Learn how to make DIY scented wax sachets with soy wax, essential oils and dried botanicals. Natural wax air fresheners are perfect to fragrance closets, drawers and other small spaces. Scented sachets are also a charming gift for housewarmings or to say thank you. Included are 6 different recipes + printable gift tags!
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DIY Scented Wax Sachets with Soy Wax, Botanicals & Essential Oils
Do you know that stale smell when you open a closet or drawer? I have the perfect fix for that: DIY scented wax sachets! Scented sachets are very easy to create with endless possibilities to customise.
The base of my natural air freshener recipe is soy wax along with essential oils. My favourite part, though, is a handful of dried botanicals that turn the non toxic air fresheners into little pieces of art.
Ready to let your creativity soar? Then let’s get started on this DIY home fragrance idea!
What are wax sachets?
What is a wax sachet? A wax sachet is a solid, natural air freshener made with soy wax or beeswax, dried flowers, herbs and spices, and scented with essential oils. Unlike candles or wax melts, scented wax sachets don’t have to be heated. DIY wax tablets are a creative option to deodorise small spaces such as closets and drawers.
DIY scented wax sachets supplies
Before trying the recipe, take a look at the tools and supplies we need for this easy scented sachets DIY:
Essential wax sachet materials and tools
- wax sachet mould – These wax sachet silicone moulds have the perfect size for DIY wax tablets and come with little holes for hanging. Alternatively, use other soft silicone moulds, for example, a soap mould.
- wax melting pot – A wax melting pot is ideal for melting and pouring wax. A double boiler or heatproof measuring cup can be used, too.
- sox wax – I used Golden Brands 444 soy wax. This wax has a wonderful scent throw and a beautiful, creamy appearance. If you live in a warm climate, use a 50-50 mix of beeswax and soy wax to make the wax sachets harder.
- essential oils – Essential oils lend the wax air freshener sachets a rich, natural fragrance. I have listed a few essential oil blends for wax sachets below, but be creative and create your own blends.
- wax colours and mica (optional) – Soy wax colours or mica powder can be used to tint the homemade wax sachets. Uncoloured soy wax sachets will simply be white.
DIY wax sachets decorations
- dried flowers and botanicals – I love to decorate my DIY scented wax sachets with dried flowers, herbs and leaves. Rosebuds and dried lavender are beautiful. I also like this set, which has many different dried flowers and is much cheaper than buying each flower individually. Pressed flowers are another stunning option. Fresh flowers and plants will rot and aren’t suitable for this project.
- dried fruits – Dried citrus rounds, apple slices, berries and other dried fruit can be used as beautiful accents.
- whole spices – Cinnamon sticks, anise stars, cloves, cardamom pods, pink pepper and other spices not only look beautiful, but they also enhance the fragrance and add richness.
- other decorations – Aside from botanicals, wax sachets can also be decorated with ribbons, seashells, mini holiday ornaments or glitter. Have fun and be creative!
I like choose decorations that reflect the scent or the season/holiday (e.g. dried lavender for lavender sachets, dried orange slices for a citrus-scented air freshener, seashells for summer wax sachets etc.)
How to make wax sachets with essential oils
How do you make wax sachets? You are going to love this! The process for how to make DIY wax sachets is incredibly simple. Essential oil wax tablets are also much easier to create than scented candles – a great natural craft project for beginners!
Melt and pour the soy wax
Here are the steps for how to make soy wax tablets:
- A double boiler is the best way to melt the soy wax. Fill a saucepan with 2 inches / 5 cm of water and bring to a mild simmer.
- Put the wax flakes in a wax melting pot or a heat-resistant measuring cup. Place in the warm water bath and until the wax is melted. Stir occasionally to help the melting process.
- Remove from the heat and add the essential oils. Stir well to combine the wax and essential oils.
- Pour the wax into the silicone mould. It’s a good idea to put the mould on a cutting board or tray so you can lift and move the mould after pouring.
Decorate the DIY scented wax sachets
My favourite part is decorating the wax sachets!
- Wait until the wax has slightly cooled and becomes cloudy.
- When the wax begins to set, sprinkle the scented sachets with dried herbs and flowers, spices, dried fruits and other decorations. Gently press larger items into the wax.
- Let the wax sachets harden at room temperature, which can take 30 minutes to an hour, depending on the heat and humidity in your home.
Unmould the wax sachets
Once fully solid, it’s time to release the wax tablets from the mould. Here is what you do:
- Gently pull the silicone mould away from the wax sachets to break the airlock.
- Pull back the mould and slip the wax tablet out. Wax sachets are delicate so handle them carefully.
- String twine or ribbon through each wax air freshener and tie a knot.
Easy DIY aromatherapy wax sachets
Now that we know how to make DIY wax tablets, let’s play with the scented wax tablet recipe and try different wax tablet fragrance ideas.
Floral wax sachets
These floral sachets are perfect to fragrance any space! A soothing blend of essential oils lends the wax sachets a rich, dewy bouquet with hints of citrus. I went all in and decorated the natural air freshener with an eclectic mix of florals, dried orange and cinnamon sticks.
- 40 drops ylang ylang essential oil
- 40 drops geranium essential oil
- 20 drops lavender essential oil
- 10 drops mandarin essential oils
- 5 drops copaiba essential oil
DIY lavender wax sachets
I will never tire of lavender! Lavender wax sachets give clothes a nice scent and repel moths and other insects. If you prefer a lighter lavender smell, try lavandin essential oil. I used a hexagonal mould, violet mica and dried lavender to craft my lavender wax tablets.
- 100 drops lavender essential oil
Homemade rose wax tablets
I love roses and had to include a rose-scented air freshener. The scent also pairs beautifully with other essential oils. For some variation, blend rose EO with bergamot, neroli, or patchouli. Pink mica, dried rosebuds and baby’s breath are pretty embellishments for rose air fresheners.
Summer meadow essential oil air freshener
These gorgeous essential oil air fresheners have a sweet, citrus fragrance with a hint of spice. The aroma is perfect to scent fabric or a small powder room. I chose a round mould and decorated the wax sachets with dried petals and flowers.
- 40 drops jasmine absolute
- 30 drops bergamot essential oil
- 20 drops amyris essential oil
- 10 drops ginger root essential oil
Refreshing woodland wax sachets
In case your hubby’s sock drawer could do with a little fragrance, try this stimulating blend of lime, fir and cypress essential oil. It isn’t floral or too feminine and your man will enjoy the fresh and woodsy smell. I decorated these wax air fresheners with pressed fern and daisies.
Coffee-scented wax tablets
Did you know that the smell of coffee neutralises other odours? I wouldn’t use these coffee sachets for clothes or linen, but the warming fragrance is perfect to freshen up stale kitchen cabinets or your pantry. Fresh coffee beans and coffee grounds complement the look of this coffee air freshener.
Citrus blast wax air freshener
The citrus air freshener wax sachets add a bright and invigorating scent that eliminates bad or stale odours. I have these on my desk to feel energised and positive while I work. The air fresheners were decorated with dried orange halves, strawflowers and calendula petals.
- 40 drops grapefruit essential oil
- 30 drops sweet orange essential oil
- 15 drops lemon essential oil
- 15 drops lime essential oil
How to use the wax sachets
What are wax sachets used for? Use the scented wax sachet to refresh your home and impart a lovely fragrance to your linens or clothes. Hang in the entryway, tuck in drawers, cabinets and boxes of off-season clothes, or loop around a hanger in your closet.
I admit that a wax sachet isn’t the strongest room deodorizer, candles and wax melts are stronger. Instead, scented wax tablets are a lovely alternative for scent bags for drawers. You can also place them in a decorative bowl and display on your desk for a subtle, natural room scent.
To avoid wax stains on fabric, wrap your wax sachet in tissues or a handkerchief before placing in a drawer or closet.
I don’t recommend using wax sachets as a natural air freshener for your car as they can melt if exposed to heat or direct sunlight.
How long do scented wax sachets last?
Wax sachets can last for many years, but the fragrance will lessen over time. Make sure to keep the wax sachets out of direct sunlight and away from heat sources.
Scented wax sachet gifts with free printable labels
Botanical wax sachets are charming homemade presents and an eco-friendly gift idea. Give them as a sweet thank you, housewarming present, zero-waste party favour, Mother’s Day or holiday gift. With countless customisation options, you can create DIY scented wax sachets for any recipient and occasion.
Cyna created printable gift tags, which include instructions on how to use scented wax tablets. Print the gift tags, cut out, make two slits where indicated, and thread the hanger through. And there you have an easy, beautiful and natural gift!
Printable Gift Tags
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