Beeswax Candles

Between moving half  way across the country  and one of our fur babies getting sick and having to spend a week at an emergency clinic,  our Christmas budget was a little bit lower than usual, so I decided to do more Hand Made Gifts this year!

All women love candles right? Inspired as always by the lovely ladies over at A Beautiful Mess I decided to make all of the women in my family (plus myself) Beeswax Candles. Why beeswax you may wonder. Most commercial are made with chemicals that can be harmful to your health. Beeswax is very different, it’s all natural, non-toxic, non- polluting, hypoallergenic, and have a sweet honey aroma. It actually cleans your air of odors, pollens. smoke, dust, viruses, and other allergens and is the only true air purifier. The only candle for anyone who has chemical sensitivities or allergies like myself. Studies have shown beeswax helps with: Improved air quality, improved sleep, enhanced immune system, relief from allergies, less severe asthma attacks, improved concentration, balancing of hormones, and a sense of wellbeing

Now onto the fun part!

1. Supplies: Beeswax, wicks, glass jars, candy thermometer, double boiler, and essential oils for scent if desired. (I made some plain, some with vanilla and cinnamon, some with lavender, and some with lavender and vanilla. I loved the way the lavender combined with the beeswax scent best, they go well together.)
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2. Place wicks in holders and place in bottom of jars.
3. Begin by heating up the wax on the stove in the double boiler to 140°F. You don’t want the temperature to exceed 185°F or the wax will crack or sink.
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4. Pour a thin layer of wax into each jar and allow to harden to be sure the wicks stay in centered.
5. Fill the jars the rest of the way up by pouring slowly. If you pour quickly the wax can also crack or sink.
6. You may need to trim the wicks once the wax hardens if they stick up beyond the edge of the jar. Light, and enjoy!
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