The flowers are in bloom and that means the bees are out and buzzing around the garden. Time to start making honey candles and soap, one of my favorites. It’s sweet aroma fills the kitchen and takes you back to childhood when your had a toast smothered in butter and honey. While you ate the warm concoction, the honey would drip down your hand and arm, making you sweet and sticky. You giggled as you licked yourself clean. Oh, those were the days!
OK, now you’re in the mood for candle or soap making. We’re going to make some candles. Beeswax candles are easy to make, but they take time, so make sure you have a whole afternoon to devote to this project.
1 lb Yellow Beeswax
1.3 oz. Pure Honey Fragrance Oil (I used Honey and Bitter Almond)
4 Wide Wooden Wicks or Beeswax Wicks ( Wu-250 Brown Cotton or Cd-20 Wicks both work well)
4 4 oz tins with lids, or you can use glass containers like a small mason jar. Your diameter should be around 3″ or less. The wicks work best in these containers.
These measurements aren’t written in stone. If you find some containers you really like and maybe they are different sizes, just fill them with water, then dump the water into a pitcher with measuring markers on it. That should give you a good idea of how much wax you will need. You will also need a double boiler (you can use your microwave, but because beeswax has such a high melting point it takes a long time to melt and you run the risk of your container breaking or exploding). You will need a pot or wax melting pot for the wax, a spatula for stirring, a measuring medicine cup to measure out the fragrance, a temperature gun, a cookie sheet to put the candle tins on, I use sticky dots to hold the wicks in place at the bottom of the tins (made by 3M on Amazon).
PREPARE: I buy premade wicks so all I have to do is stick them to the bottom of the tin with the sticky dots. Let them have a few minutes to stick good and dry. If you can, break apart your beeswax a little. It is very hard to do and the only way to do it is with a hammer (clean) or chisel and hammer. Set up your double broiler and get the water boiling. Put your wax pot in and add your wax to it. Melt the wax slowly! Don’t allow it to exceed 170 degrees F, or it can start to loose its aroma.
MELTING: Once the wax is completely melted, turn off the double boiler and remove the wax pot from the boiler. You want to wait until your wax is below 170 degrees F and then add your fragrance. Smell it! The nose knows. Does it smell faint? If it does, add a touch more to the wax (do not pour straight from the bottle. I’ve ruined plenty of recipes trying to pour just a touch and it was a lot!). Stir.
POURING: Carefully pour the wax into each container, while you center the wick. I have wick holders that help do this but with beeswax you can do without these and kind of just hold the wick straight up for a few seconds and it will stay. If it seems it just isn’t going to, use some chopsticks to help prop it until it is slightly hardened.
DRYING: Allow the candles to fully dry. Your kitchen is going to smell like honey, it’s wonderful! If there are a few imperfections on top, like air bubbles or sinking around the wick just take a heating gun or blow dryer and melt the top layer and let it cool again. You can add more wax to fill a sink hole. Be careful not to set the wick on fire with the gun. Allow the candles to fully cool and harden.
LIGHT THE WICK AND ENJOY!