Cinnamon + Honey Beeswax Candles
Hey, y'all! Happy Monday! Oh, boy. I feel so so so behind lately. My brain is a big lagging mess, which I'm sure most of you can relate to post holiday season. Not only that, but I took a vacation and then came home to a sick babe and was soon hit by the bug myself. My blog posts last week did not end up happening as well as any progress on my work, so... yeah. It happens. I decided to not push through it and instead to just sleep all day. Worth it! I feel so much better already, which was a lot faster than usual.
Today, I want to share with you a new beeswax candle idea that I had, which is really simple and also incredibly amazing for you home, in more ways than just smelling yummy. Did you know that burning beeswax cleans the air? Beeswax candles release negative ions which neutralize positive ions (i.e. dust, pollen, dirt, bacteria, etc) that are floating around in the air. A really great way to clear the air of sickness in your home is to light up a beeswax candle! That's pretty easy, right? I talked more about this process in my original beeswax candle making post here. Today we are mixing our beeswax with some cinnamon and honey to create some delicious smelling candles. Check out how to make them below!
HOW TO MAKE |
- Melt your beeswax. I used about half a pound to make two candles. How much you purchase or use is up to you! Know that around one pound of beeswax makes about 4 candles in a standard mason jar. To melt, I use an old crockpot, which is where I store all of my beeswax. If you don't have this option, you can make a double boiler out of an old vegetable can and a soup pot! That way the wax won't harm any of your kitchen tools - it's extremely sticky and difficult to remove.
- Depending upon the wicking you choose, you can either stick the metal tan to the bottom of your jar, or wrap the wick around a pencil, lie the pencil across the top of the jar, and let the wick hang down the center of the jar.
- With your hands, begin to break your cinnamon sticks in half and into smaller pieces. You want them to fill up the bottom of your candle. Begin to place them as you like at the bottom around the wick, being careful not to tilt the wick too much away from center.
- Slowly begin to pour the beeswax over the tops of the cinnamon sticks; pouring slowly will decrease your risk of having air bubbles. Fill the jars up until about 1/2 an inch of wick is sticking out. This is the time to add in your honey. I added about 1 tbsp of honey to each of my candles, but feel free to add as much as you like. The honey created an interesting snake shape in the melted wax, which was helpful in realigning my wicks! Make sure to keep an eye on your wick so that it is center, or else the candle will burn from one side only!
- If you want, you can stir the honey around a bit with a wooden stick. Let your candle harden - about 20-30 minutes. That's it!
These are incredibly simple and rewarding to make. I love giving these as gifts! Enjoy your candles - the added honey is such a treat! I have had some people ask if they can add the honey while the wax is melting. You can do this, but it can potentially remove the healing constituents of the honey, and they will begin to separate anyway. Heating honey and wax is how you separate them in the process of extracting honey. It works about the same either way if you add it in while melting or while pouring.