I hope you all are having a wonderful weekend.
Today I’m sharing another candle post. I know I’ve been doing a lot of candles D.I.Ys lately, I promise I have other projects coming up. I’ve been experimenting with candles, different waxes, and blends, so when they turn out successful, I want to share them with you.
I was going over my favorite recipes on BrambleBerry.com, and I always wanted to try their D.I.Y. Aromatherapy Beeswax Candle Project. I had some unused Yellow Beeswax I bought from Brambleberry last year, and I have a wide variety of Essential Oils, so I wanted to test this recipe out.
As an aromatherapist, I was wary of using essential oils in a candle as I believe essential oils aren’t meant to be burned. I worried about the candle’s throw also. Of course, that’s why we experiment first!
Doing this project wasn’t too hard, but it was my first time working with beeswax.
Initially, I bought the beeswax because I’m working on some salve recipes, and beeswax is an excellent natural ingredient for that. But omg, was this stuff challenging to work with. The beeswax hardens quickly. When I started to pour the melted wax into my candle jar, it began to set right away, leaving lines in my jar. This is fine if you have a colored jar, but I used glass, so if you were to look closely at my candle jar, you could see small jump lines. Jump lines usually occur when you’re not pouring at the right temperature. In this case, I know I was. I believe beeswax sets so quickly that you’ll have this problem either way. Yet, I’m still a beginner candle maker, so I could be wrong.
Beeswax also has a slightly strong smell that can overpower the candle’s scent. I had to triple my E.O. blend to get my scent to come through.
It’s also good to know how beneficial using beeswax can be compared to some other waxes.
According to EarthEasy.com, “Beeswax candles are the healthiest choice in candles. Made from the caps of bee honeycombs, beeswax candles burn clean, are very long-burning, and give off a pleasant natural fragrance as they b rn. Beeswax candles are dripless when burned properly, and release negative ions which help clean the air in a room. They are also non-allergenic and can help soothe the symptoms of hay fever, asthma and allergy suffer rs. Beeswax is also derived from a sustainable natural source, unlike paraffin.”
So if you’re interested in a healthier, more natural candle to burn, beeswax is a great option.
My E.O. Summertime Blend:
- 6ml Lemon EO
- 4ml Sweet orange EO
- 3ml Lavender EO
- Add 3.50oz of Yellow Beeswax to a double boiler or candle melting pot. (My candle was 3oz)
- Meltdown the beeswax. The wax should reach 180° F.
- Remove from heat. Add in your essential oil blend once the beeswax has cooled to 160° F.
- After adding the wick, pour the beeswax into the candle jar and let the wax cool down and harden.
- You’re all done! Don’t forget to trim your wick before lighting.
- You can decorate by adding some flowers. Best to add some wax florals, but you can use real dried flowers.
🤍If you choose to add flowers, be safe; dried flowers can catch fire.🤍