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A First Attempt at Making Beeswax Candles

beeswax candlesLuckily 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. Continue reading A First Attempt at Making Beeswax Candles


8 Reasons to Use 100% Pure Beeswax Candles

beeswax-votives Most candles are made from either paraffin, soy or beeswax. The colorful shelves of aromatic candles we see at the grocery store are usually paraffin. They’ve gone through a lot of chemical processing to get into their attractive disguise. Soy candles with either some soy (mixed with paraffin) or 100% soy can also be found. These are a step up from paraffin, but still often have synthetic scents. And then there are beeswax candles, which you may not find at the grocery store, but it is defintiely worth looking for them elsewhere. Continue reading 8 Reasons to Use 100% Pure Beeswax Candles