The Crane - How To Use Scented Wax Melts

Wax melts are a popular way lớn fill your home with fragrance, but they are often made with artificial scents that can be irritating. Herbal melts are a natural alternative made with soy wax, essential oils, & herbs. As the scented cubes of wax are melted on the đứng top of a wax melt warmer, they release aroma and allow for the ritual of using herbs while safely keeping the dried plant material away from a candle flame. Wax melts are easy lớn make at trang chủ and make a great handmade gift idea.


Ready lớn make wax melts? This post will cover…

What is a Wax Melt?

A wax melt is a scented square of wax that can be melted in an electric-or candle-heated ceramic vase khổng lồ release the scent of the wax. Wax melts và warmers are a way to lớn get all of the fragrance & warmth of a candle without the flame.

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The beauty of warmers is that you can use botanicals and dry herbs to lớn decorate your projects without the worry of them catching fire. The electric options also keep your trang chủ safe from flames if you have young children or pets.


How to Choose a Wax Melt Warmer

A wax melt warmer looks like a decorative ceramic vase that has a dish mix on top. The base can either have an opening for a tea light or votive candle or house the electrical components to lớn heat the upper tray.

Wax cubes are placed in the vị trí cao nhất dish and gently warmed so they melt. As they melt they release the fragrance.


A wax melt warmer is not to be confused with a candle warmer, which is an electrically heated tray that you set a container candle on khổng lồ warm it và release the fragrance.

Here are some great wax melt warmers you can find online:

Using Essential Oils lớn Scent Wax Melts

Many commercial wax melts & candles are scented with artificial fragrance which is why I choose khổng lồ make my own. Candles and wax melts are often made with fragrance oils because they offer the most consistent và reliable scent, in addition lớn being less expensive.

They have been formulated to be heated to high temperatures và added lớn molten wax without evaporation. Fragrance oils also come in a wide variety of lab-created scents like strawberry và green hãng apple that are pleasing & not available as essential oils.

But when it comes down lớn it, I prefer natural scents of essential oils as the artificial fragrances tend to lớn give me headaches.

Essential oils are natural but it doesn’t mean that they also won’t cause a reaction. Essential oils are the concentrated volatile oils extracted from thousands of plants squeezed into a tiny bottle, meaning they are very powerful.

It is important khổng lồ be safe when using essential oils by choosing gentle oils, oils that you & your family don’t react to, and oils that have been approved by your health care professionals.

A good way to kiểm tra for scent-sensitivities, it to lớn smell the oils. If you don’t lượt thích the smell, then you should avoid it, even if it has some benefits that you think might be good for you. Trust your senses. The nose knows.


How to Make Wax Melts

You can easily make these at trang chủ by melting flaked soy wax, stirring in essential oils và herbs, and then pouring the wax into heat-proof molds to lớn set. The following covers two methods for making wax melts (in the microwave & in a double boiler) and shares some recipe ideas from my book, Make và Give trang chủ Candle Making.

Also, see this resource list for all the supplies you will need lớn start candle & wax melt making at home: home Candle Making Supplies & Resource Guide.

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Microwave Method

Microwave melting can be tricky as it is harder to control temperature. If you choose a wax that is labeled as appropriate for the microwave it will have instructions included that will help you avoid cooking and burning the wax. Here are the steps I use to melt wax in the microwave & how lớn avoid burning it.

EquipmentEssential oils / herbs (see recipes below)Paper cupMake it!Weigh microwaveable soy wax for wax melts in a heatproof container with a pour spout.Weigh the scented essential oil in a paper cup. Prepare the herbs in advance of using the microwave so you are ready to showroom them as soon as the wax has melted.Melt in 20-second intervals to lớn be sure lớn melt as opposed lớn cook the wax. The first few times you phối the timer for đôi mươi seconds, you may be tempted to set the timer for longer as you will see little change. But, after a few tries, you will see that the wax quickly turns from a solid to a liquid in the microwave. Overheating the wax can cause it to lớn burn and it smells terrible, so set intervals and kiểm tra the wax frequently.When the wax has fully melted, stir in the essential oil and half of the dried herbs.Pour the wax into a flower-shaped mold. Choose a mold used for soap making or candy making to be sure it can handle the heat of melted wax.Sprinkle the remaining herbs onto the đứng top of each melt and allow the herbal wax melts lớn dry completely before popping them out.

Double Boiler Method

Making soy melts in a double boiler is much easier to lớn control & will ensure that the wax melts evenly.

EquipmentPaper cup
Make it!Weigh soy wax and essential oil.Bring the wax khổng lồ the specified temperature for adding dye or scent oil (i.e.: 160°F—see the instructions that came with your wax). địa chỉ in scent and màu sắc (if using) và stir until completely mixed.Pour the wax into a silicone ice cube tray.Allow the wax melts to lớn dry completely before popping them out of the mold for use.

Herbal Sleepy Time Wax Melts Recipe

These herbal chamomile, calendula, và lavender wax melts are the perfect way to send you khổng lồ dreamland, as the calming scent of herbs will fill the room and relax you as the wax melts. Packaged with a wax melt warmer, they are a lovely self-care gift for a friend that could use a restful night.

There are some herbs that wake you up and others that quiet you down. Herbs lượt thích lavender, chamomile, calendula, hops, mint, and passionflower are calming for the nerves và quieting for the mind. Using these herbs before bed can help to lớn promote an easier time falling asleep as well as better quality of sleep.

Making this recipe allows the wax, oils, & herbs to melt together at a safe temperature without the risk that the herbs will catch fire.


Makes twenty-five 0.3 oz (9 g) wax melts

Make it!Make the soy wax melts according khổng lồ the instructions in either the microwave or double boiler method.

Citrus Celebration Wax Melts Recipe

Citrus celebration wax melts are the perfect housewarming gift. The festive scent is both cheerful & uplifting và will give any trang chủ a refreshing, energizing feel. The bright và cheery aroma of citrus is fresh & lively, but also very calming.

Use citrus-scented melts to make your trang chủ smell fresh, clean, & welcoming. Give a pretty wax warmer along with some homemade citrus wax melts topped with lemon, lime, & orange zest.

An ice cube mold is a perfect kích cỡ for these wax melts. You will want khổng lồ make enough to give away and keep some for yourself, too. Pro tip: just don’t use a grapefruit scent before a dinner party, because it is said khổng lồ curb the appetite!


Makes twelve 0.5 oz (15 g) wax melts

One each: fresh lemon, lime, và orangeWax dye or orange crayon (optional for adding colour)Make it!Make the soy wax melts according to lớn the instructions in either the microwave or double boiler method.Fill a Mason jar with citrus wax melts and pair it with a small tea light wax warmer. Wrap both the Mason jar of wax melts và the wax warmer with a tea light in a clear cellophane bag tied with a satin ribbon.

Frequently Asked Questions About Wax Melts

How to lớn Make Wax Melts Last Longer

If the fragrance isn’t as strong as you would like it, use a reliable brand of essential oil to add more when making your melts. Fragrance load is how much scent oil the wax will hold. A common fragrance load for soy wax is one ounce of scent per one pound of wax or a 6.25% ratio. You can increase or decrease the ratio depending on how strong the scent is. Use 6-8% for a subtly fragrant oil và 8-10% for a strongly scented one Be sure to kiểm tra the maximum on the wax you are using if you plan lớn go higher than the one-ounce per pound rule. Adding more scent than the recipe calls for may over up being too much oil for the wax to bind with, leaving you with excess oil at the top & bottom of the wax melt.

Can You Reuse Wax Melts?

It depends on how long you burn them. Typically, a cube should last between 6-12 hours depending on the size of the cube, the temperature it burns at, & the chất lượng of the wax.The melted wax will not evaporate but the fragrance will. You can reuse your wax melts until you no longer notice a fragrance.

Are Wax Melts Safe to Leave On?

As long as you’re home, you can leave your wax melts on for as long as you like. They can scent a room pretty quickly, so it’s up khổng lồ you if you want khổng lồ keep them burning or turn them off to lớn make them last longer.Whether it’s an electric wax warmer or a classic warmer, never leave the burner unattended while it’s being used.