How to: wax melts

What is a wax melt?
A wax melt is like a candle without the wick. It is designed to be used with a wax warmer or oil burner. Simply place the wax melt in the bowl of the warmer / oil burner (do not add water). If using a oil burner place a lit tealight under the bowl and aroma will fill your home!

What you’ll need :

Wax – (Soya or Paraffin) Pillar blend works best for wax melts but you can also use container wax.
Mould/s
Fragrance Oil
Dye (optional)
Pan & Pyrex / metal jug for melting wax using the double boiler method
Thermometer
Weighing scales
Something to stir with (a folk/spoon)

Making wax melts is simple to do, here is a basic guide to get you started. 

Double boiler method:
Heat water in a pan on the hob with a jug or smaller pan in the water containing the wax. We are aiming for around 85C. (Make sure no water gets in the jug of wax)

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 65C) and pour into your mould/s. If you pour too hot the wax could dip a little in the centre when cooling or even melt your moulds. If this does happen it can be rectified by pouring again over the wax melt when cooled.

If you want to add lavender/glitter etc just sprinkle on before the wax sets.

Leave out of the way of draughts to set.
Once the melts have set pop them out and package them and let them cure.

Minimum cure times:
Paraffin wax – 12 hours
Soya wax – 48 hours (a longer cure will improve the scent of soya melts)

Now for the question we get asked the most – HOW MUCH FRAGRANCE OIL SHOULD I USE!?

This all depends on personal preference and how strong you want your melts, to start out I would begin with 5% this means if you have 100 grams of wax you would use 5 grams of fragrance oil.

This can be increased up to 10% if you require a stronger scent – 10% is the maximum fragrance waxes can hold before the fragrance oil “leaks” out of the wax and doesn’t bind properly.

TOP TIP:

Write down everything, especially in the beginning you will be experimenting a lot so make sure you have notes of temperatures and percentages of fragrance oils used. Also how many drops of dye you used if you want to replicate the same colour in the future!