How to make wax melts at home

A home with a delightful fragrance is welcoming, and wax melts are the perfect choice to achieve this. With wax melts, you can send a fresh aroma throughout your house by simply melting wax in a burner. You get the sweet scent that elevates your mood. You don’t have…

A home with a delightful fragrance is welcoming, and wax melts are the perfect choice to achieve this. With wax melts, you can send a fresh aroma throughout your house by simply melting wax in a burner. You get the sweet scent that elevates your mood. You don’t have to spend lots of money on buying wax melts from the shop. This guide teaches you to learn how to make wax melts at home. The process is straightforward and easy.

Homemade wax melts next to crystals.

What is wax melts?

These are scented pieces of wax that don’t have a wick and are melted in a wax warmer to deliver fragrance. They are also called tarts or cubes. Of course, there are ready-made wax melts that you can buy from stores or online but it’s possible to make your own at home with the ingredients that suit your needs.

Homemade beige wax melts on a pink background.

How to make wax melts using natural ingredients

Wax melts mustn’t contain harmful chemicals that’s why making your own at home is a great idea. You can make chemical-free wax melts using readily available natural ingredients at home. The process is super simple and takes little time. Here is what you need to come up with quality wax melts.

Ingredients: 

  • 20ml essential oils
  • 200g beeswax
  • 100g coconut oil
  • 10g of candle dye 
Lavender alongside Lavander essential oil

Which essential oils should I use to make my homemade wax melts?

You can always choose any essential oils that best suits you. Some of the common options include lavender, vetiver, and cedarwood.

  • Lavender essential oil – Lavender essential oil is known for its ability to reduce nervous tension.
  • Vetiver oil – Vetiver oil has calming and stabilizing properties and grounds your emotions.
  • Cedarwood oil – Cedarwood oil has to purify properties.

Equipment:

  • Heatproof glass bowl
  • Saucepan
  • Large spoon
  • Silicone ice cube tray

Method:

  1. Simmer a saucepan of water

Here, you will use the double boiling method. Fill your saucepan with around 350ml of water and bring it to simmer.

  1. Melt the beeswax, coconut oil, and candle dye

Place the beeswax, coconut oil, and candle dye into the heatproof glass bowl. Put the bowl over the simmering water for it to heat up. Use a large spoon to stir the ingredients as they melt gently. Ensure you mix well.

  1. Add essential oils

After the beeswax and coconut oil have combined, remove them from the heat. Add the essential oil you love and give the mixture a good stir.

  1. Pour into molds 

Distribute your wax melt evenly into the ice cube tray. (Use a tray with small cavities for the melts to fit in a burner).

  1.  Please leave it to cool for few hours.

Allow the wax melts to solidify by placing the tray in a cool place. Your homemade wax melts are now ready for use. You can now pop them out of the tray and store them in a sealable bag.

Leftover candles are used to make wax melts.

How to make wax melts at home using leftover candles

Did you know scented leftover candles can make amazing wax melts? All you need is a scented candle with a bit of wax leftover in it, a pot of boiling water, and a silicone mould tray. Please note that wax from a plain candle will not work (only use scented candle wax).

If you have leftovers of your favourite scented candles at home, you can use them to make great wax melts. Here is how you do it.

What you need:

  • Leftover wax from scented candles
  • 300ml of gently simmering water in a pan
  • Silicon mold tray
Homemade candles are being used to create wax melts.

Method: 

  • Slice the wax into shavings for easier melting
  • Place the shavings into a heatproof glass jar. Put the pot over the top of the simmering water
  • Use a large spoon to stir the candle wax until it’s all melted and smooth
  • Pour the melted wax into the silicone mold tray
  • Please leave them in a cool place for few hours to solidify
  • When they become solid, store them well in a sealable bag
Homemade wax melts on a white table.

How to use candle wax melts

Place 2-3 homemade wax melts in your candle warmer. This will depend on the size of the more generous and the room you want to scent. Then turn on your heat warmer. This should emanate scent within a few minutes. When you have achieved the aroma you were looking for, please turn off the heat to let the wax melt solidify until you are ready to use it again. 

The wax melts can melt and re-melt several times before losing the scent.

If the scent weakens, wipe your candle warmer and add in new wax melts. Alternatively, add a few drops of essential oils to the melted wax to give it more scent.

Three super tips for making fabulous wax melts

Before you start making your amazing wax melts, check out these tips to help you perfect your art.

A selection of essential oils is used to create the scents for wax melts.

Experiment with essential oil blends

Now that you are using natural ingredients to make your wax melt, feel free to try various essential oils that blend well together. For example, citrus fragrances complement each other well. You mix lemon, lime, and orange for a fresh, soothing scent.

Smelling essential oils used for wax melts.

Use as much oil as you like

How much fragrance per pound of wax do I need to make my wax melts?  You can always use as much oil as you need. As a beginner, use the try and error method and you’ll soon find your fit.

Ice cube moulds.

Try to use fancy moulds

Get fancy ice cube moulds to make your wax melts look attractive. Make different shaped wax melts such as hearts and stars. You can use different shapers for this purpose.

A pink background with a tube of dried lavender and wax melts.

How do I make my wax melts last longer?

Now that you know how to make wax melts at home, did you know that wax melt doesn’t last very long and may quickly stop producing scent?  Read on to learn few tips you can use to make your wax melt last longer.

Melting wax melts slowly.

Heat the wax melts slowly

This is one of the best and simple things that can make your wax melt last longer. It allows your wax melts to release their scent a bit longer than when you warm them quickly.

Lavender scented candles on a wooden table.

Use wax melts with the correct type of scented oils

Fragrance oils are the best option if you want your wax melts to last longer. However, most people choose to stick to essential oils. Why? Fragrance oils have synthetic makeup, while crucial oils derive scents from real plants and other natural materials.

However, essential oils don’t extend the life of your wax melts. But if you genuinely want your wax to last longer, use fragrance oils.

Melted candle as it's heating due to the fire.

Only heat the wax when you need it

It’s advisable to heat your wax melts when you are around to enjoy them. Only use them when it matters. This will help you avoid wastage.

Multiple scented candles to allow people variety with their scents.

Switch out scents regularly

You could develop natural anosmia when you become exposed to the same scent repeatedly. Avoid using the same scented wax that melts continually. Turn your bouquet off and rotate it periodically.

Wax melt in an aroma lamp alongside lavender.

How long do wax melts last?

This depends on the size of the melt and the fragrance it contains. Wax melts release their aroma slowly, and this helps them to keep their scent longer. A cube-shaped wax should last you for 5-10 hours.

heart-shaped wax melts showing that certain wax melts are ok for babies.

Are wax melts safe for babies?

Not all wax melts are safe for babies. But homemade wax melts made of natural ingredients such as beeswax are safe for your babies. They use wax warmers that run on electricity to melt the wax, which prevents them from producing soot. However, always check with your baby’s paediatrician if wax melts will be okay with them as all babies are different and may react differently.

An aroma candle melting a homemade wax melt.

Reasons why you should choose homemade wax melts

  • Wax melts are frame free
  • They are environmentally friendly
  • You can easily control your scent with wax melts
  • They are relatively cheap
  • They don’t produce soot.
Wax melts being melted over a candle.

Safety precautions when using wax melts

  • Keep your melted wax out of reach of children and pets
  • Never leave the wax melts unattended
  • Please do not move the wax meter until it has cooled completely and the wax has solidified
  • Do not add water to hot wax
  • Wax melts contain dye, so avoid contact with fabric as they can cause staining
  • Kindly dispose of the wax melts carefully

Final thoughts on how to make wax melts at home

Learning how to make wax melts at home is easy and fun. It’s an opportunity to get creative and discover scents. You have the freedom to mix different fragrances to come up with a custom fragrance for your space. When making wax melts, you are not limited to using one fragrance at a time, so experiment and have some fun combining your essential oils to come up with your custom fragrances.

However, always take safety precautions to avoid injuries. If you are going to use beeswax, do not overheat as it’s highly flammable. Use potholders and gloves where applicable to prevent burns. Make your amazing wax melts today to achieve a great aroma in your home.