Simple Beeswax Tea Light Candles You Can Make
Simple beeswax tea light candles scented with essential oils are DIY candles anyone can make! They are natural and clean-burning and give off a beautiful golden glow and warm aroma.
The past few weeks of cooler mornings and evenings have been so refreshing after a sweltering summer. Autumn is in the air, and we have fully embraced it from the get-go. I started by creating a printable list of fall essential oil diffuser blends that I turn to any time of the day to make our home smell amazing. Then I made clove essential oil bath melts to combat dry skin, cinnamon spice shower steamers for a warming pick-me-up, and a dreamy pumpkin spice sugar scrub recipe too! Needless to say, this season always inspires me to create and try new things.
I’ve made candles before and shared how to make essential oil candles with plant-based soy wax. So, if you have wondered if you can put essential oils in a candle? The short answer is yes, and I find it’s a relief knowing what’s in a candle fragrance.
This season of coziness inspired me to create beeswax candles with essential oils. Beeswax is a natural, clean-burning wax with a beautiful golden glow. And it’s simple to make beeswax tea light candles at home with my step-by-step instructions!
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What are the best essential oils for candles?
It may be surprising to hear that when it comes to choosing the best essential oils for candles, there isn’t a set list of “use this” and “not this.” But it sure is fun to create candles with scents we love.
Find tips for how to blend essential oils for candles and my ten best candle scent blends here or print them from our Oily Chic Library.
The key is not to use too much essential oil!
How many drops of essential oil do you need to make candles?
I did quite a bit of testing to figure out how many drops of essential oil are needed to make candles. And I share more about that here. To make a dozen essential oil tea light candles with this recipe, you’ll need the following:
2 teaspoons = 200 drops = 10ml bottle essential oil
Vanilla, cinnamon, and clove are my favorites to blend with the lightly sweet honey scent of beeswax. You could use just one 10ml bottle of cinnamon or a 5ml bottle of cinnamon and a 5ml bottle of vanilla. There are a lot of ways to go about it, but those are the easiest methods.
Want to know what you can do to make your candles smell stronger? We can do a few things to make candles smell stronger and keep the scent from fading. Read my four tips to make essential oil candles smell amazing!
Related To: Candle Essential Oil Blend Charts
Are beeswax candles good for your health?
There’s a lot of talk about candles being bad for our health. But that all stems from the use of petroleum-based paraffin wax and fragrance oils containing phthalates or formaldehyde.
On the other hand, Beeswax candles are known to clean the air by releasing negative ions into the air, which bind with toxins and help remove them from the air.
And they come with other pros, such as not releasing soot, dripping less, and burning longer. Yellow beeswax blocks and pastilles, as well as white beeswax, share these qualities. For the small amount you’ll need to make beeswax tea light candles, pastilles are the easiest to work with.
I also like to add coconut oil to beeswax for a slower, more consistent burn that helps avoid candle problems like tunneling. And I use an easy 1 ½ inch mini muffin silicone mold to create tea light candles. You can pop the tea lights out when they harden and wipe the mold clean to use again.
So, beeswax tea light candles are much more affordable to make than container candles.
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Making Beeswax Tea Light Candles With Essential Oils
These simple beeswax tea light candles scented with essential oils are DIY candles anyone can make! The sweet, subtle scent of beeswax and warm essential oils like cinnamon, clove, or vanilla are just the thing to cozy up to on a fall day.
And you’ll find these step-by-step instructions to make scented beeswax candles are easy to follow.
Beeswax Candle Supplies
½ lb beeswax pastilles
12 tea light candle wicks (1 ½ inch)
12 glue dots
1 ½ inch mini muffin silicone mold
¼ cup coconut oil
2 teaspoons = 200 drops = 10ml bottle essential oil
Makes 12 tealights
How to Make Beeswax Tea Light Candles With Essential Oils
It is helpful to line your work area with old newspaper or parchment paper to catch any drips or overpours before you begin.
Press a tea light candle wick into a glue dot on the roll. Then place it into the center base of one cavity of the silicone mold. Repeat until you have secured 12 tea light wicks in place.
It’s best to use a candle melting pitcher to melt the wax. Place it on a kitchen scale to measure ½ lb beeswax pastilles. Then put the beeswax filled pitcher inside a saucepan filled with about 2 inches of water. Using the double boiler method, heat on low heat with a gentle simmer. Do not heat the wax above 170°F, as this may brown the wax. Use a no-touch infrared thermometer to monitor the temperature. Stir the wax slowly, yet often with a heat-resistant silicone spatula.
Once the beeswax pastilles have completely melted, remove the pitcher from the heat and scoop ¼ cup of coconut oil into the melted wax. Stir until blended, then add a total of 2 teaspoons of essential oil to the wax mixture. Slowly stir the essential oil into the wax for 1 to 2 minutes to infuse.
Now, recheck the mixture’s temperature, and pour the scented beeswax between 150-160°F. The wax will still be liquid but cool enough to coat the sides of your pouring pitcher. Carefully pour the wax into each cavity of the mold. I recommend using a funnel or a narrow pouring pitcher like this one to help avoid spills when making small tea lights or wax melts.
Allow the wax to cool and harden for a few hours before removing the beeswax tea lights from the mold.
To clean up, place your candle pitcher back in the double boiler and allow the wax to melt a bit more. Then remove it from the double boiler and wipe excess wax away with an old cloth or paper towel.
Fill your home with cozy beeswax tea light candles made with essential oils. Set your holiday table for a special occasion or scatter tea lights around your bathtub for a sublime atmosphere. Either way, you can relax knowing they are all natural!
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