To speed up the process of melting, first of all, grate or cut the beeswax in smaller chunks. If using beeswax pellets, leave them as they are.Place the beeswax either in a double boiler and melt on a hob or use a plastic bowl and melt the beeswax in the microwave. Make sure that you melt the beeswax slowly and don't let it bubble or boil.
When the beeswax has melted, take it off the heat and stir in the coconut oil.
Wait until the mixture cools down a bit for a couple of minutes and then add a few drops of vanilla essential oil or one of your own choice.
Whilst you are waiting for your beeswax to melt, prepare the jam jars.
Wrap or secure with a sticky tack or cellophane to a wooden stick and place on the tops of each jar to keep the wick in the middle of the jam jar.
Pour a tiny bit of beeswax into each jam jar.
Wait 2 minutes or so until the bottom of the beeswax in the jar is set.
Make sure the wick is right in the middle of the jam jar and pointing right up. Move it to the centre if it moves as you pour the wax.Some wicks come with a handy ‘feet’ to secure them before you pour your wax. You can do this with a glue gun or dab of melted beeswax and just hold it in place with a wooden dowel as it sets. This will stabilise the wick as you pour the rest of the beeswax.
Very slowly pour in the rest of your beeswax, making sure that you fill your jam jar about 1 cm from the top of the glass.
Don't move the jam jars too suddenly and allow to set for a minimum of few hours, but better overnight.
To make sure that the wax doesn’t crack, leave the candles to cool down slowly (e.g. don’t put them somewhere cold to cool down fast).
Carefully remove the wooden sticks and trim each wick to about 1 cm above the wax level.
Wrap and give away as a pretty gift or keep all for yourself!