I have been making wax melts for a long time and those who know about this ask me questions like “can you make wax melts with herbs?” And the answer I keep giving them is yes. But after answering yes for a long time I decided to make a blog post around the topic to put an end to that question. In today’s blog post, I’ll be teaching you how to make wax melts using herbs.
The aroma that wax melts produce has been known to be associated with romance, luxury, and pampering, which could probably be the reason why they are so loved by a lot of people all over the world. Wax melts also have health benefits amongst the many other benefits it offers to their users.
What are candle wax melts?
A candle wax melt is a small square of scented candle that melts in a candle warmer (i.e., it melts at low temperatures) and releases sweet fragrance into its immediate environment, which is a room in most cases.
Why should I make my wax melts?
Unfortunately, most wax melts you see online are made from paraffin and the fragrances are from phthalates and parabens. Paraffin is a by-product of petroleum and when burnt, it emits toxins into the air which when inhaled becomes harmful to the health.
That’s why you should always buy wax melts from trusted online stores or you make your own wax melt bars if you don’t have any trusted online store to buy from.
How do I make my wax melt scent?
To do that, you’ll need essential oils. Essential oils are the ingredients used to make your wax melt scent. Depending on the scent you hope to achieve, there are a variety of essential oils in the market today that you can buy and use in the production of your wax melts.
Another benefit of making your wax melt is you get to create your own unique scent using a single essential oil or a combination of essential oils. For commercial produced wax melts, it’s difficult to determine the type of ingredients used for the fragrance they produce. Most commercially produced wax melt uses artificial fragrances and colourants that are bad for your health so the best practice is usually to make your own wax melt and like I said earlier, you can only buy wax melts from trusted online sellers. That way, you are sure that the products they offer you are also natural.
How to make wax melts with herbs
Finally, the section you are waiting for. In this section, I’ll be showing you how to make wax melts with herbs. In this guide, I’ll be using calendula flowers, chamomile flowers, rosehips, and lavender buds.
- 6 ounces of beeswax pastilles.
- 2 ounces coconut oil.
- 3 tablespoons of calendula flowers.
- 3 tablespoons of chamomile flowers.
- 1 teaspoon essential oil fragrance blend.
- 3 teaspoons of lavender buds.
- 3 teaspoons rosehips.
- 1 candle melting pitcher.
- 1 candle thermometer.
- 3 wax melt clamshell mould.
- 1 digital kitchen scale.
- 1 heat-resistant spatula.
- 1 saucepan.
Use your kitchen scale to measure 2-ounces of beeswax pastilles. This measurement will produce 3 wax melt clamshell trays, making a total of 18 wax melts.
Pour your measured beeswax into a candle melting pitcher and perform the double-boiler method – place the pitcher on a pot filled with 2 inches of water. Use the saucepan with medium to low heat with a gentle simmer at most. Stir regularly with a heat-resistant spatula.
Once the beeswax has melted, remove the pitcher from the heat to prevent the wax from becoming too hot. Now, clip the candle thermometer inside of the pitcher to watch the wax cool.
When it has cooled to a temperature that lies between 125°F – 120°F, add 1 teaspoon of candle scent and stir continuously for 2 minutes.
After mixing the candle scent with the wax, pour the wax into each cavity of your mould. After filling all the cavities, add 1 teaspoon of calendula flowers, 1 teaspoon of chamomile flowers, 1 teaspoon of lavender buds, and 1 teaspoon of rosehips to each of the clam trays. You can use a toothpick to carefully place them in the wax.
Seal the dry herbs by pouring a thin layer of wax on the dried herbs (this is optional).
Allow the wax melts to cure for 24 hours. Do ensure that the clamshells are open throughout the curing period.