Homemade wax melts are easy to make and make great gifts! In this blog post, you will learn how to make your own wax melts without the use of artificial fragrances and instead use natural essential oils.
There’s nothing like walking into a home that smells of fresh scents like cinnamon and orange or citrus vanilla! The smells from these scents are warming and welcoming.
Unfortunately, many candles, plugins, and wax burners come with scented products made with fragrances that are potentially unhealthy. When you see the word fragrance listed on the ingredient list of household products, it can mean a slew of potential chemicals or ingredients that may be associated with allergies, respiratory disorders, and other potentially harmful effects.
I try my best to avoid such products, especially since I have young children and animals in my home. Thankfully, it’s possible to enjoy these lovely scents without the negative side effects when you use essential oils instead of fragrance oils.
How To Make Wax Melts
For this recipe, you will need beeswax, coconut oil, and your favorite brand of essential oils.
Start by melting the beeswax and coconut oil in a double boiler. Alternatively, you can use a disposable can or container to melt the beeswax in over a saucepan with boiling water. I suggest doing this if you don’t have a pan dedicated to making homemade products since beeswax can be difficult to get off of pots and pans.
Once the beeswax and coconut oil is melted, you’ll remove them from the heat and let them cool slightly. Add the essential oils to the warm mixture and mix well.
Then, pour the melted wax into a silicone mold, or whatever mold you would like to use (I’ve made them in ice cube trays). Let the wax cubes set for 30-45 minutes before removing them from the molds. Once the wax melts are set, you can use them as a wax burner. Store leftover wax melts in an airtight container or mason jar in a cool dry dark place.
Best Essential Oils For Homemade Wax Melts
Essential oils have different potencies. With some essential oils like cinnamon, for example, you may only need to use 20-30 drops while other oils like citrus oils are softer scented and may need 50+ drops to get a good scent in your essential oil wax melts. You can always add more essential oils to the wax melts when they’re being used if you’d like a stronger scent.
My favorite essential oil combinations:
Below are the combinations of oils that I use to make my favorite scent for my wax warmer.
- Vanilla Mint: 30 drops of peppermint and 20 drops of vanilla essential oils.
- Cinnabon: 40 drops of cinnamon and 10 drops of vanilla oil.
- Citrus Bliss: 20 drops of lemon, 20 drops of orange, and 20 drops of lime essential oil.
- Relaxation Melts: 30 drops of lavender essential oil and 15 drops of geranium essential oil.
- Pumpkin Spice: 20 drops of cinnamon, 15 drops of nutmeg, 15 drops of clove, and 10 drops of vanilla.
Which type of wax is the best wax to use to make these? I have used different beeswaxes but I would say beeswax pastilles are the easiest to use because they’re small pieces and they melt quickly.
Can you use natural soy wax instead of beeswax? I haven’t used soy wax but I have used carnauba wax, which works great in place of beeswax.
What are the best wax melt molds to use to make these? I prefer to use silicon molds since the wax doesn’t stick to them and they’re incredibly easy to work with. Also, you can find a huge variety of shapes in silicon molds. I’ve made these melts with star molds, clamshell molds, and moon molds.
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How To Make Wax Melts
Avoid commercial wax melts and make these DIY wax melts instead! These are made with natural ingredients like beeswax, coconut oil, and essential oils. No synthetic fragrance oils! Warm these natural coconut oil-based melts in a wax warmer and enjoy the aroma of different scents from the essential oil blends.
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Total Time: 5 minutes + cooling time
- Yield: 3/4 cup wax melts 1x
- 1/2 cup beeswax
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 40–50 drops of essential oils (use the essential oil of your choice to make your favorite scents)
- Melt the beeswax and coconut oil in a double boiler. Alternatively, you can use a disposable can or container to melt the beeswax in over the saucepan filled with boiling water. This is a good idea if you don’t have a pan dedicated to making homemade products since beeswax can be difficult to get off of pots and pans.
- Once the beeswax and coconut oil is melted, you’ll remove them from the heat and let them cool slightly. Add the essential oils to the warm mixture and mix well.
- Then, pour the hot wax into a silicone mold, or whatever mold you would like to use (I’ve made them in ice cube trays). Let the wax cubes set for 30-45 minutes before removing them from the molds. Once the wax melts are set, you can use them as a wax burner.
- Store leftover wax melts in an airtight container or mason jar in a cool dry dark place. These ready-made wax melts can be used with any wax melt warmer.
- Serving Size: 1
- Calories: 1