Can You Make A Candle Out Of Earwax? (Strange But True)

If you have stumbled across this post then you must have searched Google for the answer to the question “Can you make a candle out of earwax?” I’ve got to admit it’s quite possibly the weirdest question I have heard and kind of yucky.

Maybe you just watched Shrek and saw him make a candle from earwax? Who knows.

A photo of shrek the ogre making a candle out of his earwax
Maybe Shrek was your inspiration for a earwax candle?

With that being said I am kind of curious now and being a candle maker I feel like it is my job to research it and bring you the answers.

So with that in mind I will be telling if you can make a candle using earwax.

let’s do this!

Are Earwax candles possible?

let’s start off this weird article by answering the main question. I will go into a little more detail later on about possible downsides to making candles out of earwax.

So can you make a candle out of earwax? Earwax is the wrong type of wax to make candles from, it just burns and crackles instead of melting and turning into a flammable vapour. The only way to use earwax in a candle would be to blend it with another wax such as paraffin, soy or beeswax.

So there you have it, earwax would not make a very good candle due to its wax properties.

However, now I want to delve a little deeper and tell you what other hurdles you may have to jump if you do decide to press ahead with the experiment.

Reasons why you shouldn’t make an earwax candle.

Ok just in case you needed any more convincing that making a candle out of earwax is a bad idea here are a few reasons.

Sample collecting.

Personally I think this reason alone is going to make it really difficult to make a candle out of earwax.

Where on earth are you going to get enough earwax from? You will either need to save it up for years on end or go around asking friends and family for theirs.

I don’t think that’s a good idea!

Your candle is going to smell bad.

Come on who hasn’t smelt their ear wax before?

Earwax is made up of, well, earwax and dry dead skin cells and any other dirt or grime that has gotten into your ears. Along with a little bit of sweat.

The stuff can smell really bad sometimes. I can tell you for a fact, if you light your earwax candle your home will smell really pungent really quickly.

It would bring a whole new meaning to the words “Scented candle”.

Earwax does not melt, its burns.

When a typical candle burns what actually happens is that the wax melts releasing a vapour. It is actually the vapour that slowly burns along with the wick.

Unfortunately earwax does not melt like that and produce a vapour. It just burns and crackles and spits little bits of burning wax. You could combat this by blending the earwax with a different type of candle wax. However if you have this other wax to hand surely you would just use it to make a candle anyway?

Has anyone ever made an earwax candle before?

I have trawled the Internet searching for any evidence of just one person trying to make a candle from earwax.

The only record I could find is from a news website. The man who made the earwax candle saved up his excess earwax for over 5 years!

Once he had saved enough and made the candle he gave it to his girlfriend as a special gift to remind her of him, I joke you not. Who said romance is dead?

If you would like to read that article then this link will take you there.

Final thoughts on making earwax candles.

This post was just a little bit of fun and I hope you found it interesting.

I would love to hear from someone who successfully makes an earwax candle so if you have done let me know in the comments.

If you would like to see another super cool article why not check out the time I used a toothpick for a candle wick, it’s another interesting read.

Andrew Scents and Aroma