BEESWAX TEA LIGHTS
Keep empty walnut, oyster and coconut shells to make funky candle holders. Walnut shells are very light so they can be used as floating candles as well.
Beeswax has a higher melt point than paraffin wax, creating long-lasting candles. It is non-toxic and has its own natural sweet fragrance. But bear in mind that it is pricier than other waxes (although if you keep your own bees, you’re sweet). And because it has a high melt point, pure beeswax container candles can burn unevenly. The wick tends to ‘tunnel’ down into the wax and you’re left with a ring of unmelted wax around the sides of the container. Using a blend of waxes that includes a low melt point wax can rectify this. Increasing the diameter size of your wick can also help. A mix of soy wax and beeswax creates a lovely candle and is cheaper on the purse than a pure beeswax candle. It will also help prevent the tunnelling of beeswax, allowing the candle to burn more evenly. The distinctive honey scent of beeswax can mask the essential oil scent, so bear this in mind if you want to make aromatherapy candles.
To make simple tea light candles, melt beeswax in a double boiler as per the instructions above, but do not let the temperature go above 75°C. Prepare wick and holder as above and pour wax into shells to set.
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