How to make non toxic scented crayons from beeswax

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Teaching you a simple method on how to make non toxic scented crayons from beeswax and why you should never buy cheap crayons again!

All natural color and essential oil scented beeswax crayons are a fun craft project that you will feel great about. You may be shocked to find out why you should never buy cheap crayons for your kids again! And wait until you see how easy it is to make some natural at home. Here's How to make essential oil scented beeswax crayons at home.

photo of natural beeswax crayons and essential oil bottles

A former version of myself always thought I was doing myself a favor when picking up the cheapest possible item on the shelf for my kids. $1 crayons from the dollar store would've been a no brainer. They will end up peeled, broken, and on the floor after a few uses. And after all, they're just crayons, right? Well actually, yes - but there's good reason to avoid certain kinds and to make your own all natural homemade beeswax crayons.

My muse for making aromatherapy beeswax crayons at home

Recently my daughter received a large art set in an enormous plastic box with endless stamps, stickers, and what must've included the world's worst quality crayons. For the first time, I noticed the obvious difference in quality from larger brand crayons to these really inexpensive ones. Seeing the difference sparked my curiosity, and I decided to read into the manufacturing process a bit. And as it turns out, buying really cheap crayons is a really bad idea.

Why make aromatherapy crayons?

My kids really really love scented markers! I figured if I was going to make safe, non toxic beeswax crayons I might as well use our essential oils to give them a beautiful all natural scent! I much prefer a cinnamon, orange, or lime scented crayon vs bubblegum or grape or something. So much nicer, don't you think?

The hard truth

A recent 2018 study shows shocking details about toxic contents found in common school products. Crayons, water bottles, washable markers, and three-ring binders were tested.

"* Crayons. We tested six types of crayons for asbestos and one tested positive for tremolite: Playskool crayons (36 count) that we purchased at Dollar Tree. We tested the green color crayon. Asbestos is a known carcinogen and can lead to serious health conditions, including lung cancer and mesothelioma."

Asbestos. In crayons!?! Asbestos is a by-product of talc production, which is a common ingredient in many cosmetic and general household goods. You may remember On 12 July 2018, a Missouri jury ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay a record $4.69 billion to 22 women who alleged the company's talc-based products, including its baby powder, contain asbestos and caused them to develop ovarian cancer.

Obviously, asbestos is not intentionally added to crayons or household items. However when items are formulated without eliminating toxic chemicals from the product, sadly they end up in our children's hands.

Studies done in 2000 showed 32 different types of crayons from miscellaneous brands used to contain more than trace amounts of asbestos, and eight others contained trace amounts. In spite of that Crayola agreed to stop using talc in their products, and changed their formulas within the United States. However, when you're buying really cheap off-brand crayons, they are likely not manufactured in the United States.

How we fix it

After reading these studies, I can't willingly put money in to support these manufacturers, with the exception of Crayola if I ever need to buy crayons. They willingly changed their formula because it was the right thing to do! Even though it was not required.

To be honest, I love to make any supplies we can at home with natural materials. I had already planned to try homemade crayons long before I discovered this shocking truth about crayons. Beeswax is without a doubt my favorite tool to work with, thanks to its incredible properties and versatility.

Both of my children love to color. At the rate my daughter is going, she may even have a bright artistic future. Her favorite thing to do in the world is to illustrate stories. She got involved with helping me create these crayons and I encourage you to get your kids involved in making them too. She even made some rainbow crayons by melting multiple colors together, which are our favorite of the bunch!

These all-natural homemade beeswax crayons were made from white beeswax and cocoa butter, and miscellaneous dried fruits, spices, oils and teas in our house to make powder and color.

 

How we scented and colored our aromatherapy beeswax crayons at home

Red: Beet root powder + freeze dried raspberries

Blue: Dried elderberry + freeze dried blueberries

Green: Matcha green tea

Yellow: Ground tumeric root

If the ingredient were not already in powder form, I simply put them in our food processor and processed until they were powder (I did this for the freeze dried fruits and elderberry) the tea, ground tumeric and beet root were already powder when I purchased them.

Essential oils used in aromatherapy beeswax crayons at home

The essential oils will be well diluted with the beeswax and other ingredients, so I do not worry about little hands touching them and coloring with them. I tried to use essential oils of plants that were the same color of the crayon.

Materials for non toxic scented crayons from beeswax

  • Sustainable carnauba wax 6 tablespoons
  • White beeswax ¾ cup
  • Cocoa butter 2 tablespoons
  • Earth pigments of choice 2-3 tablespoons for each color
  • Old or thirfted saucepan, specific to crayon / wax crafting
  • Reusable glass jars, specific to crayon / wax crafting
  • Biodegradable spoons or spoons dedicated to crayon / wax crafting
  • Crayon mold (any mold will work!)

How to make non toxic scented crayons from beeswax

  1. Prepare your glass jars with the pigments you plan to use. I started with one tablespoon of each and added more if desired after adding wax. We made four colors, so we had four glass jars
  2. Melt your carnauba wax in your double boiler
  3. Once completely melted, add beeswax and carnauba
  4. Once all of your waxes are melted, pour your wax into your glass jars with pigment.
  5. Working quickly, stir your wax mixture + pigments until combined
  6. Add in your essential oil of choice
  7. Pour your wax into your mold
  8. Repeat with each additional pigment color
  9. Allow the crayons to sit and harden for several hours until they are cool to the touch.
crayons

How to make aromatherapy beeswax crayons at home

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

All natural color and essential oil scented beeswax crayons are a fun craft project that you will feel great about. We used herbs and flowers to create their natural hues, and essential oils for their natural scent. You may be shocked to find out why you should never buy cheap crayons for your kids again! And wait until you see how easy it is to make some natural at home. Here's How to make aromatherapy beeswax crayons at home.

Materials

  • Sustainable carnauba wax 6 tablespoons
  • White beeswax ¾ cup 
  • Cocoa butter 2 tablespoons
  • Natural colorants of choice 2-3 tablespoons for each color

Tools

  • Old or thirfted saucepan, specific to crayon / wax crafting
  • Reusable glass jars, specific to crayon / wax crafting
  • Biodegradable spoons or spoons dedicated to crayon / wax crafting
  • Crayon mold (any mold will work!)
  • Essential oils of choice

Instructions

    Prepare your glass jars with the pigments you plan to use. I started with one tablespoon of each and added more if desired after adding wax. We made four colors, so we had four glass jars
    Melt your carnauba wax in your double boiler
    Once completely melted, add beeswax and carnauba
    Once all of your waxes are melted, pour your wax into your glass jars with pigment. 
    Working quickly, stir your wax mixture + pigments until combined

    Add in your essential oils of choice
    Pour your wax into your mold
    Repeat with each additional pigment color
    Allow the crayons to sit and harden for several hours until they are cool to the touch.

Notes

Add some essential oils if you'd like for scented crayons!

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About SARAH

Sarah is the creator of frolic & fare, a home, recipe and garden blog filled with romanticized projects to add beauty to the everyday. 
Sarah is a sleep researcher, aromatherapist and herbalist who loves to create botanical and herbal infused recipes for simple, seasonal living.