You guessed it, here we have yet another DIY project for you, and one that is completely different than anything we have ever done. Here at CCF, we only make soy candles and we have talked several times extensively about why we choose that variety over the more common paraffin. To give you a basic recap, it is due to the fact that soy wax is much more natural, healthier to inhale, and all around just better for the environment than the traditionally used paraffin.
If you have read this blog much, you'll see we pretty much just recommend soy candles and you may not have known that there is another alternative besides paraffin. That type of wax is what is called beeswax, and it actually may be better for you and more natural than soy candles. So, why don't we and others use it much? Well, it's much more expensive than any other wax variety. That may be an understatement, as soy wax usually goes for around $1-$2 a pound, while beeswax can range anywhere from $5-$10, and paraffin is even cheaper than either.
So you can see why beeswax candles aren't nearly as popular, and it's a shame as they have a wide range of benefits. Another problem with these candles is finding them. They can be hard to find in stores and you really would have to purchase them online, which can be pricey. If you want these candles, but don't want to shell out a ton of money, why not make them yourself?
That's what this article will get into. Since we haven't gotten into beeswax before, and many people aren't familiar with it, I'll start out by providing some information on it. I hope that even if you weren't planning on making beeswax candles after you read this article you'll want to after reading all of the wonderful benefits. If you were planning on it, this will only convince you further that beeswax is the way to go. So, if you want to learn more about this awesome wax, you have come to the right place.
Yes, as the name may suggest, beeswax is related to bees, as they are the ones who make this wax. It is a natural wax is that produced by honey bees, which explains why it can be so expensive. The biology and chemistry behind it are a little bit confusing, so I won't go into it here. However, if you are really interested in learning exactly how bees naturally make this wax, I would recommend reading this article from Bees Wax Co.
If you aren't interested just know that bees make this wax naturally, which is unlike any other wax out there. It is the most natural wax and was the one first discovered by humans. Only recently in the last 100 years or so have people started to manufacture their own wax that essentially emulates beeswax. This is due to the fact that bees are not always readily available and they can't produce as much wax as efficiently as humans manufacturing it can. Also, the conditions have to be very warm in the hive for the bees to produce this wax; it must be 33 °C to 36 °C (91 °F to 97 °F).
Believe it or not, this wax is also edible and is the main diet of several animals. It's used in various applications besides just candles. In fact, being used in candles is not its most common use. In nature, the bees produce this wax to help them build their honeycombs, as it helps reinforce and make the structure stronger. It started being used for making candles centuries ago with the Roman Catholic and Orthodox churches, as that is what all of their candles were made from and most of them still are today.
Beyond the candle application, its use in skin care and cosmetics has been increasing in recent years, as it is used in petroleum jelly, lip balm, hand cream, moisturizers, and a variety of makeups. It has so many other uses that I could write an entire article on it, but I won't. However, MatterofTrust.org did, so check out their article titles 101 Uses for Beeswax.
I talked about all of these real world uses for beeswax, but you may be asking exactly why it is used in all of these products. I mean, if it's so expensive and hard to come by sometimes, why do manufacturers use it? Here's a list of some factors that make it beneficial for the skin.
This feature of being protective doesn't just apply to skin. It is a protective material in general, as it is used to make shoes waterproof, envelope seals, coatings on nails, and it even helps prevent rust.
So these benefits are much more related to why it is used in skin products, but what about as far as candles go? Well, as it is the most natural form of wax, it is even more environmentally friendly than soy wax and much better for your lungs.
They also have a natural honey fragrance, and because of this is used in soaps and perfumes. This scent is not super strong, it is more of a faint light scent, which is another reason people sometimes prefer other types of wax. It is definitely the least aroma centered wax, but it's light natural scent smells much cleaner than any chemically designed aroma you might get.
Materials (for one candle)
As you can see, these steps and materials are the exact same for any other type of candle you may be making. This will be true with nearly every candle you make, so once you know how to make one candle, you know how to make them all.
Note that I didn't include adding essential or fragrance oils to these steps, but you definitely can if you want. Just know that beeswax doesn't hold on to scents nearly as effective as other waxes do. If you do want to add scents, I would pick stronger ones, like peppermint and cinnamon, and use more than you normally would. Also, it has been found that adding coconut oil to the wax helps it retain some fragrances as well. I would recommend just getting the natural aroma of honey, even though it is faint, but it still can be soothing.
Beeswax is the original and most natural wax in the world. It is created naturally by bees, and over the years it has been found to have a wide array of benefits. It is great for your skin as it moisturizes and protects it throughout the day. It is used in many skin products as well as protectiveness for many other materials. There are literally hundreds of real-world applications that beeswax is used in.
As far as candles go, beeswax is the most natural way to go, and it provides a sweet, light honey aroma that is natural and beautiful. It is also much healthier for your lungs than many chemical-ridden candles that you may find on the market.
Making these beeswax candles is also a very simple process as you can see, as it is no different than any other technique. If you want high-quality beeswax candles, but don't want to spend a fortune, making them yourself is definitely the best way to go.
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