How To Make Organic Candles — Safe and Easy!

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You most likely know by now that a lot of commercially sold candles can be unsafe.

Most candles are made of paraffin wax. Paraffin is a waste product of petroleum. When burnt, paraffin wax releases highly toxic substances like benzene and toluene. They are carcinogenic and are the same chemicals found in diesel fuel fumes.

Apart from the wax, some candles also have heavy metals in their wicks despite the Consumer Product Safety Commission banning lead-cored wicks in 2013 for being a health hazard.

Lastly, regular candles also often use synthetic fragrances for stronger scents, and contaminated oils. It’s a quadruple whammy of things you don’t want around your children, your family, and your pets.

Personally, going into the candle section of shops or an enclosed place where candles are burning always gave me dizzy spells or worse, triggered my asthma. If you’re the same, now you know why.

how to make beeswax candles


To make natural candles, all we need is to take away all the bad stuff. Below is a list of safe ingredients for your candles.

How To Make Beeswax Candles

  1. In a double boiler, melt your beeswax pellets. Make sure you are melting it gradually so you don’t burn your wax.
  2. Add your essential oil to the beeswax and stir. You can try 1 ml (or 25 drops) of EO for every ounce of beeswax, and then adjust later on according to your personal preference.
  3. Prepare your container and make sure you have wiped it clean and dry. Using double sided tape, affix the wick to the bottom of your jar.
  4. Keep the cotton wick straight and center by squeezing it in between a pair of chopsticks. Alternatively, you can tape the wick lightly to a pencil placed on top of your jar.
  5. When your melted beeswax is ready, pour it carefully into your container. Avoid touching the sides for a clean look.
  6. Once your beeswax candle cools down, the wax will harden. Trim the wick and you’re done!

Video Tutorial

Watch how it’s done with Aromahead Institute’s awesome video.

Aromatherapy Recipes: Make Your Own Aromatic Beeswax Candle

Pro Tips

Where To Buy Candle Making Supplies

Whenever I write DIY articles, I always get asked where to get the materials from. Here’s a list for those who need it:

Beeswax pellets

You can buy these from Aromatics International. If you prefer to buy from Amazon though, try Your Natural Planet. These are very popular and are of good quality, too.

Beesworks Beeswax Pellets, Yellow, 1lb-Cosmetic Grade-Triple Filtered Beeswax (1)
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Beesworks Beeswax Pellets, Yellow, 1lb-Cosmetic Grade-Triple Filtered Beeswax (1)
  • Same great quality-new packaging. Your Natural Planet now Beesworks.
  • Highest quality cosmetic grade beeswax.
  • Excellent product for cheese waxing. A great lubricant for coating wood, screws, and nails.

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Cotton Wicks

The candle wicks you choose should be zinc and lead-free. The most common safe alternative is a cotton wick.

EricX Light 8 inch Candle Wick with Candle Wick Stickers and Candle Wick Centering Device,60 pcs for...
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EricX Light 8 inch Candle Wick with Candle Wick Stickers and Candle Wick Centering Device,60 pcs for...
  • 60 Pcs pre-wax and tabbed candle wicks , wick lenght:8 inch.base dia:12.5mm
  • Candle wicks made of 100% cotton, contains no lead, zinc or other metals
  • 60 Pcs Candle wick stickers made of Heat Resistance Glue keep your wicks in place in hot wax.

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Essential Oils

I’m a bit hesitant to recommend essential oil brands because a lot depends on personal preference. You can read our list of the best essential oils, or check out the link below for a vetiver scent. It’s cheaper than other brands, has good ratings, and the brand has other scents available.

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Now wasn’t that ridiculously easy? It makes me wonder how some candles can be so expensive.

Now that you know how to make organic candles on your own, you can start experimenting with different scents and containers till you find your favorite combinations.

I like lighting a candle after cooking Korean food or when our rooms start to smell too much like an animal shelter. DIY candles are also a great gift idea. They’re cheap, easy to make, and my friends love the homemade candles I give them because I customize them to reflect special occasions or my friends’ personalities.

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Jane NeuAuthor: Jane Neu

Jane is the creator of Complete Home Spa – “It’s a good idea,” she said. But even she has been taken aback by its success. She lives with a cranky Englishman in a quiet countryside retreat. And in the past year, has become mom cat to a spunky rescue named Mina. Connect with her on Twitter @completehomespa.