How to Make Organic Candles

How to Make Organic Candles

Organic candles are candles made from living matter rather than inorganic material. Organic candles can be made using beeswax to replace paraffin wax.

Going green is the order of the day, and organic candles could really help in making the environment safer. Paraffin candles have been said to release harmful carcinogens, like benzene and toluene, into the atmosphere, while beeswax candles, on the other hand, draw away harmful toxins form the air.

Beeswax candles also give out a unique golden glow when burning, alongside a faint sweet scent of honey. They are also known to burn longer than paraffin wax.

This article focuses on teaching you how to make organic candles at home, and a beeswax candle is an organic candle, so we would be going into details of making beeswax candle. But before we start the tutorial, we’d like to shed some useful insights on beeswax candles to ensure you learn how to make organic candles (beeswax candles).

Quick insights

We know beeswax candles are slow burning, long-lasting candles, thus they would require more sturdy and thicker wicks than those used in paraffin candles.

It is important to note that various factors affect the rate and way a wick burns, from how refined the beeswax is, to container size. To get the perfect fit for a container, you are advised to experiment a little.

Also worthy of note is the fact that 100% beeswax candles could potentially damage the jars they are put in; to avoid these, you can blend your beeswax with oils like coconut oil or palm oil, which are known to be relatively cooler.

How to make organic candles using beeswax

Making organic candles requires taking measurements. This recipe is for producing about 40 ounces of candle wax. The candle wax being prepared here can be used to make larger or smaller organic candles depending on your container; however, divide this between four 12oz containers so they won’t overflow.

Materials

  • 5 pounds of beeswax (filtered is better)
  • 20 inches of cotton wick. Don’t go for those with metal cores (zinc for instance could be contaminated with tin or lead)
  • 1 cup of coconut oil (palm oil can be used)
  • Thermometer
  • Scissors
  • Four pencils
  • Either a double boiler or a large pot with a smaller pot inside
  • Wick clip (optional, if you want to hold the wick in place when it has burnt to the last edge)
  • Candle jars (we are using four 12-ounce jars)

Procedure

Ready your candle jars

Set your candle jars straight; cut wicks longer than your jars by about 2”. Tie each wick around a pencil and position them at the center of each jar.

Heat and melt beeswax and oil

Using either a double boiler or two pots (one large pot with boiling water and a smaller pot resting inside), put your beeswax in and melt gently over low heat. Once the beeswax has melted entirely, add your cooler oil (coconut oil or palm oil) and stir until they are evenly mixed and melted. Heat the mixture to about 160°-165° Fahrenheit.

Setting your wick

Setting your wick can be tricky. To achieve this, you need to pour a small portion of the wax into the bottom layer of the jar and make sure that your wick gets melted with the wax.

Next, you should gently press down the tip of the wick into the beeswax at the bottom of the jar, you can do this using your finger tip or the edge of a pen. Pull the wick up so it straightens as well as hardens perfectly. All these shouldn’t take more than a minute to get your wick set.

Pouring the candle wax

This stage requires the wax/oil mixture to be carefully poured inside each container once the wick is set, after which, you check to confirm that the wick is still situated at its central position.

Trim the candle wick

Once step 4 is complete, you should give the organic candle 24 hours to harden. Then, trim the wick to about ¼”. Once this is done, let the candle lay idle for 24 hours before usage.

Ensure you light the candle by directing the flame at the base of the wick. This is to allow a little wax melt and get drawn up into the wick to help it burn uniformly and properly.

 

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