DIY Beeswax Candles
What makes a great house? A house wouldn’t be great without a nice interior and exterior design. If the outside is beautiful, then the inside must be twice that. A great house is not also just about physical appearance. Have you ever gone to a nice house with a good design but the inside doesn’t smell good? Major turn off when this happens, right? That is why the smell of the house is also important. Not only big houses can look great. Other people have small houses but still, look cozy and inviting. It is because their house has a neat appearance and good smell due to air fresheners or aromatic diy beeswax candles.
Aromatic candles have been a part of the house of many people. The smell of it is just really inviting and relaxing. People with anxiety also use this to have a peaceful sleep at night.
Candles are commonly made of paraffin. However, this material is not really beneficial to others. Have you ever heard of beeswax candles? Know more about it and how to do it.
DIY Beeswax Candles
Are you one of the people like me who enjoy the scent of honey? It does not only smell satisfying but also relaxing. If you are like me, then you will be able to enjoy beeswax candles.
Beeswax candles are made up of beeswax. This is the wax extracted from honeycombs. If you are going to compare beeswax candles to foods, this is like the organic version. Unlike paraffin candles, it does not emit harmful chemicals that you might inhale. Aside from that, it also burns longer than paraffin candles.
Wouldn’t it be a perfect combination to have the smell of honey and your favorite essential oil at home? It wouldn’t only make your home cozy but relaxing as well.
Making beeswax candles is easy. You will only need five things for this: beeswax, essential oil (optional), coconut oil, mason jar or any glass container for the candle (the size depends on you), and a wick.
Beeswax may be bought in the market or grocery stores, but if you can’t find one or wants to do it yourself, it is also easy to make.
All you need for making beeswax is honeycomb and cheesecloth. You might need a lot of honeycombs to be able to have a nice amount of beeswax.
Wrap the honeycomb in cheesecloth. You may separate it into smaller parts or into different cheesecloth for it not to be bulky in the pot.
Fill half of the pot with water and once it boils, you may already add or put the wrapped honeycomb. Once the wrapped honeycomb becomes smaller, you may add the other and wait for it to decrease in size before adding the next one. Do this until you have added all the wrapped honeycombs. You may also add water in the process if the cheesecloth has absorbed the water. Turn off the stove ten minutes after adding the last wrapped honeycomb.
Remove the wrapped honeycombs from the pot and you will notice that there is oil on top. That is your beeswax. There might be pieces of dirt from the honeycomb, just filter the water to separate the wax and clean it.
You are now ready to make your own beeswax candle.
DIY Beeswax Candles
Do it yourself (DIY) videos or ideas have been a trend as well. For today, let us know the process for DIY beeswax candles. Prepare the materials that I have mentioned earlier: beeswax, coconut oil, essential oil (if you want to have more essence on your candle), mason jar or any glass container, and wick.
The first thing that you need to do is to melt the beeswax into a double tin boiler. If you do not have a double tin boiler at home, prepare a pot and fill it with 300 mL of water and put it to a boil. Then have a glass bowl or tin bowl on top of it wherein you will put the beeswax.
Once the beeswax has melted, you may already pour it in the jar or container you prepared for your candle. This is also the time when you will mix the coconut oil with the beeswax. The proportion must be ¼ coconut oil and ¾ beeswax. You may also add 10 to 15 drops of essential oil if you want to add an aroma to your candle. Stir it and make sure to move quickly before the wax hardens.
After mixing your candle mixture, put the wick before the wax hardens. To keep the wick at the middle, use a clothespin. Clip it and let both ends of the clothespin to settle at the lid of the jar or container.
Wait for the candle to harden and you may enjoy its essence and light at home.
Guide for Choosing Essential Oils
Essential oils are really a great help in our lives, especially its therapeutic effect. There are also a lot of essential oils out in the market and each of them has their own purpose. Know about the right essential oil to add to your beeswax candle to maximize its effect.
Eucalyptus oil is known to be a great aid to people who has respiratory problems. If you have cough, colds, or sinus and want to have a good night sleep, add a few drops of eucalyptus oil to your beeswax candle. Lit it at night and you will have relieve in breathing.
Peppermint oil will also be a great help for easier breathing.
Having trouble sleeping or dealing with anxiety at night? Having a lavender candle will be a great help. Add a few drops of it to your candle and have a peaceful sleep.
Chamomile oil is also known to help in calming the mind thus helps to have a peaceful sleep.
Those are only some of the common essential oil that you might want to try to add in your beeswax candle. When you try doing your candle, it will be great to try these. You may also have your candle as it is to have a faint smell of honey.