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Beeswax and Coconut Oil Candles Recipe

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This post 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 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:

  • 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

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.

Beeswax and Coconut Oil Candles recipe

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 post about 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.)

How to Make Beeswax and Coconut Oil Candles
How to Make Beeswax and Coconut Oil Candles

Beeswax and Coconut Oil Candles Recipe

Beeswax and Coconut Oil Candles recipe

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!

Materials

  • 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

Instructions

  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.

Notes

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.

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Fuchia

Sunday 10th of September 2017

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

Tuesday 5th of December 2017

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

Maggie

Friday 11th of August 2017

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

Fuchia

Wednesday 21st of June 2017

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?

Ondine

Friday 28th of April 2017

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

Desiree

Saturday 7th of January 2017

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

Tuesday 5th of December 2017

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

Saturday 7th of January 2017

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

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