How To Make Beeswax Candles


The simplest way to make beeswax candles.

Handmade beeswax candles are so beautiful and healthy, they let out no soot, no smoke. So, you can expect a sound environment with no excessive toxic smoke or drips. The beeswax candles will burn naturally and long burning too.

I love the faint light of a candle but it can give people inner warmth, and I love the emotion of the candle burning slowly like a long stream of water. Beeswax is the most harmless material for candles. You can also add your favorite essential oils or coconut oils to make their fragrance give you inner pleasure. What’s more, you can choose different colored glass bottles or tin containers to pack and decorate your homes. The DIY production steps to make beeswax candles are very simple, so hurry up and do it yourself.

Preparation before start

Before you start to make beeswax candles, you need to prepare many things. Below I show you the list.

  • Raw Beeswax or natural beeswax
  • Candle wick with clip
  • Glass container or tin container
  • Hot glue or wax
  • Lollipop stick or small wood stick
  • Double pot or two pots with the same diameter
  • Thermometer
  • Essential oil or coconut oil (option)

Step-By-Step Instructions

After we prepare all the materials, then we can start to make beeswax candles. Below we will show the simple steps to make beeswax candles.

1. Fix the wick to the inside of the container with hot glue.

Add a little hot glue or sticky wax to the bottom of the wick’s clip. Place the clip in the center of the glass container or metal tin container and press to fix it. For details on how to choose the correct wick size, see the “Tips” section.

2. Use a lollipop to fix the wick in place

Balance the lollipop stick across the top of the container, then wrap the wick around the container to stabilize it.

3. Using a double boiler to melt beeswax

The double boiler melts things by using steam instead of direct heating. If you don’t have a double boiler, you can make one by stacking two boilers of equal diameter. To use, pour a few inches of water into the bottom pot and boil. The generated steam will melt anything placed in the top pot.

Tips: If there is no double-layer pot, stack two pots of the same diameter.

4. Prepare beeswax for the double boiler

To prepare the beeswax for the double boiler, use a large kitchen knife to cut it into small pieces. First, divide the top of the block equally. While shaking back and forth, use a knife to push down and cut.

5. Melt beeswax

Put the beeswax block and the thermometer into the top pot of the double pot. Boil the wax until it is completely melted and the temperature reaches 175 degrees Fahrenheit.

6. Pour the beeswax into the container

Pour the wax into a glass container and use 1 ounce of essential oil per pound of wax to produce highly scented candles. Let it harden for about an hour. At this point, the beeswax will turn into a soft caramel texture, and you may see air bubbles begin to form in the middle of the candle.

This is due to the air trapped under the wax during the wax getting harder. Use a lollipop stick to make a hole next to the wick and extend it about 2/3 down the candle to allow air to escape. Melt a little wax and pour it into any remaining holes.

Poke a pressure relief hole to allow the remaining air to escape. The essential oil volume depends on the capacity of the container and personal habits.

7. Trim the wick and light the candle

Wait at least one hour more for the beeswax to harden. Trim the wick to a position 1/8 to 1/4 inch higher than the wax to use the candle.

Tips you need to be care

Below we will introduce some tips you need to be careful about during candle making.

  • If you have difficulty pouring the wax from the pot into the container, first pour it into a measuring cup with a nozzle, and then pour it into the container.
  • Beeswax is much stronger than ordinary paraffin and requires a larger wick size to burn the candles.
  • Do not microwave beeswax.
  • Do not exceed 300 degrees Fahrenheit when melting wax. If the wax catches fire, extinguish it with baking soda or smothering with a lid. Do not use water, otherwise it will cause an explosion.
  • When using wax, do not use water-based dyes or fragrances.
  • Do not leave hot or burning candles unattended, and keep away from children, pets and vents.
  • Add 3-5g of essential oil to 100g candles. Depending on the purity of the essential oils and personal preferences, you can add or reduce appropriately.
  • Stir the beeswax evenly. When the temperature drops to 40 degrees, you can pour into the container. The temperature should be as close as possible to the room temperature. Otherwise the solidification and cold will cause the wax surface cracks to appear.
  • Essential oils extracted from plants cannot be more scented than chemically synthesized fragrances. Big-brand scented candles have only a faint scent when they are lit. If you like it thicker, you can use wood or resin essential oil.

Choose the best containers for beeswax candles

There are many containers you can use for beeswax candles. Like glass jars, ceramic jars, plastic jars, and so on. But from what we think, the best to hold beeswax candles are metal tin containers. Not only because they are light, but also they are quite cheap. The metal gives you feelings of durability and premium. With their lids, these seamless tin box candles can be easily closed off when they are not burning. The cap allows you to easily seal your wax light in order to conceal the smell when they are not in use. Additionally, they allow you to safely store them away without your wax lights losing color or scent.

Below we would like to introduce several candle tins.

4 oz tin container

With a volume of 120ml, our 4 oz tins are quite popular in the candle industry. Our 4 oz tins are all seamless aluminum tins that are quite light to take and put everywhere. They are perfect for soy candles to hide frosting on the side of the candle.The 4 oz candle tins can be taken as travel tins when you on journey or business travel also.

6 oz tin container

With a volume of 150ml to 180ml or 6 oz, these beautifully crafted tins offer a sustainable solution to all your packaging needs. Either with a screw top or a clear window lid, these tins are great to store candles. All our 6 oz tins are seamless design and good to the candle’s scent inside the tins.

8 oz tin container

Our 8 oz candle tins have a really nice finish and include snug fitting lids. The 8 oz size is our best-selling tin and is even more popular than a lot of styles of candle glass. We support 8 oz candle tins bulk and wholesale with lower MOQ. Our candle tins are food safe, BPA-FREE, and recyclable.

2 oz tin container

The 2 oz candle tins come with a small capacity of 60ml. They are commonly used for DIY purposes or to hold scented candles.The 2 oz size is great for free samples or as an inexpensive starter candle to get people hooked on your fragrances! 

Candle tin with pour spout

Candle tin with pouring spout is good for massage. It is easy to pour in and out. Normally candle tins with pour spout are made of aluminum or tinplate. These seamless tins are good to keep candle fragrance.

Benefits of beeswax candles compare with paraffin candles

Beeswax CandlesParaffin Candles
Created by the bees, 100% natural, all chemical-free. Oldest candle known to man and prized since ancient times. (Note: There are no regulations on disclosing candle ingredients. Candles labeled as “beeswax” may be predominantly made of paraffin and contain as little as 5% beeswax. Look for “100% pure beeswax candles”An oil-based, highly refined petroleum by-product that contains up to 11 toxic compounds and chemicals such as benzene and toluene. Emit toxic diesel exhaust-like fumes.
Environmentally friendly and safe, non-toxic. Burn very clean with little smoke when trimmed properly as they are not oil-based. 100% beeswax candles are natural, undergoes no chemical processing and biodegradable.A black sludge that is treated with 100% industrial strength bleach to change its color to white, creating toxic dioxins. Acrolyn, a carcinogenic chemical is then added to solidify the white sludge. The end result is an extremely toxic product. By burning these candles, you produce the same toxins. If you really know how poisonous paraffin candles are, you would dump them and stop polluting the air in your home.
Smell great as they are naturally scented by the honey and floral nectar in the honeycomb; carbon-neutral.Contain artificial dyes and synthetic fragrances which also produce toxins and stains when burned, adding to the environmental damage. Some paraffin candles contain lead wicks.
Have a high melting point (in fact the highest among all known waxes) which results in a significantly longer (2-5 times) burn time and drip very little, if any at all. This offsets their higher cost.Not as efficient. Short burning and drip excessively, which means that they may not be that economical after all. Additional chemicals can be added to reduce dripping.
Burn stronger and brighter. Emit naturally bright light of the same light spectrum as the sun (Green Rhino Spectrum, Solar Spectrum). They are a gift from nature!Produce a flame that is not as strong and brilliant. Cannot evoke the same natural ambiance of warmth and style as beeswax.
Burn with even more beauty with age. Over time, beeswax develops a white film (especially in cooler climate), which is deemed as a very desirable feature.Synthetic waxes do not bloom as time passes.
 Rare and expensive. Beeswax costs about 10 times more than paraffin. It is estimated that the bees must fly 150,000 miles to collect enough nectar to produce six pounds of honey just to secrete one pound of wax. And for every 100 pounds of honey harvested, the beekeeper can only obtain about 1-2 pounds of beeswax.Easily available and cheap. Paraffin candles make up 95% of the world’s candle production. A pack of 100 paraffin tealight candles from Ikea costs less than ten bucks.
The only candle that emits negative ions to purify, cleanse, improve air quality, and invigorate the body. A natural ionizer!Produce harmful black soot that leaves streaks of black residue and stains home interior surfaces.
Hypo-allergenic, benefit those with environmental allergies, sensitivities, and asthma.Are to be avoided by those with allergies or asthma conditions.
Originate from a renewable fuel – beeswax.Originate from a non-renewable resource – petroleum.


Beeswax candles are natural and healthy, but normally they are expensive than other candles. So we taught you the easiest way to save the costs and make your life healthy.

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