The Art of Creating Wax Melts

There are some of us who prefer long tapered candles with the hot wax dripping down it’s length while others enjoy a flickering candle in a pretty jam jar – adding a raw rustic charm to any room. But have you ever actually burned wax without the wick?

These little fragrant (and often colourful) gems are known as wax melts or wax tarts – and they are perfect for throwing scent in a room without the need for a flame (and can I just add the strength of the smell is often phenomenal!)

Simply pop one or more of these little wax melts in your electric burner and hey presto - you have a safe and clean way of now burning your wax and making your home smell delightful. Some wax burners have a small little insert where you can put a tea light; this tiny candle heats up the wax melts above.

Making these wax melts yourself can be great fun – you can mix and match colours, scents and shapes using all sorts of different moulds. Why not have a go by following our easy step-by-step instructions below?

These are the items you will need to make wax melts from scratch:

  • moulds in the shape – or shapes – that you desire (bear in mind you won’t want to use a mould that will make melts bigger than your actual burner)
  • double boiler
  • heat-safe measuring jug
  • heat-safe stirring utensil
  • wax (either paraffin or soy will do)
  • fragrance oil
  • dye chips for colour

A fun tip before you select your hues and scents: Remember, there’s no rule that dictates that you MUST match the colours of your dye chips to the fragrance oils you choose. Whilst the creamy aroma of a luscious avocado would, of course, be lovely when emanating from wax in a perfectly paired hue of avocado green, that doesn’t mean to say you are restricted in your colour choices. My advice would be to just let your imagination and creativity run wild!

Step One: Melt the Wax

You first start by melting the wax. The amount of wax you use will depend entirely on the number of units in your moulds, as well as the number of wax tarts that you wish to make. Therefore, I have not listed a set amount of wax to be used for this project. Having said that, it is better to have too much wax available than not enough. I typically allow for approximately 1Kg of wax when making my melts.

After you have had some practice with your moulds of choice, you should be able to simply glance at the amount of melted wax in your jug and compare it with the amount of wax you’ll need for the moulds. Ultimately, you should also gain an accurate sense of how much unmelted wax or “dry wax” it will take to fill the moulds. This simply takes practice to master.

If you have extra wax after filling your moulds, you can pour the remaining wax in a heat-safe container and save it for a future candle or wax melt project.

TIP: Always use a double boiler to melt the wax. If you do not own a double boiler and don’t really want to buy one, you can also place a heat-safe container over a pot of water on your stove. I would advise you to use a measuring jug - note how much wax you use & when you achieve the perfect amount of wax for your moulds, you can jot that down for future projects.

Step Two: Add Dye Chips

Next, you will probably want to add some colour to your wax melts. You could leave them as plain white – but where is the fun in that when there are so many colours to have some fun with?! I think I’m going to go for star shaped moulds for this project – a lovely fluorescent yellow will go perfectly. I thought it would be fun to have some gingerbread men shaped melts too!

I’m only going to use one dye chip as the colour is quite strong – be sure to stir it in thoroughly into your mixture.

Step Three: Add Fragrance Oil

After your wax is coloured properly, you will add the fragrance oil you want. I am using a lovely beeswax fragrance for my stars. As for the gingerbread men, I’ve decided to go for a delicious licorice scent. As with the dye chips, Craftovator’s fragrance oil is very strong so I won’t be using a huge amount. Around 3-6% concentration should be perfect!

Step Three: Add the Wax to the Moulds

Carefully pour the wax into the moulds. Leave a small amount of space at the top of each mould – this should help to prevent a messy spill from occurring if the moulds get knocked accidentally.

Step Four: Allow the Wax Melts to Set

Allow the wax tarts to harden. Once they are very firm to the touch and completely cool, you may pop them out of their moulds. Place them in your wax melt burners and enjoy!