Natural Cleaning: Beeswax Candles Tutorial with Essential Oils

Beeswax has so many benefits it’s hard to even know where to begin in sharing them. They are economical because they burn brighter, longer, and cleaner than any other candle. The flame emits the light in the same spectrum as the sun. It’s completely natural and it helps clean the air!

When it is burning it gives off very little smoke and it is white in color. The smoke does not contain carcinogens like other candles. In fact, instead, it emits negative ions that are known to clean the air and invigorate the body. I’ve also read in a number of books that studies show that beeswax emissions stimulate the pituitary gland. That kind of stimulation increases creativity, intuition, and dream activity. I could not find a source or proof of this online (it is cited in hundreds of places online) but I will further investigate it when I have time.

Beeswax Candle

  • beeswax (enough to fill your glass container)
  • essential oil (10-12 drops per every 5.5 ounces of wax)
  • one wick (not lead)
  • glass container

Melt your beeswax in an double boiler. You do not want it to be in direct contact with the heat.

Once it melts, dip the metal part of the wick in the melted wax.

Use the hot wax to secure the wick to the bottom of the glass container.

Let the wax cool for a bit and then add the essential oils. Pour the wax into the container. My favorite candle scent is lemon and vanilla. Oh, it smells soooo good! You can use any essential oils that you like.

Let it cool completely before using. Trim the wick.

Here are some free printable labels for your new candles! These make great homemade, Mason Jar gifts too!

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  1. ravindran says:

    It is difficult to decide on the type of wick for different sizes of beeswax candles.Would appreciate some advice.I have various moulds and have made dozens of candles,some burn well,some melt fast,some burn and go off very quickly.Help!!

  2. At what temperature do you add the essential oils? I tried this, but I don’t smell any scent.

  3. Great tutorial! I’m looking forward to making a batch of Beeswax Candles!

  4. I am so excited to try this, thank you for such an easy to follow post (some things I have found seem very complicated). I am a bit confused as to what wax to buy- I want to make sure what I get is pure and natural enough for use, and I have read some conflicting things online. Do you have a go to source for your wax?

  5. do you have to use oils? Can you melt scented blocks to mix with the beeswax instead?

  6. Would this work/be safe if you want to melt the candles (using a warmer) instead of a wick/flame?

    • auntlenniesattic says:

      I’ve seen tutorials online for making your own beeswax melted “scensy” squares with beeswax. I’m making this this fall.

  7. Does anyone have an idea how many hours a 1 pound block of beeswax will last?

  8. I don’t have a double boiler. Could I use a pot inside a pot? Also, if I buy a 1 pound block of beeswax, about how many burning hours do you get?

    • auntlenniesattic says:

      That’s how I do it! With a pan in a pan. You should devote a few pans and untensils strictly for making candles. Its SUPER hard to get all the wax off. I just buy cheap stuff at a thriftstore.

  9. Amber W says:

    I would like to make the lemon vanilla candle. What amount of each essential oil do you use for a good end product? I see it says a total of 10-12 drops per 5.5 oz. However, I’d like to know the proportions of each.


    • From the research I’ve done, I think you could use lemon essential oi, but use vanilla extract (not artificial flavor, but extract!) to scent your candle. Does anyone know if this would work??

    • I do one of two things. First option is to use “blends” of vanilla essential oil. Look for “vanilla essential oil blend.” Or, another option that I’ve used with great success is to go with other oils that have heavy vanilla notes in them like Peru Balsam essential oil. It isn’t true “vanilla” but smells so much like it. Even better in my opinion. Hope that helps!

  10. Hi, for this size jar you used in the post how much beeswax was that? I’m on amazon and not sure how much to get for this pint sized jar. Thanks !

  11. I’m wanting to try this project but feeling really lost on what to get for the wick! Can you share what has worked for you?

  12. Have you tried using soy wax? Beeswax isn’t vegan, some may have issues with that.

    • Soy wax is a great alternative for candles that simply don’t have the chemical components of the commercial ones. I have used it in the past to simply offer ambiance and scent. The reason I chose beeswax for this series is because of the benefits it offers in cleaning the air. Soy doesn’t offer that. But, I will include a recipe in the future because I had not considered vegans. I’ll be sure to remedy that. Thanks for bringing it to my attention!

  13. Sorry! I missed the essential oil ratio in your post! Oops!

  14. What size wick are you using for this size jar? I am assuming it is a pint jar. Having made candles in the past i know the wick size is important if you are to have the candle burn all the way down. How much essential oil do you use per batch of wax/candle? Really want to make these so I can stop my unhealthy candle addiction, so thanks!

    • Most of the wicks I use have to be trimmed. I’m guessing they are about six inches. I no longer have the packaging but I bought them at Hobby Lobby.

  15. I LOVE the smell of beeswax. It’s hard to put that stuff down. I feel the same about organic coconut oil, too!!! This looks nice and easy to make!!! Love and hugs from the ocean shores of California, Heather 🙂

  16. Maybe a dumb question, but where is a good place to get beeswax?

  17. Great reminder to get my candles made!

  18. Maybe this sounds naive, but I have never made candles before: is it hard to clean the wax off the double boiler? What about the jar you pour it into? I notice in one picture it looks like the jar has wax all over, and then in the next picture it’s all cleaned up, so I assume it’s not too tough…

    • It isn’t hard. I just peeled it off. If you let it sit and harden for a few hours it is easiest to remove then. And remover, oil removes oil so if you get an oil stain just use some baking soda and olive oil to remove it. 🙂

  19. This is awesome, Amy!

    My daughter and I made some beeswax candles over Christmas, but we haven’t tried adding essential oils yet. I love that idea.

    The candle looks great in the canning jar, too.

    • They really do smell good just as they are but I love adding the lemon and vanilla. Although it does make me want to eat pie. Maybe that isn’t such a good idea. 😉

  20. Awesome! I have a ton of beeswax just waiting for this project! Yeah! (Also homemade chapstick! )

  21. This is great I will be making one this weekend! Thanks!

  22. How very interesting! I had no idea about beeswax candles at all. Thanks for sharing. I’ve seen beeswax candles around from time to time but had NO idea how they are different from regular candles. And they are easy to make, seems like a great gift idea to me! 😉


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