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Homemade Tallow Candles

Homemade tallow candles are 100% natural and organic without a trace of potentially toxic materials. They are an easy to make, non-toxic and affordable alternative to store bought candles.
Prep Time10 mins
Active Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: DIY Personal Care
Yield: 4 candles
Cost: $5-$10



  • Melt enough tallow to fill your mold. I melt my tallow at a low temperature in a glass pyrex in the oven, you can also use a double boiler.
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  • While the tallow is melting, dab a small bit of hot glue on the wick stand and attach to the bottom of your mold or use a wick sticker.
  • Arrange two popsicle sticks with the wick resting in between, this keeps the wick straight in the container.
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  • Allow the tallow to cool a bit, while still liquid pour into the candle mold.
  • Add optional essential oils and stir them in, careful not to disturb the wick.
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  • Cool in the fridge or at room temperature. Once the tallow is hard, remove from mold but cutting it away or popping out of the silicon rubber. If using mason jars, the candles remain in the glass to be burned.
  • If stored in normal conditions (not too hot or damp) the can easily last a few months.


Most people find the natural smell of tallow is unoffensive and subtle. If you want something extra, use lavender to promote relaxation and a calm peaceful mind. Bergamot, cinnamon, pine, cedarwood, and citrus oil are also wonderful to add individually.
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