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How to Make Wax Melts for Wax Warmers

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Using a wax warmer is a great way to make your home smell like your favorite scent any time of year.

In this easy tutorial, I’ll show you step-by-step how to make wax melts with natural ingredients, including coconut oil, soy wax and essential oils or flavoring oils.

This easy DIY natural wax melts recipe is affordable and way easier to make than you might expect. You won’t want to buy wax melt cubes again after seeing how easy it is to make your own.

Close up of homemade wax melts in black wax warmer on white wood table

How to Make Wax Melts

Learn how to make your own DIY wax melts for your wax warmer and customize them with your favorite scents.
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 20 minutes
Cooling Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 25 minutes

Supplies

  • cup coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons soy wax flakes
  • 30 drops essential oils - or candy flavoring or fragrance oils

Tools

  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Double Boiler
  • Wax melt tray (or see below for more ideas)

Instructions

  • Add the coconut oil and soy wax flakes to a double boiler and heat until melted.
    Mix in 30 drops of essential oils (or ½ teaspoon of your favorite food extract, candy flavoring oil or fragrance oil).
    Stirring fragrance oil into melted coconut in clear glass prep bowl
  • Pour the melted ingredients into your wax melt mold.
    Melted coconut and fragrance oil mixture being poured into wax warmer tray to cool
  • Place the mold in the freezer until it's solid and firm, then remove from freezer and pop your melts out of the mold.
    Homemade wax melts made from coconut oil and fragrance oil
  • Use your DIY wax melts to scent your home.
    Overhead view of wax melts in black wax warmer.

By the Numbers: How to Make Wax Melts

Follow these simple steps to make your own wax melts at home.

Step 1: Melt Wax and Oil.

Add ⅓ cup of coconut oil and 2 tablespoons of soy wax flakes to a double boiler and heat until melted.

Stirring fragrance oil into melted coconut in clear glass prep bowl

Step 2: Scent Your Wax Melts.

Turn off the heat, then stir in 30 drops of your favorite essential oils. Alternatively, you can add ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract (or your favorite food extract) or candy flavoring oil.

Step 3: Pour Scented Wax Mixture Into Molds and Cool.

Once everything is melted, clear and well combined, very carefully pour the molten wax into your chosen mold. If you’re using a silicone mold, be sure it’s resting on a cookie sheet or cutting board so it can easily be moved.

Melted coconut and fragrance oil mixture being poured into wax warmer tray to cool

Step 4: Remove from Molds and Store.

Once the mold is filled, put it into your freezer until the wax melt cubes are completely cooled and hardened. Pop them out of the mold and store as indicated below.

Homemade wax melts made from coconut oil and fragrance oil

Tips for Making & Using Your Own Wax Melts

Answers to the most common questions about making homemade wax melts.

1. Ideas to scent wax melts?

The best way to get excellent scent throw is to use quality essential oils, flavoring oils or fragrance oils.

I buy all of my natural essential oils from Rocky Mountain Oils because they’re high quality and the scent really lasts for a long time compared to some of the cheaper brands I’ve tried. You’ll want to add about 30 drops of essential oils to this recipe.

If you want to use fragrance oils, I like this Invent-a-Scent set from Michaels and Blick Art Materials has some fun fragrance sets. Use about ½ teaspoon of fragrance oil.

For candy flavoring oils, Michaels has some fun flavors like Watermelon and Strawberry. You can also use about ½ teaspoon of flavoring oil.

2. How to make edible wax melts?

You’ll want to omit the wax and use flavoring oils (not essential oils or fragrance oils) if you’re worried someone might pop a wax cube into their mouth.

I love this option because if your little ones happen to get their hands on them and eat them, it’s totally safe! All they’ll get is the taste of coconut oil and natural flavorings.

3. What other type of wax can be used?

The best wax to use in wax melts is natural soy wax because of its affordability. I like to buy soy wax for melts from Blick Art Materials or Michaels.

Since you typically have to buy a pound of wax, it can also be used to make DIY Soy Candles if you’ve been wanting to try candle making.

While it’s even cheaper, I don’t recommend paraffin wax as there is a lot of debate about whether or not it’s a clean burning wax.

Beeswax also works, but you’ll probably only want to add about 1 tablespoon of beeswax vs 2 tablespoons of soy wax as it’s a bit firmer. You can make Beeswax Candles, Face Cream, Chocolate Lip Balm or a Headache Balm with the leftovers.

I prefer to order beeswax from Mountain Rose Herbs because it’s high quality and clean burning.

4. Can you dye wax melts?

If you’d like to dye your own melts so they look fancy like commercial wax melts from the store, the best choice is ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­candle dye blocks (they can be purchased at Blick Art Materials and Wayfair).

To dye your wax tarts, please follow the dye manufacturer’s instructions. I prefer not to dye mine, but it’s a personal choice.

5. What other types of molds can be used?

You can use pretty much anything as a mold that will create a wax melt that’s small enough to work with your wax warmer.

Some ideas for different molds include:

  • Any cute silicone mold (like candy molds) set on a cookie sheet
  • Traditional wax melt clamshell molds
  • Mini ice cube trays

6. What if I don’t have a double boiler?

It’s best to use the double boiler method when melting oils and waxes together. A double boiler is something you’ll use a lot if you like making DIY beauty products, and you can get a really affordable double boiler insert from Mountain Rose Herbs.

If you don’t have one, you can very carefully melt the ingredients in a small pot on the lowest temperature possible, stirring constantly and being very careful not to scorch the ingredients.

Another option is to make your own double boiler by placing a glass bowl inside a pot of water (the same way you’d use the double boiler insert).

You can also melt it in the microwave in 30 second increments. Just don’t put your essential oils in the microwave or they’ll lose their scent and potency.

7. How to store homemade wax melts?

Store your wax melt cubes in an airtight container (like a mason jar) out of direct sunlight in a cool, dry, dark place (preferably in the refrigerator) until you’re ready to use them.

8. What type of wax warmers do these wax melts work with?

You can use homemade wax tarts in both tea light candle warmers and electric wax tart warmers. You use homemade melts just like store bought melts.

Homemade wax melts in a black electric wax warmer.

My preference is an electric wax burner as there’s no open flame to worry about. Having a safer direct heat source to melt your tarts is an especially good idea if you have young children whose curiosity might get the best of them.

Zulily always has a fun selection of electric wax warmers if you need a new one.

9. What to do with old melted wax?

You know your wax melts are done with when they aren’t casting out a good scent anymore. Most wax melts last for about 6-12 hours, depending on the quality of the ingredients.

After that, you can toss the completely cooled wax with the garbage (it can’t go in the recycle or compost bins). You could also melt down the leftover wax to make your own candles.

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Black electric wax warmer with homemade coconut oil melts in it

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