How to Make Homemade Soy Wax Melts
If like me you adore the smell of essential oils drifting around the house, then these soy wax melts are perfect!
Making your own wax melts at home really is inexpensive and doesn't take very long at all. If you prefer not to have candles burning in your home you can now get lovely electric wax warmers. So you can enjoy wax melts where ever you live.
I like to use soy wax, its not toxic and there are no nasties when melted. You will find soy wax available in most craft shops.The wax can be melted in a bain-marie ( in a bowl over a bowl of simmering water) or can be melted in the microwave, so super quick and easy.
Moulds can be bought in most craft stores and are generally cheap to buy. There are even plastic packaging kits available. I personally like to try to keep plastics to the minimum, so use an old silicone ice cube tray. I also like this because the melts have a rustic finish.
So how do you make your wax melts smell good? Essential oils are probably the best option, and there are so many to choose from. Get creative, you can create your own aromatherapy blends to suit your mood.
I tend to use lavender for relaxation even adding a few dried lavender flowers I have collected and dried from the garden. I also have another firm favourite, patchouli and bergamot.
The only restriction is your imagination.
Citrus oils are always nice to freshen things up and then of course at Christmas time cinnamon and spices and pine needles.
So what do you need to make your own wax melts?
Essential oil of your choice.
Plastic pot to melt the soy wax in ( I keep old ready made soup pots from the supermarket).
Something to stir it with.
1. Place soy wax in you container ready to melt. This can be done over a pan of water like you are melting chocolate or in the microwave.
2. The next step is to add your essential oil, be generous as you want it to smell good. Add stir and sniff, until you feel you have a good strong aroma.
3. Next you can, if you desire add some colouring. I would recommend choosing natural colours. Personally I prefer not to colour my melts, mostly to keep the costs low. Once essential oil is added and if you choose colouring has been added also stir through.
4. Next carefully pour the wax into the silicone mould and leave to cool.
5. Once cooled you can pop them out and store in a cool place in either jams jar with the lid on, (these make fab gifts and decorated with some jute or ribbon and labelled they look amazing!) or maybe pop into cellophane bags and tie with a ribbon and gift to families and friends, but don't forget to keep some for yourself!
Here are a few of my favourite blends but don't be scared to experiment...
So why don't you give it ago. I would love to know if you come up with a favourite blend of oils that you would be happy to share!