How To Make Beeswax Candles In Your Slow Cooker

With this simple DIY project, you can ditch the synthetic fragrances for good.

January 4, 2017
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Kris Rile

I am a huge candle lover—that ambiance and aroma just can’t be matched. But the idea of spending $15 for something synthetically scented that’s been found to release dangerous chemicals into my home is less than appealing—even if it does smell like fresh apple pie.  

But, as luck would have it, the blog Hello Glow recently explained how to make DIY candles free of synthetic fragrances and petroleum-derived paraffin wax—both of which have been found to emit chemicals linked to cancer when burned. Instead, the recipe features natural beeswax and essential oils, and can be made right in a slow cooker—no stove required. Meaning, even the most uncoordinated individuals, like myself, can (supposedly) make these.

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But, I wondered, can it really be done? And without wreaking havoc on my kitchen?

Here's how it went when I gave it a whirl.

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Step 1: Gather Your Supplies

2 pounds of beeswax, chopped or broken into small pieces
3 four-ounce mason jars
3 candlewicks
Essential oils

If you plan on making more than a few candles or would like to use larger jars, I would recommend doubling—or even tripling—the amount of beeswax. If you are struggling to break up the beeswax to fill the jars, try putting it in the freezer overnight and hitting it with a hammer to shatter the block (just make sure to keep the beeswax in a bag so it’s easy to collect the pieces). 

Related: 5 Nontoxic Air Fresheners You Can Make Yourself

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Step 2: Melt Your Beeswax

Take the broken beeswax pieces and fill each jar to the top, then place them in the slow cooker—set on high. Pour boiling water into the cooker around the jars until it reaches halfway up the sides. Put the lid on your slow cooker and set a timer for 90 minutes. 

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Step 3: Then Melt A Little More

After about 90 minutes, the wax will have melted down, filling only about half of each jar. You can add more beeswax to increase the volume, then replace the lid and set your timer for 45 minutes. 

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Step 4: Place Your Wicks And Add A Scent

Once all of the wax has melted, carefully remove the jars and let them sit at room temperature for 10 minutes. Once the wax begins to cool, add your candlewicks (be sure to tie the wicks to a steady weight to keep them upright during cooling—I chose pens) and a few drops of your favorite essential oils. I picked lavender to help with stress relief (check out these 7 cool things we never knew lavender could do), along with focus-enhancing peppermint and eucalyptus. Do a little research and choose essential oils that best fit your needs and lifestyle. (Here are 5 essential oils that can ease anxiety and 3 essential oils that can ease allergies).

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Step 5: Cool And Decorate

Let the candles cool for several hours before trimming the wicks. You can now decorate your newly created masterpieces however you wish—grab some herbs, dried flowers, or ribbon, and get creative!

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