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How To Make Beeswax Candles – Easy, Healthy and Affordable!

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How To Make Beeswax Candles

A Faint Honey Scent . . .

Golden glow and long burn time are just the beginning of a handmade beeswax candle’s charm. Unlike paraffin candles (which release carcinogens like toluene and benzene into the air) and their soy counterparts (which are often derived from GMOs), beeswax candles actually draw toxins out of the air with their cheerful flame as while you knead sourdough in the kitchen, sip wine in the tub or make shadow puppets on the wall. No really! According to this article:

“Beeswax releases negative ions when it burns. Pollen, dust, dirt, pollutants, and any other junk in the air all carry a positive charge, and that is how they can be suspended in the air. The negative ions released from burning beeswax negate the positive charge of air contaminants, and the neutralized ions are sucked back into the burning candle or fall to the ground. Many air purifiers and water filters harness this effective negative ion technology.

Beeswax candles effectively reduce [the symptoms of] asthma, allergies, and hay fever by drawing pollutants out of the air.”

Now, are you ready for the best part? Making beeswax candles at home – either as a gift or for yourself – is little more than a melt and pour process. In the tutorial below I’ll show you just how easy it is.

But First, A Few Considerations . . .

Because beeswax candles are slow burning, they require thicker, sturdier wicks than what is used for paraffin candles. Below is a chart that can help you determine roughly what size you need.

Container DiameterType of WickWick Size
TealightCotton, square is best#4/0
VotiveCotton, square is best#3/0
2-2.5″Cotton, square is best#3
2.5-2.8″Cotton, square is best#4
2.8-3.2″Cotton, square is best#6
3.2-3.5″Cotton, square is best#7
3.5-4″Cotton, square is best#8

Keep in mind that the way a wick burns will vary based on many factors, including the size of the container and how refined the beeswax is. It may take a little experimentation to find the perfect size for your wax/container combo.

Another consideration is whether to incorporate essential oils for scent. While many people do, I’ve read here and there that burning essential oils may transform their molecular structure into toxic byproducts. This lady is not so sure and neither am I, but I skipped them just in case.

And finally, 100% beeswax candles tend to burn hot and can sometimes crack the jar they are poured into. My friend Cara over at Health Home & Happiness came up with a brilliant solution to this for beginners who are just figuring things out – blending beeswax with another “cooler” oil like palm oil. In the tutorial below I’ve used coconut oil because it’s what I had on hand. Are you ready to get started? Okay then!

How To Make Beeswax Candles

how to make beeswax candles

This recipe makes 40 ounces of candle wax. I divided mine between four 12 oz containers so that they were filled but not overflowing. Of course, you can make them smaller or larger!

  • 1.5 pounds filtered  beeswax (see tutorial below if your beeswax is unfiltered. I recommend using organic because contaminants such as pesticides that are used on industrial produced hives will collect in the wax.)
  • 1 cup coconut oil (where to buy coconut oil)
  • about 20 inches of cotton wick – avoid ones that contain a metal core as even the zinc ones may be contaminated with lead or tin and see above for thickness recommendations
  • wick clip (optional – I didn’t use one but it does help keep the wick in place when it has burned down to the last bit)
  • candle jars – I used four 12 ounce jars, which left about 2 ounces worth of room left at the top of each jar
  • double boiler or pot with smaller pot fitted inside
  • thermometer
  • four pencils
  • scissors

Step 1: Prepare your candle jars

how to make beeswax candles

Cut a length of wick that is about 2 inches longer than the height of your jar. Tie the wick around a pencil and position it over the center of the jar.

Step 2: Melt wax and oil in a double boiler

how to make beeswax candles

In a double boiler (or large pot of simmering water with a smaller pot resting inside), gently melt the beeswax over low heat. When the beeswax is fully melted, add the coconut oil and stir until everything is melted and combined. Bring the mixture to about 160-165F.

Step 3: Set your wick

how to make beeswax candles

To do this, first pour a thin layer of beeswax in the bottom of your jar, taking care to get some on your wick . . .

how to make beeswax candles

and then gently press the tip of the wick into place with your finger or the end of a pen, and pull on the wick so that it hardens nice and straight –  this will take about a minute or less.

Step 4: Pour the candle

how to make beeswax candles

Once the wick has set pour the rest of the wax/oil mixture in and then check the position of the wick to make sure it is still centered.

Step 5: Trim Wick

how to make beeswax candles

Allow to harden for 24 hours, then trim the wick to about 1/4 inch. Allow to cure for another 24 hours before using. When lighting your candle, direct the flame at the base of the wick so that some of wax melts and is drawn up into the wick – this helps it burn properly. Allow candle to burn long enough so the wax melts out to the side of the jar. This helps to prevent tunneling (when the middle melts down with lots of wax left over around the edges). Never leave a candle unattended.

How To Filter Beeswax

how to make beeswax candles

Unfiltered beeswax comes with bits of propolis and other debris that can hinder burning. If you purchased your beeswax unfiltered, here are three simple steps that will make it candle-ready.

Supplies Needed:

  • double boiler
  • old t-shirt or pillowcase
  • mesh sieve
  • parchment paper
  • large bowl

Step 1: Melt the beeswax in a double boiler

how to make beeswax candles

Step 2: Pour over a sieve

how to make beeswax candles

To get out the tiniest bits of grit, line your mesh sieve with a t-shirt or old pillowcase. Also line the bowl beneath with parchment paper. When you you’ve got everything in place simply pour the melted was through the sieve and wait for it to harden. Voila, you’ve filtered beeswax!


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149 Responses to How To Make Beeswax Candles – Easy, Healthy and Affordable!

  1. Rhonda R says:

    What a great post! A friend of mine just moved into a motor home and is going to travel the country. He burns candles in there a lot and I was concerned about toxins being created in such a small and confined space. I think I will make him a bunch of these for Christmas. Thank you so much for sharing.

  2. Kirstyn says:

    THANK YOU for posting this!!! Just the last two weeks I’ve been researching candles and trying to figure out how to do beeswax– would you believe some of the major candle supply websites don’t sell beeswax?! And a lot of the books only teach fancy candles, not the basic pour into a container option that I was looking for. This is absolutely perfect!

  3. Heather says:

    Where you share where you actually purchased your supplies? Did you find things online or locally?

    • Heather says:

      Hi Heather! With the exception of the coconut oil I purchased everything locally. My neighbor is a beekeeper and although she didn’t have any wax to sell when I dropped by she was actually just getting rid of some wicks I could use. Another farmer supplied the wax and I found the jars at Hobby Lobby. Hope that helps!

  4. Thanks for linking my article! This is such a great tutorial, and the step-by-step photographs are so helpful (not to mention beautiful and with perfect lighting!). That chart about the wick diameter is great–that is certainly key to having homemade candles work out. Love this!!

    • Heather says:

      Hi Lauren! Your post was what inspired me to try to make my own, so THANK YOU! P.S. I have tried to pin your article oh so many times and it never goes through. I can pin everything except that one article – argh!

  5. Leah says:

    Beautiful! Did you source organic wax?

  6. Lisa says:

    Did the candles turn out okay using the coconut oil? I’m thinking about making these for Christmas gifts!

    • Heather says:

      Yes, they did! I recommend testing one or two before giving them away to make sure you have the wick size correct, but the coconut oil has not caused any problems for me.

  7. Alyse says:

    I love how beeswax smells. Would tallow work instead of palm oil? I just rendered some for the first time ever and i get why it was used in the past for candles. It’s very wax like.

    • Heather says:

      It might affect the ideal wick size slightly, but tallow can definitely be used. The only thing is some people do not enjoy the fragrance it gives off when lit. :)

  8. Alyse says:

    Also for a more heat stable container and I had a box gathering dust in a closet. I’ve used the cute jelly canning jars for beeswax candles for gifts. They never cracked. Has that been true for anyone else?

  9. Jesse M says:

    Where is the best place to find beeswax to make these??

    • Jesse M says:

      Sorry when I posted my comment I hadn’t refreshed the page and didn’t see all the other comments. I see you got yours locally, so I will have to see what I can find :)

      • Heather says:

        Ha, no worries! Good luck!

      • Arthur Quinn says:

        I need to make beeswax candles that will burn for three days how do i go about it.

        Thank you Arthur

        • Heather says:

          Hi Arthur, I’m sorry but I don’t know how to do that.

        • Kat says:

          Get a really big jar! And start experimenting! You can always re-melt the wax if it doesn’t work out. Try a tall, skinny one to save money on wax.

        • Debra says:

          Are you speaking about the 3 days of darkness where you will need a candle made out of bees wax? Well, here is your answer: One candle will suffice for 3 days in the home of the pious. Once lit, it will not go out, even through the horrendous evil that will be going on outside. You must be in a state of grace, and did not receive (prior to) the mark of the beast. Any size candle will work, but here is a site that you can go to for further instructions.

  10. Jesse May says:

    Thank you, Heather! I’ve only recently learned that my love for a candle’s cozy flame was probably adding to my allergies! I was under the impression that beeswax candles might be too difficult to make, so I was thrilled with today’s tutorial! I can’t wait to try this!

  11. Nichi says:

    Thanks for this great How-To. We made these last year and I was happy though not ecstatic with the results. The oil seems to be the missing piece for us. It was difficult to find this info on line anywhere, so I’m excited to give this another try. I LOVE the smell of these candles.

  12. Jessica T. says:

    I found it funny that you posted this today as I made my first beeswax jar candles this past weekend! I found it really difficult to find anything online about making beeswax jar candles…if there’s even any info on making beeswax candles at all, they all assume you’re dipping to make tapers or rolling them. So, I’m very glad to have this as a resource now and I might use some of your suggestions for next time.

    The wick size chart is VERY helpful…I scoured so many candle-making sites to try to find that info, but couldn’t and in the end took a shot in the dark and bought some #5 to use as wicks in the pint Mason jars (about 2 1/2″ in diameter) I used as containers. But I noticed you didn’t even have #5 on your chart…is there a specific reason for that? I’m finally burning my candles tonight and it seems that the wick is burning too fast and then “drowning” somewhat in the wax…does that mean I need a bigger size? Do you know if “diluting” the beeswax with coconut oil would help with that issue some? Thanks so much for any info or ideas…I’m so excited that someone finally wrote a post/tutorial on this!

  13. I love this tutorial! When I was in Target the other day, all the candles were tempting me, but I didn’t end up getting one. There’s just something about candlelight, isn’t there? Now, I wonder if I can find local beeswax…

  14. Lan says:

    Wonderful post! You are AMAZING!

  15. meg says:

    How does beeswax compare to soy candles? I tend to avoid soy (for food) like the plague; but curious for air toxins?

  16. Portia says:

    Heather, can you add fragrance?

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  19. Katie says:

    My friend gave one of these to me for Christmas and it is fantastic, I can’t wait to try this out on my own!

    Thanks for sharing,

  20. Lisa says:

    How much did your beeswax cost? Just trying to get an idea. I’d love to try a batch until I have a successful one and seel a few! Would love to make decorative ones too, but healthy

  21. Mistie says:

    Great tutorial. I LOVE beeswax candles.

  22. Sarah says:

    Did you have any trouble with the candles burning normally in the jar? I’ve heard beeswax is good for pillars but not in jars.

  23. Kellie E says:

    Maybe I’m blind, but I can’t seem to find where you wrote the beeswax to coconut oil ratio. Is it 50/50?

  24. Trisha says:

    Thank you so much for all the info!! My brother has bees & I asked him for wax when he came to visit this weekend, brought me 20 lbs because I told him I want to try making candles. He said he never could get them to burn properly but would love to see me make it work. However,he also didn’t have your candle wick chart. Sooooo….I’m going to try your recipe & I will let you know how it turns out!! Very exciting!

  25. gloria says:

    question about the coconut oil… have you found any info on how clean coconut oil burns? I was curious about this and didn’t want to compromise the ‘clean’ burning beeswax candle. I haven’t tried it yet, just trying to do some research before I start this whole process. Also, I have been looking for a reliable source with the information about cleaning the air, do you know of one? thanks!

  26. Kate says:

    Do you know of any safe fragrance? I am assuming the closest thing to 100% safe would be essential oils…is there nothing else we can use to create a nicely scented candle?

    • Heather says:

      Hi Kate! As I mention in the post, some say essential oils are okay and some say not. I personally don’t scent my candles, but I wouldn’t tell anyone not to :)

    • Laura says:

      I make my own lotion by infusing coconut oil with herbs. I just simmer a half cup of coconut oil with a few tablespoons of dried lavender (or a vanilla bean, sliced in quarters lengthwise, then chopped into small pieces) over a double boiler for 3-4 hours. Strain mixture through a coffee filter. I would think this would make a lovely non-toxic candle fragrance!

      • Kris says:

        Thanks for the info on beeswax and coconut oil! I want to make some soon. I love scented candles, but don’t like artificial fragrance. Thanks, Laura, for your suggestion to infuse the coconut oil with herbs. Perfect! Can’t wait to try it!

  27. April says:

    What size was your wick?

  28. Mayra says:

    Can you add any scent to these candles? Also I have the clear beeswax what is the difference ? Sorry I’m new at all of this

  29. April says:

    Thanks for the tutorial! I’m happy to see I can substitute palm oil with a different kind of oil
    (palm oil is not sustainably produced and is often the cause of driving out natural habitats in the rain forests as many are cleared out/levelled for the production of palm oil)! Thanks again!

  30. Amy says:

    Using essential oils to scent candles shouldn’t be a problem according to a friend of mine who is a clinical aromatherapist. The important thing to remember is to use therapeutic grade oils and not anything labelled ‘fragrance’. Aura Cacia is a popular brand and is generally safe to use, though there are better brands with stricter quality control.

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  32. Terri M says:

    I’ve got wax piling up! I’m a natural beekeeper among other things. Thank you for the wick sizes. This is going to be very helpful for me. I like the idea of the coconut oil too. I live in Hawaii so it’s always warm so I’m going to experiment with different amounts of coconut oil. I may try less coconut oil and canning jars. Aloha!

  33. Halley says:

    What a wonderful idea! Beeswax is such a healthier alternative and it’s refreshing to see that you skipped the fragrance oil. Why cover up a good thing with dyes and overpowering scents? I just wanted to ask what size container and wick you used for the project. Did the wax burn to the edges of the container? Thanks so much :)

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  35. Syrita Barbera says:

    A wonderful fall project. Thanks so much for all the great ideas!!

  36. Amber McDowell says:

    Thank you for this post! Love it. I am really interested in using fragrances that grow wild here. Is boiling them in coconut oil the best way? Or any other suggestions? Can you put them in raw to give the candle some decoration or will they catch fire?

  37. Bethani says:

    Just wondering if I could use a wooden wick with this.

  38. Stephanie Morales says:

    I am a beekeeper in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. I got into beekeeping because I am asthmatic, and I’m not a good medicine taker (you know you forget when you start feeling better). Any how, I have a bunch of beeswax, at tree filtered, and wanted to do odometer natural things with it. Let me tell you for little critters they sure are amazing!

    Anyhow, my daughter made lip balm/Chapstick and weds till have loads of wax. I love the smell of the hive. In fact I’d love to be able to make air fresheners for the cars, it’s such a wonderful smell. However I am going to try your recipe for natural candles. Candles are beautiful, and I’d love to have them forte heir natural ascetics and their wonderful smell. Thank you for posting!

  39. Anna says:

    I’ve been falling in love with your site recently. So happy I came across it!

    Where do you buy your beeswax?

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  41. I love the honey scent from beeswax candles!

  42. How inspiring! Can’t wait to make some. Cheers from Spain!

  43. Sarah says:

    I am having the hardest time finding wick to make these. Where did you get yours? Looking forward to making some warm sunlight for this dark winter!

  44. Judith says:

    I tried making a beeswax candle in a small mason jar. I let it cool as slowly as possible. Ended up with a large crack through the center. Where did I go wrong?

    • Heather says:

      Hi Judith, I’m not sure unfortunately. I know it can happen with 100% beeswax candles when they are burned (which is why I add a little coconut oil), but I’ve never heard of it happening while they cool.

  45. sonia says:

    so excited to try this.
    do you need a special thermometer?
    i love the jars you have. any recs on finding them online?

  46. Carolyn says:

    You said you used 12 oz. jars. They look small. What size mason jar can i use for your recipe?

  47. sonia says:

    Any problem with using bleached cotton wicks? (the ones I found are metal-free but bleached)

  48. Lia says:

    Hi – Do you have any experience using hemp wicks for candles? I would personally prefer to use hemp products over cotton, but I wanted to know if it would work as well. Any info would be greatly appreciated! Thank you! <3

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  50. mommyb says:


    Loveee these!! Cant wait to try! However, when would I add concentrated fragrance/oil if I was to add some to mine?

  51. Amanda says:

    I was going to ask if you had actually bought the hansi beeswax that you linked to on Amazon but see in the comments that you got it locally. I, unfortunately bought mine from Amazon and it smells absolutely awful. I’ve already melted most of it so I don’t know if I’ll be able to get a refund or not but I will definitely be headed to a local place where I’ve seen it available to try that. The smell is hard to describe. Musty, stale, sort of a lighter version of my sons’ ice hockey bags…horrible. A reviewer had the same experience with the brand. Just a heads up for your readers.

  52. Elizabeth says:

    This may be a silly question but are there any tips for clean up? I used some of my regular pans to make these (which is hopefully ok with the wax?) and have gotten them pretty clean and will scrub again, but I was just curious if I was missing anything.

  53. […] I based a lot of my DIY project on this blog.  […]

  54. […] couple of jars and a pack of wicks and made two candles. I loosely followed the directions in this blog post, though I didn’t measure the amount of coconut oil I added, I just scooped a bunch into the […]

  55. Angela says:

    Hi, Can you please tell me what size wick you used for these 12 oz candles? I don’t see it mentioned anywhere. I bought a votive mold…. and I also cleaned out all of my old candle jars (larger Yankee candle jars)… but I think those are too too big… and I want the flame to be more open.. I would think that is more beneficial???…. and I found four 12 oz jars like yours… so I just need my wick now ;) Thanks.

  56. Stephanie says:

    I’ve been googling and reading directions to try to figure out how to clean up the bowl that the wax is melted in. Does it clean up easily with soap and water if done when still melted? I just keep thinking of the jar candles when the candle is all burned away, and how impossible they are to clean.

  57. Rose says:

    Another recipe I loved! I made these for Christmas gifts. I bought local beeswax and followed your directions – worked like a charm! I used small mason jars and made about 12 small candles.

    Any recommendations for easy cleanup? I used hot water to scrub wax off the materials I used, but I am concerned for the pipes and drains in my house. In the future, I want to be careful to not have wax remnats go down my drain. Please let me know if you have any ideas. Thanks.

    • Heather says:

      I usually heat all my equipment (pots, bowls, etc) on the stovetop or in the over, than wipe everything down with paper towels, then wash the residue off with soapy water. :)

  58. I’ve recently delved into the world of making my own skin care products and candles. I just made some regular soy candles and some massage soy candles which I really enjoyed. I do like the thought of using beeswax though because that is something I can get locally. Gotta loves supporting our local farmers! Thanks for the recipe.

  59. Shelby says:

    Please do not use palm oil. It is largely unsustainable & the palm oil industry is threatening the survival of the remaining two species of orangutans (Sumatran and Borenoan). Visit for more information as well as alternative oil sources. Thanks!

  60. Lia says:

    Hi – I tried out this recipe pretty much exactly as described – I used coconut oil – but I got a lot of tunneling with my candles – also, after lighting both candles that I made- they both split down the middle right where the wicks are.
    I used a thin hemp wick – so I am figuring a need a thicker wick… I am wondering if anyone has any suggestions for good resources for wick. (Hemp is preferrable – but I’ll consider organic cotton)
    Also any thoughts/experience about the splitting would be really helpful! Thanks!

    • Sarah says:

      I had the exact same problem as LIA. Mine will burn for about 15 min, tunneling straight down and after that go out and will barely light again and just fizzle out. I used cotton wicks. I now have 2 dozen jars of pretty looking beeswax decorations.

    • Stephanie says:

      I made mine in batches of just one because I read that wick size is so important to get right. Tunneling is usually caused by a wick that is too small, I believe. And I found the problem with online tutorials to be that none listed the wick size that worked best for their project. I made some in jelly jars with a 6/0 wick and they tunneled. The burned a circumference about the size of a votive. But I will reuse the wax. Don’t throw them all away!! I am going to try a larger wick, probably a #2. This site gives a size approximation.

  61. Jen Honickman says:

    Can someone tell me where I can buy a candle melting pot? I’d rather use that instead of a double boiler. Also, where do you buy the lead free wicks?

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  63. Jena says:

    I love your site, and I love this tutorial! I wasn’t sure if there were any other healthy alternatives to cotton wicks? Cotton is a major GMO crop, and I would think there would be pesticides in the fibers. When burning, I wonder if they are released into the air? My son has asthma, so I want to burn the cleanest candles possible. Sadly I could find no organic cotton wicks online.
    I also wanted to share some great info from my local beeswax source, “Wax should only be melted in stainless steel, plastic, or tin plated containers. Iron rust and containers of galvanized iron, brass or copper all impart a color to beeswax and aluminum is said to make the wax dull and mud colored. The next time you see a very orange wax in may have been melted in a copper pan.”

  64. Jodi says:

    I am a beekeeper that has never attempted to make candles until now. Years of beeswax building up! Find a local beekeeper to buy beeswax! The retail stores are high in price. I used 3 pounds of beeswax and 2 cups of coconut oil and made 3 candles in large mouth jars I kept from previously purchased candles. Not much? I bought the coconut oil at Earth Fare. Next time I will buy in bulk from Amazon. Use the larger size wicks for a larger candles. The packages will talk about diameters.

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  66. jeff faris says:

    thanks for all the information supplied here was very helpful i just started making candles a wee while ago and find it a very relaxing hobby (and frustrating) over here in the UK i couldn’t find out much information about the proper wicks to use especially for taper candles but found a company in the States called candlechem and asked them if they could help my god they were realy great ans gave me the answer in about an hour said SB#5/0 wick was what i was looking for and they were right can’t thank both of you so much

  67. Michelle says:

    l’m looking to buy some cotton wick. l would like to make candles since l have lotts of bees wax to use up. l’m very confused on the wick size to choose from. l’m using 12 oz mason jars wide mouth and 12 oz jars they look like your jars . Do l measure from the inside or outside for the wick size? What size wick would l buy… #6 cotton square ? Please help!

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  73. ashley says:

    Soo I planned on doing beeswax tarts.. but I haven’T seen it mentioned here anywhere is it ok to make tarts and will they burn well in the warmers ??

  74. Catarina Nobre says:

    Can I use Olive oil instead of coconut oil?

  75. Khui says:

    Brilliant instructions – can’t wait to experiment. Why do you use parchment paper when filtering the wax?

  76. Matthew says:

    Hi, I have a mostly unused jar of Murray’s beeswax & I was wondering if that was okay to use to make a candle.

  77. Whitney says:

    Hi there! Thanks for the great post. Any idea what would happen if I used unfiltered beeswax? I have my own beehive and recently harvested, so I have plenty of beeswax, but it hasn’t been strained and filtered. I actually like the “look” of a few imperfections, so don’t mind that, but would the residual honey and other imperfections make it burn with an odd smell?

  78. Tonya says:

    Since the beeswax pulls out toxins from the air I was wondering if I burned candles with scents next to your candles would it draw the toxins out of the air? Just a thought, and if I made my own what essential oils would you recommend?

  79. Kimberly says:


    I was wondering, did you use wick pins in your jars? I didn’t see that you did but I was wondering how you secured the wicks in the jars?

    Looking forward to making these! Thank you!

  80. Nicole' says:

    does raw cotton wick need to be treated before using in a candle?

    also, my hubby thinks the raw/hard/unused beeswax smells atrocious, so before i start my melting i wanna find a way to ensure the burning smells better or find a way to ease the smell or add scents into the wax, etc…any ideas?

    thank you!!

    • Nicole' says:

      i read that simmering the coconut oil(that i would be using in the candles) with cinnamon sticks for a couple hours would help the intensity of the beeswax…what is your opinion? :)

      • lisa says:

        aren’t there any other containers that you can use that won’t crack from the higher heat?
        If you have heat resistant containers, can you use the beeswax by itself?
        What else can you use in place of coconut oil? coconut oil is pretty pricey.

  81. Mia says:

    Is there any Organic cotton wicks out there? Or any other material that is natural that you could use as an alternative?

  82. Debra says:

    Hi Heather,

    I am looking for the wax wicks but am struggling to find what you stated. My jars are from old candle glass containers, 18 oz, 3.5″ wide at the mouth. I am trying to locate the cotton square wicks. Can you tell me if they already have the wax on them? I tried with regular wicks and they burnt immediately thru the center. (all that work for nothing), so do I need wicks with no wax on them? So confusing and no one seems to know at the craft stores. Please help direct me where I can buy them. Thank you

  83. Tami says:

    Hi do you know if you can use wood wicks? And you mention the temperture, if you don’t put coconut oil in it, is the cup or jar really hot to touch, would it leave a mark on a table?

  84. MW says:

    My wife is starting a candle business. We are using 100% Beeswax and pouring in a glass. We have experienced a lot of what everybody described above regarding wicks. However, nobody has commented on cracking. We are having a terrible time with our candles cracking or pulling away from the outer edges and so far haven’t found a solution. We have an industrial wax melter and thought that a constant temperature would do the trick (was using a crock pot). Does anybody have any specific instructions?

    We have tried different temps, cold and hot environments, heating the glass, putting them in water, heat lamps, double pouring etc. Can it really be this difficult?

    Thanks in advance!

    • Tami says:

      Just a quick comment. I read that cracking can occur because of your temperature outside of pouring. That you are supposed to keep your outside at 72 degrees for pouring and cooling. Just a thought. Good luck.

    • RW says:

      I am experiencing the same issue with shrinkage of the wax once cooled in the container. I can even pull the pot dried wax out by the wick. I haven’t lit the candles yet so I’m not sure if it’ll crack. Any ideas? Please advise. Thx.

  85. Your candles look so lovely. I think in my mind I had always confused beeswax and honeycomb candles thinking that they were one and the same. Thank you so much for also explaining how to filter the wax. I would have skipped that step.

  86. Diya says:

    what is beeswax?? what’s mean that??
    its mean honey or candle wick??

  87. Erin Hall says:

    is this coconut trick just for container candles or is it also needed for tea lights, votive and pillars?

  88. sarah says:

    Hello. I am trying to make these candles. I found the same jars you used, Heather, at Hobby Lobby. My diameter measurement shows me that I should use a #8 wick (3.5″ diameter at the widest part of that jar), but your wick looks considerably smaller for the same diameter. My wick looks very big for that size of jar. Can you tell me what size you used?

    • Heather says:

      Hi Sarah, I’m sorry but I don’t recall the size of the jars and that first set was used long ago. However, I will say that I photographed my first batch and then moved up to a larger wick after more research, so the wick should look considerably larger than the one in the photo :)

  89. Jeremy says:

    Great article! After reading your article and looking through the pics, i was wondering if instead of having to hold the wick down to get it to anchor and remain straight, if you have tried to soak the wick in beeswax first, let it harden (speed this up by putting it into the frig for a few minutes), now the wicks are stiff and straight and now just hold it in place as you pour the melted honey in the jar. What are your thoughts?


  90. Liz says:

    Hi. These looks like fun gifts! I am wondering where everyone has found their cotton wicks?

  91. Nicole' says:

    Hello Heather! do you know if the cotton wick needs to be treated/dipped before using in a candle? thanks, Nicole’

  92. Elaine says:

    Do you know the burn time of these candles?

  93. Leen says:


    I am wondering why you use coconut oil? First time I have come across using that product for beeswax candles…

    great post btw!

  94. Drew says:

    Hello Healther, nice article you have here!

    I was hoping for some advice on cracking at the top of the Candle I cannot use any type of additive other then the Beeswax itself because its for my family business, but i was hoping that you would know how to get a nice even pour at the top so that it does not pull away from the other wax and crack. (Kind of like a grand canyon per say.) The crack itself is not directly next to the Jar but about 1 cm in and it goes about 180 Degrees around the Jar. Could this be because of air bubbles or do you have any idea? You seem to be the only expert i can find! :)

    • McGil Mosko says:

      Did you try tapping the holder or whatever your filling with wax gently on a hard surface a few times throught filling? I found that the candles i made in highschool were very airy because i disnt do that to some and gdntle tapping fixed the bubble issue. Those candles were parafin candles however so im not sure if vees wax works the same way.

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  96. McGil Mosko says:

    Is there such a thing or a great purpous to using organic cotten wicks? Thanks :)

  97. Lisa says:

    This was the most helpful wick info I’ve found anywhere online — thank you!!! Can I ask, where did you buy your wicks??? Thanks in advance.

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