How to Make Fall Candles with Beeswax and Essential Oils
If you're like me, you love the bright, warm, cozy vibe of candles but not all the toxins and chemicals and artificial fragrances that come with them. Fortunately, there's a way to make our own without all the junk and I'm here to share my favorite recipes for Fall candles with you. You can download your free printable labels for these recipes here.
Now, I just want to take a minute to talk to you about beeswax. Did you know it can clean and purify the air? When you burn a beeswax candle, the beeswax releases negative ions into the atmosphere and neutralizes contaminants. It's like an air filter! You can read about many of the benefits of beeswax candles over here - the author of this article has summed them up pretty well in an easy-to-read list. Overall, yes, beeswax can be more expensive than the wax you can buy at the craft store, but it is worth the cost when you consider its longer burn time, purity, and the health benefits it provides.
I source my beeswax from a 4th generation farm in Minnesota that sells beautiful, pure, organic cappings beeswax. I was fortunate enough to purchase my batch right during harvest time, so my beeswax is fresh from the hives and smells amazing! It has a beautiful, rich, warm honey scent that perfectly complements my candles for this season. You can buy ready-made beeswax candles or beeswax to make your own from the same farm by clicking here. If you do make a purchase, be sure to say 'hi' to Kate and let her know Erin sent you. You won't regret buying from her! Her beeswax is the highest quality I have found, she offers quick shipping, and her customer service is excellent.
Now, on to the fun part! To make your candles:
- organic beeswax
- Veriditas Botanicals essential oils
- a double boiler or crockpot (if you use a crockpot, you also need a canning jar lifter)
- heat-safe glass jars
- lead-free, chemical-free wick (I like this one.)
- wick holders
- wick tab stickers
- popsicle sticks
- your free printable labels
- gloves and protective eyewear (please be safe!)
- a towel to protect your counter or work surface from accidental spills
Now, on to the fun part! To make your candles:
- Melt your beeswax. You can do this over a double boiler on
the stove or you can place your beeswax directly into the jars you're
going to use for your candles and place the jars in a crockpot on low.
Treat the crockpot like a double boiler by filling it with a couple
inches of water.
However you choose to heat it, be sure you do not leave your beeswax unattended. Pay close attention to it to make sure it does not become overheated. If you use the crockpot method, make sure the place where you will be leaving your candles to cool is right next to the crockpot so you don't have to carry jars of hot wax around your kitchen when you lift them out of the crockpot later. You might also want to lay down a towel to protect your counter in case of spills.
- While your beeswax is melting, you can prepare your wicks. Cut your wick down to the proper size for your jars and insert it into your wick holders. Attach to the bottom center of your jar with your wick tab stickers. Use popsicle sticks to support your wick at the top of the jar so it stays centered while your candle is setting.
- Once your beeswax is melted (if using the double boiler method) - remove it from the heat, pour into your jar, and add your essential oil blend. Stir well until fully incorporated and adjust as needed.
- Once your beeswax is melted (if using the crockpot method) - very carefully remove your jar from the crockpot with a canning jar lifter - do not tip the jar - keep the beeswax level. Carefully add your essential oil blend to the jar and stir gently until fully incorporated. Adjust fragrance as needed.
- Make sure your wicks are centered and leave your candles to "cure" for a full 24-48 hours. Do not move the jars during this time. You can place a canning lid over the top of the jar if you'd like.
- After 24-48 hours, remove the popsicle sticks and trim your wicks down to about 1/2 inch. Add your printable label to the jar.
- At this point, you can either prepare your jar as a gift to give away or you can do a test burn. You'll want to keep your wick trimmed to 1/4" for these candles.
- Share your pictures on instagram with the #myveriditasbotanicals so we can see what you've made!
Fall Essential Oil Blends for Use with Veriditas Botanicals Essential Oils
(for use in a 16 ounce beeswax candle)
- Spiced Chai Tea - 22 drops Ginger, 20 drops Cinnamon Bark, 14 drops Coffee, 12 drops Cinnamon Leaf, 12 drops Vanilla, 10 drops Clove (Veriditas Botanicals essential oils)
- Autumn Foliage - 25 drops Pine, Wild Scotch; 25 drops Douglas Fir, 22 drops Cedar, 10 drops Lavender angustifolia, 6 drops Vetiver, 5 drops Rosemary, 2 drops Orange (Veriditas Botanicals essential oils)
- Citrus & Sage - 30 drops Sweet Orange, 15 drops Lime, 10 drops Lemon, 10 drops Sage, 8 drops Spearmint, 3 drops Basil (Veriditas Botanicals essential oils)
- Mental Clarity - 1 5ml bottle of Veriditas Botanicals Mental Clarity blend