Simple DIY Unscented Beeswax Candles in a Mason Jar
I was pregnant with my son when I came across a forum or blog post that mentioned that conventional air fresheners and scented candles MIGHT be harmful for babies. So, for a time I just stopped using candles and air freshener.
Once my son was around 2 years old, I started to miss the warm soothing light of a candle. So I began searching for natural candle options and discovered beeswax candles. For now, I’m sticking with unscented, some mixed reviews as to which essential oils are safe for candle making.
These unscented beeswax candles give off a light soothing scent and a nice warm glow. I am happy to have discovered a natural alternative to conventional candles.
Easy DIY Beeswax Candles
Making Beeswax Candles at home is really easy. It requires only a few ingredients and three simple steps
- Melt the Wax
- Add the wick to the Mason Jar
- Pour the Melted Wax into the Mason jar
It is really that simple! If you want to learn more about how to make beeswax candles, including where to find the right supplies keep reading.
Can Candles be made from Beeswax?
Yes, candles can be made from Beeswax. You can make your own beeswax candles by simply melting a combination of Beeswax and coconut oil and allowing it to cool in a candle mold or other heat-safe container. Alternatively, Beeswax candles can be purchased from online marketplaces such as Etsy or Amazon.
Supplies for DIY Unscented Beeswax candles in a Mason Jar
- 1lb unfiltered beeswax pellets (available on amazon by visiting here)
- ½ cup coconut oil (available on amazon by visiting here. )
- 3 half-pint mason jars (available on amazon by visiting here )
- Cotton wick (available on amazon by visiting here )
- Container to melt beeswax (I used a candle making pitcher available on amazon by visiting here).
Sometimes, the convenience of amazon can be alluring, however, keep in mind that your local grocery store, target, or Walmart probably has the mason jars at a lower price than amazon.
Why do you add coconut oil to beeswax candles?
Adding Coconut Oil to beeswax helps to lower the melting point of the candle and allows it to burn more evenly. Beeswax melting point is around 145F(64C). This is significantly higher than the melting point for paraffin wax which is around 99F(37C). Adding Coconut oil to the Beeswax candle lowers the melting point.
What size Wick do I need for beeswax Candles?
The size of the wick depends on the size of the candle you are making. I used a Regular Mount half-pint mason jar for my candle. The opening on that container is about 2.75in and I used a 60-ply c cotton braided wick. There is a great article on bee culture about selecting wicks if you are considering making candles that are much wider or much smaller than 2.75in.
What are the benefits of DIY Beeswax Candles?
Unscented DIY Beeswax Candles: All Natural
The main benefit of making your own candles is that you know exactly what they are made off. Beeswax & coconut oil with a cotton wick. Making my own candles gave me some peace of mind that I was not emitting chemicals with unknown side effects into the air.
Unscented DIY Beeswax Candles: Air Purification
There are some blogs and sites that sell beeswax candles that claim that beeswax candles emit negative ions which purify the air. I was not able to find a scientific study that supports this claim.
Unscented DIY Beeswax Candles: Save Money
Beeswax candles are available for purchase, but they can be pricey compared to their conventional counterparts. A beeswax pillar candle similar in size to these DIY candles cost $10 each, and they do not come with a candle holder. The cost of coconut oil, beeswax, and wick for these candles is probably around $5-$6 per candle.
Simple DIY Unscented Beeswax Candles in Mason Jars (Step By Step Illustrated Guide )
I would occasionally grab scented candles and enjoy the scent of vanilla, or ocean breeze, or a seasonal cinnamon spice candle. In general, my husband and I opt for natural, organic products but I had never given much thought to the ingredients in the candles we were using. That was until I became pregnant with my son and came across an or forum post about the potentially harmful side effects of burning traditional candles. I was excited to learn and even happier to share how easy it can be to make all-natural candles at home.
Step 1: Finding the right Supplies for DIY Unscented DIY Beeswax Candles in Mason Jars
Choosing the right Beeswax for DIY Unscented Beeswax Candles
There are a number of beeswax products on the market. Beeswax can be filtered or unfiltered, it can be yellow or white, it can come in bars or pellets. For my candles, I chose to use white organic filtered beeswax candles. White beeswax or yellow beeswax is a personal preference, I chose white for my candles because I liked the clean fresh look of the beeswax. I chose pellets for my candles because they melt more quickly than the bars. The white organic filtered beeswax that I used for my candles can be found on amazon by visiting here.
Choosing Coconut Oil for your Beeswax Candles
Using Beeswax in your candles is completely optional. You could make these candles using 100% Beeswax. I chose organic coconut oil for my candles, that I purchased from Amazon. The coconut oil that I used can be found by visiting amazon here.