How To Make Wax Melts At Home (Beginners Guide)

Want to make your home brighter? If you put a wax into a burner, the atmosphere of your not so humble residence can be instantly changed. You notice a remarkable difference from the moment it releases fresh fragrances into the room. They not only smell incredible essential oil melts, they can also elevate your mood.

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Research reported in the Psychoneuroendocrinology Journal indicates that a person’s mood and immune system can be improved by odouring certain essential oils. The study found that lemon oil, particularly when it is smelt, had a positive effect on people’s moods. But, surprisingly, the effects of lavender oil were not the same.

So how do you start to enjoy these perfumed treatments? Although there are many shops that are purchased, making home-made wax moulting instead is much more satisfying. Fortunately, it’s easy to learn how to make wax melts, whether you want to use natural ingredients or remaining candle wax. Here is a fast manual for you.

How to make wax melts using natural ingredients

Ready to make your home smell spectacular? We hear you! Believe it or not, it’s super easy to make natural wax melts. It takes approximately 20 minutes (plus a couple of hours for the melts to solidify). Here’s what you need to know.


Choose any type of essential oil (or an essential oils blend!) that suits you.



1. Bring a saucepan of water to a simmer.

Fill a saucepan with around 300ml of water and bring it to a simmer on the hob.

2. Melt the beeswax, coconut oil & candle dye

Put the beeswax, coconut oil and candle dye into the heat-proof glass bowl. Place the bowl over the simmering water so that it begins to heat up. Use a large spoon to gently stir the ingredients as it melts.

TOP TIP: Coconut oil has a whole host of incredible beauty benefits, too. Use up your leftovers with one of our favourite methods. 

3. Add essential oil

When the oil and beeswax have combined, take them off the heat. Add the essential oil of your choice and stir well.

4. Pour into moulds

Evenly distribute your wax melt mixture into the ice cube tray. (Note: You should choose a tray with small cavities so that the melts will fit in a burner!)

Ice cube trays are an absolute must in any household – take a look at the many weird and wonderful uses for them now.

5. Enjoy your wax melts!

Leave the tray in a cool place to solidify the wax melts. After a few hours you will be ready to use your homemade wax melts. They can be pulled out of the tray and stored in a sealable bag or tupperware. Easy.

How to make wax melts using leftover candles

Can you turn an old candle into wax melts? The short answer is yes! However, you should note that this method will only work for leftover scented candles. You should not attempt to use the wax from a plain candle and add essential oils to it. It simply won’t be successful.

On the other hand, if your favourite scented candle is about to bite the dust, here’s a quick way you can save it. Creating some homemade wax melts using it takes minutes. Without further ado, here’s how it’s done:

  1. Start by removing the leftover scented candle from its container. You should slice the wax into small shavings to make it easy to melt.
  2. Place the shavings into the heat-proof bowl. Bring around 300ml of water to simmer in a saucepan and put the bowl over the top of the water.
  3. Use the large spoon to stir the candle wax until it has melted and is smooth. (Note: The more candle wax you have, the longer this part of the method will take!)
  4. Pour the melted wax into the ice cube tray and leave them in a cool place to solidify. Again, when they are solid, you can store them in some Tupperware or a sealable bag.


How do you make homemade wax melts?

It is easier than you would imagine to make home-made wax melts. To be correct, you don’t need to be a DIY expert or an ardent crafter. As we’ve shown here, you can make wax melts in your kitchen with natural ingredients. Easy.

How do you melt wax?

It’s absolutely not difficult to melt candle wax. To get started, break the candle in small pieces. Place the parts next in a glass bowl heat-resistant. Place the bowl on the floor and bring water to a saucepan. Remove the mixture when the wax moulds uniformly.

How do you make wax melts smell stronger?

Simple, the more essential oil, the stronger they will smell, you put in your wax melts. As it’s different for everyone, you can choose how strong your wax melts will smell. Experiment with different scents and quantities when you make your first batch, until you find something right for you.

Do wax melts lose their scent?

They will release an amazing fragrance into your home if you burn your homemade wax melt. As long as you keep your melts in an airtight container, over time it should not lose its smell. This depends, however, on your wax melt type and the amount of essential oil it contains. The quality can differ greatly.

How can you make wax melts last longer?

The wax will melt at a steady pace when the burner is on. However, if you want to make your wax melts last longer, try using a timer. When you’re using your homemade wax melts, set a clock for 15-20 minutes. That’s all you need to get your home smelling beautiful. When the time is up, blow out the candle under the wax melt burner.

By only melting your wax for short periods, you can make sure that it lasts longer than it otherwise would. Continuously burning wax melts will mean that you get through them super fast and you may not notice a huge change in the scent of your home.

Can you sell homemade wax melts?

Ready to unleash your entrepreneurial spirit? When it comes to how to make wax melts to sell, there are a few things to consider. It’s not as straightforward as you might imagine.

Before you get started, you should set up as either a sole trader or limited company on HMRC so you can pay tax on the money you make. You will want to familiarise yourself with your local Trading Standards office and check their guidelines.

Aside from that, when you are selling commercial products, you need to make sure that you comply with The General Product Safety Regulations 2005. While there’s no specific law on wax melts or candles, they should also comply with European Standards. Needless to say, you should ensure that your homemade wax melts are safe to use and non-toxic.
According to the Companies Act 2006, customers have a right to know who they are dealing with when buying products via e-commerce. For that reason, whenever you’re selling products online, you need to make sure that you provide your business name, legal ownership name and a business address too.

Finally, you should also consider getting business insurance to ensure that you are covered should you have any problems when trading. Once you’ve ticked all of the above boxes (which sound way more daunting than they are!), you’re good to go!


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