Beeswax candles in a pressed flower jar for a cottagecore gift

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Have you ever tried your own candles? If not, you're in for a surprise when you find out how simple they are to make! This recipe and tutorial for a beeswax candle in a homemade pressed flower jar is the ultimate cottagecore gift.

These natural beeswax candles in our home are an instant mood booster. These pretty lit homemade candles and their soothing scent inhibit the feelings of relaxation that I crave when it's cold outside or just a hectic day.

The calming atmosphere they create is perfect for any situation; whether you're reading something before bedtime to make sure your mind slows down from all its racing thoughts or looking at them while sipping on tea if you feel like there isn't time enough to stop and enjoy life! They are so pretty and simple to make that you will love giving them as a gift.

 

A year ago, I decided to break up with most candles. With two little ones in our home and a new baby boy, I don’t think lighting those candles would have been a healthy choice. Which brings me to now. A soap making, shea butter slinging, lip balm designing mama, who laughed with my hubby last night as we stood over the stove making our own candles. “How did we turn into these crunchy people?”It took me months to dive in and make these amazing beeswax candles. I figured:

  • it must be impossibly hard since beeswax candles are so hard to come by
  • they wouldn’t burn properly, evenly. Somehow they would be failures, and I’d have wax everywhere for no reason.

However, I was totally wrong, and it was mess-free, took minutes, and the outcome was and beautiful—a true pleasure to burn. I actually probably never need to rebuy another candle; between this brand new candle making skill ( and we can’t ignore my newish love for diffusing scents ), who needs “winter” candles? Not this lady.

The dangers of burning traditional store bought scented candles:

I know, I know. You don’t want to give up your candles and don’t want to hear it. I was SO there. But there are several concerning ingredients in candles that made them toxic. Artificial fragrance added to candles are toxic.

Phthalates are a major cause of many problems, including reduced sperm count and cancer. There have even been some studies linking fetal exposure to autism or other neurological disorders such as ADHD.

Phthalates in artificial fragrance can affect the delicate endocrine system and reduce sperm count; they've also been linked to cancers among people who use them on themselves too often! Not only that, but there's evidence suggesting children exposed during their mother’s pregnancy could be at risk for developing illnesses like attention deficit disorder (ADHD) or developmental disabilities later in life. Source.

When I read about these dangers of fragrance I could never bring myself to buy another product that had fragrance again.

I really used to love a special fragrant candle called “winter,” a pine, clementine, and clove combination. To me, the scent was Christmas, all wrapped up in three little wicks. Now, of course, I know I can get the same winter scents I love by diffusing essential oils or making a candle instead. Head this page to learn more about the essential oils we use.

Don't be mislead by misleading marketing in "aromatherapy" candles. Just look at the ingredients online. They are extremely toxic.

 



Why do people avoid paraffin wax candles?

90% of the candles you find on the market are paraffin. Paraffin wax is cheap, keeping candle costs low to the average consumer. But, as usual, cheap and poor quality may come at a cost to our bodies and our surroundings. First and foremost, I want to be very clear; not all paraffin is bad or toxic. Some can even be food grade. However, the process of refining paraffin can be so toxic; you would immediately stop purchasing them if you could only understand how bad they can be to the quality of the air you’re inhaling, potentially polluting in your home.

It is my understanding that a regular candle (one made from paraffin wax) made from a reputable small-batch creator – from within the US would most likely be using good quality paraffin, along with a quality wick in their candles. However, if you’re purchasing from offshore manufactures, they may be using crude paraffin to create candles. These types are toxic may still contain up to 11 toxic compounds and chemicals.

To prevent “fear-mongering” and misinformation, paraffin can be very safe. Please don’t boycott your local candle maker who is doing all of the right things. The problem arises when you’re purchasing from a large wholesale distributor, and the source of the candle is unknown. How do you know what quality it is? It’s something I would rather avoid. I like to keep things as natural as possible when there’s a possibility to do so. And regardless of who’s making them, paraffin candles should be avoided by those with allergies or asthma.

 


 

 

 

Why do people avoid soy candles?

Soy is a trendy “healthy” alternative to paraffin candles right now. However, despite being trendy, we would opt to avoid soy candles in our home. Soy is terrible for our environment due to deforestation to grow soy to feed livestock animals. Growing soy has been known to cause soil erosion and reduce water availability. Soy candles are likely to be made from genetically modified soy crops typically sprayed with toxic pesticides. Lastly, to be labeled as a pure soy candle, it only has to be 50% soy. The rest would be paraffin. I would actually prefer to burn a paraffin candle than soy!

Sources:

The Growth of soy and impacts.

Habitat loss in Brazil

 

Why should you choose a beeswax candle?

Beeswax is environmentally friendly and safe. Beeswax burns clean, and the wax is natural and biodegradable. These candles are actually considered good for the environment by naturally cleaning and purifying the air. It naturally has a nice scent and as unrefined as they came. It also burns much longer than paraffin or soy! Long-lasting, natural, earth-friendly is my preferred choice. I also had a challenging time finding a candle that is both made from beeswax and fragrance-free. When I say fragrance, I refer to artificial fragrance, which is 99% of the time added to candles. I used this beeswax.

Why should I make my own candles at home?

There are no regulations on disclosing candle ingredients. Candles labeled as “beeswax” may actually contain as little as 5% beeswax. Unless a product is labeled “100% pure beeswax candles”, it would be avoided in these parts.

What about the wick?

The lead was once regularly added to candle wicks to help them stand up straighter and the candle burning better. Obviously, burning lead will lead to health issues if vaporized into the air and inhaled. Fortunately, CPSC Banned Candles With Lead-Cored Wicks in the USA years ago. However, if you’re unsure of the origin of your candle, how do you know for sure? You should definitely look for cotton wicks, like these. In this photo, I used wooden wicks. However, they did not burn with the beeswax as well, and now I always recommend cotton wicks for beeswax.

How should I add my natural cinnamon fragrance to my homemade DIY beeswax candle in a floral glass jar?

Naturally, of course! After eliminating all artificial fragrances from our home in the last year, I can honestly say I can not stand the smell of “regular” store-bought candles anymore. On a whim, I decided to try to buy a beautiful candle from anthropology (for a mere $100 – sorry, Patrick!) that I literally had to give away. I would recommend quality essential oils (1 ml for every 1 oz) if you want many scents to emit from your candle. In this candle, I used real ground cinnamon spice and cinnamon essential oil. Both are optional, as beeswax naturally has a beautiful scent.

What do I need?

What you’ll need to make your own candles are:

  1. A tempered glass jar, we used a recycled one
  2. Beeswax pellets
  3. Organic cotton wick, wick stabilizer, wick stickers
  4. Pour pot
  5. Dried press flowers

(I used this affordable kit, which included 3+4 – the cotton wicks, stabilizer, stickers, and pour pot)

Normally, we press our own flowers. But if you are crunched for time and want to make these a gift, you can use them.

 

Optional:

Essential oils but NOT fragrance oils and cinnamon.

Instructions: 

  • Prepare your jar by placing your dried flowers in place in the jar. You can achieve this by melting a small amount of wax and painting it onto your flower's front to act as glue. Quickly press the flower into a place where you would like it on your jar. Be careful as pressed flowers are delicate.

 

  • If you have one, place your double-sided sticker on the bottom, securing your wick to the base of your jar, the stabilizer holding your wick in place, and plenty of wick at the top (do not cut yet) if you do not have one, use a clothespin to secure your wick on top of the jar. It needs to stand upright and still while your wax dries to prevent air bubbles.

 

  • Pour your beeswax into your pour pot. To determine how much you need, add the exact amount of beeswax pellets your glass jar will hold, plus ⅓ that amount.

 

  • Melt your beeswax entirely.

 

  • Once melted, turn off your heat and add 25 drops of your essential oil and one tablespoon of ground cinnamon for every 1 oz of wax. Stir gently.

 

  • Quickly pour the beeswax into your jar.

 

  • Wax will start to solidify at room temperature. Allow it to solidify completely before use.

 

  • Trim wick to the desired length.

 

Can you believe it's really that simple to make your own homemade beeswax candle in a floral glass jar? I couldn't either.

If you're ready to try some other candle recipes, check out these posts and pin for later!

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If you make this recipe, be sure to let me know in the comments, or share and tag me on Instagram at #recipesandrituals so I can share your beautiful creation.

With love,

Sarah