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How to Make Wax Melts
Author: Wholesale Supplies Plus
Thursday, January 11, 2024

Perfect for both beginners and experienced crafters, this article will introduce you to the basics of wax melt creation, from selecting the right type of wax and fragrance oils to mastering the melting and molding techniques. Whether you're looking to create a cozy atmosphere at home or seeking personalized gifts for loved ones, our step-by-step guide is designed to inspire and assist you in making beautifully scented wax melts that reflect your personal style and fragrance preferences. So, let's dive in and start the journey of transforming simple ingredients into captivating aroma experiences!

How are Wax Melts Different from Candles?

Wax melts and candles differ primarily in their use and structure. Wax melts are scented pieces of wax without a wick that are melted in a wax warmer. They are an excellent option for those who prefer not to have an open flame. Unlike candles, wax melts can be used multiple times until the fragrance fades. They are also more customizable in terms of scent combinations and intensity. You can mix different wax melts to create your unique fragrance blend.

How Long Do Wax Melts Last?

Typically, wax melts can last anywhere from 8 to 20 hours depending on the type of the wax and the fragrance oil used. Factors like the type of wax warmer and the environment can also affect their longevity. Use high-quality wax with premium fragrance oils as they tend to last longer. The size of the wax melt also plays a role – smaller pieces will melt and dissipate scent faster than larger ones.

What’s the Best Wax for DIY Wax Melts?

The best wax for DIY wax melts is often a matter of personal preference. Soy wax, a renewable source, is a popular choice due to its natural ingredients. Other options include paraffin wax, known for its long-lasting fragrance, beeswax with its natural, honey-like scent, or a blend of these waxes for a balanced scent throw and melting point. A soy blend wax is recommended for beginners due to its ease of use and eco-friendly properties.

What Materials do I Need to Make Wax Melts?

To make wax melts, you will need:
  • Wax (e.g., 1 pound of soy wax)
  • Fragrance oils or essential oils (about 30-40 drops for essential oils or 1-2 ounces for fragrance oils per pound of wax)
  • Dye (optional, a few drops or grams depending on desired color intensity)
  • Wax warmer
  • Molds (silicone molds are preferred for easy removal)
  • Heat source to melt the wax (such as a double boiler)
  • Thermometer (to monitor the wax temperature)
  • Stirring utensil (like a wooden spoon)
  • Pouring pitcher (for transferring melted wax into molds)

How to Make the Best Smelling Wax Melts

Measure the Wax
  • Depending on the number of wax melts you want to make, measure the appropriate amount of wax. For a standard batch, use about 1 pound of wax
Melt the Wax
  • Heat the wax in a melting pot or double boiler until it reaches the recommended temperature depending on wax type.
Add Dye
  •  If desired, add dye when the wax is fully melted and mix well for an even color.
Add Fragrance Oil
  • Once the wax cools, add fragrance oil and stir for about 2 minutes to ensure even distribution and to ensure a good scent throw.
Fill the Molds
  • Carefully pour the wax into silicone molds, filling up to the top but avoiding overfilling.
  • Allow the wax to cool and harden completely at room temperature for several hours.
Remove from Molds
  • Gently pop the wax melts out of the molds.
  • Let the wax melts cure for at least 48 hours depending on wax type for the best scent throw.

Ways to Spice up Your Wax Melts

  • Use micas for a shimmery and eye-catching effect.
  • Add eco-friendly glitter for a sparkling appearance.
  • Experiment with unique fragrance blends, like combining floral and citrus notes.
  • Use fun and creative mold shapes like stars, hearts, or seasonal designs to add character.
  • Incorporate botanicals like dried flowers or herbs for a natural touch.

Shop Wax Melt Ingredients & Supplies

For a range of wax melt ingredients and supplies, explore the Wholesale Supplies Plus website. They offer a variety of waxes, fragrance oils, dyes, and molds suitable for your DIY wax melt projects, along with detailed tutorials and support for beginners.

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