What You Need:
-1 cup Beeswax
-1 Cup Coconut Oil
-Spices (Ginger, Cinnamon, Clove)
- Start by placing the wicks in the jars. I like to use random or chipped mason jars for candle projects. You can use the metal wick holders or just tape the wicks to the bottom of the jars. If you use tape just make sure it’s secure. Hot glue will work as well but might re-melt when the hot wax is poured in. Take the tops of the wicks (cut them long) and wrap them around an old pencil and place in the centers of the jars.
- Melt the beeswax, coconut oil, and spices together in some kind of double boiler. This is my makeshift boiler! I use a jar (just for candle making) and place a few inches of water in the saucepan. Then when the water heats up, the contents of the jar will heat up and melt. You don’t need the wax and oil to boil, just melt. (I use Beeswax and Coconut Oil blended for a softer candle that burns better than straight beeswax.)
- It should only take a few minutes (you may need to stir the wax with some kind of stick or long spoon; chopsticks work well!) to fully melt the wax and combine it with the coconut oil. The recipe above will make enough wax to fill a pint jar and you will need about 1 tablespoon of spices per pint made, depending on the scents you use and how strong you want it to be. Spice ideas can be found further down this post.
- Start by pouring a small amount of wax into the very bottom of the jar and letting it set up (this will help hold the wick at the bottom), then pour the rest of the wax in the jar until it’s full enough. (Pour in small layers and let is harden slightly if you have issues with the spices all falling to the bottom.) Let the candles sit undisturbed until the wax re-hardens. Then you are ready to burn your candles!