A sweet hint of honey wafts through the air when beeswax candles are burning. Rather than filling your home with the toxic (and for me, asthma-inducing) fumes of artificially scented candles, beeswax actually helps purify the air as it burns. And making your own is really quite simple. Following is what I did for my last batch.
For three tiny mason jars and one small one:
1 1/3 c beeswax pellets
1 1/3 c coconut oil
Essential oils (optional); I used about ten drops of orange and grapefruit for one set and added peppermint to another
I use an old jar placed in a pot of water to create a double boiler. Add the beeswax and oil to the jar and allow the water in the pan (outside the jar) to melt together the coconut oil, beeswax and essential oils until liquified. Prepare the wicks and jars by clamping the wick in a wooden clothespin and placing the clothespin on the top of the jar. Pour a bit of the wax mixture into the bottom of each jar to set the wicks. Once your wicks are aligned as you desire, pour in the rest of the liquid and let harden for 24 hours.
*I purchased my beeswax pellets from Mountain Rose Herbs and have made a few sets of candles from one pound.
*The jury is still out for me on whether I can actually smell the essential oils as the candles are burning. For fall I plan on trying some cinnamon and clove oils.