How To Make A Candle Wax Melt

If you’ve ever fancied trying making your own candle, but are put off by the obstacles and limitations, read on.

A candle wax melt may just be the way to go. Candle wax melts are the perfect solution. Not only are they super easy to make, but you can add your specific essential oils and dye.

 Furthermore, you have the freedom to design your wax melt in any shape or size you like. Making your own candle wax melt allows you to draw on your own inspiration and creativity, creating a perfect, personalized result.

Read this useful guide on making a candle wax melt. We explain all the must-know facts about candle wax melts.

Learn all the information on what equipment and ingredients you need, wax types, dyes, and essential oils. 

 Read the pros and cons to making room-enticing wax melts. Next, we teach you how to make the ultimate candle wax melt.

Don’t forget to read our conclusion on making candle wax melts, too. Before long, all your friends and family will be asking for one.

What Is A Candle Wax Melt?

Unlike a standard candle, a candle wax melt has no wick. A candle wax melt’s purpose is not to light a room.

Its goal is to add a heavenly fragrance and provide a wonderful mood-boosting effect.  Usually, candle wax melts look much smaller.

Generally, they are sold as small, circular of wax,  infused with a beautiful fragrance.

Many people enjoy a candle wax melt that is infused with specific essentials oils, giving an aromatherapy boost. The beauty about candle wax melts, is that they can be any color, size, or shape. 

What Are The Benefits Of Making Candle Wax Melts?

Making your own candle wax melt is becoming a huge trend. Why? They are far easier to accomplish than dealing with the hassle of including a wick in a standard candle.

All you need to do is melt the wax over a hot plate, and you’re good to go. 

Additionally, unlike the regular candle, when making a wax melt (also referred to as tarts), you have an almost free rein over the ingredients you include.

Unlike the candle, you can make a wax melt as decorative or scented as your mood takes you, without worrying about whether it will burn adequately (or too much).

Types Of Wax Suitable For Making Candle Wax Melts

Before we delve into the various ingredients and tools you need to create your perfect wax melt, we need to know which type of wax works best for your melt. These are the key waxes suitable for making your wax melt:

  • Golden Wax 444 (GW 444)

This soy option is by far the most popular, giving a higher melt point (we’ll get onto that part in a minute).

  • IGI 6006

A very adaptable para soy. People who want to make both candles and wax melts may choose this option).

  • IGI 4625

This is essentially paraffin and is extremely difficult to break.

Why Is A Particular Wax Type Needed?

In general, a wax melt’s fragrance will last between 4 – 12 hours. The wax melt gets poured into, and removed from the mold.

It is also added to and removed from the warmer. They are removed several times, and the easier to remove waxes offer the most effective results. 

This is called, ‘mold release’.

It is crucial you consider the following, to understand why wax types make a difference to the outcome.

  • Wax must be easy to remove
  • High melting points are beneficial:
  • The waxes that melt at a lower temperature may struggle when faced with warmer conditions. As such, if you live in an area that sees soaring temperatures in summer months, or are planning on shipping your wax melts abroad, this should be a big factor to consider. 
  • Poor decision-making for your type of wax may end up in opening the box to a mess (instead of the proud creation you previously boxed). 

Warmer Varieties For Making Candle Wax Melts

Next, you need to select the correct warmer. Failure to do this may result in an otherwise perfect wax melt ending up in the bin.

The fact is, a wax melt needs the ideal temperature pool in order to give off optimal fragrance. You don’t want a warmer that is erring on the side of too hot, likewise too cold.

That said, given each wax melt combines different ingredients in carrying amounts, it means that each tart ideal temperature pool will vary.

By overheating the wax, it can cause the premature loss of combined fragrances.On the other hand, make it too cold, and you’ll be wondering whether you even remembered to add the fragrance to begin with! Luckily, working this out is fairly easy.

What Supplies And Tools Do I Need To Make The Ultimate Wax Melt?

Let’s take a look at what supplies you will need to make your artistic candle wax melt.

Double Boiler Method:

Save time and hassle by using this method. The double boiler process enables good temperature control of the melts. They are placed in a container over some boiling water. Simple. 

Here’s what you will need to create 6 – 7 molds in a small double boiler.

  • Glass measuring jug (a 4-cup will suffice)
  • A pot large enough to fill with water and hold the above jug.
  • Hot plate, or even a stove top.
  • Weighing scales
  • A small measuring jar (for your essential oils).
  • Thermometer and utensils for stirring.

What Ingredients Do I Need To Make A Candle Wax Melt?

Candle wax melts are so easy to make and as we’ve discussed, you can combine almost any ingredient you fancy.  

Here are the main ingredients you need to make your candle wax melt:

  • 1 lb (0.45 kg) of candle wax
  • Chosen essential oils or fragrances (1 Oz)
  • Either a liquid or solid candle dye (always check it is oil soluble).
  • A pack of 10 molds.
  • Glitter if desired

Essential Oils For Candle Wax Melts

Choosing essential oils for your perfect melt creation can be tonnes of fun. The beauty about aromatherapy, is the amount of wellbeing benefits they can provide.

Carefully select your essential oils to suit the intended purpose of your candle melt.

 Don’t forget that whether you pick to use a fragrance or essential oil, the amount must equal 1 0z. Here are some of the most popular essential oils, and their mood-boosting benefits:

  • Frankincense:

This essential oil is fabulous for alleviating symptoms of anxiety, as well as reducing pain levels, and strengthening the immune system.

  • Lavender and vetiver

Lavender is a favorite for invoking feelings of utter calm and for promoting a good sleep. Combine the two essential oil ingredients to evoke the best soothing sleep, ever.

  • Peppermint:

People love peppermint essential oil. It evokes an immediate revitalizing effect. This oil is great for reducing head pain.

  • Ylang, ylang:

A highly popular essential oil that is used to effectively diminish those unwanted negative feelings and reducing stress levels.

  • Lemongrass

The lemongrass essential oil provides great benefits for those who need some focus, mental clarity, or inspiration.

How To Make A Candle Wax Melt

  • Measure the chosen fragrance or essential oil.
  • Weigh 1 ib of your wax and add it to your glass measuring jar.
  • Initialize the double boiler process:
  • Fill your cooking pot ¾ full with water and heat up over a medium heat, on your hot plate or stove top.
  • Carefully add your jar of wax to the water and wait for the wax to melt.
  • Mix in fragrance or essential oils, and dye:
  • When the wax has melted, use your thermometer to check the heat. Once the heat is between 185 – 200 f, you can add your fragrance or oil, and dye.
  • To do this, remove the pot from the heat, and stir in the ingredients. Stir constantly, for about 2 minutes. The amount of dye you add is entirely up to you.
  • Pour into silicone molds: Once the temperature has dropped to about 170 f, you can pour the wax melt mixu=ture into the molds.
  • Give the melts enough time for the curing process to be effective.
  • Don’t jump up to put the melts into the warmers the second they appear dry. Give them a few more minutes to ensure they are fully cured/dried.
  • However, they do not take much time at all, compared to the candle curing process.
  • Your candle wax melts will be ready to place int heir respective warmers after just 3 days!
  • Put your melts in the warmer
  • After curing for this amount of time, your candle wax melts will be ready to enjoy. Simply place your chosen melt in your warmer, et voilà. Happy, feel-good fragrances, and happy vibes.

How To Store Your Candle Wax Melts

After spending your time and energy on creating the perfect candle wax melt, you don’t want it ruined by inadequate storage.

Read on to discover the best way to store your fabulous creations, until they are ready for use.

  • Individual silicone molds:

Your individually maed melts need to be properly looked after. Cardboard trays, and plastic boxes that are compartmentalized make for great storage choices.

It is a good idea to store your candle wax melts in an upright position. 

This will avoid fragrances and essential oils combined in the melts to remain in place, and give a burst of fragrance when it is nearing the end of its use.

  • For clamshell molds and deli pots: Wrap Well:

All of these types of mold packaging need the same kind of storage environment. Considering they are basically already packaged, you just need to ensure they are properly wrapped and boxed.

How Long Is The Shelf Life Of A Wax Melt?

Generally speaking, wax melts will last for a good year before they begin to lose their scent and effectiveness. In spite of this, they can be used after one year, but after a year they become less effective.

Uses Of Your Candle Wax Melt

Making your own candle wax melt and gifting them to friends and family is a great way to show you care. Why not select essential oils to benefit someone’s life?

There is a vast array of essential oils, and essential oil combinations that can transform a person’s emotions and outlook.

Essential Oil Combination Wax Melts For Wellbeing

Essential oil combinations, such as chamomile, patchouli, and ylang, ylang, make a perfect blend for those who suffer from anxiety or depression.

Blending these beneficial oils into your beautiful wax melt, is a truly thoughtful and helpful gift.

Alternatively, if someone is ill or lacking in energy, a candle wax melt blended with lemon, clove, and eucalyptus, will give your recuperating friend a much-needed boost. Clove is well-known for its virus-fighting abilities. 

Eucalyptus essential oils give the immune system some warrior-like support. Lemon or lemongrass is a great addition to reinvigorate and revitalize the senses.

This blend of essential oils in your candle wax melt may just give them a new lease of life, and some inner strength to overcome their illness.

Furthermore, it is guaranteed to put any sick individual in a far better mood. They will love you for it!

Common Candle Wax Melt Questions

Why can’t I get the wax out of the mold case?

This frequently happens when there is a poor ‘mold release’. Either you chose the wrong wax, or made a poor mold choice. If this happens, try placing them somewhere cold for an hour or two, such as the freezer. 

A top tip is that coldness shrinks the size of your wax. Therefore, we recommend not leaving it in the freezer for too long!

Final Thoughts

Making your candle wax melt is so much fun and can be incredibly beneficial for both you and your loved ones. It is a great hobby that can be done on your own or with your friends and family members.

Aside from the fun, and beautiful aroma they omit, they can be a great way to maintain your wellbeing. Try out different essential oil combinations known to help a variety of physical and psychological ailments. You will be amazed at the difference they make.

Always remember, dyes and essential oils can sometimes cause allergies or sensitivities. As such, we recommend you handle ingredients with care.
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