Benefits (supposed… which is enough for me):
- Detoxifies air
- Using other candles (made with ingredients other than beeswax) doesn’t purify the air, yet, adds to the toxins just floatin’ around all willy-nilly…
I’m planning on using these candles at Baby’s birthday – the day where Baby and my body decide that it’s time to pop Baby out into the world outside my womb. Why? I’ve become more and more obsessed with creating an environment that is pure and alive. Our house has recently been decorated with air purifying plants (holy schmoly, that’s a REAL thing), where before it was covered in pretty, yet, very fake flowers that didn’t really do anything for the air quality. I thought, what else could I do to make the house inviting for Baby? Well, I like candles, maybe I’ll get some candles… dang candles are expensive… google searching… beeswax candles are really expensive… googling why anyone would want beeswax candles… finding out that beeswax candles are DA bomb and are going to be the only candle that I ever burn in my house again… *crunchy time*… I’m gonna make these freaking candles. I freaking did.
Benefits of making your own beeswax candles:
- Homemade candle: ~$8.30
- Premade candle: ~$15.30 (amazon)
- or Premade tea light at Central Market: ~$2.99
- It smells good
- Sense of accomplishment! Freaking candles.
It wasn’t as much fun as I anticipated. It took me 3 hours to make these candles… because I could have turned up the heat on the stove and decided not to for some reason… anyways, I also broke the glass container I was melting the wax in (double broiler type situation… which what I was doing was NOT double broiler… will do that next time as well!). I’m a cautionary tale! Heed the advice crunchy candle makers, this is not uncharted territory.
Steps (if you dare):
- Grab supplies! If you want to make exactly what I made, purchase: Beeswax 2 lbs, Cotton wick (will make about 50 wicks total), 6 Tulip shaped Weck jars (~7 oz size), and some bamboo skewers…or pens you have laying around.
- Set up a real double broiler and melt down the 2 lbs of beeswax.
- Cut the cotton wicks to about 6 inches in length, dip them in the beeswax to prime them, let them cool, and tie them around the bamboo skewers. Place them in the jars.
- When wax is liquid, pour it into the jars.
- Set! and then burn, baby, burn.