Make Your Own Beeswax Candles

by Andrea Butje on June 23, 2014

make your own beeswax candlesI’m not an expert candle maker, but I just love making my own beeswax candles!

Handmade candles make perfect gifts, but I like making them for myself, too. I like knowing where the beeswax came from, and that I’m using wicks that won’t release toxins into my air. I like knowing the aromas I choose are real essential oils with therapeutic properties, not artificial fragrances. And I like that I can make beeswax candles for different purposes—for sleep, for relaxation and for energy!

I recently made a beeswax candle with Vetiver essential oil, and that one has become a favorite—the aroma is rich and long lasting.

I bought pretty little 4 oz (120 ml) canning jars, some beeswax, and wicks, and that is really all it takes. The picture above shows tea light candles made with beeswax. You can make these using the same process as making larger candles.

If you want to watch the process of making a candle, I made a YouTube video  demonstrating the recipe. This “How To” video is the perfect guide if you’re just learning to make your own beeswax candles. Have fun!

Here a few of my suggestions for which essential oils to use in your candles:

  • Cedarwood (Cedrus atlantica)
  • Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus radiata or Eucalyptus citrodora for keeping away bugs)
  • Geranium (Pelargonium roseum X asperum)
  • Patchouli (Pogostemom cablin)
  • Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis ct. camphor)
  • Vetiver (Vetiveria zizanoides)

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Sierra Lamanna May 30, 2016 at 7:10 am

I have tried to make candles like you made on the video but they always crack. Any thoughts? Is that because I often melt the wax right in the candle holder because it is too hard to get the pyrex clean even when I ” grease it “with jojoba first? Thank you?


Andrea Butje May 30, 2016 at 11:50 am

Sierra, on occasion mine crack as well – sometimes I find it cracks at the top if I’m too soon removing the chopsticks supporting the wick.

I find that if the Pyrex is coated well and the wax is not too hot it is pretty easy to clean – but you have to clean it right away.


Tori July 9, 2014 at 3:14 pm

Hi, I was wondering if the beeswax has a scent or not? I like to use tea light candles for diffusing oil, so I wouldnt want a scented candle.


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