More and more people today are looking for Healthier, Natural alternatives, in just about everything. Some want to feel closer with the Nature, some prefer simpler lifestyle and some are just curious. Irrelevant to which of these groups you may belong, this blog is here to give you information for alternatives which are made from Bees products. As mentioned before, uses of beeswax are numerous, mainly in crafting due to which I named this category as such. Perhaps most common use of beeswax is to make beeswax candles and I will tell you how you can make them.
Unlike other wax, beeswax when it’s burned emits negative ions which collect positively charged substances from air. Due to this, by simply lighting a beeswax candle you can purify air in your room. Beeswax candles do not release cancerous substances like benzen and toluene. If you use wax from comb which previously had honey stored in it, it will actually release soft scent of honey. Since beeswax has higher melting point than parafin (from which common candles are made) your candles will burn longer. If you prefer candles that last shorter you can mix beeswax with coconut or palm oil. By lowering beeswax temperature, you will make sure that all of the candle melts.
How to Make Beeswax Candles
These are materials which you will need for two 12oz (0,34 kg), three 8oz (0,23kg), six 4oz (0,11kg) candles.
To make beeswax candles you will need: 1lbs (0,45 kg)of beeswax, medium cotton wicks and matching jars. For scent and lowering melting point of beeswax you will also need 1/2 cup of coconut oil (melted) and 1/2 table spoon of essential oil.
Before you can use beeswax you need to melt it. This will cleanse wax from impurities and easy to mold. You can melt beeswax with double boiler. If you do not have double boiler, you can use 2 pots which are different sizes. Bottom pot you will fill with water, and in upper pot you will place beeswax. As water in bottom pot gets heated up, it’s heat warms up the top pot which will melt beeswax.
Melting point of wax is between 149F and 185 F (65-85 C). Do not lead it to boil as on boiling point beeswax changes it’s color. With this purification method, beeswax will emerge on top, while impurities will sink to bottom. Once melted, add around 15-20 of each essential oil you desire to add. Make sure to stir the mixture for better mixing of components. To further purify beeswax you can filter it through cheesecloth. After placing your wicks inside jars and immobilising them pour your melted mixture into jars. Best wax to immobilise your wicks from bottom side is with wick sticker. For top part of your soon to-be-candle, you can use clothespin, through which you will slide the wick.
Do not put your candles right away into fridge, as the temperature difference will cause it to crack. Rather let them in sit at room temperature for several hours before trimming the wick.