Summertime means more time spent outdoors, which also means mosquito bites. Candles are a great way to fight off mosquitoes without using harsh chemicals. Beeswax candles emit a pleasant scent and help repel mosquitoes. In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to make beeswax citronella candles. They’re easy to make and keep the bugs away all summer! Keep reading to learn how.
What Causes Beeswax to Smell?
Beeswax candles are made from bees’ wax to build their hives. The bees, from their abdominal glands, secrete this wax. Once the wax is secreted, it’s chewed and molded by the bees to build their honeycombs. As a result, beeswax has a natural, sweet scent that is caused by the bees’ diet of nectar and pollen. The scent of beeswax candles is usually described as being honey-like or citrusy.
Another reason why beeswax candles smell so good is that they’re made with essential oils. Essential oils are concentrated forms of a plant’s scent. They’re often used in aromatherapy to promote relaxation or stress relief. When added to beeswax candles, essential oils can make the candles smell even better.
Additionally, essential oils can help repel mosquitoes. Lastly, beeswax candles are made with a wick. The wick is usually made of cotton or another natural fiber. When the candle is lit, the heat from the flame vaporizes the beeswax. This vapor is then drawn up the wick, where it’s extinguished, leaving behind a pleasant scent.
Why Should I Make Citronella Candles?
Citronella candles are made with citronella oil, which is an essential oil derived from the citronella plant. Citronella oil has a strong, citrusy scent that is known to repel mosquitoes. When used in candles, citronella oil can help keep mosquitoes away from your outdoor gatherings.
Citronella candles are a great natural alternative to chemical-based mosquito repellents. Another advantage of citronella candles is that they can be used indoors or outdoors. They’re perfect for picnics, barbecues, and other outdoor events.
Additionally, citronella candles make great gifts for summer birthdays and weddings. Finally, citronella candles are relatively easy to make. You can make your own citronella candles at home with a few simple ingredients and some basic supplies.
Step by Step How to Make Beeswax Citronella Candles:
1. Gather Supplies
The first step is to gather your supplies. You’ll need the following:
- Citronella oil
- A double boiler
- Pourable measuring cup
- Candle wicks
- Wick holders or clips
- Mason jars or another type of container
Gather all of your supplies before you begin. This will make the candle-making process go more smoothly. You can use a pot and a heat-safe bowl if you don’t have a double boiler. Try to find beeswax that is in pellets, blocks, or flakes. This will make it easier to measure and melt.
2. Prepare Your Work Area
Next, prepare your work area. Clear off a large surface that you can use for melting the beeswax and pouring the candles. It’s also good to lay down some newspaper or a drop cloth. This will help protect your surface in case of any spills. If you’re using a double boiler, fill the bottom pot with water and set it on the stove.
3. Measure the Beeswax
Now it’s time to measure the beeswax. You’ll need 1 cup of beeswax for every two citronella candles that you want to make. So, if you want to make four candles, you’ll need 2 cups of beeswax. Try to use a pourable measuring cup to make it easier. Avoid using metal cups, as beeswax may stick to them.
4. Cut Beeswax (if Necessary)
If your beeswax is in large blocks or flakes, you’ll need to cut it into small pieces. This will help it melt faster and more evenly. You can use a sharp knife or scissors to do this. First, cut the beeswax into smaller blocks or flakes. Then, cut these smaller pieces into even smaller chunks. If your beeswax is in pellets, there’s no need to cut it. Avoid cutting yourself when handling beeswax.
5. Melt Beeswax
Now it’s time to melt the beeswax. This is where the double boiler comes in. If you don’t have a double boiler, you can make one by setting a heat-safe bowl on top of a pot. The bowl should fit snugly on the pot. Fill the bottom pot with water and set it on the stove.
Place the beeswax in the top pot or bowl. Turn the heat to medium and wait for the beeswax to melt. Stir occasionally with a wooden spoon. Please do not leave the beeswax unattended while it’s melting. Melted beeswax can reach high temperatures and may cause burns.
6. Add Citronella Oil
Once the beeswax has melted, it’s time to add the citronella oil. This is because citronella oil has a lower boiling point than beeswax. You’ll need one teaspoon of citronella oil for every two candles that you’re making. So, if you’re making four candles, you’ll need two teaspoons of citronella oil. Stir the mixture until the oil is fully incorporated. Avoid using metal utensils, as citronella oil may stick to them.
7. Pour Wax Into Candle Molds
Now it’s time to pour the wax into your candle molds. If you’re using mason jars, ensure they’re clean and dry. First, place the wicks in the jars. Then, use the clips or holders to keep the wicks in place. Next, slowly pour the wax into the jars, being careful not to spill. Fill the jars to just below the rim. Avoid pouring the wax too quickly, as this may cause air bubbles.
8. Let Candles Cool and Harden
Now it’s time to let the candles cool and harden. This is because citronella candles need to be cooled slowly to prevent them from cracking. Set the jars on a flat surface and let them sit until the wax is completely hard. This can take a few hours.
9. Remove Candles From Molds
Once the wax is hard, you can remove the candles from their molds. Gently twist the jars until the candles release. If they’re stuck, you can run a knife around the edge of the candle. Be careful not to cut yourself. Avoid pulling on the wicks, as this may cause them to break.
10. Trim Wick and Enjoy!
Now that your candles are out of their molds, it’s time to trim the wicks. Use scissors or a knife to trim the wicks to about ¼ inch. First, light the candles and let them burn for a few hours. This will help the candles form a memory pool. Once the memory pool is formed, extinguish the candles and trim the wicks. Be careful not to cut yourself. Once the wicks are trimmed, your candles are ready to use! Light them and enjoy the outdoors without worrying about mosquito bites!
Tips and Warnings on How to Make Beeswax Citronella Candles
- For a stronger smell, grate fresh beeswax into your melted wax.
- Add a drop or two of essential oil to your mixture for extra fragrance.
- If you’re using a mold, make sure it’s clean and dry before pouring in the wax.
- To avoid air bubbles, pour the wax slowly and evenly into the mold.
- Place your candle in the fridge or freezer for a few minutes to help it set quickly.
- Beeswax can be flammable, so be careful when melting it.
- Don’t leave your candle unattended while it’s burning.
- Never put a lit candle near anything that can catch fire.
- Keep your candle out of reach of children and pets.
- Don’t burn your candle for more than 4 hours at a time.
How Much Does It Cost to Make Beeswax Candles?
The cost of making beeswax candles depends on the price of beeswax. Beeswax can be expensive, so the cost of making beeswax candles can add up quickly. However, if you can find beeswax on sale, the cost of making beeswax candles can be quite reasonable. Normally, a pound of beeswax costs around $30. This means that each candle would cost about $1.50 to make. If you’re using essential oils, the cost of making beeswax candles can increase. However, essential oils are not necessary to make beeswax candles.
Are Bugs Attracted to Beeswax?
Beeswax is a natural product, so it’s not surprising that bugs are attracted to it. However, beeswax candles are effective at repelling bugs. This is because the citronella oil in the candles repels bugs. So, if you’re looking for a natural way to keep bugs away, beeswax candles are a great option.
So there you have it! Now you know how to make beeswax citronella candles. These candles are easy to make and are a great way to keep bugs away. Follow the tips and warnings above, and you’ll be able to enjoy your candles without any problems. You’ll be a pro at making beeswax candles with a little practice!