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Make Beeswax & Coconut Oil Candles

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This post shares how to make beeswax and coconut oil candles. Making beeswax candles with coconut oil is an easy way to dip your feet in to candle making.

Make Beeswax & Coconut Oil Candles

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.”

How to Make Beeswax and Coconut Oil Candles

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.

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. It needs to be softened by mixing it with 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. I also didn’t use a thick-enough wick, so it only burned a hole down into the beeswax instead of burning down evenly. But the recipe outlined in this tutorial yielded a success 🙂

Before I Got Started…

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.

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A note about wicks: I used a cotton square-braided wick.

  • #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″

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

And here’s how to make Beeswax and Coconut Oil Candles!

(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: First I figured out how much of each ingredient I needed for my container. I am working with 8 ounces of beeswax and 8 ounces of coconut oil (8 ounces = 1 cup). The key is a 50/50 beeswax/coconut oil mixture and making sure there is room at the top of the jar so the wax doesn’t overflow when poured in.

How to Make Beeswax and Coconut Oil Candles

Step 2: 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).

Step 3: I measured the beeswax and coconut oil. The type of wax I used comes in 1-ounce blocks, so it’s very easy to measure. To speed up the melting time, I cut each block into chunks. Then I put the beeswax chunks and coconut oil into the disposable aluminum tin and set it aside.

Step 4: Next I filled my big pot with about 4 inches of water and brought the water to a boil.

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Step 5: 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. 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.

How to Make Beeswax and Coconut Oil Candles

Now it’s time to pour the actual candle…

Step 6: When it had melted, I dipped the wick to cover 75% of it with wax. 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.)

how to make beeswax and coconut oil candles

Step 7: I wrapped the white end of my wick around a pen or pencil with the straight, waxy end dipping down into the center of the candle container. Once the wick is 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 5 minutes; then, I stuck it in the fridge for an additional 5 minutes to ensure the wick stayed put while I poured the rest of the candle. This process looked something like this:

How to Make Beeswax and Coconut Oil Candles

Step 8: After the wax has solidified enough to allow the wick to stay put on its own, I was ready to finish 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.

And then I was done! I let my newly made candle rest for 24 hours. Then, I trimmed the wick and lit it. Isn’t it adorable? I just used an old Yankee Candle holder for this one.

How to Make Beeswax and Coconut Oil Candles

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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.


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


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!


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?


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 ;)


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.


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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