two homemade beeswax candles on a counter
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How to Make Beeswax Candles

Making your own beeswax candles is easier than you might think! Here’s my simple, tried-and-true method for creating honey-scented candles with a warm, soft glow.
Cook Time 30 minutes
Curing Time 2 days
Total Time 2 days 30 minutes
Servings 2 12 oz candles
Author Heather Dessinger

Equipment

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Pick up your wick (with wick tab attached) and wick stickers)
    candle wick and wick stickers on a table
  • Pull one of the wick stickers off the roll and place it on the wick tab, then peel the paper off the exposed side of the wick sticker.
    candle wick sticker
  • Attach the wick to the bottom center of the jar.
    empty candle jar and wick
  • Melt wax and oil in a double boiler. If you don’t have a double boiler, you can create one by placing one inch of water in a pot, placing a smaller pot or stainless steel bowl inside, and bringing the water to a low simmer on your stove top.
    yellow beeswax pellets in a bowl
  • When the beeswax is melted, add essential oils if desired.
    metled beeswax in a metal bowl
  • Stir the melted beeswax, coconut oil, and essential oils (if using) together. I use a wooden chop stick that I keep just for this purpose so I don’t have to clean it.
    melted beeswax stirred with a chopstick
  • Pour wax into the glass jars.
    pouring melted beeswax from metal bowl into candle jar
  • Set the wick so that it’s in the center. You can do this by placing a pencil, straw or wooden skewer across the jar and taping the wick to it, or use my favorite method, which is to thread the wick through the center of a clothespin.
    Centering candle wick upright in jar full of melted beeswax by threading it through a clothespin.
  • Place the candles in a warm area to harden, because if they cool too quickly the wax will sometimes crack. I usually preheat my oven to 170F while I’m pouring the candles, then turn the oven off and place them inside.
    two candle jars full of melted beeswax and wicks set aside to harden

Notes

*Because beeswax burns more slowly than paraffin wax or soy wax, it requires a sturdier, larger wick than what is used for paraffin candles or soy candles. Keep in mind that the way a wick burns will vary based on many factors, including the size of the container and how refined the beeswax is. I’ve shared which wick size has worked for me using refined beeswax and the jars above, but it may take a little experimentation to find the perfect size for your wax/container combo.
Curing Beeswax Candles:
Allow to cure for two days, then trim the wick to about 1/4 inch. When lighting your candle, direct the flame at the base of the wick so that some of the wax melts and is drawn up into the wick – this helps it burn properly.
Cleanup Tip:
Beeswax is usually difficult to remove from the bowl it was melted in, but I’ve learned a little trick that I want to pass along. I preheat my oven to 200F, then turn it off and place the bowl inside. Within a few minutes, the wax is completely melted, making it easy to wipe away with paper towels. After that, I just scrub with soap and water as usual.
Burning Beeswax Candles:
Allow candle to burn long enough so the wax melts out to the side of the jar. This helps to prevent tunneling (when the middle melts down with lots of wax leftover around the edges). Never leave a candle unattended.