Candle burning is a great idea if you want to feel cosy and relaxed. Nothing is more relaxing than burning an all natural candle with your favourite candle fragrance oil in it.
If you want that peace of mind, then scented beeswax candles are perfect for you!
Scented beeswax candles are indeed a great way to fill your home with the comforting scent of a loved one.
You can actually create DIY beeswax candles with your choice of scent and it is really easy.
To make scented beeswax candles, make sure you have all the necessary items:
- white beeswax
- a mold or silicone candle molds
- candle wick/s
- some scented oils, essential oils, aromatherapy oils, fragrance oils, or any oils of choice
- a candle melting pitcher or metal pitcher
- an electric burner
- candle jars, candle holder, or candle tin of choice
If you know the basics of candle making, then making your own scented beeswax candles will be easy. You can simply follow the steps:
- First, you need to prepare your wicks by cutting them to approximately 4.5 inches or wick sizes of your preference.
- Next, measure out your white beeswax.
- Then, you need to melt the wax over a stove top. You can safely use a double boiler method to melt the wax, which is to place the wax in a small pot and set it in a larger pot of hot water.
- Heat the water up until it is boiling
- Place the smaller pot into the boiling water
- Add some dye to your wax if you would like a coloured candle.
- Add the scents to your candle for a nice smelling candle.
- Pour the wax into containers, candle jars, or candle tin.
- Cool down and enjoy your beautiful beeswax candles!
Scents you can add to your beeswax candles
Beeswax candles are a great alternative to regular candles or traditional paraffin scented candles, but many people worry about the smell.
Even though beeswax is an excellent way to provide a boost of anti-microbial properties, some people still hate the smell.
These people are usually “newbies” to the hobby, and they don’t realise you can make the wax smell anything you want without the use of artificial aromas, toxic chemicals or poisonous additives.
You can definitely mix different scents to your candles to create your own unique scented beeswax candles.
You can choose from luxurious aromas, cheerful aromas, or even a hint of fruity aroma, and energising aroma. Some suggestions for scents to mix are essential oils, herbs, spice, and berries.
Scents using essential oils
You can add a drop of essential oil blends to your beeswax candle and enjoy the scent as you light it up. You can choose from various candle scents such as almond, amber, apple, apricot, banana, black currant, blueberry, bergamot, camomile, caraway, and cardamom.
You may also use essential oils with the scent of carrot seed, cedarwood, cinnamon, citronella, clove, clary sage, clover, coffee, coriander, cumin, daffodil, damask rose, daisy, dewberry, eucalyptus, fennel, frankincense, geranium, ginger, grapefruit, helichrysum, honey, and hyacinth.
Scents you can find at your home
When you’re making your own candles, you can experiment with homemade scents and have fun blends with your homemade beeswax candles.
Here is a list of candle fragrance choices and suggested sources:
- Cinnamon – Ground cinnamon, Cinnamon sticks
- Clove – Ground clove, Clove buds, Clove blends
- Cocoa – Cocoa powder, Cocoa butter
- Coconut – Coconut oil, Coconut oil blend
- Frankincense – Frankincense resin, Pine
- Patchouli – Patchouli oil, Lemon
- Vanilla – Vanilla extract
- Mint – Peppermint oil, Spearmint oil
- Rosemary – Rosemary oil, Rosemary herb
- Citronella – Oil of Citronella
- Juniper – Juniper berries, Juniper berry oil
These are just a few scents that you can mix to your beeswax candles. Just remember that the scents will have a stronger smell when the temperature is warm.
Benefits of using beeswax candles
The benefits of beeswax candles are numerous, as they are produced naturally, have a pleasant fragrance, and emit a soothing glow.
Beeswax is one of the most commonly used ingredients in candle making, and many people find it a natural resource that is sustainable
Beeswax or bee hive candles are clean, natural alternative to paraffin candles. Beeswax burns cleaner, and is non-allergenic. In fact, it has been proven to be more hygroscopic (it loses moisture more easily) than paraffin candles.
Generally, beeswax candles are a healthier alternative to traditional candles and paraffin wax candles.
Beeswax candles burn longer with less smoke, they contain zero flame and no carcinogenic substances compared to cheap candles in the market.
They do not contain paraffin, and are biodegradable and do not emit toxic fumes when burning. They contain no formaldehyde; they are 100% natural and supply oxygen to your home.
Beeswax is also full of lovely nutrients like vitamins K, B1 and C, minerals like calcium, potassium, copper, zinc and iron, and omega-3 oils. It is also the best absorbent of waxes and paraffins, making it perfect for candles.
Other health benefits include:
- Preventing appearance of cellulite,
- Promoting better hair and skin,
- Providing a healthy environment for the skin,
- Protecting the skin from harmful UV rays,
- Boosting metabolism, and
- Helping maintain a youthful complexion.
What is beeswax made of?
Beeswax is a natural wax that is produced by honeybees to build their honeycomb, which is a structure for holding their larvae and food stores.
The wax is formed into scales by eight wax-producing glands in the abdominal segments of worker bees, who secrete it from two glands on their heads.
It is used mostly in cosmetics, in wood finishes, and candles. Beeswax consists of esters of fatty acids and various long-chain alcohols.
The chemical composition of beeswax is primarily a mixture of triglycerides, with between 16% and 24% palmitic acid, and long-chain alkanes between 22% and 35% myricyl cerotate.
Uses of beeswax
Beeswax is used for various purposes and has a number of benefits. As a result, beekeepers all across the world are making it a point to harvest this resource.
Contrary to popular belief, beeswax does not just serve as a material to make candles. Here are some of the ways that it is used:
It is used as a polish for wood and other surfaces. One of the reasons why beeswax is used as polish is because of its excellent sealing properties.
This means that it can be used on surfaces to provide additional protection against moisture and dirt.
Beeswax is used for soap and skin care. If you have ever been stung by a wasp, you will notice that the sting causes you to swell. Beeswax prevents this swelling by acting as a sealant to stop the venom from entering the cells of the skin.
- Lip Balm
Beeswax can be used for making lip balm. Beeswax has a great moisturising effect on skin when applied. It can be used for lip balm, as well as body butter.