Wax melts, wax tarts or wax cubes are a closer relative to wax sachets (in terms of them not requiring wicks) and they are brilliant alternatives to candles. Place a wax melt in a warmer and they’ll gradually melt and fill your chosen space with your choice of aroma.
They’re safer than candles because you don’t have to worry about leaving flames unattended. They’re also brilliant for when you’re unsure if you’d like a certain fragrance enough to buy candles (of any size) for them! Moreover, they have a longer ‘burning period’ than candles. This is because they gradually absorb heat and the oils aren’t burnt, but warmed, so the oils in wax melts evaporates more slowly. Best of all, no soot is released at all when a wax melt is used!
So, what are we waiting for? Let’s have some fun DIY-ing some wax melts!
What you’ll need:
- Double Boiler
- Mini Heart Soap Mold 5g – 55 Mini Hearts
- 20g of Natural Soy Wax
- 10g of Refined Shea Butter
- Lavender Essential Oil
- Lemon Essential Oil
- Dried Rose Petals
- Beaker (or two) 👉 We used two 100ml ones, which you can get here.
- Stirrer 👉 We used a popsicle stick here.
- Oven Mittens / Thick Cloth (to remove the beaker from the double boiler)
Instructions (Makes 20-21 mini heart wax melts)
- In separate beakers, melt 10g of shea butter and 20g of natural soy wax in the double boiler.
*Note: The butter helps make a wax melt that is softer and also melts faster. If you want a harder wax melt, you can decrease the amount of butter (or forgo it entirely) and add more soy wax instead.
- Once they’re both thoroughly melted, turn off the heat. Pour the shea butter and mix it together with the soy wax.
- Add in 10 drops of lavender essential oil and 5 drops of lemon essential oil. Stir well so that the essential oils are evenly distributed.
*Note: The aroma of essential oils fade faster than that of fragrance oils. You can either:
a) increase the amount of essential oils (maximum 20 drops or the stability of the wax melt may be compromised)
b) swap to fragrance oils (to have longer lasting scents but no aromatherapy benefits) or,
c) have a blend of both (longer lasting scent+aromatherapy benefits).
- Crush a dried rose bud and place the crushed pieces in to the mixture.
- While pouring into the mold, you might want to stir a little so that the petals don’t end up clumped together.
- Leave it aside to harden completely. This will take about 30 minutes to an hour, depending on the temperature of your surroundings.
- Carefully pop out the wax melts after at least 30 minutes. Keep them in a airtight container so that the essential oils don’t oxidize too fast when you’re not melting them in a wax warmer.
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