Beeswax and Coconut oil candles
• 16oz Organic Beeswax – either white or yellow beeswax
• 1/2-3/4 cup Virgin Unrefined Coconut Oil
• Organic Hemp Wick that are beeswax coated + Wick Sustainer Tab
• Essential oils of choice (optional)
• 4lb Pouring Pot
• Mason Jars or any glass jar
• Glue gun
• Wooden Stick – either a dowel, popsicle stick, pencil – anything narrow and longer than the opening of your jar
1. Glue the wick sustainer tab in the center of you mason jar.
2. Place your dowel, popsicle stick, pencil (or something similar) across the top of your jar.
3. Wind the wick around the dowel several times and let stay. If that doesn’t work, simply tie it.
4. Melt the beeswax and coconut oil together in a double boiler or in the microwave (30 secs at a time – do not boil)
5. Carefully pour the mixture into your mason jar and let harden. If the candles cool too quickly the wax might crack. To resolve this issue place your jars in a preheated oven at 150F.
6. Once they have hardened you can add your own embellishments. I tied the rim of my candle jars with a hemp string and made a bow. These can be perfect for gifts and the holidays!
Beeswax candles are naturally scented with the aroma of honey. This is highly desirable for those who suffer with asthma or are allergic to sensitive smells. Pure beeswax candles emit little, if any, smoke when they burn – keeping your home cleaner and more comfortable. Besides the smoke, these candles burn with little or no wax drip making them last longer!
Yellow Beeswax is filtered for purity while the natural color and aromas of honey are preserved.
White Beeswax is filtered for purity and the colour is removed by a natural carbon filtration to discolour the beeswax but still preserve the aroma. There are no additives or chemicals of any kind used in this process.
Recent studies suggest that burning beeswax candles can actually purify the air by releasing negative ions removing impurities from the air we breathe.
WHY COCONUT OIL?
Coconut oil is obtained via a natural process. Coconut wax burns slowly and cleanly and throws scent extremely well. It unfortunately has been overlooked by the candle industry because it is more expensive per pound.
Soy Wax Candle Recipe
• 4 amber glass 4 oz jars
• 1 lb soy wax flakes
• 4 medium wood wicks and clips
• 4 glue dots or wick tab stickers
• candle making pitcher
• kitchen scale
• candle thermometer
• 1.5-ounces natural fragrance oil or more essential oils (see tips above)
1. Insert a wood wick into metal clips. For a louder crackling sound, double up the wood wicks. The add a glue dot to the base of the metal clip. Place it in the center base of one glass jar. Repeat for all four until you have 4 jars with wicks inserted and set aside.
2. Next, fill a large saucepan with about 2 inches of water and place it on the stove to heat. Measure 1 pound of soy wax flakes with a digital kitchen scale.
3. Pour measured wax into a candle pitcher and set it inside the large saucepan. Whisk often and heat on low heat, up to a simmer at most, until melted using the double boiler method.
4. Remove from heat immediately to avoid wax from becoming too hot. Insert a candle thermometer and clip it to the inside of the pitcher. Let the wax cool to 120°F to 125°F before adding essential oils or just below the flashpoint of natural fragrance oil.
5. Once the wax has cooled to the correct temperature add fragrance and whisk for 2 minutes to thoroughly combine. Carefully pour the scented soy wax into prepared jars. Let cool 1 hour or more until the wax is hard and white before cutting wicks to an inch or so.
Wait for 3 days before burning candles for the best scent throw. Candle Science even recommends 1-2 weeks of preferred curing time, for natural waxes such as soy and coconut. Although, they agree 3 days is the minimum curing time for candles.