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How to Make Candle Wax from Scratch

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Making candles at home has become increasingly popular. With the cost of candles on the rise, making your own is not only a fun activity, but it can also save you money. Although it is possible to buy pre-prepared wax that only needs to be melted, many people prefer to make their candle wax from scratch.

Today, I’m going to look at how to make your own candle wax from scratch. Contrary to popular belief, making your own candle wax can be budget-friendly and is actually much easier than you might think! However, it is important to follow the steps carefully. The process of making candle wax is not difficult, however, it can easily go wrong.

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One of the first things you will need to decide when making your own candles is what type of wax you want to work with. Some ingredients are easier to work with than others and others are chosen for their cheaper price or environmental impact. Today, we will look at several different types of wax and how to make them from scratch. Let’s dive in!

How to Make Homemade Wax

What Do You Need?

  • 2 cups of essential oil
  • 1.25 oz of resin powder (to color your wax)
  • Thermometer
  • A mixing bowl
  • A pot for melting the wax
  • A container
  • Stirrer – A wooden spoon or something similar works fine.

Step 1

Put the resin powder into a bowl and slowly start to add the essential oil a little at a time, mixing as you go. Continue stirring the mixture until it forms a gel-like consistency.

Step 2

Set the mixture aside for around an hour. After this time, stir the mixture again to get rid of any lumps.

Step 3

Pour the mixture into a pot and heat it slowly over a low flame. You should notice the mixture will become clearer and then begin to harden. Periodically check the temperature using a thermometer – the temperature should never go above 420 ℉.

Step 4

Once your mixture is at around 420 ℉, you want to continue stirring and maintain this temperature for about 1 ½ – 2 hours – until your mixture has turned into a liquid. I know this seems like a long process but the result will be worth it!

Step 5

Once your wax has turned into a liquid you need to cool it down. The best way to do this is by pouring the wax into a container and then putting the container into a bowl of cold water. Keep the wax in the water until it has completely hardened.

Step 6

Store the wax in an airtight container until is ready to use. Now you have your very own candle wax! When you want to use it, all you need to do is cut a piece of the hard wax and heat it over a low flame until it becomes a liquid again. You can then pour it into your candle jars and add the wick to make your very own beautiful candle!

How to Make Beeswax

Beeswax is a natural wax that is produced by honey bees from the genus Apis. It is a completely natural substance and is one of the most environmentally friendly types of candle wax. Made by bees, beeswax is biodegradable and hypoallergenic. These candles also have the lowest amount of toxins, compared to all other wax types.

Although beeswax can be more expensive than other types of candle wax, beeswax candles have recently become very popular. They are relatively easy to make as beeswax is usually bought ready-made. You just have to make some tweaks to make it suitable for candles.

Below is a step by step guide for those looking to making beeswax from scratch.

What Do You Need?

  • 2 cups of organic beeswax (either white or yellow depending on what you prefer)
  • ½ a cup of organic coconut oil
  • 4 teaspoons of essential oils (you can choose your favorite scents)
  • A heatproof container, jar, or pitcher
  • A large pot for melting the wax
  • Stirrer – A wooden spoon or something similar works fine.
  • Measuring cup – To measure the wax.

Step 1

Put the beeswax into your heatproof container. You then need to fill your pot with water and boil it gently. You should then place your container of beeswax into the hot water. Keep the water boiling gently until all of the beeswax has fully melted. Note that is important to make sure the water in your pan is not so high that it can spill into your beeswax.

Step 2

Once the wax has melted, take your container off the heat and add the coconut oil. Stir it carefully until the coconut oil has melted and both of the ingredients have blended together.

Step 3

Add the essential oils to your mixture. Stir gently to make sure the oils are fully mixed in. Now your beeswax is ready to make your candles. You just need to secure the wicks to your candle jars and pour your beeswax in. If you do not want to use your wax right away, you can allow it to harden and then cut off the amount you need whenever you are ready. This portion just needs to be heated slowly until it turns into a liquid again.

How to Make Bayberry Wax

Bayberries are found all over the U.S. You can buy them in shops and online or even go and pick your own, as long as you check this is allowed in your state. When bayberries ripen, they produce a waxy substance that can be used to make your own candle wax!

What Do You Need?

  • About 15lbs of bayberries
  • Beeswax
  • Weighing scales
  • A large pot for melting the wax
  • A heatproof container
  • Cheesecloth or something similar
  • Stirrer – A wooden spoon or something similar works fine.

Step 1

Put the bayberries into a pot of water and simmer over a low flame for about 30 – 60 minutes. You will see the wax begin to float to the top of the water.

Step 2

Line the bowl with the cheesecloth and pour the berries into the bowl. You can repeat this process and reboil the bayberries in water again before filtering them again using the cheesecloth. This will help you to extract even more wax.

Step 3

Allow the liquid to completely cool (this usually needs to be done overnight). The wax should then rise to the top of the water and harden. This makes it easier for you to collect the wax.

Step 4

Weigh the bayberry wax and add an equal amount of beeswax. Put the ingredients into a container and melt them together by putting the container into a pot of boiling water. Stir the wax thoroughly to make sure the bayberry wax and beeswax combine together properly. Your wax is now ready to make your candles.

How to Make Tallow Wax

Similar to beeswax, tallow is a wax that has been used to make candles for hundreds of years. Tallow is basically the rendered fat from animals. You can buy the fat from a butcher for a low cost and make the tallow at home. Tallow wax can have an unpleasant scent when you are making it at home but this disappears when it is in wax form.

What Do You Need?

  • Animal fat (about 1lb will make roughly 12 candles)
  • Metal can – Choose one that you don’t need as tallow is extremely difficult to clean
  • A large pot
  • Stirrer – A wooden spoon or something similar works fine.
  • A heatproof container
  • Cheesecloth or something similar
  • Colander

Step 1

Put clean chunks of tallow fat into the metal can. Boil a pot of water over a low flame, then put the can into the pot of water.

Step 2

Melt the fat slowly, stirring throughout. The melting process can take anywhere up to 6 hours so be patient.

Step 3

Once the tallow has melted completely, take it off the heat and allow it to cool slightly. Cover a colander with cheesecloth and pour the mixture through. Allow the mixture to cool and the tallow should rise to the top. Collect the tallow, discard the remaining liquid and then repeat the process.

Step 4

Cool the tallow completely until it hardens. Your tallow wax is now ready to use.

So there you have it, four different ways to make your own wax at home. Although the process may seem time-consuming, the sense of achievement you will feel knowing that you have made the wax completely from scratch makes it all worth it.

All you need to decide now is which type of wax you want to make and get started. Good luck!