How To Make Wax Melts

 

How To Make Wax Melts

What is a wax melt? - A wax melt is like a candle without the wick. It is designed to be used with an oil burner. Place the wax melt in the bowl of an oil burner, do not add water. Place a lit tealight under the oil burner and aroma will blast out fragrancing your home!

lavender melts

What you'll need
Wax - Pillar blend (Container blend waxes are designed to adhere to the mould, making them difficult to remove. Pillar blend waxes are designed to shrink a little when cooled making them perfect for removing from the mould)
Mould/s
Fragrance Oil
Dye (optional)
Bowl for melting wax in the microwave (Soya wax only)
Pans for melting wax using the double boiler method (Paraffin wax)
Thermometer
Weighing scales
A Fork
(or something to stir with)

Making wax melts is simple to do, here is a basic guide to get you through your first lot. 

Melt the wax, if using soy wax you can do this in a microwave. Weigh out the amount of wax you wish to use and put it in the bowl then heat  in short bursts of 30 seconds, take out, swill around then back in for another 30 seconds ... check the temperature of the wax. We're aiming for a temperature of around 85C.

If using paraffin wax you should heat using the double boiler method. Water in a pan heated on the hob with a bowl or smaller pan in the water containing the paraffin wax. Again aim for 85C

When the wax has reached this temperature remove from the heat source and add the fragrance oil (and dye if using it) and thoroughly stir. 

Allow the mixture to cool a little (ideally to around 60C) and pour into your mould/s. If you pour too hot the wax could dip a little in the centre when cooling. If this does happen it can be rectified by pouring again over the wax melt when cooled.

Leave out of the way of draughts to set (be patient with this, the longer you leave to cool the easier it'll be to remove from the mould)

If you want to add lavender/glitter etc (like we have in our pic) just sprinkle on before the wax sets.

And that is it! Very simple. 

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Now the question I get asked most is how much fragrance oil to wax should be used.

This depends on the oil and your personal taste of how strong you like fragrances to be. The maximum limit you can use is 10%. That is normally what the wax will hold without the fragrance leaking.
I would personally start a new fragrance at around 5% which would mean - If I was using 100gm of wax, I would weigh out 5gm of fragrance oil.
After making the wax melts I would then 'cure' the melts. This is just putting the wax melts in a cool dark dry area (box under the stairs?) for as long as you can, around a week is good, it will give the fragrance a chance to develop. After this, you can test the wax melt for strength. Tip - When testing your wax melts do it on a day you haven't been creating any fragranced crafts, as this will affect your nose! 
Now you will have a good idea whether you need to add more or less fragrance to your next batch ... or maybe keep the recipe spot on!

Tip- Write everything down, if using dye note exactly how many drop/s you used so you can replicate the exact colour. Also exactly how much fragrance so again you can repeat.

That's pretty much it! Now you can enjoy your wax melts! Let us know how you get on..

Claire x