This was my first beeswax candle making experience. I used an 8oz square mason jar, CD 18 wick, wick sticker to keep the wick stuck to the bottom of the jar, and 8oz of yellow beeswax that I bought from Candlewic.com.
The beeswax was heated to about 180 I believe (I didn’t write everything down, sorry!), and was poured at 150 degrees F. I didn’t use any fragrance oil or dye this time. According to some candle makers, beeswax works best with essential oils over fragrance oils. I’m not really sure if essential oils will even work that well. Straight essential oils don’t work very well in pretty much any candle, but I will give it a try and see how it goes with both EO (essential oils) and FO (fragrance oils)
Essential oils are expensive to use for candle making, with a few exceptions. The aromatherapy benefits get burned off, so there really isn’t any more benefit to using essential oils in candles.
As you can see in the video, the first burn didn’t get a full melt pool (should be around 1/4 inch deep). It did, however, burn to the edge of the jar. The wick was also mushrooming quite a bit and flame was too high the first time around. I did get a couple more burn sessions in after that, but it definitely needs a larger wick. I think I will try the CD 20 wick next time.
First Beeswax Candle Making Wick Test
Below is a short clip of my first beeswax candle making, I think my 4th burn. I haven’t burned it for awhile with the busy holiday season and other stuff I’ve had going on. This is at 3 hours burn time.
One thing I do love about the beeswax is the light sweet scent that I can smell while it’s burning! I also love that you can make rolled pillar candles with it. It’ll be fun testing that out!