DIY Beeswax Candles
- Beeswax (see instructions for amount needed)
- Glass jars (canning work great!)
- Dedicated container, such as a #10 can, for melting the wax (because it's impossible to clean out afterwards!)
- (A Note About Amounts: One pound of beeswax equals approximately 20 ounces in volume. We used one pound of beeswas pastilles. It filled the four small canning jars shown in the above photo. Thankfully, the recipe is very flexible, so if you have more or less beeswax, simply fill more or less containers!)
- Place the beeswax into your dedicated container/can. Place the can inside a stock pot filled half-full with water. Simmer over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally as it melts.
- In the meantime, prepare your jars and wicks.
- The goal is to get the wick to stay in the middle of the jar as we pour in the beeswax and it sets. You can accomplish this a variety of ways.
- It doesn't matter the method, as long as the wick stays in the center of the jar. We placed a dab of glue on the bottom of the wick to secure it to the bottom of the jar. Then we curled the wick around a small dowel to keep it from tipping over.
- Pour the melted beeswax into the jar, leaving one inch of room at the top. Set the jars aside and allow them to cool and set completely.
- Trim the wick, light, and enjoy your homemade beeswax candles!
Recipe via theprairiehomestead
3 Ingredient Lotion Bars
- 1.25 oz Beewax
- 1.25 oz Coconut Oil
- 1.25 oz Shea Butter
- Essential oil of lavender, lemongrass, or spearmint
- Using a food scale, weigh out equal amounts of beeswax, coconut oil, and shea butter. You’ll have an easier time using beeswax pellets for measuring. If purchasing your beeswax from a local beekeeper, you’ll most likely get a bar or chunk of beeswax, which makes it a tad bit harder for measuring, but still very doable.
- I use one and a quarter ounces of beeswax, coconut oil, and shea butter for a decent sized batch. Using a double boiler, or a small saucepan and a large glass measuring bowl, melt beeswax, coconut oil, and shea butter until it turns to a liquid. Remove from heat and add ten drops of essential oil. Note: make sure if you use essential oils in the recipe that the essential oils you use are of high quality and are safe for external use on the skin.
- Pour into molds. You can use soap molds, silicone cupcake liners, or even fill a small parchment paper lined box. I used a plastic lid from a box of oval candles. The size just fits the palm of your hand. Whatever mold you use, make sure it’s something you can easily pop the hardened bars out of. Allow bars to harden overnight.
- Wipe out your measuring bowl while it’s still warm for easier cleaning and then wash with hot soapy water. I use the small amount of the lotion bars still clinging to the inside of the bowl to rub on my feet and elbows. Be sure to put socks on as the soles of your feet will be slippery until the lotion is all the way absorbed.
Recipe via The Made-From-Scratch Life
Homemade Drawer Fresheners
- 5 ounces beeswax pellets
- essential oils
- Citrus Drawer Freshener: 10 drops mandarin essential oil, 10 drops grapefruit essential oil
- Manly Drawer Freshener: 20 drops scotch pine essential oil
- molds – silicone molds work well
- Melt beeswax until liquid. (I used a double boiler on the stove, but you can also melt it in the microwave.)
- Add essential oils to your molds while beeswax is melting.
- Pour melted beeswax into molds.
- Allow to cool. I put mine in the freezer to make it easier to remove drawer fresheners from molds.
- Place in jute or cotton sachets (to protect drawers and clothing from wax/oil stains).
- Change every month or as needed.
Remember: These are reusable! Once the scent is gone simply chop or grate down the beeswax, melt, and start over.
Recipe via DIY Natural