Make Your Own Natural Beeswax Candles
Choosing The Candle Molds
A quick internet search will give you hundreds of ideas for different DIY candle molds. You can choose traditional shapes like pillars, tapers, votive and tarts or be creative and choose anything from animal to food shapes. There are literally hundreds of different candle molds to choose from.
Almost any hollow glass, metal or plastic container can be used as a DIY beeswax candle mold. Cereal bowls and baking dishes from your own kitchen will work very well. For a candle to burn uniformly, it’s best for the mold to have straight sides. The finish on your DIY beeswax candle will be determined by the texture of the mold that is used. You may prefer a gloss, matte, or textured finish.
DIY Beeswax Candle Making Supplies
Natural beeswax candles are relatively easy and inexpensive to make. Beeswax beads can be purchased from any number of online sources, such as local bee and honey farms. You can also purchase beeswax from your local craft supply store. If you choose to purchase from a local craft store the beeswax may not be the same quality you will find from a local producer.
Cotton wicks are preferred because they are natural and lead free. Cotton candle wicks burn cleaner and slower than lead filled wicks, without emitting soot and toxins into the air.
Essential Oils for Fragrance
The different combination of essential oil is endless when it comes to personalizing your DIY Beeswax candle. You can use a favorite recipe as an example when combining essential oils. Think how easy it would be to create a DIY beeswax candle that smells like your favorite pumpkin pie recipe. You could combine clove, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg oil and anyone walking into your home would think you had been baking.
Essential oils can also be combined to achieve a purpose other than fragrance alone. You might combine Citronella, Tea Tree, Lemongrass, Rosemary, Tea Tree, Eucalyptus, Cedar and Mint to create a magnificent natural bug repellent.
If you’d like to create a beeswax candle that also boosts your immune system, try adding peppermint and lavender essential oils.
Making the Candle
There are hundreds of recipes for beeswax candles easily accessible on the internet. I recommend experimenting with a few to find one that works for you. I prefer recipes using beeswax beads and love experimenting with different combinations of essential oils for a multitude of different scents.