Mmmmmm….inhale….what is that smell? Don’t you just love when the space around you is filled with one of your favorite scents? I go through scented wax melts really quick. I usually have at least 2 wax burners on at all times. The cost of buying the wax melts adds up fast! If you are interested in making your own, keep reading for one version of DIY scented wax melts.
Why Wax Melts?
When I was a teenager, I loved candles! I would often light at least a dozen at a time in my bedroom (haha, obsessed much?). I even made the mistake of putting candles on a shallow shelf near the wall and the candle flame/smoke left black marks on my wall. Whew, mom was pissed, but what did I care, I was a teenager!
As I got older, I worried about my kids accidentally knocking the candles over or touching the flame. I also had to buy them myself and good candles are expensive! I really like Bath & Body Works candles, but they are too pricey for me at nearly $20 each. Even when they are on sale for half off, that’s too much to spend on a candle in my opinion.
When Scentsy came along several years ago, I loved the idea of having a wax warmer that could be left on all the time without the risk of starting a fire! But, Scentsy’s warmers and wax melts weren’t cheap either. Before long though, knock-offs started appearing on shelves at all the big-box stores and home stores. These options were pretty cheap compared to what I’d been paying. I could even buy wax melts at Walmart for a couple bucks!
So, I made the switch to wax warmers and melts only. Now the only candles in my house are just for decoration.
But, my husband complained that I was buying too many of the wax melts, and the price was really adding up. It got me thinking, ‘I could totally make it for less’!
There are several methods and different types of wax that you could use. I like soy wax, but it’s important to get the mixture of fragrance to wax correct. The process of when you mix the two is also important. Soy wax doesn’t have as strong of a scent throw as paraffin wax and you don’t want too much of your scent oil to evaporate. Check out the steps I use to make DIY scented wax melts below.
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DIY Scented Wax Melts
- ½ lb Soy wax (I bought some wax and fragrance from Hobby Lobby for this batch)
- ½ oz. of fragrance
- Clamshells or other molds
- Food scale
- Food Thermometer (I recommend one like this with a longer probe)
- Glass Jar
- Pot of water
Start by putting your glass jar on your food scale and zero out the scale.
Next, measure out a ½ lb. of soy wax in your jar and put your jar inside a pot of water. Heat the water in the pot over medium heat. You don’t want to head the wax over direct heat and you want it to melt slowly.
Then, while the wax is melting, use the scale and measure out a ½ oz. of your fragrance.
Use the food thermometer to monitor the temperature of your wax. With soy wax, it’s recommended to wait until the temperature reaches 185 degrees before adding your fragrance.
Once you add the fragrance, stir slowly to mix it with the wax and remove the jar from the heat. **Be careful because your jar will be hot!
Continue monitoring the temperature of your mixture and once the wax cools down around 160 degrees, it’s time to pour it into the molds.
Finally, let it set in the molds until it’s solid. If you used clamshells, you can just keep the wax melts in there with the lid closed. If you use a different type of mold, you can pop them out and store them in a jar with a lid.
I can make 5 clamshells or 30 wax melts per batch.
With soy wax, it’s best to let them rest for about a week or so before using them.
That’s it, just pop one or two into your wax warmer whenever needed!
You can experiment with different waxes/fragrances. Do you have another recipe you’ve tried for scented wax melts?
Until next time,
P.S. – If you are also a candle lover, check out this DIY Lantern-like Candle Cover