How to make wax melts
Wax melts are wick-less cubes of wax and fragrance oils that melt in a wax warmer that fill your room with lovely scents, and they’re very easy to make!
You can easily create them using almost any wax combined with essential oils, fragrance oils, and any number of interesting decorations (such as lavender petals or peeled orange) and colors. The popularity of wax melts has increased massively in recent years, they're a perfect addition to homes. As they have no wick, you don't need a lighter to "flame" them. The "melting" of the wax is caused by the heat and/or light from your appliance, such as a candle warmer, tea warmer, or electric burner.
First we need to find some ingredients and equipment.
-Wax of your choice (make sure it has a high scent throw). I recommend soy wax, but other waxes work too. There are tons of places where you can get these in bulk online; otherwise, they will be labeled at craft stores or art supply stores. Soy wax is the best type for this project, but beeswax is really great too! Of course you can also use other eco friendly waxes.
-Fragrance oils, which can be found online easily.
-A large pot (if you choose to make larger batches).
-Something for stirring the wax as it melts. I recommend using a metal spoon or spatula.
-A thermometer (or two if you choose to make large batches).
-Something sturdy for keeping your molds in place while they're cooling. I used a bundt pan upside down and my silicone mold.
-Some tongs or another tool to remove wax from the heat.
-A mold (silicone works best,
You can easily find some cheap silicone molds from a lot of craft websites or even amazon. You can also make your own molds using paper cups, muffin pans or plastic plates.
First we want to melt some wax in a double boiler . A double boiler is a pot that sits outside of another pot containing water. The idea behind this setup is to have the hot water from the bottom pot heat your wax without melting it. (If you're using essential oils remember to keep them away from any flames.)
We want to heat the wax up until its around 75.c to 80.c (167.f to 176.f) . This is the perfect temperature for pouring it into our mold without having it set right away.
Once the wax reaches this temperate, we will take our pot out of the double boiler. Let the wax cool to between 70.c and 75.c and we will add our fragrance oil, give it a good stir and let it sit for 2 minutes.
After that we are going to pour the melted wax into our mold. (Use caution when pouring, you don't want your wax to spill.)
Now just let this sit for 2 or 3 hours and you should be able to remove your scented candles from their molds! Enjoy. It's best to cure anything wax related, store them for 48 hours before popping them out, it allows the molecules to bind to the fragrance oils better.
This is just a quick guide to making wax melts at home, it can be fun rewarding and much cheaper than constantly buying them if you're a candle junkie.
Give it a shot and see how you fair!
We've also made several useful articles about candle making and choosing the right candle ingredients.