By Erin Huffstetler | 01/26/2016 | 21 Comments
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I popped into Walmart the other day, and was surprised to discover almost an entire aisle dedicated to wax melts. Wow! I knew they were popular, but I had no idea they were that popular. And here’s the thing: most of the wax melts they were selling were made out of paraffin wax and synthetic fragrances. Those aren’t things I want my family breathing.
But I do like the idea of wax melts. So, I grabbed a cheapy electric warmer (less than $7), and I went home to make my own wax melts. My version cleans the air instead of polluting it, and can easily be tweaked to help with sinus and cold/flu symptoms.
Watch me make a batch in this video …
Or just follow the printed instructions below.
What You’ll Need:
Beeswax pellets (or blocks of beeswax. I just think the pellets are a bit easier to work with)
Molds (candy molds, ice cube trays or empty wax melt packaging)
A double boiler or crockpot for melting wax
What You Do:
Melt your wax in a double boiler on the stove. There’s no need to get fancy here. Just fill a pot with water, and stick another container inside of that one to hold your wax. You just don’t want to heat your wax over direct heat. It’s flammable stuff. I recommend melting your wax inside of something you don’t care about. Consider picking up an old pot at a thrift store that you can use just for melting wax. Then, you won’t have to worry about cleaning it afterwards.
If you think you’ll be melting wax often, you might want to purchase a second-hand crockpot for that purpose. I recently started heating my wax in a crockpot, and I have to say there are a lot of advantages to doing it that way. I don’t have to babysit the wax while it melts, and I don’t have to worry about the wax cooling before I’m done working with it. As long as the crockpot is on, it stays melted.
I’ve used a lot of different molds over the years, and I can tell you that silicon molds are my hands-down favorites. They’re super durable and easy to clean; and it’s really easy to release your projects from them. I use them to make all sorts of things, including my lotion bars and my dish detergent tabs.
I keep an eye out for silicon pans/molds when I’m out thrift storing and yard saling. That’s where the ones I used for this project came from. Just look for something shallow. A candy mold would be ideal because it will keep your wax melts on the small side. You definitely don’t want your wax melts to overfill the top of your electric wax warmer. That would be messy.
If you’re looking for something that will work, I recommend this peanut butter cup mold.
It’s the one I use for my dishwasher tabs, and the size would be ideal for this project.
If you don’t want to spend any money on molds, an ice cube tray will work, or you can even reuse a store-bought wax melt package.
I picked up this pack of wax melts, to show you how to do that.
Just wipe out the inside, after you use the last melt, and voila, you have your mold!
All right, now that we’ve covered all the ins and outs of picking the right mold, let’s get back to making wax melts.
Once your wax is fully melted, add essential oil to fragrance it. One ounce of oil per pound of wax is a good rule of thumb. You can use less than this, but don’t go over this amount.
Then, pour your wax into your mold(s). The square ice cube mold I used was kind of on the large size, so I only filled it half way.
Here’s what the store-bought melt package looked like after I filled it with wax.
And here’s what it looked like after the wax cooled. Better than new!
Just pop your melts out of their molds …
and they’re ready to use.
Why Beeswax Melts are Better
Paraffin wax and the synthetic fragrances found in most commercial wax melts are air pollutants, and contribute to poor indoor air quality. Beeswax actually improves indoor air quality. When beeswax is melted, it releases negative ions that clean the air. Those ions are capable of neutralizing both allergens and air-borne toxins. Pretty dang cool.
Pair that with essential oils, and you have the perfect recipe for clean air.
How to Make Sinus, Cold/Flu and Headache Wax Melts + More
For years, I used essential oils to add fragrance to my various diy projects, completely missing all of the health benefits associated with the various oils. There are oils that help with congestion, oils that help with headaches, even oils that can kill germs. Now that I know better, I’m a lot more thoughtful about which oils I use in my projects.
When I made this batch of wax melts, I used equal parts peppermint oil and eucalyptus oil because they’re good for the congestion associated with sinus headaches and colds/flus. That’s just the thing for this time of year.
You could easily make wax melts for tension headaches, migraines and even destressing. That’s the beauty of making things yourself – you get to decide what goes into them.
I recommend investing in an essential oil book. It’ll make it easy for you to find the right oils for any ailment. I recently bought this one:
It has a section in the front where you can look up essential oils to use by ailment, and a section in the back where you can look up specific oils to see what they’re good for, and check for any warnings associated with them. Such a good resource. I’ve only had it for a couple weeks, and I keep pulling it off the shelf.
Want to try beeswax wax melts, without making them yourself? They’re available for purchase in my shop.
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