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DIY Wax Melts with Essential Oils and Soy Wax

Learn how to make DIY wax melts with essential oils and fill any room in your home with fragrance. Natural, non-toxic materials are perfect for refreshing a room. Wax warmers can be lovely home accents and great to refresh any space of your house. If you use an electric wax warmer, you don’t even have to worry about a flame.

DIY Wax Melts with soy wax and essential oils

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Homemade wax melts

I love walking into a room and being greeted by a fresh scent, especially in areas where I spend a lot of time like my desk or living room.

When I recently received a beautiful wax warmer from a dear friend (thanks Gemma!), I decided to put it good use by making my own wax melts with soy wax and an aromatic blend of essential oils.

And honestly, making wax melts is infinitely more fun than buying them, right? Plus, you can create any scent, shape or size you want to match your preference or occasion. So let’s do this and read on to learn how to make DIY wax melts with essential oils at home!

DIY essential oil wax melts

Materials and supplies for DIY wax melts

Pouring your own wax melts is pretty simple, and I find it easier than pouring container candles. Before talking about fragrance options, let’s have a look at the materials you need to make your own wax melts at home:

Soy wax

As the name suggests, wax is the main ingredient. I recommend to use soy wax, which is a neutral wax, has an excellent scent throw and melts evenly.

I used Golden Brands 464 soy wax to create this citronella candle recipe. This soy wax burns cleanly, has a high fragrance load and will produce great looking wax melts.

My recipe uses 300 g (10 oz) soy wax, which means you can add up to 54 g (1.9 oz) essential of fragrance oil(s).

Personally, I found that 35 g (1.2 oz) gives a lovely scent throw that is perfect to fragrance your workplace or a small room. However, if you prefer a strong scent throw simply go higher than that.

The scent load for other soy waxes usually ranges between 6% to 12%, so make sure to follow the recommendations of the manufacturer.

DIY wax melts with essential oils

Wax dye

I used wax dye to give my melts pretty colors. Any soy candle dye that is suitable for pillar or container candles is ideal for this project. If you skip the dye, your wax melts will be white, which is pretty as well.

I think adding a little bit of color is fun and also helps you to distinguish different wax melts when you make more than one fragrance.

Wax melt mold

Finally, you need a silicone or plastic mold to form the melts. I used a floral mold that produced cute, little flowers. Any type of soap or candy mold works. You can also use the mold for soap-making or DIY beauty projects afterwards. But please don’t prepare food in the mold.

Homemade wax melts

Essential oils blends for spring

Wax melts are very versatile, and you can pretty much add any essential oils you want. I love the ability to create a certain mood or change the scent according to the different seasons of the year.

Since spring is almost here (yay to that!), I have put together a few ideas for essential oil blends that capture the spirit of spring. I also stated mixing ratios, which you can adapt to your personal preferences.

Refreshing & Revitalizing

Sweetly Floral

Soft & Calming

DIY wax melts in a melter

How to make DIY wax melts with essential oils at home

Making homemade wax melts is an easy and straightforward process: measure out the ingredients, melt the wax either in the microwave or over a double boiler, add the dye and fragrance, then pour and let harden.

Using a glass jug makes pouring easier. It’s also a good idea to place the molds on a tray or cutting board so you can easily lift the mold without spilling liquid wax.

To get the best scent throw, use a digital laser thermometer, so you know when to add the essential oils and when it’s time to pour the wax. I have stated the proper temperatures in the instructions.

Soy wax melts recipe

Gift homemade wax melts

Wax melts are an excellent DIY gift idea: they’re easy to create, the cost of the materials won’t break the bank, and you can make them in advance to have them ready when you need a last-minute gift.

I give wax tarts all year round for many occasions, such as birthday presents, hostess gifts, party favors, or to say thank you. These spring-themed flower wax melts are also perfect little gifts for wedding, bridal and baby showers, and adorable Easter basket stuffers.

Make DIY wax melts with essential oils and soy wax fill any room in your home with fragrance. Natural, non-toxic materials are perfect for refreshing a room. These homemade wax tarts are lovely home accents & great to freshen up any space of your house. Create any scent, shape or size you want to match your preference or occasion. We also share different essential oil blends & tips for the best scent throw. #waxmelts #waxtarts #diywaxmelts #essentialoils #homefragrance | countryhillcottage.com

DIY Wax Melts Recipe

Yield: 12 - 20 wax melts
Active Time: 30 minutes
Cooling Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Difficulty: easy

Learn how to make DIY wax melts with essential oils and fill any room in your home with fragrance. Natural, non-toxic materials are perfect for refreshing a room. Wax warmers can be lovely home accents and great to refresh any space of your house. If you use an electric wax warmer, you don’t even have to worry about a flame.

Materials

Instructions

  1. Melt the wax. Place the wax in a microwave-safe jug or container and melt in 30-second intervals in the microwave set to medium-high. Stir the melting wax between each interval. Alternatively, put the wax into a heatproof bowl or container and melt over a double boiler.
    Tip: 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.
  2. Add the dye and fragrance. Add the dye and stir until entirely incorporated. If the color doesn’t mix, microwave on low for a few seconds. Add the essential oils or fragrance once the wax has cooled to 65°C (150°F) and combine thoroughly. If you want to use different scents and dyes, divide the wax equally between different jugs, and proceed as described.
  3. Pour and chill the wax. Slowly stir the wax until it has cooled down to 50°C (125°F). Carefully pour the wax into the cavities of the mold. Let the melts harden in a cool place for several hours or overnight.
    Tip: I don’t recommend putting the cooling the mold in the fridge as cooling down the wax too fast can result in cracks.
  4. Release the wax melts from the mold. Once the wax has completely hardened, pop the melts out of the silicone mold.

Notes

I recommend using heatproof glass jugs or containers for melting and pouring wax as wax can be tricky to clean. If you use a plastic container keep in mind that some wax dyes can discolor plastic. Afterwards use warm, soapy water to clean the jug or container.

How to use DIY wax melts at home

Heat 2 to 3 wax melts in the tray of a melt warmer. Let the heat melt the wax to diffuse the fragrance into the room.

Do not touch the heated wax to avoid burns. 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.

Mix and match different melts to create your personal blend.

You can also put the wax melts in an organza bag and use it to fragrance a drawer, cupboard, or closet.

Storing the wax melts

It’s best to store these homemade wax tarts in an airtight container in a cool and dark place to retain the scent and color.

Rashmi

Thursday 2nd of December 2021

Hi.. Some people suggest melting the soy wax till 185°F n then add fragrance then dye.. And pour around 150F . I watched candlescience you tube video.. Can you guide what to do.. And sorry i should mention that your content is really helpful.. I'm a newbie in candle making n learning a lot from your blog.. Gratitude..

Irena | Country Hill Cottage

Thursday 2nd of December 2021

Hi Rashmi! I'm glad that you find our content helpful. The exact melt and pour temperature depend on the wax you're using and can vary from brand to brand. I would check the manufacturer's instructions to what they suggest. I hope this helps and happy making!

Paul Raymont

Friday 7th of May 2021

I have the most wonderful flowering scented plant in my garden with a short flowering season and my question is, can I use those fresh flowers in a wax melt to create and prolong the gorgeous smell they provide whilst flowering? It is a rhododendron fragrantissima hybrid?

Irena | Country Hill Cottage

Friday 7th of May 2021

Hi Paul! I love your idea, but I'm afraid that wax melts won't preserve the scent. Fresh flowers will wilt quickly and the scent will fade as well. Only dried flowers are suitable for this type of project.

However, you could try to make an alcohol extract or a glycerite with your flowers. Please let me know if this is of interest to you, and I'd be happy to advise more.

c fox

Sunday 25th of April 2021

my melts have bubbles in how can i stop this?

Irena | Country Hill Cottage

Monday 26th of April 2021

Hi there! You can 2 things to avoid bubbles: stir the melted wax very slowly so you don't introduce air into the wax. And then check if you see any bubbles after pouring the max into the mold. If you do, use a toothpick to pop them. Hope this helps and happy making!

Rebecca

Thursday 18th of February 2021

Hi! I'm trying to start making candles, but I'm a bit confused as to know if I should decrease the amount of wax to hold the percentage of EO like most people do with FO. Is this what I should do with EO as well?

Irena | Country Hill Cottage

Friday 19th of February 2021

Hi Rebecca! Can you explain what you mean by decrease the amount of wax? The use of EOs in candle making is very similar to use of FOs. Wax can hold a certain amount of essential oils or fragrance oil, usually between 6-10%. If you reduce the amount of wax, you will also have to reduce the amount of EO/FO to maintain the correct percentage. I hope this helps and please let me know if you have another question!

Angela

Tuesday 10th of November 2020

Hi is fragrance oils safe to use around pets as not sure if it’s toxic, wanted to use my make and use my own melts to be as safe as possible

Irena | Country Hill Cottage

Wednesday 11th of November 2020

Hi Angela! Some essential oils are safe for pets and others are not. Could you let me know which fragrance/essential oil you have so I can advise more?

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