Creating home aromas is cheap, easy, and super fun! With so many choices of fragrances to choose from with ready-made wax melts, sometimes the best option is to put your creativity to the test and encapsulate some of your favourite scents at home.
Here we look at the five easiest DIY wax melt recipes for you to try and home and make your space smell heavenly!
What Are Wax Melts?
Wax melts are wickless scented pieces of wax generally either soy or paraffin that are designed to create warm, sweet-smelling aromas at home or in in-door environments.
How they work is a wax melt (which is often the size and shape of a piece of candy) is placed into a burner (which can be made from ceramic, or can be electrical) and heat is gently applied to the wax to melt it, which then emits a fragrance into the atmosphere.
If you choose to use a ceramic burner, you will need tealight candles to apply the heat to the wax.
Making Wax Melts at Home: What You’ll Need
There are a few tools and ingredients you’ll need to make some fragrant wax melts from the comfort of your own home. These are:
- Wax. Either soy or paraffin is fine.
- Moulds. These can be silicone candy moulds, or something of a similar size.
- Essential oils or fragrance oils of choice.
- Colouring. Candle dye ( this is not something you have to include)
How to Make Wax Melts at Home
- Create a bain-marie/double boiler by placing a glass Pyrex container or heatproof bowl inside a pot filled with circa 2 inches of water. Be sure the water can’t splash into the container.
- Put the wax of choice in the top of your double boiler and bring the water to a simmer.
- Gently melt the wax . Keep stirring the mix. When fully melted, remove from the heat.
- Add essential oils and candle dye, and then stir. Immediately pour the mix into moulds. Allow to cool at least an hour. When fully cool, remove the wax melts out of the moulds and store in a cool, dry place. If you struggle to remove the wax without breaking/warping it, pop them into the freezer for 20-30 minutes to harden further.
So, now you’ve got your ingredients and instructions, it’s time to select some delectable scents to work with. Obviously, you will have your own personal preferences of home aromas, but below are a few ideas to whet that creative appetite!
5 Wax Melt Recipes You Can Make At Home
Whether you’re making your wax melts for your own home, or as a gift for a loved one, these fragrance recipes are guaranteed winners.
1. Autumn Leaves
Autumn is the time of year synonymous with delicious, mouth-watering fragrances, so if you want to bring some of that aromatic beauty into your own home, this recipe is guaranteed to make you want to grab a flask of hot tea and head for the nearest pile of leaves to dive right in!
- 30 drops orange
- 20 drops cinnamon
- 10 drop clove
2. Christmas Fresh
Sometimes those cooking smells around the Christmas period can be overpowering, and can often linger for days. The perfect way to remedy this? A Christmassy wax melt.
- 25 drops peppermint
- 25 drops blue spruce
- 15 drops pine
- 15 drops vanilla
3. Spring Bouquet
Floral scents can be enjoyed all year round, but Spring Bouquet can really brighten those April showers and make your home smell like a warm, flowery meadow!
- 20 drops lavender
- 20 drops geranium
- 20 drops orange
- 10 drops clary sage
4. Linen Fresh
Who doesn’t love the smell of freshly washed linen? Something about fresh sheets just makes us all warm and fuzzy on the inside, so why not create a wax melt that leaves you feeling like that all day long?
- 20 drops eucalyptus
- 20 drops lemon
- 10 drops lavender
- 10 drops tea tree
- 10 drops peppermint
5. Apple Pie
Another autumn-inspired recipe (but really it can be enjoyed any time of year), these scents combined will make your home smell good enough to eat…
- 30 drops cinnamon
- 10 drops nutmeg
- 10 drops cardamom
- 8 drops ginger
So, there you have it. Our top five favourite wax melt recipes. And the good news is, many wax melt recipes feature several of the same essential oils, meaning none will go to waste if you create a recipe that turns out not to be your cup of tea.
The Benefits of Homemade Wax Melts
Making wax melts at home can be a great activity for a rainy Sunday, or as a way to keep the kids entertained. It is a cheap and resourceful way to flex those creative muscles. All ingredients are natural, non-toxic, and safe to be handled, so give it a go and see what beautiful scents you can come up with.
Other benefits of wax melts include:
- Aromatherapy properties. Essential oils are popular choices for those using aromas as a way to manage stress, anxiety, or depression, so making yours at home, and indulging in a few essential oils will be fun and also great for your mental health.
- Generally a safer home aroma option than alternatives, such as scented candles or aerosols.
- Easy to clean.
- They contain no harmful chemicals, therefore, are safe for those with respiratory issues or sensitivities.
- Quick and convenient to use.
Are wax melts vegan?
Most wax melts nowadays are vegan-friendly, as the wax is sourced from soy or paraffin, as opposed to beeswax.
Where Can I Buy Wax Melts?
For a selection of beautifully-scented and handcrafted wax melt gift sets for you or a loved one, click here!
About Village Wax Melts
Village Wax Melts are a family-run business based in Manchester, UK. They began creating their own wax melts in 2017 after being unimpressed with the store-bought options available to them.
Since then, Village Wax Melts has gained recognition from multiple print sources, such as Vogue UK and OK Magazine, and has a few celebrity fans, such as Stacy Solomon!
Wax melts make a wonderful gift for loved ones, or as a treat for your own home. There are plenty to buy on the market that are well-priced and completely vegan-friendly.
However, if you’re feeling creative, you can have a go at making your own at home. All you need is the wax of choice, moulds, candle colour dye, and essential oils.
We hope you’ve found the recipes listed above as useful and inspiring. There are multiple fragrance options for DIY wax melts – or if you’re feeling brave, you can come up with your own unique recipes to make your home smell heavenly!
Best of luck!