This cinnamon candle recipe with beeswax makes the perfect ambience for the fall holiday season. It also makes a great craft to do with kids which can then later be turned into a gift for grandparents.
I started making candles this year when I realized that it’s basically the same price to buy a candle from the store and make one. With a DIY candle however, I get the added benefit of controlling the ingredients I will later be igniting in the air I breathe. You can buy candle ingredients in bulk and make different seasonally-appropriate scents using essential oils.
Many store-bought candles use petroleum-based paraffin and synthetic fragrances. When burned, these can contribute to poor indoor air quality. (source) It’s economical and better for your health to make candles at home.
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Cinnamon Candle Recipe from Beeswax
The easiest way to make candles is by using a pyrex glass measuring cup. I started by using a double boiler and quickly found out that beeswax hardens as soon as it’s removed from heat. You need a spout to pour the melted wax accurately so it makes sense to melt it in the measuring cup.
For this recipe I used a 12 oz mason jar. You can use any size jar you have on hand. I recommend filling your glass jar with water and then pouring the water in the measuring cup if you don’t know the volume.
I use a ratio of 2/3 beeswax to 1/3 coconut oil for candle making. The coconut oil helps the candle burn more slowly.
You will need to add 20% more ingredients than what you measured to account for the airspace between the beeswax pellets. So for my 12 oz mason jar I actually melted about 10 oz of beeswax and 5 oz of coconut oil. Doing the math for your particular sized jar will help ensure you fill up your mason jar but not waste.
Fill up a pot a third of the way with water and turn the burner on medium. Place the pyrex measuring cup in the water with the handle outside the pot so it doesn’t get too hot as shown above.
Add the beeswax and coconut oil in a 2/3 to 1/3 ratio, respectively. It doesn’t have to be a perfect measurement. Your candle will turn out great either way!
Allow the wax to melt by keeping it in the boiling water for about 15 minutes stirring occasionally.
While you area waiting for the wax to melt, prepare the wood wick by attaching the metal base.
It is important to ensure the wood wick is in the center of the jar so that your candle will burn evenly.
After you add the oils the wax will harden up where the drops hit, just leave it in the double boiler for another minute and stir to melt and combine.
Pour the wax in the jar as soon as it is fully melted. The beeswax will immediately try to harden as soon as it hits a cool surface which is why I found it helpful to just melt in a measuring cup with a spout so the glass stays warm after it is removed from the boiling water.
The first time I made this recipe, I didn’t add the extra 20% ingredients and this happened.
Allow the candle to harden for about 20 minutes so you don’t displace the wick and then trim the wood wick with scissors so that it is 1/4 inch above the wax line.
What I love about this cinnamon candle recipe is that it burns slow and the scent is subtle. I am not a huge fan of overwhelming smells.
I chose a narrow, tall mason jar so that the beeswax candle will burn evenly and slow.
This candle’s wick was slightly off center but it has been burning for 2 hours in this picture and barely made a dent.