How to Make Wax Melts

How to Make Wax Melts

By Erin Huffstetler | 01/26/2016 | 14 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. Check it out.

Wax Melt Supplies

You can watch me make a batch in this video …

Or you can read through 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
Essential oils

What You Do:

Melt the Wax

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.

Silicon Molds

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.

Burt's Bees Wax Melts

I picked up this pack of wax melts, to show you how to do that.

Inside of Burt's Bees Wax Melt Container

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.

Add Essential Oil

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.

Pour Your Wax Melts

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.

Reuse Wax Melt Packaging

Here’s what the store-bought melt package looked like after I filled it with wax.

Wax Melts Made in Reused Packaging

And here’s what it looked like after the wax cooled. Better than new!

Hardened Wax Melts

Just pop your melts out of their molds …

Homemade Wax Melt

and they’re ready to use.

Wax Melted in Wax Warmer

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.

More Things You Can Make with Beeswax

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How to Make Lotion Bars

How to Make Lotion Bars

How to Make Bug Repellent Sticks

How to Make Bug Repellent Sticks

How to Make Lip Balm

How to Make Lip Balm

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Comments

    • Hi Sally, I buy Now brand essential oils. They’re always rated as being among the best, and they’re reasonably priced. A lot of people swear by Young Living and doTerra, but with those brands, you’ll pay a lot more for a lot less. I saw someone else mention that Walmart sells essential oils, so I went to take a look a couple weeks ago, and I did indeed find oils on the candle aisle, but the packaging said “contains essential oils,” so I suspect you’re getting a little EO with a lot of filler oil. While cheaper, I don’t think you’d be getting pure oils. If you just want them for fragrance, that’s probably fine. If you’re hoping to get additional benefits from the oils (congestion relief, etc., you’re probably not going to be as happy with them. Hope that helps.

      • Could I just say that I use pure beeswax bars from my local hardware store (Dawson’s in the UK) for anything requiring beeswax these days? It’s 99p for a bar and a sharp knife makes it easy to cut up into shards, or you could grate it like soap. It’s dirt cheap, really easy to pick up, just beeswax, and I use it for lotion bars, hair wax, etc..

        You can find them in the polishing or woodworking section and besides uses such as these, you can use the plain bar as hockey stick wax, or for polishing wood.

        I am not endorsed by any companies, I just fricking love this stuff. I’m also a really impulsive DIY guy so it means when the moment takes me I can just have the beeswax ready to go 🙂

  1. Hi Erin,

    Do you happen to have a recipe for making a bug repellent scent to keep bugs from entering the house. I have a wax cube warmer, just looking for the right recipe. Any help would be much appreciated!!!

    • Yep, you can either continue to melt the beeswax in your warmer (the beeswax will continue to clean your air even after the scent is gone), or you could melt it back down, and make new wax melts (with more fragrance).

  2. Hello! I’m working on making wax melts with beeswax, coconut oil, and essential oils. The only smell that comes through is the smell of the beeswax and the coconut oil. What am I doing wrong? Is it the quality of my ingredients? Is it because I’m using a parafinn melter to do the melting? Help please:)

    • Hi Sheena,

      I’d recommend making a batch with just beeswax and essential oils. Coconut oil is often added to wax melts to lower the melt point of the wax, but that isn’t an issue with beeswax. If you find that they still don’t smell as strongly of your EOs as you’d like, you can do as much as an ounce per pound of wax. Hope that helps.

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