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Remolding Old Candles (Beeswax and Tallow)

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Happy Halloween everyone! We got zero trick-or-treaters due to Hurricane Sandy. Schools are out for the rest of the week and I may have heard that trick-or-treaters are postponed till Monday. It seemed wrong to have them out tonight considering the damage and devastation throughout NJ. It’s heartbreaking. The shore areas got hit the worst, and many boardwalks and houses are completely destroyed. All my relatives and 2/3 of the state are out of power. How I still have it I don’t know, but I feel very lucky for that. Hopefully everyone finds themselves comfortable and safe soon.

Today I engaged in a little craft. Here’s an idea…

I hate wasting perfectly good wax that is leftover after a candle’s wick is used up. Recently, I finished burning a red colored (Macintosh Apple scented) tallow candle and there was 1/3 cup of wax dying to be used. It smelled way too good to throw out. My brother bought a couple pounds of beeswax chunks that he’s has been melting into candles, so I figured I’d join in on the fun and create a blend with the leftover tallow wax. The red and yellow wax created a beautiful pink hue.

Tallow vs Beeswax

  • Tallow melts much faster and burns more quickly
  • Tallow takes on the scent of whatever essential oils you use very well
  • Tallow is a softer wax and breaks apart easily
  • Beeswax has an amazing natural scent
  • Beeswax has a long burn life so the higher price is still worth it
  • Beeswax is a harder wax and drip-less (so great for tapers)

Both are clean burning, non toxic, and give off a pleasant smell

I’ve always been into burning candles and used to enjoy the endless variety of scents. That was nice and all, but little did I know or think about what the candle was made out of and how it could affect the air I’m breathing.¬†Paraffin candles are not only toxic, but produce an abundance of unwanted black soot. Years ago my bedroom walls ended up accumulating a black film on the ceiling. I know, gross. I learned about alternatives to paraffin candles that are not only safer, but actually clean the air around you. My two top favorites to burn are beeswax and tallow. Beeswax produces negative ions that are known to clean air of odors, pollens, smoke, dust, viruses and other allergens. After staying away from perfumed and unnatural scents, I find they are too strong to for my personal tastes now anyway.

….On to the candle making.

  • left over candle wax
  • optional: extra beeswax
  • candle wicks (if you don’t have this you can use a plain thin string)
  • 1 twister
  • wick clip (or something to weight it down)
  • glass jar (to hold candle)
  • steel pot

Take leftover wax and place into pot. (I never dirty my cooking pots, as the wax can be a pain to clean off. You can get one for cheap at the dollar store.) In this example, I added beeswax to the apple tallow to increase burn time a make a decent sized candle. You can find beeswax blocks or chunks on Amazon.

Melt wax in pot. Use a low heat. Tallow will melt very quick. Beeswax will take a little longer.

Cut wick and attach it to a wick clip to keep it down & in place.

I didn’t have one so I used a nail. Innovative, I know.

Put a twister on top of your jar (as seen below) to help keep the wick centered.

(Depending on the size of your candle holder, you may need to come up with a different solution.)

This is the fun part. Pour it in!

Be patient and let solidify.

It didn’t take that long.

How cute is that? And to think if I just threw that little bit of wax away.

Outcome: Good smelling pink candle. No wasting. Mission accomplished!

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  • Tammy November 4, 2012, 1:35 am

    wow! What an innovative idea! Never knew beeswax could be this useful for something that we don’t think about that often! Thanks for the share! xx

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    • lauren michelle November 4, 2012, 9:31 am

      Tammy- Thanks! I’m glad you liked it :)

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  • Steph December 24, 2012, 6:20 am

    Yes, you are so right. It would have been stupid to waste the leftover of your candle. And to combine it with beeswax is a very smart idea! I will try it with my leftover candles from christmas.
    Greetings from Germany!

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    • lauren michelle December 24, 2012, 8:31 am

      Awesome, thanks for stopping by! Happy Holidays.

      Reply
  • SilverFox February 9, 2013, 12:51 pm

    This is awesome. Just looked at your blog, looked over at the melted remainder bits of a gorgeous lavender beeswax candle and another unscented candle, and thought, “I have an old pot… and I’m snowed in (Rochester NY… woot!)… let’s try it!” Wishing I had photographed the original bits, deeep purple + deep yellow wax combo. Result? A lovely lighter-purple/lavender Beauty! I’ll be burning it as soon as it solidifies! Thanks a bunch for demystifying this magickal little art form!

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    • lauren michelle February 9, 2013, 1:11 pm

      Thanks, that makes me so happy to hear! I love the smell of lavender and I bet it looks great. Perfect project for a snow day :)

      Reply
  • Marduk March 28, 2013, 12:45 pm

    Hi, I have been making candles as you say in the tutorial but my sails are not equal, let harden and are left with a hole in the middle sink pairs are not, use soft wax or paraffin, try hard to hope out better,
    I hope I can help improve the technique

    Reply

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