Wax melts are fantastic to make a room smell nice whilst providing some health benefits. They are great for aromatherapy which makes us feel overall more relaxed. Commercially wax melts contain harsh synthetic fragrances which are bad for you and can pose health risks. Sometimes these wax melts also contain paraffin which is why making your own wax melts from home is a better choice. Making soy wax or beeswax melts at home with essential oil is the healthiest way to use them.
You can slowly melt the soy wax or beeswax melts in a ceramic oil burner to release the aroma into the room. Soy wax is considered to be a natural wax but it is made from GMO soy and so can never be organic despite other companies claims. Beeswax on the other hand is completely natural and is the byproduct made by bees. To make your very own wax melts you will need a silicone mould, a pouring jug, kitchen scales to measure out the wax, your preferred essential oils, and if you want to change the colour of the soy wax you can use a dye but we prefer to keep the colour natural.
When it comes to using essential oils you will need between 20-30 drops of essential oil. However, this does depend on whether the essential oil is a light aromatic scent or if it on the stronger side. You can use one specific essential oil that you like or if you’d prefer you can blend together oils that may compliment each other such as patchouli and lavender, orange and cinnamon or rose and geranium.
How to make soy wax melts (video)
What you will need for this project
- Soy Wax
- Pouring Jug
- Silicone Mould
- Essential Oil
Before you can get started making your very own vegan soy wax melts you will need to decide a few things. You will need to decide which silicone mould to get as they came in many different shapes and will determine how your finished product looks. You could even experiment with using multiple moulds until you find one that you like.
The other thing you will want to consider is what essential oil you are going to use to scent your soy wax melts. You can use any essential oil you like, some popular options are lavender, vanilla, patchouli, sweet orange, lemon, chamomile, peppermint, sandalwood, and more, It's also worth knowing that different oils give different health benefits and can affect our mood. Finally if you would like to make organic wax melts you should ensure that you use an organic soy wax and organic essential oils. We avoid colourants because we believe that natural ingredients are the best and the most safe.
Soy wax flakes (1/2 cup)
Essential oil (20-30 drops)
The first thing you will want to do is add some water to a saucepan and bring it to a boil. Once it is boiling you will want to reduce the heat and add your soy wax to your pouring jug. Place the jug into the saucepan with the boiling water and carefully mix the wax to help it melt evenly. Soy wax typically has a melting point of 49 to 82 degrees Celsius.
Once it has melted add a few drops of your chosen essential oil to scent the wax then mix well. Then using an oven glove, carefully pour the melted wax into your silicone mould. Repeat until all of the wax has been poured from the jug and until your moulds are full. Next you will need to let the wax fully harden in the silicone moulds for around 24 hours. After that, the soy wax melts will be ready to use.
We hope that you have enjoyed our DIY guide and have fun making them. If you don’t want to make your own, you can buy our essential oil soy wax melts in packs of 12 with scents of patchouli and star anise with cinnamon.
How to use soy wax melts
The first time I got wax melts as a gift, I had no idea what to do with them. In fact, all I knew about them was that they smelt nice. Perhaps you could put them in your drawer to make your clothes smell good or maybe in the bathroom to combat general odour.
Even though those ideas could definitely work, it is not the intended use for them. Soy wax melts melt between 49 to 82 degrees Celsius and as they smell good because they are made with essential oils they need heat to vaporise the oil into the air.
To use your soy wax melts you will need an oil burner. This works by placing a lit candle inside the oil burner and placing the soy wax melt on top. As the oil burner begins to heat up, the wax will slowly melt causing it to release small amounts of essential oil into the atmosphere through a process called vaporisation.
Depending on the scents in the soy wax melts, it could provide a variety of health benefits to you but can also affect your mood making you feel energised, relaxed, sleepy or even excited and happy.