Make Your Own Aromatic Beeswax Candle

by Andrea Butje on June 19, 2013

Make your own beeswax candleWho doesn’t love beeswax candles?

This 6-minute video shows you exactly how to make your own beeswax candle with essential oils.

Warning: There is no going back! Once you make your own beeswax candle, with your own essential oils, nothing else compares. Be prepared to be seriously spoiled!

Making your own beeswax candles is a great alternative to buying commercial candles, which often have synthetic fragrances, metal wicks and petroleum-based waxes.  This way, only natural healthy substances are released into your space. Another plus is that when we work with natural beeswax, we support beekeepers!

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Jamie June 19, 2013 at 3:45 pm

This is great. Could you make them into those little blocks that go into candle warmers? Would it affect the scent?

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Andrea Butje June 19, 2013 at 3:57 pm

Jamie, I think you could for sure! Try it and let me know how you like it.

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Tanya Molodtsova June 19, 2013 at 3:49 pm

Thanks for a great recipe! I can’t wait to try it at home. I’m a beginner in aromatherapy. So I have a few basic questions. Where do you buy beeswax and wicks? Can you discern the scent of vitiver and patchouli oils when the candle burns? Who would you recommend to use this oil blend?

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Andrea Butje June 19, 2013 at 4:03 pm

Hi Tanya,

All excellent questions. There are many places to buy both organic beeswax and the wicks-you can Google and look around.

I bought the beeswax from Aromatics International: http://www.aromaticsinternational.com/carrier-oils-and-butters/beeswaxpellets.
I bought the wicks at Amazon: CandleScience Natural Candle Wick, Medium, 50 piece

Yes the aroma of the essential oils is very pronounced! I would recommend this blend for calming, grounding, medication and a lovely easy atmosphere for the evening. :)

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Senna June 19, 2013 at 3:52 pm

This sounds so easy. I want to learn candles so bad! I must try this soon!

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Tanya Molodtsova June 19, 2013 at 4:10 pm

I found this website for candle-making supplies: http://www.lonestarcandlesupply.com/. They have almost everything there. Does anyone have other suggestions?

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Andrea Butje June 19, 2013 at 4:13 pm

Tanya- Thanks so much for the link.

I bought the wicks at Amazon: CandleScience Natural Candle Wick, Medium, 50 piece

Amazon also has beeswax: Beeswax Organic Pastilles, Yellow, 100% Pure 16 Oz
:)

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Carol June 19, 2013 at 4:39 pm

Beeswax is so much healthier for candles than paraffin!

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Pamela Chambers June 19, 2013 at 4:41 pm

I would love to be able to make my own candles. I had to give up candles and other products similar when I became chemical sensitive.

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Becky June 19, 2013 at 4:45 pm

Can’t wait to try this recipe! I’ve been experimenting with beeswax off and on over the past six months and have yet to be 100% satisfied with the results.
Thanks so much for the info!

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Jefferson Svengsouk June 19, 2013 at 4:47 pm

Bees are awesome. Beeswax candles smell wonderful!

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Angelina Gilstrap-Ross June 19, 2013 at 4:51 pm

This sounds so much easier than many of the other “recipes” I’ve found for beeswax candles-thanks for sharing! 😀

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Joyce June 19, 2013 at 5:23 pm

Easy and quick. Thanks for sharing :)

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Jenn Starzynski June 19, 2013 at 5:45 pm

Just ordered some beeswax for making solid fragrances, but I’ll give this a try as well.

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Christina June 19, 2013 at 5:59 pm

love the chop stick tip! This recipe is as easy as it looks, leave it to aromahead!

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Andrea Butje June 19, 2013 at 6:01 pm

Christina! :)
Thanks!

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Vicki June 19, 2013 at 6:00 pm

I have lots of friends who are beekeepers. What needs to be done to beeswax in the raw in order to use it for candlemaking and skincare products?

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Andrea Butje June 19, 2013 at 6:02 pm

Hi Vicki,
Not much really just extracted and then it can be used! We have bees and I use my own beeswax all the time. :)

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Melanie Olson June 19, 2013 at 7:13 pm

I totally just bought some beeswax and am excited to try this! Thanks!

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Margaret June 19, 2013 at 7:21 pm

What an absolutely delightful video! Thank you for sharing, Andrea!

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Amanda June 19, 2013 at 7:22 pm

I have so many people ask me for candles made from my natural perfume line :) Thanks so much for this easy recipe!

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Andrea Butje June 20, 2013 at 10:10 am

Amanda,
My Pleasure!

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Lauren June 19, 2013 at 8:39 pm

I will absolutely try this. I have had spotty luck with my candle making efforts. This looks really straightforward. I’m thinking the thicker basenotes can hold their own better than citruses in the scent department? I’ll have to experiment.

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Andrea Butje June 20, 2013 at 10:10 am

Lauren,
Exactly, the citrus will evaporate very fast and you don’t get much aroma, the base notes and heavier oils work best. let me know how it goes.

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PaulaV June 19, 2013 at 8:44 pm

sheesh, in making my lip balms I never thought to coat the pyrex with oil for easier clean up! See? I need the free course! Loved the video and now want to go make some!

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Joniece Abbott Pratt June 19, 2013 at 11:07 pm

So excited to make a candle!!! I have some left over beeswax from a lotion bar project that went really well. I will let you know how it turns out. You offer so much great info!!!

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Wendy June 19, 2013 at 11:46 pm

I will be making these with my kids (6 and almost 5) this summer. Thank you for making it so easy for us!

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Andrea Butje June 20, 2013 at 10:05 am

Wendy- My pleasure, have fun and let me know how they come out.

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Sophia June 20, 2013 at 1:35 am

Simple and natural! Keep it up and share your knowledge!

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caroline June 20, 2013 at 2:59 am

As I make most of my cleaning products and skin care, it makes sense to make my own candles. Thanks, this vid is inspiring and its not as difficult as I thought

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Andrea Butje June 20, 2013 at 10:04 am

Caroline,
Great! They really are easy and fun to make!

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Jeff June 20, 2013 at 6:38 am

Love the candle recipe, going to gift them this Christmas!

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Andrea Butje June 20, 2013 at 10:04 am

Great idea, they make such wonderful gifts.

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Mindy June 20, 2013 at 7:17 am

Oh the possibilities! I love this and can’t wait to try it out. Thank you for sharing, Andrea!

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Andrea Butje June 20, 2013 at 10:03 am

Thanks Mindy! yay! :)

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jamison June 20, 2013 at 10:33 am

is there are particular fire-safe jar that would be better to use for the candle? i have heard of some blowing up when they got too hot. is this normal?

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Andrea Butje June 20, 2013 at 10:35 am

Jamison,
Hmmm, I would just suggest using a thick walled glass like canning jars. I have never had an issue, but you could always use plastic tea light candle holders instead.

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Donna June 20, 2013 at 11:35 am

Beeswax is perfect.. Thanks again, Andrea, for another great alternative recipe.

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Amy June 20, 2013 at 1:05 pm

Thank you for sharing this. I was just thinking about making beeswax candles at home and this looks like such a simple recipe. I think I will be making candles this weekend.

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Sue Barker June 20, 2013 at 4:17 pm

Thanks Andrea! I LOVE all your videos and can’t wait to make some candles.

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Amy June 20, 2013 at 5:09 pm

I was thinking the same thing! I have a Scentsy warmer and would LOVE to know how to make those little scented blocks of wax.

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Andrea Butje June 20, 2013 at 5:18 pm

So easy-simply melt your beeswax, add essential oils and pour it into small silicone molds with the tiny shapes! :)

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Tara June 20, 2013 at 5:18 pm

This is such a great recipe, I can’t wait to try it!

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nise June 20, 2013 at 9:44 pm

I think I know what I’ll be doing this weekend. Great way to get a jump on Christmas gifts!

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laura June 21, 2013 at 4:02 pm

so simple! definitely going to try this

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Anne June 21, 2013 at 11:18 pm

Thank you for sharing this. You make it look so simple that it’s reassuring to those of us who are new to this and are a bit intimidated.

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Andrea Butje June 22, 2013 at 6:39 am

Anne-yay! Have fun with it!

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sprout June 22, 2013 at 2:15 am

How simple, I’ve been wanting to make beeswax candles for the longest. I’m off to talk to the honey guy at the market to order some more wax right now. Thanks for the recipe!

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Andrea Butje June 22, 2013 at 6:38 am

My pleasure!!

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Lora June 22, 2013 at 3:59 am

Thank you for this recipe.

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Carol June 22, 2013 at 11:32 am

I love beeswax candles

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Kendra June 22, 2013 at 11:55 am

So awesome! Thank you! I normally can not do normal candles as they leave me with an obnoxious headache, so this will be perfect!

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Diana June 22, 2013 at 2:22 pm

I can’t wait to try this recipe:))

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Christy Goans June 22, 2013 at 3:13 pm

I am going to try this I love candles

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Christy Goans June 22, 2013 at 3:14 pm

I make secret pal gifts this would make a great one

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Tammy Loftin June 22, 2013 at 7:12 pm

I will have to give this a try. Thanks for posting

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Elaine June 22, 2013 at 10:33 pm

I love candles and now realize I can make a beeswax candle quickly. Thanks, Andrea for always making everything look so effortless! :)

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Hera June 22, 2013 at 11:13 pm

Thanks for your sharing. That is awesome. very easy to follow video and i can try it out at home.

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Lucretia Splinters June 23, 2013 at 12:10 am

What a great recipe! Thanks so much! Do you think it could be tailored so that when the wax melts it can be used as a lip balm? Beeswax is perfect for this <3

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Tierra June 23, 2013 at 9:38 am

Wow, I had no idea it was so easy! I’m excited at the possibilities of creating healthy and sustainable products for myself!

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Heather Brady June 23, 2013 at 11:44 am

So excited that I currently have a huge chunk of beeswax right now! It’s apparently waiting to become a candle. Now which scent to pick….

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Andrea Butje June 23, 2013 at 11:46 am

So curious what scent you pick!

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Jean Oswald June 23, 2013 at 7:35 pm

Wow! Thanks Andrea! This looks so much easier than I thought! I can’t wait to make my own candle and the combination of Vintage Patchouli & Vetivir sounds amazing! ♥

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teya June 24, 2013 at 2:20 pm

this is great, and u can make ur own scent , vanilla, eucaliptus, …whatever…
great explanation
thank U Andrea

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Tamara (mskillasmile) June 24, 2013 at 4:28 pm

I have some beeswax at home; going to make these candles this weekend. Tamara :)

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Addie June 24, 2013 at 9:25 pm

Is there anything natural that recommend mixing with the beeswax to make it softer and less expensive?

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Andrea Butje June 25, 2013 at 7:15 am

HI Addie,
I don’t add anything else to the candles besides beeswax but some people use soy wax.

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