Years ago I started making my own candles by recycling the very last bits of wax from my store bought candles, melting them down and pouring them back over a new wick. This worked well for a while until I realized how bad the cheap store bought candles are for your health. Did you know that burning fake fragrance could possibly cause cancer? This article explains it much better than I can. Basically, some candles burn substances that are known carcinogens and create pollution in our homes.
After learning that fact, I decided I should get smarter with my candle purchases. The only problem is that store bought beeswax and soy candles cost anywhere from $10-30. I can barely stomach the idea of spending $5 on a candle, there is no way in hell I’d ever spend $30 on a candle.
I knew there had to be a better way so three years ago I started experimenting with making my own beeswax candles. Unfortunately those did not work out! Apparently beeswax is very thick and doesn’t melt well. I gave up after wasting a bit of money and decided to start buying Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day soy candles for about $6 at Target.
Eventually I got tired of buying candles again and added them to my crafting bucket list. I’ve finally figured out the best way to make my own 5-7 ounce DIY beeswax and soy candles for about $2 each. Here is the method that is working best for me.
DIY Beeswax and Soy Candles
Makes 7 five to seven ounce candles
- 10 small glass jars, old candle holders or mason jars
- 1 pound of beeswax pellets (these are the ones I use: White BEESWAX Pellets) $10.58
- 1 pound of soy pellets (I use these: Soy Wax) $8.55
- 10 wicks (I use these: CandleScience Natural Candle Wick) $8.97
- old pot for melting wax over stove top or glass measuring cup for microwave
- pure essential oils if you want them scented
- Melt an equal amount of beeswax and soy pellet over medium heat on stove. Alternatively you can melt them in a microwave. I’ve never used the microwave, but I’ve heard great things. I prefer to use an old pot that I’ve set aside just for candle making.
- While your wax is melting, prepare your glasses. Dip the metal part of the wick into your wax and set one in each glass. The wax will dry and keep the wick in place once you pour the wax.
- Once the wax is completely melted, you have two options for fragrance. You can add a large amount into the pot if you are using one scent or you can add the oils to each individual candle if you want different scents. I like to add at least 10 drops for each candle. Add even more if you prefer extremely fragrant candles.
- Pour the wax and let cool slowly. I’ve found that if they cool slowly they look prettier and smoother.
There are a ton of DIY tutorials for candle making on the internet. I’m sure you can find a better one than this, but this is what has worked for me through several attempts.
Good luck with your candle making!
Have you ever made your own candles? Do you have any tips to add?