DIY Scented Beeswax Candles
I have been having so much fun this year coming up with ideas for handmade Christmas gifts! This must just be a lucky year for me, because the ideas just keep flowing out of my brain hole and onto my kitchen counter. A few months ago, I bought this old crockpot to melt and store my beeswax in, and I never can seem to use it all, which just means I have to keep finding new things to make with it. Somehow, more beeswax keeps coming into my life as well (;
Today I am showing you how to make scented beeswax candles with herbs and essential oil! All natural! These are the best projects, in my opinion. You learn something, stay environmentally conscious, and get a really great prize at the end. When I first made beeswax candles, I told you all about how great they were for the environment. Remember when I said that paraffin candles release toxic sludge into the air? Now whenever I see a regular candle burning, I am instantly turned off, especially knowing all of the wonderful things burning beeswax can do! Beeswax releases negative ions, which counteract with the positive ions floating around the air such as pollen, dust, dirt, and other pollutants. Their positive charge is what causes them to float, and when in contact with beeswax, become neutral and are either sucked back into the candle or fall to the ground. Burning beeswax helps aid in asthma, allergies, and hay fever. Who wouldn't want that?! Before, I just simply poured beeswax into a vessel; today we are making some lovely herbal scents, which I can now say I love even better!
- 1 lb Beeswax (not pictured because it's in my crockpot!)
- 4 Mason Jars
- Candle Wicks
- Fresh or Dried Rosemary
- Dried Lavender
- Essential Oil (Rosemary + Lavender)
- An old crockpot or double boiler
- Wooden Spoon
HOW TO MAKE //
- Beeswax is extremely sticky and difficult to remove from important surfaces like your countertop or kitchen utensils. When working with it, make sure you are using something old that you will not be using to cook with afterwards. Melt your beeswax either in a crockpot or double boiler.
- With your wick, whether you have the prepared metal bottom or not, place it in the center of your mason jars. One pound of beeswax can generally fill about four small mason jars. I only made two this time around! I also used the metal bottomed wicks. I use a little bit of hot glue to stick them to the bottom, though you could use the melted wax for this as well. With a clothespin, clamp the wicks and let the pins rest on top of the jar. My wicks were a bit to short to do this, so to make sure my wicks were centered, I just had to keep an eye on them while the candle hardened.
- Working fairly quickly, pour your jars halfway full with melted beeswax. Carefully place some shortened sprigs of rosemary in the liquid, along with some sprinkled lavender petals and 25 drops of essential oil. There will be a bit of fizzing as the wax + herbs create a chemical reaction.
- Fill your jars the rest of the way up and repeat the filling process with the herbs and essential oil. Make sure that your wick is sticking out enough to be able to light. Stir if needed and make sure no herbal pieces are sticking out.
- Let your candles harden. That's it! They will smell amazing. If you want, just before the top hardens, you can sprinkle a bit more lavender on top. Tie some twine, ribbon, or yarn around the rim. I used some hand spun, naturally dyed yarn for mine!
Enjoy your new candles! They are all natural and help to clean your home. Again, what more could you ask for in a simple candle?! I love these and will be giving them as gifts to friends and family this holiday.