This homemade scented wax melts recipe makes the perfect fall craft idea! See how to make easy DIY fall wax melts with soy wax and essential oils. Natural non toxic wax tarts are perfect to fragrance your house naturally and make a lovely handmade gift idea for autumn and the holiday season.
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3 DIY Fall Wax Melts Recipes with Soy Wax and Essential Oils
You know I love my natural fall air freshener recipes, but I was still missing one… DIY fall wax melts!
Coming up with a recipe for wax melts was just the natural next step for my home fragrance obsession, don’t you think? My three fall scented wax melts recipes are made with soy wax and different fall essential oil blends.
The essential oils in these DIY wax melts without beeswax give them the classic fall fragrances that we all know and love: pumpkin spice, crisp autumn air and falling leaves. Melt these soy wax melts in an electric wax melter or candle-lit wax burner and enjoy enticing fall scents wafting through your home.
What do I need to make DIY fall wax melts with essential oils?
The materials you need for these homemade autumn wax melts aren’t much different than what I used in my other soy wax melts tutorial. Here are the ingredients for this DIY wax melt recipe:
- soy wax flakes – I used EcoSoya Q230 wax to make the wax melts, which is ideal for moulded melts and has a max fragrance load of 18%, which is pretty high. The scent load for other soy waxes (e.g. EcoSoya Advanced wax) usually ranges between 6% to 12%, so make sure to follow the recommendations of the manufacturer.
- wax dye – I used wax dye to colour the falling leaves and pumpkin spice wax melts. If you skip the dye, your wax melts will be white like the crisp autumn air wax melts, which is pretty as well.
- essential oils – You can find the essential oils for this DIY fall wax melts in my Amazon shop. The exact blends are listed below.
- wax melt moulds – I used three different silicone moulds for these DIY fall wax melts and a leave mould to create the cute leaf decorations. Read on for more information about each mould.
Cinnamon essential oil can be toxic to pets. So if you have cats, dogs or other pets, use copaiba essential oil instead of cinnamon bark. Copaiba smells similar to cinnamon but won’t harm your animals.
Other useful tools to make best DIY fall wax melts
Tab or click the links below to shop the tools used to make these soya wax melts:
- wax melting pot – A wax melting pot is ideal for melting and pouring wax for candles and wax melts. A double boiler can be used as well to melt the wax on the stovetop, or a heat-resistant glass jug for melting in the microwave.
- spatula – A spatula or spoon is needed for stirring the wax. Please don’t use an appliance you use for eating.
- laser thermometer – Using a thermometer is key for wax melt making and to get highly scented soy wax melts.
- rubbing alcohol and paper towels – Rubbing alcohol helps for easy clean up afterwards.
Before we learn how to make soy wax melts for fall, let’s talk more about the three fall wax melt recipes. The amounts of essential oils stated below are enough to for 2 1/2 cups / 300 g / 10.5 oz soy wax flakes.
Pumpkin spice wax melts
Pumpkin spice wax melts smell just like freshly baked pumpkin pie or pumpkin spice latte. I tinted the wax orange and pour the DIY soy wax melts into a mini cake mould and the melts came out looking like cute mini wax pumpkins. I don’t know where I bought this mould, but you can also use this pumpkin silicone mould.
Essential oils for pumpkin spice wax melts
- 12 g / 0.4 oz cinnamon bark
- 12 g / 0.4 oz vanilla oleoresin
- 4 g / 0.14 oz nutmeg
- 4 g / 0.14 oz ginger
Vanilla oleoresin gives this pumpkin spic essential oil recipe a sweet note reminiscent of pumpkin pie or PSL. It can be omitted for a strong spicy scent, but I prefer the vanilla aroma.
Crisp autumn air wax tarts
My crisp autumn air wax tarts contain an invigorating and refreshing autumn essential oil blend that is perfect to freshen up any room. These are good wax melts for cold. Eucalyptus essential oil can help soothe respiratory symptoms.
Safety tip: Please note that this particular essential oil blend isn’t suitable for pets with asthma or respiratory problems.
Essential oils for crisp autumn air fall wax tarts
I filled the homemade fall wax tarts into a simple cylinder silicone mould and left the soy wax uncoloured. Instead, I melted and poured old candles and leftover wax melts into these lovely maple leaves mould from Katy Sue Designs. I then used a lighter to warm the surface of the wax melts gently to attach the wax leaves. If you ever wondered What can you do with old wax melts? now you know.
Falling leaves wax melts
The warm and woodsy scent of the falling leaves wax melts reminds me of a walk through the woods in autumn. The essential oil blend combines woodsy and spicy essential oils, which gives this essential oil wax melts recipe a calming and relaxing fragrance. The DIY soy fall wax melts were poured into this 10-cavity leaf mould.
Essential oils for falling leaves autumn wax melts
- 12 g / 0.4 oz cedarwood
- 8 g / 0.28 oz balsam fir
- 4 g / 0.14 oz pine
- 4 g / 0.14 oz cinnamon bark
- 4 g / 0.14 oz clove
More scent ideas for DIY essential oil wax melts
For more essential oil fall scents and essential oil recipes for autumn, have a look at my fall diffusing blends, which includes another essential oil pumpkin pie recipe, or my list of floral autumn essential oil blends.
If you don’t want to mix your essential oil blends, you can also buy pre-made autumn essential oil blends. I like essential oils in the Finally Fall bundle from Plant Therapy.
How do you make all natural wax melts? – Tips for how to make wax melts
My easy DIY fall wax melts recipe is ready in just 30 minutes, which makes these natural soy wax melts a great autumn craft idea all throughout the fall season. Here’s how to make wax melts:
Melt the soy wax
Add the soy wax to a double boiler and heat until melted.
Alternative melt the wax in a microwave-safe jug or container in the microwave set to medium-high in 30-second intervals. Stir the melting wax between each interval.
Tip: Avoid heating the wax higher than 190°F / 87°C. It’s important not to overheat the wax while melting. Otherwise, the wax melts may show little white specks. Don’t worry if this happens, the melts are still good to use.
Add the dye and fragrance
If using any, add the dye and stir until entirely incorporated. If the colour doesn’t mix, microwave on low for a few seconds.
Add the essential oils once the wax has cooled to 150°F / 65°C and combine thoroughly. If you want to use different scents and dyes, divide the wax equally between different jugs, and proceed as described.
Tip for highly fragranced wax melts
Wait until the wax has cooled to 150°F / 65°C before you add the essential oils and stir well to disrepute the oil evenly throughout the wax. If the wax is too hot, the essential oils will evaporate.
Pour and chill the wax
Slowly stir the wax until it has cooled down to 125°F / 50°C. Carefully pour the wax into the cavities of the mould. Let the melts harden in a cool place for several hours or overnight.
Tip: I don’t recommend putting the mould in the fridge as cooling down the wax too fast can result in cracks and can make wax melts crumble.
Release the wax melts
Once the wax has completely hardened, pop the fall wax melts out of the silicone mould.
How to use soy wax melts
What do you do with wax melts? Heat 1 to 2 small wax melts or 1 large wax tart in the tray of a melt warmer. Let the heat melt the wax to diffuse the fragrance into the room. Mix and match different melts to create your personal blend. Do not touch the heated wax to avoid burns.
I like the following wax burners for melting wax melts:
- beautiful tea light wax melt warmer
- simple white essential oil burner
- ceramic candle warmer dish
- silver jar melt warmer
- ceramic fragrance warmer
- pretty blue ceramic wax melt warmer
- electric wax melt warmer
- pluggable wax melt warmer
How to remove wax melts from the melter
If wax remains in the tray after use, wait until the wax is cold and has solidified, then press the wax out of the bowl.
How long do homemade wax melts last? How do you make wax melts last longer?
Soy wax melts last about a year. How long the scent will last depends on different factors. I already mentioned the importance of adding the essential oils at the correct temperature. Here are two more things to consider:
Fragrance oil vs essential oil
The type of oil you mix into the DIY wax melts will affect how long they last. Synthetically made fragrance oils are not as volatile and sometimes last longer than essential oils. Essential oils, on the other hand, are volatile, which means they evaporate over time.
I prefer essential oil wax melts because of their aromatherapeutic benefits. Homemade wax melts with essential oils last for 8 to 12 months if stored correctly.
How to store homemade wax melts
The way you store your DIY wax melts will affect the scent throw. To make wax melts last longer, ensure to keep your DIY fall wax melts in a cool, dark place and away from heat and direct sunlight (exposure to heat will release the scent.)
I wrap my scented wax melts in plastic wrap and keep them an airtight container in a cupboard.
More DIY home fragrance projects
For more homemade air freshener ideas, check out these DIYs. I have more DIY autumn home fragrance ideas to share with you. Take a look at these natural home fragrance with essential oil DIYs to try:Report this ad
- 6 essential oil blends for fall – These beautiful essential oil blends include autumn favourites such as pumpkin spice, apple pie or sweater weather and more essential oil combinations for diffuser.
- 6 floral autumn diffuser blends – These fall essential oil blends combine flower scents and warm fall fragrances.
- pumpkin spice candles – These pumpkin spice scented candles are pretty to look at and smell even better! A must for pumpkin spice season.
- fall stovetop potpourri – So quick and easy to do, your home will smell like warm apple pie!
- DIY fall air freshener spray – Spritz the fragrance of autumn into every room with these 3 natural fall room spray recipes!
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Um, how do you measure your amounts of essential oils? I generally go by number of drops.
Thanks for asking, Sherry! Measuring essential oils by drops is fine when only small amounts are used. But for wax melts we need large quantities of EOs. We also have to measure the essential oils accurately because soy wax can only hold a limited amount of oil. I use a digital kitchen scale (aff link) to measure essential oils.
If you don’t have a scale, you might get away with measuring in drops. 1 g essential oil equals roughly 20 drops. The pumpkin spice blend, for example, would convert like this:
• 240 drops cinnamon bark essential oil (12 g / 0.4 oz)
• 240 drops oleoresin essential oil (12 g / 0.4 oz)
• 80 drops nutmeg essential oil (4 g / 0.14 oz)
• 80 drops ginger essential oil (4 g / 0.14 oz)
Just keep in mind that measuring by the drop is not the most accurate method.
Please let me know in case you have another question!
These are so cute! Thanks for the great EO recipes.
Many thanks, Cari!
What a great idea. I love the shapes for these too. These would make beautiful housewarming gifts!
Thanks a lot, Rebecca! They would be lovely as a housewarming gift.