Luckily there are lots of places online where you can see gorgeous pictures of people making flawless beeswax candles. This post will not be that. Despite all the easily accessible information out there, I decided to go at it blind. I ordered 5 lbs. of pure beeswax from a local online retailer. It arrived at my house in a bag of little yellow pellets. How hard could making beeswax candles be? Well it turns out it was a lot more difficult than I thought.
Making Beeswax Candles
I had a vague memory of making lovely odd-shaped candles as gifts while in college. They were smooth, pear-shaped lovelies. My plan was that my daughter and I would whip up a quick batch as holiday gifts. I dove in blind, melted the wax in an old pot and started dipping away. It quickly became clear that we were missing some key piece of information that would have allowed our candles to look like, well, candles. Instead we got charming, but very lumpy blobs that I tried not to refer to as turds.
We were lacking some of the key requirements in making beeswax or any kind of dipped candles: most importantly, patience. We both just wanted to rush through and get it done. Next time I will be gathering some good information so that I can share that with you. In the meantime, if you dare just go for it, like we did, be warned. Your candles may turn out like those pictured above.
By the end of the evening we had given up with dipping altogether and just poured the wax into some waiting glass jars. Stay tuned for an actually helpful post, once I figure out all the many ways we went wrong.