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Beeswax and Coconut Oil Candles Recipe

Making beeswax candles with coconut oil is an easy way to dip your feet in to candle making—this article shares my recipe!

Beeswax and coconut oil candles recipe

Have you ever heard of Burt’s Bees? Burt’s products are popular for a reason. Many of them are made out of beeswax, which is a naturally produced wax that can be used for so many things. From Burt’s website:

“Beeswax is another natural solution to a common cosmetic problem: holding ingredients together. An excellent binder, Beeswax works with the same efficacy and flexibility of harsher synthetic formulations. It helps seal in moisture and keep skin conditioned. And, of course, it looks, feels and smells delicious.”

Beeswax does smell delicious, and it has benefits beyond being a beauty-product binder; when in a candle, it also purifies the air as it burns. Using beeswax in a candle was definitely something I wanted to try, so I decided to begin experimenting.

chunks of beeswax in a tin

Why add coconut oil to beeswax candles?

The first beeswax candle I made looked good, but it was kind of a bust when it burned. Beeswax is very hard, which makes it difficult to melt. You need to add a softer material in that has a lower melting point to ensure the beeswax can melt evenly.

You can easily soften your beeswax candles by adding an oil, and I don’t think I used enough oil on my first candle attempt. So I had a hard time getting a good flame and noticed that the wick was only melting in a deep circle around the wick (also called “tunneling”). Coconut oil is a perfect oil for your candles

I also didn’t use a thick-enough wick, so that contributed to some of the tunneling as well. But the recipe I outline in this tutorial yielded a success for my beeswax and coconut oil candle. But before we get to the recipe…:)

A critical safety note!

Beeswax is flammable. I read never to melt beeswax in a pan on direct heat. I watched mine closely while I was melting it using a double-boiler method. Here is the double boiler I made using a pan and a big pot.

pot and pan on a stovetop

Here are the supplies I used:

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  • Beeswax
  • Coconut oil (We buy this kind in big containers)
  • Double boiler or the hillbilly double boiler I used (here is an affordable one)
  • Candle container
  • Disposable aluminum tin
  • Kitchen stove, water, measuring cups
  • Square cotton-braided wick. (I used this brand, #4. It also comes in #2 and #6, #8, and #10)
  • Scissors and pen or pencil

Like making candles or want to try your hand at other candle recipes? Check out my roundup of DIY scented candle recipes you can make at home.

And here’s my Beeswax and Coconut Oil Candles recipe!

(Do not use any appliances or work with new materials without proper training, precautions, and supervision from a professional. Make sure you research fire safety and take all necessary precautions before working with beeswax. If you’re looking for a professional-quality candle recipe to sell, you may want to consult a candle-making professional. Read my full terms of use here.)

Step 1: Measure the beeswax to coconut oil ratio for your candles

First I figured out how much of each ingredient I needed for my container. I knew that I had to use coconut oil to soften the beeswax to ensure proper melting…but what was the right beeswax to coconut oil ratio for candles? I did a bit of experimenting on that front.

After varying levels of success, I settled on working with 8 ounces of beeswax and 8 ounces of coconut oil (8 ounces = 1 cup). The key to good consistency is a 50/50 beeswax/coconut oil mixture. And make sure there is room at the top of the jar so the wax doesn’t overflow when you pour it in.

I measured the beeswax and coconut oil—the type of wax I used came in 1-ounce blocks, so it’s very easy to measure. To speed up the melting time, I cut each block into chunks. (Beeswax pellets would melt even faster.) Then I put the beeswax chunks and coconut oil into the disposable aluminum tin and set it aside.

bars of beeswax in a tin

Step 2: Heat water in a double boiler

Remember—never melt beeswax in a pan on direct heat. Instead, use a double-boiler method. If you don’t own or want to buy a double-boiler, you can use a method like I used: a shallow pan and a big pot. I filled my big pot with about 4 inches of water and brought the water to a boil.

Step 3: Melt the beeswax and coconut oil mixture

When the water in the big pot reached a boil, I placed my pan on top of my big pot and set the disposable aluminum tin in the pan (not the big pot). To speed up the melting process, I added 1 cup of water to the pan as well (not the aluminum tin). That way, as the big pot boiled, it heated the water in the pan, which helped the beeswax melt.

I stirred the mixture as it melted, ensuring I monitored how it was progressing the entire time I had the mixture on my double-boiler. Don’t walk away from this while it is melting! Since beeswax has a higher melting point than coconut oil, this may take several minutes depending on the size of your beeswax chunks.

pot with water on a stove
How to Make Beeswax and Coconut Oil Candles
beeswax melting in a pan

Step 4: Cut and prep the wick

While the mixture was melting, I cut my wick based on how tall the candle jar was, but I left a few inches on the top so that I could wrap it around a pen or pencil for stability (more on that later). A note about wicks: I used a cotton square-braided wick. Below are general guidelines for the # wick you need for your candle size.

  • #1 wick size = Candle diameter of 1 – 1.5″
  • #2 wick size = Candle diameter of 1.5 – 2″
  • #3 wick size = Candle diameter of of 2 – 2.5″
  • #4 wick size = Candle diameter of 2.5 – 2.8″ (what I used)
  • #6 wick size = Candle diameter of 2.8 – 3.2″
  • #7 wick size = Candle diameter of 3.2 – 3.5″

Once the mixture was nearly completely melted, I carefully dipped the wick to cover 75% of it with wax. I let the excess drip into the aluminum pan, and after a few seconds, I grabbed a paper towel and I ran my fingers from top to bottom to straighten out the wick as the wax dried.

This helps to make the wick very straight and helps when setting it in the candle container. (An alternative option is to use wick stickers, which will hold the wick in place while setting it, but I didn’t want to buy any.)

a piece of candle wick

Step 5: Now it’s time to pour the beeswax and coconut oil mix

I wrapped the white end of my wick (the end without beeswax on it) around a pen with the straight, waxy end dipping down into the center of the candle container. Once the wick was in the correct position, I gently poured about a 1/2 inch of the beeswax/coconut oil mixture into the candle container.

At this point, I let my mixture harden for about 15 minutes; the goal here was to set the wick and ensure it stayed put while I poured the rest of the candle. This process looked something like the pic below.

After the wax solidified enough, I finished the candle. I split the remainder of my mixture into two pours. After the first half, I gave the candle another 5 minutes to solidify. The last thing I wanted was for the new pours to melt the wax on the bottom, which would send my wick floating around.

using a pen to stabilize the wick

Step 6: Let the mixture solidify, trim the wick, and wait…

And then I was done! I let my newly made candle rest for 24 hours. Then, I trimmed the wick and lit it. I made a few in mason jars and old containers. I just used an old Yankee Candle holder for the one below. (Related: Check out my tips for how to get sticker residue off of glasses and jars so you can upcycle them, as well as my tips on how to clean old candle wax out of glass containers.)

letting the beeswax solidify
finished beeswax candle

Beeswax and Coconut Oil Candles Recipe

finished beeswax candle

This tutorial shares the beeswax and coconut oil candles recipe I used to experiment with making mine. Making beeswax candles with coconut oil is an easy way to dip your feet in to candle making!


  • Beeswax
  • Coconut oil (We buy this kind in big containers)
  • Double boiler or the hillbilly double boiler I used (here is an affordable one)
  • Candle container
  • Disposable aluminum tin
  • Kitchen stove, water, measuring cups
  • Square cotton-braided wick. (I used this brand, #4. It also comes in #2 and #6, #8, and #10)
  • Scissors and pen or pencil


  1. Measure the beeswax and coconut oil ratio for your candles. The ratio I used was a 50/50 beeswax/coconut oil ratio.
  2. Heat water in a double boiler or similar method like the pot and pan combo I used.
  3. Put the beeswax and coconut oil into a disposable aluminum tin. Put the tin in the double boiler and melt the beeswax and coconut oil mixture, stirring as it melts.
  4. Cut the candle wick to your desire length and coat the bottom 75% in wax.
  5. Stabilize the wick using a pen running across the top of your candle container. Pour in a 1/2 inch of the beeswax/coconut oil mixture to set the wick in place; let the mixture solidify.
  6. Continue pouring the mixture in bits at a time; you do not want your wick to begin floating, and letting the wax mixture begin to solidify begin pours helps with this.
  7. Trim the wick and let the candle sit for 24 hours before lighting it.


Safety note: Beeswax is flammable. Never melt beeswax in a pan on direct heat. I watched mine closely while I was melting it using a double-boiler method.

Pin my beeswax and coconut oil candles recipe!

collage of melting wax with text overlay that says DIY beeswax candles

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  1. Fuchia says:

    What ratio were you using before when your beeswax wasn’t
    Melting properly? i.e. You mentioned it was too hard earlier in the post? I’ve been doing 3 parts beeswax to 1 part coconut oil based on a recipe online. I’m using wood wicks and have done 9 tests so far and can’t get it to burn to the edge and have a weaker flame. Also it pulls away from the 2.8 diameter 8 oz glass jar I’m using. Does your mixture adhere to the glass better? I also use essential oils.

    • Toni says:

      Soumds like u may need add a little soy container wax since u are making a container candle. Soy container is softer wax than beeswax. And as far as your melt pool if it’s not reaching to edge then your wick size is to small. And on any kind of wick always cut them Dow to 1/4 Inc he before burning them. Don’t let ur candle burn no more than 2 hours some experts say no more than four. But the first time you use your candle cut wick to 1/4in light it let it burn for 2 hours blow it out. Let it cool completely (maybe cool for least hour) cut ur wick to 1/4 in again then relight. Always make sure your wick is at that length before each use. This will help with scent throw and more. But once you got make sure u are using correct wick size. If its not reachimg sides then u may have go up one or more wick size depending on wax, container size, even fragrance. U may find one wick size works great with one size jar and even fragrance but make exact same candle nd just change fragrance and the same wick may not work as well. Check out some my comments below md hopefully they will help or lead u in a direction that may help some. Candles can be so frustrating at times lol

  2. Maggie says:

    Have you or has anyone tried coffee grounds with this recipe? I’d love to make a coffee scented candle!

  3. Fuchia says:

    Interesting recipe. I’ve always used a 3:1 ration so 3 parts beeswax to 1 part coconut oil. I’ll have to try the 50/50 ration to see the difference. Do you get a good flame and burn pool?

  4. Ondine says:

    Nice to see you’ve swapped from Palm oil to coconut! Makes an even better candle and is kind to the planet 😉

  5. Desiree says:

    Hi Brittany ive been searching the internet for 2 weeks. I have made my own massage candle. I used a hemp wick, i didnt think that made any difference. I added a skin safe fragrance. Once i saw a quarter size pool i blew my candle out. Dipped my finget in (it was nicely warm) rubbed it on my hand, it was so soothing. I put it to my nose to enjoy the whole moment, and thats when Awful jumped in! The wax smelled like smoke and that smoke smell has stayed with my candle. Can you please give me some advice – thanks.

    • Toni says:

      It may be your wick. It could be to small or to large for your candle or it could be wick brand itself. There is several things that can cause that. Check out Nature Garden they are a vendor I use for last 3 years for my candles. I left long comment below nd tried to leave the website address to help anyone out but it thought I was spam lol. I just li,e help anyome with any knowledge I have when comens to candles. For some reason when I started out many people were not so helpful or they would tell u just enough but not very detailed to answer my questions. Which I really dont umderstand why some are that way. But I am willing to help anyone or least share my experiences cause candle makimg can get very expensive without any guide or support from others. I’m not saying I’m an expert or have all answers lol. I just done hours on top of days and years of research and still looking for improvements and more. Hope I can help or least try to lead u in a good direction

    • Brittany Goldwyn says:

      I’m sorry, I don’t know what to tell you!

  6. Beth Belitz says:

    I was just wanting to double check on something… so if I’m using 4 oz jars for my candles do I use 2 oz beeswax & 2 oz coconut oil for a 50/50 mixture?

  7. Hunter Ballew says:

    Hi Brittany! I am planning to put up a candle making business and coming across your article came of great help. This step by step tips are very easy to understand and to apply. Thank you for this. Will make sure to apply your tips in starting my business! 😀

  8. Mae says:

    This is so cool. Im kind of into scented candles but i want to make my own because I have a lot of beeswax and coconut oil. But I was just wondering, how would you color them?

    • Toni says:

      Sorry no food coloring nor crayons to color ur candles. Ur candlea won’t work as well cause it will clogg up your wick which will keep u from smelling the fragrance u added. Use candle wax dye. The cheapest is to use what is called dye block or chips they last very long time. I use dye blocks cause they cheaper than the liquid dye.

    • Yanna says:

      hi mae,
      Did the food coloring help?

    • Brittany Merth says:

      You could probably use food coloring. 🙂

  9. Michelle says:

    Hi Brittany it was great to stumble upon your site. I’m looking at making natural candles for the first time using beeswax coconut oil and EO. what cures you can also kill you if used wrong as my nana would say 🙂 I like to add my EO’s to my products right before pouring eg soap. I do this to retain as much of the properties as heat changes the structure of any chemical whether natural or man made. Honey loses some of its therapeutic properties when high heated and does become toxic. Same applies with essential oils. As for toxicity when burning a natural candle using EO’s this depends on the EO itself and its chemical makeup. Look up the MSD (material safety data) of any ingredient you use to help you decide if it’s right for you 🙂 There’s toxicity in everything just because it’s natural doesn’t mean it’s harmless or non toxic eg lavender EO is great if used as a sleeping relaxing agent however if used topically it is photo toxic and also linked to raised estrogen levels and pure unadulterated honey loses some of its benefits when heated and becomes toxic to humans when high heated though the healing qualities of honey taken straight from a hive are amazing. So really there’s no clear cut way of saying is it or is it not toxic… It all depends on where when and how.

  10. Melissa says:


    I want to start selling beeswax candles as a personal business and i want them to smell like any other scents, is it possible that the candles smell like cinnamon, vanilla (for example)? and i want to know what´s the function of the coconut oil on the beeswax.

    • Brittany Merth says:

      Hi Melissa! If you search online for “fragrance oils for candles” you will find tons of options for scents. And the purpose of the coconut oil is to soften the beeswax. Beeswax is very hard, so mixing it with the coconut oil makes it less so.

  11. Cindy Tucker says:

    I have been making my candles with beeswax and coconut. they burn perfectly! I use 28 ounces of wax
    with a 50/50 ratio. problem is I can’t get them to produce a scent. I have tried both essential oils (from
    piping and fragrance scents (from the I heat my wax to 200 degrees
    then I add 32 milliliters of oil or fragrance. help!

    Heating jars before pouring wax will prevent pull away

    • RusticAscent says:

      I believe you are adding your fragrance oils/essential oils in to hot of a wax. Let it cool to 175 degrees for fragrance oils and add essential oils right before pouring. Hope this helps!

    • Brittany Merth says:

      Cindy, thanks for the tip about heating the jars before pouring the wax! Really happy to hear that yours are burning so well! As for fragrance, I personally don’t always use it, but if I do, I use a honey-scented fragrance from Michaels that I think works pretty well. It’s actually for making soaps!

  12. Cathy says:

    Sorry Brittany. I don’t see any links to an article. Can you try to post it again please? Thanks!!

  13. Cathy says:

    Hi Brittany! I am new to the homemade candle making process but I am using the 50/50 beeswax/coconut oil ratio you recommended, which solved the problem of my wax cracking. I found that my candles burn fabulously with that ratio, even after I add color and fragrance. Although, I did have to experiment with the wicks to get my burns just right. Depending on the size of my jars, I found I needed anywhere from a #6 to a #10 wick. The problem I have, which I don’t know how to correct is, once the wax cools it seems to pull away from the sides of my jars, leaving the candle looking blotchy. Is there any way or method I should use to help the wax adhere better to the sides of my jars so they have a better or clearer appearance? I’d appreciate any suggestions you might have. Thanks!

    • Brittany Merth says:

      Hey Cathy! I’m so glad you were able to fix the cracking problem and that your candles are burning evenly! I’m not sure about the sticking–check this article out. Is this what you mean?

  14. Deanna says:

    Hi Brittany, do you pour the coconut/beeswax at a certain temperature? I’ve been using a range of 160-180 degrees to pour the beeswax, not sure if adding the coconut oil would change that?

  15. Victoria says:

    This is exactly the recipe I have been looking for! Thank you so much Brittany! I currently made soy candles (non-GMO) but am always looking for ways to create a higher standard for my business. Plus, shipping wax to ALASKA is very expensive. I love beeswax and coconut oil! THANK YOU!

  16. Robyn says:

    Can you make melts and candles with just bees wax, or do you have to add an oil to the mix. What does the oil do.

    • Brittany Merth says:

      The oil softens the beeswax! When beeswax solidifies, it’s very hard, and the candle flame won’t be able to burn through it.

  17. Lila says:

    Could you add jojoba oil with beeswax since it is technically a wax,to soften the beeswax?

    • Brittany Merth says:

      Hi! I’d be hesitant to recommend jojoba oil as a replacement because it doesn’t re-solidify at room temperature like coconut oil does. It’d probably be different measurements of beeswax vs. oil, and I don’t know what those measurements would be. However, check out this post I found.

  18. Don says:

    Virgin Vs Refined coconut oil? Smell/scent ?

  19. Don says:

    Also, does it matter if the coconut oil is Virgin or not?

  20. Don says:

    Hey Brittany, are you able to use essential oils or fragrance oils with this combination?

    • Brittany Merth says:

      Hey Don! See some of the comments up toward the top of this comment string for a discussion on essential oils. I think it’s fine, but for full disclosure, some do not! Also, it shouldn’t matter what kind of coconut oil you use.

  21. Lane Ritson says:

    We don’t know what you think but we think the simpler the better. A nice simple candle ceramic burner is best. we prefer to let the Scent do the talking.

  22. Jane says:

    great article! I am wondering, what degree do you have on your oven top to burn the wax & oil?
    Thank you!

    • Brittany Merth says:

      Thanks, Jane! I have a gas cook top that I just had on medium heat. Then I stirred the mixture until it melted–I didn’t use a thermometer!

  23. don says:

    have you ever made candles with coconut wax? Do you by chance know difference between coconut wax vs coconut oil when making candles?

    • Brittany Merth says:

      Coconut wax is made from the coconut’s meat and cold-pressed coconut oil. If you can get your hands on coconut wax, you don’t need to mix it with anything–just pour it in with a wick and you’re good to go!

  24. allen says:

    Great tutorial…thanks!

    • Selina says:

      In response to the comment regarding Burt’s Bees. There is an excellent documentary about Burtand his journey. It also details the multi-national company that took the company from him. Now, most ingredients and original formulas no longer exist. I believe it is one of the major make-up companies that took possession. Rather sad and unfortunate.

  25. Selina says:

    What a great post. Long ago I made hand-made beeswax candles from scratch. Very labour intensive, but so rewarding. Now, I was looking to do a blend with coconut oil and came upon your site. Very grateful.
    Essential Oils like many things these days require looking into individually. Some are much more natural and organic than others. Better quality essential oils such as dōTerra which say they are safe to injest, may be preferable than others. High quality oils are certainly safe to add to the mixture in my experience.
    (A small note). Never blow out a candle! Always bring the wick into the wax pool using a pencil or other object. This extinguishes the candle without smoke and leaves the wick to burn more naturally rather than smoking and continuing to burn.
    ( I am not affiliated in any way with dōTerra and cannot recommend them, but do know many using their products).
    Acuna great alternative to soy which is not great for the planet.

  26. Lauren says:

    what does this candle smell like when it burns? can you add essential oils to this? or would it ruin the consistency/ smell of the coconut/bees wax?

    and what about using a crayon for color? or best left as the yellow tinge…?

    thank you! so excited for this! just ordered everything!

    • Brittany Merth says:

      Hey Lauren! The candle has a very faint sweet smell to it. I’ve added some almond scent to the mixture, and it smelled amazing. I actually bought the almond scent from Michael’s thinking it was an empty bottle…I didn’t realize it was soap fragrance until I got home (here it is). Smells amazing. See some of the other discussion in the comments on this post about whether or not adding essential oils to your candles is a good idea. Some think it isn’t a good idea, but until I’m able to find something from a reputable source, I can’t really see the harm in it. I can’t say whether adding the crayon would change the consistency too much–but I’d love to know! I remember melting old crayons when I was little. 🙂

      • Lauren says:

        Okay great! Thank you!
        Going to try a few different combinations of the “plain” recipe, with essential oils, and with crayon! Il last you know how they all come out!

        I agree, until I read the negative consequences of using essential oils from a legit site, I think it’s ok 🙂

        Thank you!

  27. Gina says:

    Great tutorial. Thank you so much.

  28. Louvieve says:

    What size wick did you use?

  29. Reuben M says:


    I’m from the UK (where we have the metric system) and thinking of trying this recipe as I quite like the idea of using coconut oil to add a scent to my beeswax candles.

    Please can you tell me if the ounces you used here are volume fluid ounces or weight ounces.

    Thanks in advance.

    • Brittany Merth says:

      Reuben, volume fluid ounces! The mixture I use is generally 50/50 beeswax/coconut oil.

  30. Nick says:

    Hello, essential oils are obtained through high labor-intensive processes which extract the vital essence from aromatic plants from flowers, fruits, sap, seeds or skin of the plant, as well as the bark, leaves, roots, resins or wood of certain trees. These oils contain unique and varied therapeutic properties. Synthetic fragrances are made from petrochemicals and have known to release toxins when burned. So for candle making, candle makers who care about the health of others, Essential oils are widely used. However, one really never knows what types of pesticides, if any at all, were used on the flowers, fruits, trees etc. that may end up in Essential oils in extremely small quantities. On the same token, there’s no such thing as organic beeswax. So it all comes down to what you’re willing to accept in your environment.

    • Rosy says:

      There are companies that sell organic essential oils. Mountain Rose Herbs is one of them. Very good quality and most of their oils come from organic farms. 🙂

  31. Emma says:

    I’m also interested to find out more about the toxicity of adding essential oils to beeswax candles. I was aiming to make as natural a candle as I can and like the idea of beeswax and coconut oil, but had hoped to add essential oils. Why would this make it toxic? And does this apply to every essential oil there is? If you have discovered any more reliable sources of information on this, please let me know. Thanks

    • JackieO says:

      Unfortunately I haven’t been able to find much in the way of concrete evidence about essential oils becoming toxic when you hirn them. I did, however, come across a small blurb that said “certain essential oils are very sensitive to heat and may become toxic when burned.” unfortunately it didn’t specify which ones!

  32. Jan Boyd says:

    I would like to make a perfume candle out of coconut wax that I can use as a perfume ,I was told you can burn it slowly an then just use as perfume on skin have u got a receipt thanku jan

  33. Veronique says:

    Hello. I was wondering how many hours your candles burned for? I’d like to make candles but I want some that last a long enough time. Great tutorial though. Thanks.

    • Brittany Merth says:

      I’m sorry, but I didn’t track the burn time! But I can’t remember them burning any faster or slower than other store-bought candles I’ve used.

  34. Caroline says:

    Hi! I just tried making 50/50 beeswax/coconut oil candles. I’m using a 4 oz canning jar, 2.5 inch diameter, #3 cotton square braided wick. The problems I’m having are the flame is high and “dances” alot but at the same time the wax is not burning all the way to the edges of the jar. There’s a few milimeters left around the edges. So I don’t know if I should go up to a #4 so all the wax melts but then won’t my flame be even larger? Or if I go down to a #2 for a smaller flame but then that doesn’t solve my wax burning along the edges issues. Would changing my beeswax coconut oil ratio help? Feeling confused! Thanks!

    • Brittany Merth says:

      Hi there! I’m not sure what to tell you since I used a #4 on a container with a 2.5 inch diameter opening and I did not have any issues. In fact, a 4 oz canning jar is very similar to the container I used. You could try a #4 to see how it works for you. I’m hesitant to recommend changing the coconut oil/beeswax ratio because 50/50 is the only ratio I’ve ever used, so I can’t speak to other recipes. How long is the wick? Perhaps try trimming the wick after everything cools and completely sets. If it’s too long, I could see it burning higher. Let us know!

      • Alicia says:

        I wonder if using a different wick would help – such as a hemp wick with a wax coating?

  35. Jackie says:

    Hi! A couple of comments about the comments. Yes, you can use olive oil to substitute for the coconut oil, but you would need to change up the ratio in order for your candle to remain relatively solid.
    2) You should never use essential oils to scent your candles, they become toxic when you burn them. Instead, try infusing your favorite smelling herb into the oil you plan to use for your candle!im currently infusing some coconut oil with eucalyptus so that I have some nice beeswax candles for cold and flu season! (While re-reading your comment I see that you wanted to use them for wax melts! I’m sure that’s fine, just don’t burn them :))
    3) Great guide! I’m working on my own beeswax candles and was just googling what oil/beeswax ratio I should use and stumbled across this post. Thank you!

    • Brittany Merth says:

      Hi Jackie! Thanks for your info on using olive oil. Regarding the oils, do you have a reliable source suggesting not to burn essential oils? I had read that but haven’t been able to find a source that isn’t another blog or a questionable news source (like the Daily Mail!). I’d be interested in knowing more about what people mean when they say “toxic.” Many toxic substances are harmless if taken in small doses…like table salt!

      • Jackie says:

        Unfortunately I don’t have a reputable source. 🙁
        I do, however, think that if they are toxic (even if harmless in small doses) it defeats the purpose of using essential oils in the first place, right?

  36. Drishti Shah says:

    I love your tutorial. I have a small query regarding the oil usage. Can one substitute the coconut oil with olive oil ? Will it affect the candle in any way ?

    • Brittany Merth says:

      Thank you! I’m not sure about using olive oil, though I’d probably avoid it because it doesn’t solidify at room temp like coconut oil does. That said, if you try it, let me know how it works!

  37. Shirley Gaines says:

    Lovely, and it looks work intensive. You explain this well. I also love your double boiler!

  38. Linda says:

    Hi Brittany,
    Can you also use these same ingredients and essential oils for scent to make
    wax tart melts?

  39. Joe says:

    Is a beeswax candle strong enough to make a family room smell like anything or is it so subtle it can’t? I bought one before and it just seemed like a candle with a flame! No smell whatsoever. Do you know if I can add a little bit of honey to the wax to help it smell more like honey? I read that on someone’s blog but wasn’t sure if that’d work.

    • Brittany Merth says:

      Hi! I don’t know whether or not you could add any honey to the mixture, but the candles I’ve made definitely do have a light scent. If you want a strong scent, you could always buy a honey-scented oil (here is one–a honeysuckle one).

      • leatrice says:

        Thanks for sharing ! Where would one buy a honey scented oil ? I want everything around me to smell of beeswax.

        • Brittany Merth says:

          I got some at Michael’s! But mine was a honey-almondish scent. There are also a bunch here on Amazon…looks like some are specifically made for candles.

  40. Georgia says:

    No one seems to talk about what effect coconut oil might have on the burn of a beeswax candle and I’d really like to know.

    Does it create sook/black smoke? Does it burn inferior in any way, or diminish the lovely qualities of beeswax?

    • Brittany Merth says:

      Great questions. I did not have any issues with soot or black smoke other than a bit when blowing out the wick, which I suppose is to be expected. I did find that the flame seemed a bit weaker than the flame on some other candles (for example, some of the Yankee Candles I used to have burned VERY strong and gave off black smoke occasionally). Unfortunately I’m not really sure how burning coconut oil might impact the beeswax–sorry!

  41. Dawn Mayo says:

    I love how coconut oil makes a fabulous blending agent when making candles. Many candle makers will add shortening to their candles to give the candles a creamier consistency and help them to adhere to their containers. Coconut oil; however, is a natural alternative to the shortening. It doesn’t quite result in the same creamy consistency as the shortening gives, but it makes a great natural additive to get a creamier soy candle.

    • Sherry Gandy says:

      Where’s the recipe? How much beeswax and coconut oil and etc…? I’m just now learning all this stuff

      • Brittany Goldwyn says:

        I used a 50/50 beeswax/coconut oil mix! The rest is laid out in detail in the post 😉

        • Leo says:

          Hello there!

          Can you say how many hours the candle last?
          I know the size change it, but just for me get an idea.


    • Brittany Merth says:

      Thanks for the tip, Dawn. I’m new to candle making, so I’m glad to hear that my shot in the dark with coconut oil was a wise decision.

  42. Drew says:

    I like that you added, “don’t catch your kitchen on fire” almost as a step in and of itself. I can’t wait to try this, thanks for posting!

  43. Ellie Spratt says:

    Hi, I have been trying to make Beeswax candles for months now and have tried everything to keep them from cracking and shrinking. I added Palm Oil Wax which helped with cracking but not really with shrinking away from mason jar. I heated the mason jars, covered them with towels to slow cooling process and still had shrinkage even though my house was almost 70 degrees. I just tried your coconut oil recipe, they are cooling as I write this. Will let you know. thanks! Ellie

    • Brittany Merth says:

      Ellie–yes, please do let me know! I didn’t have cracking with the first recipe I tried, but I did have trouble with an extremely weak flame due to a too-small wick and too-hard beeswax mixture. I softened the beeswax up with the coconut oil, which should also be a good solution for your cracking problem. I’ve already completely burned the candles I made for this post, and I was able to burn them down evenly. Good luck!

  44. Nancy says:

    Thank you for the great tutorial! Can you suggest any online sites for your beeswax, coconut oil and wicks?

    • Brittany Merth says:

      You are very welcome! I purchased the beeswax and wicks from Amazon. This is the beeswax I got, but you can get it at some health food stores as well. I saw some at Whole Foods the last time I was there. You could also get the wicks from Michaels or Jo-Ann, but I’m not sure what sizes they carry in stores. Finally, you can get coconut oil in most grocery stores now.

  45. Toni says:

    By way great blog!!! Thanx for sharing

  46. Toni says:

    My email is mirandacole1976@gmail if I can help anyone. I tried to include the website address to my comment but it wouldn’t allow that lol

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