I’ve always been a bit paranoid when it comes to open flames in my house, as my nervous brain is quick to conjure up images of my entire house going up in flames. Thus I find flameless alternatives to candles quite appealing, including scented wax melts.
If you’re not familiar with wax melts, they are little scented blocks of wax that you place in a special warmer to melt them down and release their scent. But rather than buying wax melts from a store, I challenged myself to come up with a DIY version that I could whip up at home.
I’m happy to report that I succeeded, and I’ll be showing you exactly how to make them in this post.
One thing that makes these homemade wax melts unique is that they’re made with a base of beeswax and coconut oil. Some store-bought varieties are made with a paraffin wax base, a petroleum-based wax that can emit toxic chemicals when burned.
Another thing that sets my homemade wax melts apart is that their fragrance comes from all-natural essential oils — no artificial fragrances here! Plus, they’re easy to make and make your home smell wonderful!
How To Make Wax Melts
- Glass or metal bowl
- 2-4 Tbsp beeswax pastilles
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 100 drops of essential oils
- Silicone mold
Pour an inch or two of water into your saucepan, and bring it to a simmer on your stovetop. Add the beeswax (use the lesser amount if your warmer doesn’t generate a lot of heat) and coconut oil to your bowl or measuring cup, then place the bowl over the pan of simmering water.
When the beeswax and coconut oil have melted completely and are well combined, remove the container from heat.
Add your essential oils of choice to the melted wax and oil mixture. You can use one, two, or even three oils combined to create your perfect scent. The number of drops may seem high, but you’re making multiple wax melts and you don’t want the scent to be too subtle!
Finally, stir the oils into the wax and oil mixture, then pour it into your silicone mold. Choose a mold with small cavities, around an inch in size, so you can fit your wax melts into smaller warmers if necessary.
Allow the mixture to solidify completely, then pop the wax melts out of the mold and store them in a jar or ziplock bag.
Using Your Wax Melts
Place your wax warmer in your desired room and turn it on. Place one or two wax melt pieces into the tray of the warmer, and enjoy the lovely all-natural scent!
Which Essential Oil Should I Use In My Wax Melts
There’s really no wrong answer when it comes to choosing an oil or oils to use. You can choose based on where you plan to put wax warmer, or stick with the scent you like best. Here are some suggestions along with a few of their benefits:
- Slumber essential oil blend – relieves stress and helps you unwind before bed
- Defend essential oil blend – purifies your air and shores up your immune system
- All Clear essential oil blend – fights allergy symptoms like congestion and inflammation
- Simple Clean essential oil blend – gets rid of unpleasant odors while lifting your mood
- Restore essential oil blend – helps you relax, breathe better, and freshens the air
- Scents of the Season blends – in our shop around the holidays to make your home smell like Christmas!
Do you use wax melts at home?