Today I’m sharing a really fun and easy way to make your own wax melts with this simple wax melt recipe. Wax melts are the little candle wax squares you buy to heat in a candle wax warmer. Candle wax melts are easy to make and can be customized for the smells you like the best. Making DIY wax melts for yourself or to give as a gift is a fun activity that kids can do with you.
DIY Candle Wax Melts Recipe
I love wax melts so much and have a hoard of them. Candle wax melts have their own drawer at my house! I was so obsessed with using my candle wax warmer regularly that I started making my own homemade wax melts with this simple wax melt recipe.
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Ingredients Needed To Make Wax Melt Recipe
- essential oils of your choice** – for this wax melt recipe, I love: lemon, lavender, Thieves, Christmas Spirit essential oil blend, Cinnamon or Orange essential oils
- empty wax melt containers
*Beeswax is much better for the environment than traditional paraffin. I always buy these pure white beeswax pellets because they’re easy to measure out and don’t have a yellow tint.
**For the essential oil, I chose Lemon Essential Oil because it’s my all time favorite! The citrus smell makes me happy and I feel like this smell is a total mood booster.
Directions to Make Candle Wax Melt Recipe
So, use a double broiler or create your own with a bit of water in a small pot and a glass bowl on top.
Scoop out 1/3 cup of beeswax pellets into the bowl and slowly melt it.
As soon as it’s melted, take it off the burner and quickly add in 15-20 drops of essential oil and mix it with a fork.
You’ll have to pour it really quickly into your mold because beeswax hardens fast. If you see that it is hardening too fast, just put it back on top of the still hot water for a second to warm it again.
Then, you can use an old wax melts container to fill with your wax.
Let it sit until it’s hard enough you can move it without spilling, and then pop it in the freezer for about 5 minutes. Voila!
Finished Wax Melt Recipe
Use your candle wax warmer to warm and melt your homemade wax melts. You will smell the scents you created when customizing your own recipe. It is such a fun and easy project to make your own DIY candle wax melts!
- essential oil
- empty wax melt package
- So, use a double broiler or create your own with a bit of water in a small pot and a glass bowl on top.
- Scoop out 1/3 cup of beeswax pellets into the bowl and slowly melt it.
- As soon as it's melted, take it off the burner and quickly add in 15-20 drops of essential oil and mix it with a fork.
- You'll have to pour it really quickly into your mold because beeswax hardens fast.
- Then, you can use an old wax melts container to fill with your wax.
- Let it sit until it's hard enough you can move it without spilling, and then pop it in the freezer for about 5 minutes. Voila!
If you see that it is hardening too fast, just put it back on top of the still hot water for a second to warm it again.
Wax Warmers We Love
If you need a wax warmer for your DIY wax melt recipe, we have some favorites you can buy on Amazon:
- This Ceramic Electric Wax Melt Warmer makes the walls around the candle wax warmer glow with stars
- This Scented Electric Wax Melt Warmer comes with 2 light bulbs and has a lovely woodsy look
- Called the Happy Wax Signature Wax Melt Warmer, this electric warmer looks a little different and has a modern flair for delivering the wax melt scents
- This vintage radio is actually a electric fragrance wax melt warmer!
- Go the non-traditional route with this Star Moon electric skull wax melt warmer
How to Make Wax Melts Smell Stronger
There are several ways to make your wax melts smell stronger:
- Start with high quality wax – in this wax melt recipe we recommend bees wax because it works the best and is the safest to use.
- Use more wax – more wax means more fragrance in the resulting wax melt recipe.
- Use a wax warmer with a strong heating element – maybe your wax melts aren’t the problem! A warmer heating element in your wax warmer will result in more scents.
- Place the wax warmer in a small but well-ventilated space can help get the most out of the wax scents.
- Use a stronger scent – test out your favorite scents for strength. Some essential oils just have a stronger scent than others.
How to Make Wax Melts Last Longer
To make your wax melts last longer, try using a lower temperature setting on your warmer. This will cause the wax to cool down more slowly, preventing it from evaporating as quickly. You should also store your wax melts in a cool, dry place to prevent them from breaking down faster. Avoid overloading the warmer and mixing different fragrances, as both of these things can cause the wax to lose its fragrance more quickly. Finally, using a wax melt with a strong fragrance can also help it to last longer.
How to Make Wax Melts with Perfume
Don’t even think about using your fancy perfume in your wax melts. The alcohol in perfume can cause the wax to evaporate faster, which not only reduces the lifespan of your wax melts, but also makes the fragrance less effective. And let’s not even get started on the fire hazard – the high concentration of alcohol in perfume can cause the wax to burn faster, which is a recipe for disaster. Also, you don’t know WHAT is in your perfume. Stick to pure, high quality essential oils to save yourself the (literal) headache. Trust me, your nose (and your home) will thank you.
Are Homemade Wax Melts Safe?
Making your own homemade wax melts is safe if you follow a few simple guidelines. First, make sure you’re using the right type of wax – not all waxes are created equal, and using the wrong type can lead to all sorts of problems. Second, follow the manufacturer’s instructions for melting and pouring the wax – this will help to ensure that the wax melts properly and doesn’t create any hazards. And lastly, avoid adding any flammable materials, such as essential oils, to the melted wax – this can create a fire hazard. If you follow these tips, you’ll be able to enjoy your own homemade wax melts without any worries.
Can I Turn Wax Melts into Candles?
Turning wax melts into candles is not recommended. The wax used in wax melts is different from the wax used in candles, and it’s not designed to be used in the same way. Wax melts are made with a type of wax that has a low melting point, so it’s perfect for use in warmers. But candles are made with a type of wax that has a higher melting point, so it can hold its shape and burn properly in a container. If you try to use wax melts in a candle, the wax may not burn properly and could create a fire hazard. So, to be safe, stick to using wax specifically designed for candles.
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What scents did you use for your wax melts? Let us know in the comments below, we’d love to hear from you.