-5 hours.
Essential Oils Recipes:
The right scents can transform any DIY Candle Making into a truly gratifying and invigorating Aromatherapy experience.
1. Sweet Dreams Essential Oil:
Looking for the best, tranquil scent to burn gently as you wind down for the day? Our Sweet Dreams Essential Oil Blend is perfect for any beeswax candle making kit.
This Essential Oil Blend is dreamy, forgiving and peaceful. Let it lull you slowly to that place of comfort and tranquility.
Top Note: 4 Drops Chamomile Oil
Middle Note: 2 Drops Jasmine Oil
Middle Note: 2 Drops Clary Sage Oil
Base Note: 2 Drops Bergamot Oil
2. Bay Breeze Blend:
This purifying blend is perfect for any light and breezy summer day. It’s stacked with all the light scents of an aquatic afternoon out on the bay.
Simply add the below blend to your Wax Candle recipe, light it and enjoy a relaxing nap on the hammock in the yard.
Top Note: 2 Drops of Juniper Berry Oil
Middle Note: 2 Drops of Ginger Oil
Middle Note: 2 Drops of Clary Sage Oil
Base Note: 4 Drops of Cedarwood Oil
3. Orange Sunrise Blend:
So, you’re up early and want to sneak in a calming meditation exercise before you start your day.
Light this Homemade Candle on your patio as you watch the tropical sunrise slowly evaporate the morning dew. This summer classic is perfect for any citrus-lover.
Top Note: 4 Drops of Sweet Orange Oil
Middle Note: 3 Drops of Tangerine Oil
Middle Note: 2 Drops of Tagetes Oil
Base Note: 2 Drops of Bergamot Oil
More Essential Oils for Candle Making:
These Homemade Essential Oil Candles make for wonderful gifts, party favors and can be a great family activity on a rainy weekend!
Adding Aromatherapy to your candle making really helps to immerse you in the experience by creating your own blends. Looking for a similar project? Checkout our DIY Aromatherapy Clay Jewelry for more inspiration.
Also, be sure to share your candle creations with us in the comments below… We’d love to see them!