I must say that I’ve always been a bit paranoid when it comes to open flames in my house. My nervous brain likes to conjure up images of my house going up in flames due to some sort of stovetop or candle incident! Because of my fire-related concerns, I can definitely see the appeal of flameless “candle” alternatives, such as scented wax melts. (If you’re not familiar with wax melts, they are little scented wax cubes that you melt in a special warmer to release the scent.)
But rather than buy wax melts from a store, I figured that something so simple would be easy enough to recreate. (And you know me, I can never quite resist the urge to “DIY” something when the urge strikes me!) So after a bit of research and experimentation, the OGT team came up with this formula for all-natural scented wax melts.
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Unlike other wax melts you can buy, these use beeswax and coconut oil as a base. Many of the store-bought varieties of wax melts are made with paraffin wax, a petroleum-based wax that can emit toxic chemicals when burned. Another thing that sets my homemade wax melts apart from the store-bought ones is that they are scented with all-natural essential oils instead of artificial fragrances. Plus, they’re easy to make and make your home smell wonderful! So let’s get started, shall we?
Homemade Wax Melts
- Glass or metal bowl
- 1/4 cup beeswax pastilles
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 100 drops of essential oil(s)
- Silicone mold
Pour an inch or two of water into your saucepan, and bring it to a simmer on your stovetop. Add the beeswax and coconut oil to your glass or metal 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 oil(s) of choice to the melted wax and oil mixture. You can use one, two, or even three oils combined to create your perfect scent. (Adding 100 drops of essential oils may seem like a lot, but keep in mind that this recipe can make multiple wax melt cubes.)
For the melts shown here, I added 30 drops of lemongrass essential oil, 30 drops of grapefruit essential oil, and 30 drops of lavender essential oil. I’m calling this mixture “Soothing Citrus,” but you can use whatever oils your heart desires! See the links below for more essential oil blends to get you inspired.
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!
Note: Our little plug-in wax warmer didn’t generate a lot of heat, so it took quite a while to melt the wax. If you’re using a plug-in warmer like this one, you may want to reduce the amount of beeswax you use in your melts. Try using 2-3 tablespoons of beeswax instead of 4 for easier melting!