I LOVE diffusing! LOVE. There are so many reasons, but here are my top four.
- It is the most inexpensive, yes… inexpensive option to make your home smell wonderful. Just a few drops in a reusable diffuser. Just pennies per use. The Desert Mist Diffuser that comes in the Premium Starter Kit even has a flicker candle option. It is my favorite diffuser, ever! Plus it has a year warranty.
- Diffusing is the safest option as burning a candle is a fire hazard. I still have littles around.
- No toxins are released into the air when I diffuse essential oils.
- I can create specific aromatic support for homework, morning routines, immune support, respiratory support, calming, harmony, etc… just by doing a few drops of oil, adding water and pushing the on button.
But… when I want to have some real candles to give as gifts or use while I am taking a bath or making a fancy dinner, I will use my homemade beeswax candles.
Though candles may seem safe as they are sold in stores, regular scented candles are a huge source of indoor air pollution. Candles made with paraffin wax put off chemicals that are considered just as dangerous as second-hand smoke. Yes, second hand smoke! Most candles are made of paraffin wax, which creates toxic benzene and toluene when burned. This can cause harm to our brain, lungs and our nervous systems. When I started reading more I learned that the toxins released from paraffin candles are actually the same as those found in diesel fuel fumes! Second hand smoke and diesel fumes are NOT something I want in my home for my kids to breath in.
The next type of trending candle is soy. Some people think that since it can be grown, soy is a healthier option. Well, it is difficult to find soy candles that don’t contain GMO’s. If you do find soy candles that are GMO free, than you are making a better choice than the paraffin filled candles. Shop local and with someone you trust so you know you are buying GMO free and that it is made with a non-toxic wick. Yes, wicks can be harmful also.
In my opinion, organic beeswax candles are the all around best choice. Beeswax releases negative ions, which support cleansing of the air. Our air inside our house is usually more polluted than the air outside. Beeswax candles can help support allergies, hay fever and asthma by helping to reduce indoor air pollution. Seriously. Cool, right!
Many of you have probably heard of Himalayan Salt Lamps. The salt lamps release negative ions into the air to help purify the air just like beeswax. We have a salt lamp we leave on our kitchen counter next to our diffuser. I turn it on daily, along with diffusing daily.
Now, there is a great debate about placing essential oils in the candles themselves to give off the aroma. Many say you disrupt the chemistry of the essential oil as it is being burned. Others say it is safer than the alternatives and you can enjoy the benefits of the negative ions and the essential oil aroma. I figured I would share my beeswax recipe and let you decide whether or not you would like to add essential oils.
- Double Boiler OR make your own. I made my own. I used a large mason jar and placed it in a pot of boiling water. I used another pot to place on top so it didn’t float up. Many use metal coffee cans #10, an old pot or large vegetable cans #10. The wax is very hard to clean, so placing the wax in a can or jar you can use again and again and make your “wax” pot is a good idea.
- Beeswax Pellets (SO much easier than shaving a block of wax!) I used 1 lb of organic yellow, which is about 16 ounces of melted wax, so plan your empty mason jars accordingly.
- Lead free wicks
- Mason Jars (to fill as the candle holders) I had two 8oz jars and two 4oz jars ready.
- Glue Gun
- Wooden Skewers
- Oven Mitt
- Canning Jar Tongs if using a mason jar as your wax pot
- Essential Oils – about 200 drops for 16oz of melted wax (Optional)
- Get the double boiler set. Place your wax in the can or jar that you are going to deem your melting pot as it won’t clean easily. Keep this melting pot for future batches.
- While the wax is melting, get the hot glue gun warming. Glue the metal circle of the wick to the center. of the mason jar. Use the wooden skewers to press it down.
- Check on wax. Stir with a wooden skewer. This way you don’t have to clean a utensil.
- Get the wicks in place by wrapping the wick around a skewer. You can use to tape to hold it center also. You want the wick to stay centered so it burns evenly.
- When the wax is just melted, turn off the flame. Remove the can or jar from the heat with oven mitts or canning tongs. This is HOT people.
- Then add the essential oils and stir.
- Pour into the mason jars. Make sure to leave some room from the top when pouring the wax. I left about 3/4 of an inch.
- Let them cool and harden.
- Remove the skewer once cool.
- Cut the wick.
- Screw on the top and label.
I made this batch with the essential oils as they were holiday gifts. I would add essential oils again if I was gifting the candles to someone who didn’t diffuse essential oils.
Some Scent Options: We have over 120 essential oils, but here are a few. Lemon Myrtle was my favorite!
- Citrus Fresh
- Christmas Spirit
- Lemon Myrtle
- Stress Away
- Rosemary & Lemon
- Lemon & Peppermint
- Orange & Lemon
When I make candles for my home going forward, I will save my money by diffusing my essential oils in my home and burning plain beeswax candles for the negative ions and ambiance.
I am excited to make these again! In fact, I want to make beeswax tea lights next time!
Be a Light,