Project 1 : Natural Beeswax Candle

Off to a fantastic start! 5pm, better late than never.

I began my project as the sun was setting today. This past weekend, I picked up a block of natural beeswax from the Rochester Public Market. Tonight I found out how easy it is to make candles.



I've been thinking about making my own candles for awhile now. I really enjoy burning them, but I've always been wary of certain ones. Are they ridden with chemicals? Are they dangerous to the earth? Are there natural alternatives? In researching the candle-making with my hunk of beeswax I found out some really amazing facts. I'm now convinced beeswax is the way to go.


Beeswax is a 100% natural fuel made by our friends the honeybees.
Beeswax candles are naturally scented by the honey and nectar of flowers.
Beeswax candles naturally emit negative ions, cleaning the air and invigorating the body.

Beeswax burns cleaner and longer than paraffin or soy.
Paraffin is a byproduct of petroleum, and burning paraffin candles emits toxins and carcinogens in your air.
Although soy is a healthy alternative to paraffin, the truth is that soy has a very dirty carbon footprint. Soy is one of the most heavily sprayed crops with chemical pesticides. It’s one of the main causes of deforestation in the amazon and is almost always genetically modified.
Beeswax is a natural and renewable resource.

Quoted from this amazing etsy shop 


To make my candle, I placed the hunk of beeswax a tin can in a pot of simmering water. I waited for it to melt, dunked a strand of hemp for a wick, and poured the wax into a jar.



And what better/more adorable than a doily to hold the wick in place while the wax dried? Nothing. That's what.



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