Oh, the holidays. Whether or not you are excited by this season, one thing is certain, it moves fast. Despite my best efforts to slow down, I typically find myself drowning in a sea of wrapping paper, gift receipts and Christmas cards that leave me feeling a little ill about the amount of waste created — and, let’s be real — money spent (will I ever learn?).
This year, I’m planning ahead by embracing the chaos and getting creative. Throughout the month, I’ll be posting some of the best eco-friendly solutions and gifts that make an impact but since it’s the holidays, this will be some extra-special content (think: giveaways, giftables + more) that I hope you will use, love and share with others.
I’m challenging myself to be more committed to consciously celebrating the season and invite you all to join me! So, be sure to share the ways you are staying centered and grounded, too.
To help us kick things off, here is a holiday-inspired DIY project: hand-poured beeswax candles. Use my tutorial or purchase a kit below with all the supplies + a downloadable recipe card to include as a gift.
100% of the proceeds will be donated to the Environmental Working Group (EWG.org).
Store-bought scented paraffin candles often contain toxic fragrances that, when burned, release airborne carcinogens (carcinogen = cancer-causing). Beeswax is not only a wonderfully, sweet smelling alternative but is good for you too. When burned, it emits negative ions that neutralize pollutants and purify the air in your home. Plus, they make a really great (can I also say, impressive?) gift.
The recipe below can be used one of two ways: either gift yourself this tiny indulgence and enjoy an hour or two hand pouring your own beeswax candles. Or, make one to give as a gift. You can download the printable “recipe card” below (made by my talented friend, Stephanie. Thanks, Steph!) and also purchase all the supplies here so you can give it as a kit, too!
100% of the proceeds for the Beeswax Candle Kit will be donated to Environmental Working Group (EWG.org).
Hand Poured Beeswax Candles
Makes two 8 oz candles or four 4 oz candles
- 1lb. Bag of organic beeswax pellets or 1 block of beeswax (you’ll need to grate the block)
- 1 bag of sturdy cotton wicks with tabs attached
- Two 8 oz glass jars or four 4 oz glass jars
- Double boiler or one pot + a stainless steel bowl that fits snugly inside
- Clothespins or pencils
- Attach the cotton wicks with tabs to the bottom of your jar using a dab of glue. Set aside on top of a rag or newspaper.
- Add a few inches of water to the bottom pot + place the second pot or bowl on top. Turn heat on medium-low and let simmer.
- Measure the beeswax pellets according to your jar size + amount (Two 8 oz jars = 16 oz beeswax; Three 4 oz jars = 12 oz of beeswax, etc.) Of course, you can use all of the wax or just some. Once you have it measured, pour in the bowl + allow wax to melt.
- Using oven mitts pour the melted beeswax into the jars almost until full. Use the clothespin to keep the wick upright or tie it around a pencil + trim the extra wick.
- Let sit for at least 24 hours (48 is best) to allow the wax to set and cure. Burn and enjoy!
*Cleaning tip: Boil a kettle full of water while cleaning and simply pour over the bowl in the sink to melt the beeswax away. Wipe away excess wax with a paper towel or rag.
PURCHASE THE KIT HERE
DIY Beeswax Candle Kit
This kit includes: - Two 8 oz. mason jars + lids - A pack of candle wicks - 1 pound of ethically-sourced beeswax - Recipe card printed on 100% post-consumer material card stock 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the Environmental Working Group (EWG.org) to help support their mission to research + educate the public on how to protect the health of all living things.
DOWNLOAD THE CARD: Basic Goods recipe card 4x6_beeswax candle