Did you know that the vast majority of mainstream candles are mostly made from petroleum-based paraffin? Studies show that when burned, these candles release unwanted chemical pollutants into the air including benzene and toluene, which have been shown to cause damage to the brain, lungs and central nervous system.

The synthetic fragrances often used in these candles are chemical minefields (remember companies don’t need to tell you what ingredients make up their fragrances, which may include phthalates – classified as ‘suspected human carcinogens’ and notorious gender-benders) and may contribute to asthma and allergies. And then there are the wicks. Lighting lead core wicks may result in indoor air concentrations of lead higher than the recommended threshold.

So here is a crazy-simple candle recipe for Beeswax Candles. If you want to burn candles for ambience, this recipe is for you!! While beeswax pellets omit a very gentle, gorgeous honey aroma, in order to get a more potent scent, I recommend running an essential oil diffuser at the same time.

Beeswax Candles

Makes: enough for 1 candle Prep time: < 10 min.


20-50g beeswax pellets (depending on the size of your tea light)

1 cotton wick (organic if possible)

1 tea light holder


1. Place cotton wick into tea light holder.

2. Sprinkle beeswax gently into tea light holder until only approximately 1 centimetre of the wick is visible.

To Use

Light the wick and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

The size of the wick will determine the burning time.

I do not recommend adding essential oils to the beeswax mainly because you won’t notice the smell and will, therefore, waste your precious oils.

Don’t leave candles burning unattended.

Krissy Ballinger

Krissy Ballinger

Author and Advocate for natural living

Krissy wants to see a world where people make conscious, educated decisions that honour both humans and habitat. With a background in education and health promotion, she devotes her time to passionately increase awareness on common and avoidable toxins, in everyday items like washing powder and deodorant, and to educate individuals on how they can easily reduce their daily exposure, through simple and realistic do-it-yourself ideas and recipes.

Krissy has sold over 40,000 copies of her natural DIY recipe books, including her award-winning book, Naturally Inspired - Simple DIY Recipes for Body Care and Cleaning, and her newly-released kids book, Make & Play - Natural DIY Recipes for Kids. She offers honest and gentle guidance, education and 100+ natural DIY recipes on her website.


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