How to make your own wax melts at home

How to make your own wax melts at home

If you have ever wondered how to make your own wax melts at home, we are here to help. In this article, we’re going to explain exactly how you can make wax melts, including step-by-step instructions, what ingredients you’ll need, and even expert tips and tricks to get the perfect long-lasting wax melt. We’ll also explain how you can make wax melts at home to sell and what you’ll need in order to do this legally.

If you’re looking to get started making wax melts, check out our wax melt supplies category, which has all the essentials you need to make your own wax melts at home. Our wax melt-making kits are perfect for beginners, or anyone who is just starting out making wax melts at home. It includes everything you need to start making your homemade wax melts, and you can buy different kits with different scents and moulds based on your preferences.

Firstly, what is a wax melt? 

 You are probably already aware of what a wax melt is if you want to know how to make them. But for anyone who isn’t sure, a wax melt is essentially a chunk of scented wax that releases its fragrance when it’s melted. They’re usually put into oil burners and heated to melt with a tealight, leaving behind a beautiful scent.

Unlike candles, wax melts don’t have a wick, so you can’t burn them on their own. They need to be heated either with a tea light or in an electric wax burner. They also don’t evaporate like candle wax does, so they can be reused and reheated several times. Once the wax melt stops producing its fragrance, that’s when you know it’s time to replace it.

They’ve become very popular in recent years as an alternative to burning scented candles. This is because they tend to be safer, as there is no open flame, and they tend to last longer, too, and there is less wastage.

Is it easy to make wax melts?

Wax melts are easy to make, especially for beginners. Once you’ve mastered how to make them, it’s something you will do again and again. It doesn’t take too much time either and leaves minimal mess, so they’re great for anyone looking for a simpler craft to get into. If you have one of our wax melting kits, it’s even easier as we send you everything you need to make wax melts, along with a detailed step-by-step guide and recipe.

Customising your wax melts

You can customise your wax melts however you want, adding different scents, dyes and glitters to make unique, bespoke wax melts. Adding fragrance oils to your wax melts gives them their scent, and you can add any scent you want. We have hundreds of different fragrance oils on our website for you to choose from, from floral scents to perfumes, sweet and seasonal scents to odour-eliminating fragrances. Check out the full collection in our shop.

You can also make wax melts in all kinds of shapes and sizes using different moulds. Moulds are available in everything from barshearts and flowers to dinosaurssea creatures and snowflakesWe stock a wide range of silicone moulds that can be used to make all kinds of wax melts. Shop our collection here.

You can also use clam shells to make wax melts, like these, which you pour the wax into and close over. Clamshells are a packaging of their own, so they look professional and mean that you don’t have to find something to wrap them in or store them after you’ve made them, a good option if you’re wanting to sell your wax melts.

Adding wax dyes and mica powders allows you to colour your wax melts and add shimmer. You can also add glitter to make them sparkle. The possibilities are truly endless when customising your wax melts!

What equipment and ingredients you will need to make your own wax melts at home:

  • Fragrance oil
  • Soy wax
  • Silicone mould or clamshells
  • 10 x shot pots
  • 2 x wax dyes
  • 3 x glitter pots
  • 1 x jug
  • 1 x thermometer
  • 1 x pipette
  • 6 x wooden stick

All of these are included in our wax melt-making kits to save you from buying each individually. You will also need a microwave or double boiler and some scales to weigh your wax and other ingredients.

How to make wax melts:

To start with, we recommend making a small batch of wax melts so you can see the process and get used to it. Once you have made a few and practised, you can start having fun with it and get creative.

We recommend you weigh out your fragrance oil and dye first, ready to add to the wax once melted, and have your moulds ready to pour into. For our full recipe with weights and measurements purchase one of our wax melt-making kits. With this, you get our tried and tested wax melt recipe alongside expert tips and tricks for making the perfect wax melts.

Step one: 

Place your empty jug on your scale and weigh out the right amount of wax.

Step two: 

Now, you need to melt your wax. This can be done in the microwave or using a Bain Marie, similar to melting chocolate.

If you choose to melt your wax in the microwave, you’ll need to do this in 30-second intervals, then stir. You mustn’t heat your wax any longer as it can overheat very quickly. Using this method, it will take a few minutes to melt, and it will prevent the wax from burning or overheating. Once the wax is in a molten state, you will need to cool it to the temperature of 75 degrees Celsius. Do not let your wax get hotter than 90 degrees Celsius, or you will burn the wax. Use a thermometer to track the temperature of the wax each time you bring it out of the microwave to stir.

If you choose to melt your wax over the hob, we recommend using a Bain Marie (a bowl placed over a pan of boiling water), like you would to melt chocolate. Otherwise, if you melt the wax straight into a pan, it can overheat and burn, and ruin your pan in the process!

Step three:

Once your wax is melted and has reached 75˚ C, it is time to add colour to the wax if you want to do so. You can, of course, leave the wax its natural colour if you prefer, in which case you can skip this step.

Pick the dye colour you would like to use. You can mix dyes to make new colours, too. Our wax melt-making kit comes with a guide that includes how much dye to mix in to get a vibrant colour or to get a more muted, pastel tone.

Add your chosen dye to the wax at 75˚ C, and give it a good stir, making sure to blend the wax and colour together. Doing this at 75˚ C prevents pigment spots in your wax melts.

If you’re adding mica powder to your wax melts to add shimmer, do this now at 75˚ C. You can use dye with mica for a more vibrant colour result.

Step four: 

Now, you need to let your wax cool down to 70˚ C to add your fragrance oil to give it its scent. Use the thermometer again to check it’s at the right temperature. It’s important you add fragrance oils at the right temperature, otherwise, if the wax is too hot, you will burn the scent off, and your wax melts won’t smell as strong. Once you’ve added your fragrance oil, you need to stir for two-three minutes, fully combining the scent into the wax. This will ensure the fragrance oil is mixed through the wax evenly and gives you a perfect blend with the best scent throw.

Step five: 

When your wax reaches a temperature of 60-68 ˚ C, it’s time to pour it into your moulds.

If you want to add glitter, you can do this at this stage. Either add a little glitter to the mould before you pour or once your wax melt has set, you can use a hairdryer to melt the top ever so slightly and add the glitter on top.

Pour the wax carefully into the mould. This is why we recommend using a jug to mix your wax melts, as the spout on the jug allows you more control to pour carefully and accurately.

Once you’ve poured your wax into the moulds, you need to leave it to set for 2-4 hours before removing it from the mould and then let it set for 24 hours before packing or storing it in a container.

Store your wax melts in a sealed container or bag until they’re ready to be used or packaged up and sent out.

Top tips for making wax melts at home: 

  • For a good strong scent throw from your wax melts leave them to cure for 1 to 2 weeks before melting them if you’re using soy wax. Alternatively, try our rapeseed and coconut wax for a 24-hour cure time.
  • Put your wax melt mould on a baking tray to set so that once they have set, you can move them easily to one side if you want to make more.
  • Use a heat gun to melt wax off your jug and spoon to wipe it clean before washing.

What do I need to be able to sell my wax melts? 

You will need a CLP label on your wax melts if you want to sell them. This tells your customers what allergens are in the wax melt and if there are any hazards. You can get the CLP template on our website. Each document is under the fragrance oil you choose.

What does CLP mean in health and safety?

The Classification, Labelling, and Packaging (CLP) Regulation covers hazardous chemicals sold to professional users and consumers.

Can I use any Fizzy Whiz fragrance oil to make wax melts? 

Yes, all our fragrance oils can be used to make wax melts and candles. We stock only the highest-quality fragrance oils, that are 100% pure concentrated scent, allowing for a strong, long-lasting scent throw. They’re all cruelty-free and vegan-friendly. We have hundreds of different scents in our fragrance oil collection, covering all popular smells, including best-selling perfumes, sweets, laundry and cleaning scents, drinks, bakery, bath and body scents and seasonal scents. View our full collection of fragrance oils here.

We even stock a range of Odouraze fragrance oils, which have been developed using industry-leading technology that works to neutralise malodours, getting rid of lingering home and pet smells. This means you can create wax melts that not only smell incredible but also work to remove bad smells from your home! Check out our range of Odouraze fragrance oils.

What is the best wax to use to make wax melts? 

Soy wax 

In our wax melt-making kits, we supply eco-soy wax. Soy wax is a popular choice because it is 100% natural derived from soybeans, which makes it biodegradable and eco-friendly. It also has a slower melting point, so it takes longer to burn and produces a stronger scent throw, which makes it perfect for wax melts. Its lower melting point also makes it easier to work with, as it gives you more time to add things and work with it before it solidifies.

Other options include:

Beeswax - a natural wax sourced from bumblebee honeycombs, which has a high melting point so it releases fragrance slowly and lasts longer, but isn’t vegan friendly.

Coconut wax – a natural wax made from coconut oil, it often has to be mixed with another substance like rapeseed, as coconut oil can be too soft on its own. It has a creamy texture and a low melting point, so it’s easy to make wax melts from, and can deliver great fragrance in just 24 hours, so you have minimal wait time.

Paraffin wax – a cheaper alternative with a high melting point, but it is not natural and can release toxins when burnt.

Try our at-home wax melt kits 

At Fizzy Whiz, we sell a range of wax melt kits that include everything you need to make your own wax melts at home. We have a range of kits which include different fragrances, glitters and moulds. Some of our best-selling kits include:

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