I have missed candles SO incredibly much! I am that person that finds out how toxic something is – like a store bought paraffin candle- and has a hard time ignoring it.
So, for the longest time, I have been using battery operated candles – the kind that smell nice and look real but do not offer the same soothing effects as a real candle. I would also like to point out that as nice as they are to have around when your toddler is still in that ‘can’t even be trusted in an empty room’ stage, they can be expensive to maintain. I mean, one candle requires 3 AAA batteries. Do I need to mention again that I have a toddler.. one with toys… that require batteries!! My candles end up getting shafted and are never lit, because most times, Blakes Rock and Roll Sesame Street Microphone runs out of battery juice faster than you can blink!
After realizing that the batter operated candles are not for me, I just went without. Then, one day as I strolled through our local farmers market -I lie when I say stroll… when you have a two year old with dreams of running ‘fast-fast’ confined to a stroller… you rarely “stroll”- I crossed paths with the local honey man. …Honestly, he was giving out cocktail wienies in BBQ sauce and I couldn’t control the urge to have one.
In an attempt to be polite, I struck up conversation about what goods he had for sale. This is where I found the beeswax and was automatically in love with the idea of making my own green candles!
A few benefits of burning beeswax candles are:
- they burn cleaner than ordinary wax candles
- smokeless flame – meaning no soot covered walls
- highest melting point of any wax- meaning they last longer
Beeswax candles also help purify the air! Thats great, right! As explained at Beelitecandles.com:
Beeswax is the only fuel to emit (Negative Ions) when burning. Dust, hair, odors and other things floating in the air are doing so because the particles are positively charged. Allergens and toxins become positively charged through static electricity created by heating systems and friction caused by normal activity (such as when you walk across the carpet). Pure beeswax candles help rid your home of toxins by emitting negatively, charged ions, as well as, burning away positively charged particles that float toward the burning halo flame. This process cleans the air of positive ions such as dust, odors, toxins, pollen, mold, dust mites feces, and viruses. This is beneficial for people who have allergies, and environmental sensitivities. Our children are proof of this. All four of the children were diagnosed with asthma. We burn the candles a lot, and it has never bothered them. Our youngest was a preemie and her lungs were weak. She has never had a problem when we burn the beeswax candles. We only use 100% beeswax in the Candles.
So, there you have it! All the reasons why you too, should switch to burning beeswax candles. Check out the pic-torial below on how to make DIY Beeswax Candles! As I am writing this I am burning the first candle I have ever made, and I must say… it is pretty awesome!
d.i.y beeswax candle
What you need:
beeswax- the real stuff from a local bee keeper
wooden wicks- I used size- 0.625 in – brand- ArtMinds [marked safe for beeswax, soy, and container candle making]
an empty glass jar- I have used both mason jars and old candle jars
an extra- medium- mason jar to melt wax
*Optional: If you do not want to use superglue to adhere your wick stand to base of jar, then simply add a little melted wax to bottom of the jar and hold wicks [and base] in place until dry. If you choose the wax method, your wicks may come loose while pouring the candle. If this happens, simply push down on the tip of the wicks until they stay in place.
Step 2: Make sure you have an empty glass jar to pour your wax in.
Step 3: Fill pot with about 2 inches of water. Put wax pieces in glass jar. Place jar in water. Turn on medium heat.
Step 4: Wait… it took about 15-20 minutes to melt completely. Keep the water at a soft/low boil.
Step 5: Prep wick. I used a wooden wick, doubled, and super glued to the bottom of the jar.
See.. doubled ^
Step 6: Slowly and carefully pour wax into the jar. Avoid pouring in between wooden wicks. When you are almost to the end of your pouring, be sure to pour wax over wick tips to help the wicks burn slower.
Prep for gift giving, or light and enjoy!
One thing I LOVE about using a wooden wick is the soft crackling sound it emits, creating a relaxing ambiance. Now, I get to have my candles, and light them too! Worry free, ’causet they are not filling the air with toxins. — I have noticed when using the wooden wicks, the ends may need to be trimmed just a tad in between lightings.
Have you made your own beeswax candles? I would love to hear about it!