Posted by Lisa on 3/18/2020 to Wax Melts
Wax melts are a great alternative to candles. When you turn to wax melts as an insteead of lighting candles, you have small, ready to go packs of fragrance that you can virtually set and forget anywhere. Melt times are consistent, you don’t have to worry about not having your favorite scent at places that may not allow fires, such as your office or dorms. Add to it the fact that wax melts usually come in convenient, compact pats or cubes that you can easily store away, you won’t have to worry about your increasing collection taking up too much space.
What You’ll Need Your shopping list will be short and sweet, only requiring a few simple ingredients:
Fragrance Oil (Make sure you oil is meant for candles)
Candle Dye (Optional if you want color)
You’ll also need some specific tools to ensure that your melts form and set properly:
A pouring apparatus (Something you don’t cook with. You can use an old metal pitcher or metal coffee can)
Spoon/popsicle stick/ some sort of mixing tool
A double boiler
Wax melt molds Or Wax melt plastic shells
- To start off, you want a wax that hardens up nice and smoothly when cooled, such as paraffin or palm wax. This will allow for easier, quick cleanup for your non disposable warmer. The harder wax also retains scent better than softer wax like soy wax.
- Prepare your work area. It is a good idea to place old newspaper or parchment paper down in case you spill. Measure out your preferred amount of wax and place wax in your container and then into a double boiler.
- Heat your wax up to 175F. Be sure to constantly check on your wax's temperature. Overheating may cause certain types of wax to separate and under heating will prevent the wax from absorbing scent.
- Once everything is at the right temperature and consistency remove from the heat.
- Next add your dye and fragrance of choice. Be sure to weight out your scent. Too little and the scent release will be very mild but too much makes the wax sticky. Each type of wax will have a different scent load, which is how much scent the wax will hold. Most waxes have a scent load of 6-10% which is 1- 1 1/2 ounces of scent per pound of wax.
- Stir Gentle for about 2 minutes to make sure the dye and scent are well mixed in the wax.
- Allow your wax has to cool to approximately 150F and carefully pour the mixture to your molds.
- Allow your new melts to cool fully before using. Typically 3-4 hours. If you get impatient, you can stick them in the fridge for 10-20 minutes, but this may cause cracking.
So now you can sit back, relax and enjoy hours of you favorite scented wax melts! Your new melts should be able to give you around 10 to 15 hours of fragrance bliss. The best part is you can control the strengeth of you scent by adding an extra wax melt or even cutting a cube in half for a smaller area.
If you think it’s too much trouble to make your own wax melts, you can get your favorite scents here at Krazy Kandle. We have a wide variety of options to enhance your sensory experiences. Not only do we have a vast selection of fun and unique candles but we have all your favorite scents available in wax melts.
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