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How to Make Beeswax Candles with Essential Oils: Forest Scents

This tutorial is an excerpt from our December issue of AromaCulture Magazine. To purchase the full issue, CLICK HERE.

Pure beeswax candles are one of my absolute favorite air purifiers. They lend a cozy glow and a sweet smell to the atmosphere, but are also known for their ability to release negative ions into the air, improving air quality and lending an uplifting, sunny gleam to a space.  Their energy is pure sunshine and honeybee. Candles made of pure beeswax are also free from the chemicals and toxins found in conventional candles and burn much cleaner than do other waxes. The high melting point of beeswax helps the candles last longer as well.

I make fresh beeswax candles each year. Most of the time, I don’t scent them at all. I really enjoy the aroma of the pure beeswax on its own and don’t find that they need any additional fragrance. Once in awhile, though, I do add some of my favorite essential oils in. Who can resist a beautiful, divine-smelling candle? They make lovely, thoughtful gifts for candle lovers – perfect for this season.


  1. Purchase your beeswax from a local beekeeper who raises their bees organically and truly loves beekeeping. You’ll find the energy of the beeswax to be much more vibrant and you’ll be supporting healthy honeybees. Commercialized beeswax is often unsustainably harvested and we need to be conscious of our sourcing. By supporting small scale beekeepers, you’re helping them to build and establish healthy hives that can produce more healthy honeybees!
  2. Use a crockpot. Beeswax is slow melting and when you heat it on the stove, you have to keep a pretty close eye on it, which means you could be sitting in the kitchen for a long time. I fill my crockpot with a few inches of water, place my giant Pyrex glass measuring jar inside and fill it up with my beeswax bars. Set the crockpot to high for 4-6 hours and leave it to melt. Don’t put the lid on the crockpot or you’ll end up with water in your wax and air bubbles in your candles that cause them to burn unevenly. Once the wax is melted, use a potholder to pull your jar out of the crockpot, wipe the bottom dry and pour your wax into your prepared jars. I use organic cotton, beeswax-coated wicks for my candles and they work beautifully.


To 4 ounces of melted beeswax, add the following essential oils:

  • 25 drops of Atlas Cedar (Cedrus atlantica)
  • 25 drops of Douglas Fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii)
  • 15 drops of Juniper Berry (Juniperus communis)
  • 15 drops of Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens)


To 4 ounces of melted beeswax, add the following essential oils:

  • 25 drops of Norway Pine (Pinus resinosa)
  • 25 drops of Frankincense (Boswellia carterii)
  • 15 drops of Black Spruce (Picea mariana)
  • 10 drops of Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
  • 5 drops of Sweet Orange (Citrus sinensis)

High quality essential oils can be purchased from reputable companies here and here.

Much love,

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Erin Stewart is an herbalist, NAHA certified aromatherapist, organic gardener and urban homesteader. She grows over 150 kinds of aromatic and medicinal plants for her own apothecary and distills essential oils and hydrosols in her PNW garden. Erin is the founder of Floranella and of AromaCulture’s herbalism + aromatherapy magazine.

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2 thoughts on “How to Make Beeswax Candles with Essential Oils: Forest Scents”

  1. The wick looks entirely too tiny to burn beeswax properly. Did you get a good burn? Mine are tunneling down the middle.

    1. Erin Stewart

      It sounds like you either need to use a larger wick or add one or two extra wicks. You could melt down your candle in a water bath in the crockpot and pour the wax into a new jar with 2 or 3 wicks to see if that helps. =)

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