THE SCIENCE BIT
Natural beeswax candles have the ability to clean the air whilst also filling it with a light honey fragrance. It’s healing powers are known to help relieve those who suffer with Asthma and Hay fever; have you ever seen a bee with allergies?
Most candles are made from paraffin wax, a by product of petroleum. When you set them alight they release the same toxins as diesel fuel into the air. Beeswax candles on the other hand are known to purify the air as they burn rather than poison it by releasing negative ions that neutralise the positively charged air pollutants.
Paraffin wax starts as the sludge at the bottom of the barrel of crude oil. Even asphalt is extracted before paraffin in the refining process and if that wasn’t enough in order to make the black sludge saleable it then undergoes a bleaching process where by it is treated with carcinogens such as benzene.
Most candles you see in the shops are beautifully coloured and fragranced but at a cost? Yep you’ve guessed it; chemists mix in toxic concoctions of colours and perfumes. The final result is an innocent looking and well marketed product which releases a cacophony of toxins; a selection of which are carcinogenic when burnt.
You will need:
- 2 clean, empty glass jars
- A candle wick or length of string dipped & coated in wax
- Enough beeswax to fill one of your jars 3/4 of the way full
- some tooth picks or wooden kebab skewers
To go up another level try adding ground spices and/or herbs for a change of fragrance and if you’re planning to gift your home made candle why not try decorating it with ribbons and sticky labels. The great thing about these candles is that you can literally turn all your left over scraps into treasured gold!
- Bring a pan of water to the boil-make sure the depth of the water is not more than half the height of your jar
- Choose one of your jars to be your melting pot. The left over wax is difficult to remove at the end of the process so, this jar will now become the vessel you will always use to melt your wax for all future candle making projects.
- Reduce the heat right the way down and put the wax into the jar and then the jar into your pan of water.
- Melt the wax in your bain-marie (the same way you would chocolate).*
- Use one of your tooth picks to stir the wax (and again make sure to reuse this stick every time to reduce the amount of waste you create).
- Have the other jar prepped and ready close by
- Once the wax is melted poor it into your second, empty jar
- place your wick into the wax, making sure the bottom of it sits all the way at the base of the jar.
- Use a couple more tooth picks to help keep your wick in place
- Leave to cool and solidify, do not be tempted to play with it as this will cause air bubbles and irregularities in the wax.
*note: I use beeswax sourced straight from our family bee hives, when ordering beeswax online look for wax that has been melted into beads as this will decrease your melting time.
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