Introduction: MaKe YoUr OwN SCeNtSy BaRs!!!

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Sokami Wohali

Have you every been to a Scentsy party and saw (er smelled) a few scents that you want, or wanted some scents that you cant get from Scentsy or those knock off brands? Have you ever wanted to buy Scentsy bars but couldn't afford them?


In this Instructable, I am going to teach you how to make your VERY OWN Scentcy bars for ROCK BOTTOM PRICES (for the most part...youll see why in the next step!)!!!

I searched the site for an hour and havent found any 'ibles that even relate to this is the first and original!! yay

this project started as a valentines day gift for my wife and then it hit me...AN INSTRUCTABLE!!!

***ATTENTION TO ALL: Due to another member's attempt to carry out this project ending in a catastrophic failure for their Scentsy brand warmer, Instructables NOR Myself shall be held responsible should you attempt this project and it does not work in your warmer OR damage occurs to your warmer. If there is an issue, or you need help with this project, please feel free to PM me and I will look into the problem, and attempt to find a resolution. All requisitions made will be received and resolved on a FCFS basis, and assuming I have the available time to find a suitable resolution. I am a Professional Truck Driver, so I have little time available to me, So If it takes a while for me to reply to your Message, I either have seen it and not been able to reply yet, or I just haven't seen the message yet as it is difficult to find internet.

Thank You And Happy Hacking!!!

Step 1: Materials

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Initially this project may cost as much as the Scentsy bars themselves, HOWEVER it WILL pay off in the long run. if you have the "hardware" already, then this project will cost you ~$1.08 (depending on your state/province's tax rate)

Here is what you will need:

1) A candle in the scent and size of YOUR choice. I personally used the really small one in a glass jar.**
2) A candle "hot plate" or similar item. double boiler works too, just make sure you use a cheap pot.
3) an un-used Scentsy or knock-off brand container (all of the containers are the same really).
4) A container big enough to put Wax In.
5) A Bucket or shallow container big enough to put the Scentsy package in
6) Plenty of time.

**NOTE** The cost of the candle obviously depends on the brand you use and the size!!!

Step 2: Preparation PT. 1

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What you are going to do now is important to making the bars...

First plug in your hot plate and let it warm up. next, take your candle and using a dremel, knife or some other means (i used a dremel but i had no time) scrape out the wax and put it into the container for wax. it is important that you minimize the big chunks of wax, as they will slow down the melting proces of the wax. What you really want is for the wax to be as "powdery" as possible. if you end up with a few big chunks, just pick em out and then get them as small as you can possibly get. when your done with scraping the wax out, put the candle jar on the hot plate. if you left a little residual wax in the jar, thats alright as it will melt and help the melting process and keep the jar from over-heating and breaking.

Step 3: Preparation PT. 2

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After a few minutes the residual wax should have melted...take as much of the powdery wax and fill the jar as full as you can get it without causing problems for the hot-plate (such as wax falling onto the plate and causing a fire. if this does happen, sit there and wait for the wax to burn off the plate, and then you will be ok to leave the room). HOWEVER MONITOR THE WAX/HOT-PLATE!!! AT ANY POINT SOMETHING CAN GO ASCUE AND A FIRE CAN BREAK OUT.

Whenever that bit of wax is melted, keep putting in more and more wax (little to big) until the jar is as full as you can get it...again, without causing problems for the hot-plate.

This is really a waiting game now.

Step 4: Pour the Mould

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Now it the tedious will now  take the melted "vat" of wax and pour it into the Scentsy need to be quick BUT CAREFUL. this stuff is hot and if not poured fast and carefully enough will get all over, and will be wasted. once you pour the mould you cant just melt more and add to it. it will cool and set too fast. i had to learn the hard way (just refer to my pictures and you will see the "mess") You WILL get some of the wax on the surface your working on and in the nooks and crannies of the mould.

Step 5: Rapid Cooling for the Impatient

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Now if you want to finish the project faster, you will have to take the bucket, or containter just bigger than the Scentsy package and fill it with water to just below the rim of the package opening. you dont want water getting trapped in the wax. Now close the package and in a level manner as to not spill the wax, put the "assembly" into the container with water. leave it in there for ~1/2 hour or so. By this time the water will have cooled the wax to a hardened state. when you feel its fully hardened, you can take the packaging out of the bucket/container. now wipe off the water from the package.

Step 6: TADA!!!

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Now you are finished with your Scentsy bar...below i have includes pictures of the bar not ready, and a bar that is ready to be taken out of the mould...after you take the bar out of the mould, crack off the residual wax and either keep it for later, OR throw it away (which would be a sheer waste.


RUSmiling (author)2016-10-08

Great idea for 'left over' candles! I use a small amount of purified beeswax in my DIY moisturizer. It's very easy to melt in a stainless steel bowl over a pot of boilng water and I would think the candle wax would be likewise. Plus the bowl is easy to handle and pour!

spottedbird (author)2015-07-19

This has been my only problem with "Scentsy"......the wax just doesn't hold the "fragrance" very long, so replacing it "often" can get a bit pricey....thank you so much.....This is a great ideal, and one I am going to try..............I wonder about the "molds" though, could you use "plastic ice trays" ? and then float the ice tray in he bucket of water?................thanks again..Judy

sokamiwohali (author)spottedbird2015-09-06

sorry for the late reply judy, by now I am sure you've figured out the answer (I've been having issues logging into instructables). BUUUT, yes, I am sure you could "float" the tray in cool water, but I doubt it would be as effective as putting the tray in the freezer.

spottedbird (author)spottedbird2015-07-19

I also would like to know if any of the "jar" candles seem to "work better" for this project, any special "brand of jar candle" that holds its fragrance longer? Again Thanks..........Judy

MaryS70 (author)2015-09-06

Use a cheese grater from the dollar tree and grate the candles. Use it just for this... Works great!!

sokamiwohali (author)MaryS702015-09-06

that is a good hack as well. I remember making paraffin and yellow pine tree chips fire starters. we used a cheese grater then lol. I didn't think about that when I made the Ible lol

MerylR (author)2015-08-08

Hello. Can you use Yankee candle wax for this? Have so many huge candles lying around as gifts. Would love to try them out.

MaryS70 (author)MerylR2015-09-06

I am now!

sokamiwohali (author)MaryS702015-09-06

mary, how is the Yankee Candle working for you?

SriL1 (author)2015-06-19

I am not surr how its. So i need the regular candle from walmart or any store and melt it together with scenty and put it on the ice cube tray or any that not gonna brake when we put the hot melt wax??????

Grammy2two (author)2015-05-11

Yesterday for Mothers Day, I received an "Of-the-wall-Brand" warmer along with 4 of their packs of fragrance wax bars. I am totally new to warming wax although I've thought about trying them. I have 3 dogs and it is positively a must for me to use SOMETHING to counter-attack the doggie oder that comes with having dogs. I've been buying Febreze in the spray bottles, as well as their plug-in oil warmers. Each pack is about 10 bucks. So when I ran across this great idea it really got me thinking. Being a constant DIY person, this got me thinking and Googling. By my reading all kinds of relative pages I learned that wax flakes made from soy melts at the lowest temp and can be bought really cheap and Ebay sells it by the pound for around $6. ALso, I saw one ad for 3 lbs for $10.98. Also found that there's a ton of different fragrance oils that also is very cheap....less than 10 bucks buys an 8 oz. bottle, or $1.65 for 1 oz. Buying a fragrance candle to melt down, to make the cubes for a warmer seems like a waste of money to me. Someone makes the fragrance candles and has to make a profit. You can make your own scented wax by just melting the soy wax, add a few drops of the fragrant oil, pour into the molds and you've left out the middle man. A 3 lbs. of wax and an ounce of fragrance oil for about $20....wonder how many 3 lbs would make. I'm going to give it a shot. Thank you, Sokami, for this great instructible. I never would have thought of making these, by ANY method, if not for you taking the time to share this with us.

anglinn (author)2012-08-20

So I tried this and it does make cubes but they wouldn't melt right in my scentsy warmer, it left a mess and ruined the dish thing. I called my scentsy lady and and she said it's because they use a different wax not the same as candles so it melts at a different temp. So needless to say it cost me more cause it voided my warranty and I had to buy a new top for my warmer and the cost of the candle and warmer plate. It might work for other brands but I would not recommend it for scentsy brand stuff.

lauren.voyles (author)anglinn2014-12-31

Uhh... yeah. That totally did not happen.

kenny.bachstien (author)2014-12-01

I used a mini ice cube tray , after I put the hot wax in the tray you can use scented oil drops to resent

mandi.molett (author)2014-10-30

For those candles that have a high melt temp, add a few tsp of coconut oil to the mix! Low melt rate and works!

StacyC1 (author)2014-09-08

Excellent tips! I too am a Scentsy consultant and love the products and appreciate the share. Attached is another tip :-)

Stacy Croy, Scentsy Independent Director

candles4moms (author)2014-05-09

I am a Scentsy consultant for almost 5 years. And while I do think the Scentsy wax is the best, I do applaud all of the creative people that use this instructable site. It was two creative moms that actually created Scentsy 10 years ago. I encourage all of you to create something that has not yet been made yet, and who knows, it could be a multi billion dollar company like Scentsy is one day too! Now, one thing that you cannot get from making your own wax at home, that you can get from Scentsy, is an awesome business opportunity! Scentsy has been a blessing to my family and I encourage all women to look at the business opportunity. Not only can you earn extra income, but you can earn trips and prizes, and create a lot of good friendships too. I have gone to Hawaii, the Dominican Republic, and Disneyworld all expenses paid by Scentsy. If anyone is interested in having me be their mentor and sponsor to help train and guide them as they build their own Scentsy business, please let me know. I love empowering women, and despite there being many cheap knock-off companies trying to imitate Scentsy, there still is a high demand for the REAL and authentic Scentsy products, which now include more than wax and warmers. Feel free to contact me for more info!

Heather Llanes

Independent Scentsy Star Director

candles4moms (author)2014-05-09

I am a Scentsy consultant for almost 5 years. And while I do think the Scentsy wax is the best, I do applaud all of the creative people that use this instructable site. It was too creative moms that actually created Scentsy 10 years ago. I encourage all of you to create something that has not yet been made yet, and who knows, it could be a multi billion dollar company like Scentsy is one day too! Now, one thing that you cannot get from making your own wax at home, that you can get from Scentsy, is an awesome business opportunity! Scentsy has been a blessing to my family and I encourage all women to look at the business opportunity. Not only can you earn extra income, but you can earn trips and prizes, and create a lot of good friendships too. I have gone to Hawaii, the Dominican Republic, and Disneyworld all expenses paid by Scentsy. If anyone is interested in having me be their mentor and sponsor to help train and guide them as they build their own Scentsy business, please let me know. I love empowering women, and despite there being many cheap knock-off companies trying to imitate Scentsy, there still is a high demand for the REAL and authentic Scentsy products, which now include more than wax and warmers. Feel free to contact me for more info!

Heather Llanes

Independent Scentsy Star Director

texasgirl1976 (author)2012-09-04

This will not work for the Scentsy warmers due to the fact that they do not get hot enough to melt the wax from most candles. Scentsy uses a wax that has a low heat melting point for their warmers. They do sell warmers at Bath and Body work and a few other places that would get hot enough for this to work with. They are electric warmers made for use with scent tarts. Scent tarts are most often made from the same type of wax that is used in most candles. So this should work with these electric warmers where they are most likely to fail with the Scentsy warmers. I think the warmers are between $10-20. The one tip I have for those of you who have Scentsy warmers and want to be able to make your own scents is to reuse your wax and just add drops of essential oils to the wax after you place it into the plastic container so you can determine how much scent you want each block to have. You can experiment with scents and smells and add less or more essential oil depending on how strong you want them to be. I hope this is helpful.

it will work. but for only certain candles. if it didnt work for the brand i posted, i wouldnt have posted the ible.i have used my wife's scentsy warmer to test this project 3 times on 3 candles. it works every time for certain types of candle wax. i do not post ibles without first making sure that it works. if it doesnt work, then i simply dont take pictures, and i do not start the editing process. i have already mentioned on this instructable that NOT ALL candles will work with this project. PLEASE READ THE WHOLE IBLE and not just one page.

buell33 (author)sokamiwohali2013-12-09

I use these in my scentsy's all the time and have never ever yet (and have used MANY!) found a one that didn't work and/or ruined my scentsy. It's a much cheaper way to go. My only question to you Sokamiwohali is why do all the work when you can just go to Walmart, target, walgreens any of these stores or others and buy them for just $2! It's still much cheaper than $5 and you don't have all the work or mess ; )

rusold2day (author)buell332014-04-27

I have stopped using the blocks all together. Cheaper to buy the candles that are in powder form and just take a T spoon out at a time. At the end I have a neat looking jar:)

sokamiwohali (author)buell332014-01-10

mostly bragging rights. something to be proud of. but also because a lot of those wax warmer makers may not have a scent you really like...or maybe the shopping location you are at doesn't have the warmer version (sold out for example) of it but they have a candle version...BAM why waste time and money (in fuel) trying to find a location that sells the scent when you could just make it yourself out of a candle?

My comment was not intended to say your instructable was wrong or inaccurate as a whole. I was only trying enhance this project with a few suggestions so everyone would be able to get the most out of this wonderful instructable. I said most candles not all may not work. I did read the whole instructable. I just wanted to help maybe expand the amount of people who could benefit from this from experiences of my own. Sorry you felt I was stepping on your toes. bad i am sorry, we both stepped on each other's toes...i didnt see the "most" part of your comment.

To clear up the murky water here, just like ive said many times in comments and the ible itself, your right, most wont work. if you buy a decent brand candle, it is certain not to work. i use mainly mainstays brand from walmart.

I think we both could definately agree to NOT USE STRAIGHT PARAFIN WAX i do know that parafin is a hard wax, and wont work as well (if at all) with a scentsy warmer. But that is a good idea to use wax and essential oils to make the bars with. either way the work load is about the same.

abergeron (author)texasgirl19762012-11-08

Great idea! A lot of their scents are too strong for me anyways and I'd rather use essential oils.

Alisaw2010 (author)2013-10-08

I'm going to try this but I think I will use my 1 cup pyrex glass measuring cup to put the was in. It is heat proof (within reason) and has a handle and a spout which would make things easier to handle and pour with out making a mess. I've been saving my Scentsy trays for a while now so I'm happy to see this 'ible. Thanks so much!

sokamiwohali (author)Alisaw20102013-10-14

That is a great idea. it would definitely help to pour using the measuring cup. And you are welcome. good thing that you have those scentsy trays!!

chrisholly8228 (author)2013-08-29

Can you use unscented wax and add in a liquid scent? Also, could you use a plastic or silicon ice cube tray?

I am not sure about the unscented wax/liq. scent. I didn't try that when I made the project. as far as ice cube trays, one user informed me that they did try it, and it worked. I believe they used a plastic one. if you look at the comments below you will find it. but they did not fill the trays all the way up. it was around 1/4-1/2 of the way filled...filled all the way up makes too much in the bar for the warmer to handle.

dsammut-bryan (author)2013-05-05

I like your detailed instructions. I tryed it and it worked great! I have also used an old vintage type ice cube maker. That works too. Thanks for you reusable instructions! Love it!

sorry for the late reply. Thank you very much for the compliment. and i am glad this project was a success for you. thanks for feedback on the ice cube maker. what was the result of that? were the "wax cubes" just the right size, did you tinker with the amount of wax you put in the cube maker?

Yes I used a little bit less than half

ScubaKitty (author)2013-03-02

Call them Warm Waxies, Biscuits, creative! :)

kdavis17 (author)2013-01-24

Just call your ible "Make your own wax fragrance bars for warmers". Take out all references to the brand name; make sure it's ok to use the picture of the brand mold without actually referring to it's name. I found it a very easy and do-able instructable.

cvalentine3 (author)2013-01-09

I have found that breaking off chunks of the candle or cutting it into small pieces works just as well and saves a LOT of time.
Another suggestion: if you are going to use this method and you want the wax to be as powdery as possible, I've found that using a zester or a very fine grater works extremely well. They sell small ones with handles on them (they almost resemble a spatula) at the local dollar store here and they work great!

cvalentine3 (author)cvalentine32013-01-09

And please be aware that I am in NO way trying to prevent anyone from trying your method. :)

sokamiwohali (author)cvalentine32013-01-13

great suggestion actually!! the problem for when i made the ible was that i was trying not to break the glass the wax came in so i could use it as a vessel to melt the wax...if you have wax that is not in a glass jar your method would work fine. in fact i bet spooning out the wax would work well too.

Also thank you for the idea of the zester...i would never have thought on this!!

Chrissyloo (author)2012-12-28

OK, I read you warnings concerning Scentsy. Here is the thing; have you contacted an intellectual property attorney? I would change your title to "Make Your Own Wax Bars For Your Scentsy Warmer." or something comparable, are you following me? I'm sure they are trying to tag you on patent infringement, trademark or copyright infringement, but they don't have a case and here is why; you are not selling the product therefor, you are not infringing upon their product. Another thing, Scentsy's method is posted on the USPTO (United States Patent and Trade Mark Office) website, anyone is free to go look to see how they do it as long as they don't sell it, they sure can make it for their personal use. Also, if you write this up as a review of Scentsy with a "but people can make a comparable product at home for less," you are more so protected because you are free to critique methods, etc... As long as you keep it "Compared to Scentsy." You are fine because otherwise Coke-a-Cola would have numerous causes against every other cola manufacturer, especially generics who often advertise "Compared to Coke-a-Cola." You get it...right. The news would be in trouble as well because they often report on products and then turn around and tell the consumer other methods to save money or be more effective. I won't purchase from Scentsy because I have had nothing but negative experiences from pushy and arrogant reps. I like their product, but it's like purchasing Mary Kay from a rep. Once you pull that trigger you find yourself being constantly bombarded, annoyed, harassed, and begged to no end. They create people who inadvertently make others dodge them like the plague.

sokamiwohali (author)Chrissyloo2012-12-30

your right in some aspects. according to the us copyright law i am in no way required to change anything in this project pecause i am using it under the "free use" clause of the law. this allows me to use their name in any matter that i feel so long as i am not using their name to endorse what i am doing for my own profit or personal gain. i am also using their name for educational purposes. because these three requirements are being met i am not legally required to change anyhing in this project. an as such since then they have not bothered me. so in a little while i will be adding the name back to the project as i originally had it. i spent long hours studying the US Copyright law, and had even contacted a copyright lawyer for consultation and they confirmed everything that i have stated.

also before making this project i had no idea that i could just go and look at how they did their stuff...cause honestly i dont care. i thought about my own way to do this and executed it.

tabbysdg (author)2012-12-11

i have tried this, some candles (the softer soy based waxes) worked ok.. others, the scentsy warmers didn't get hot enough (which is a good thing, the warmer should never get too hot) to melt them properly.. but i guess my question here is why melt them down and put into the other container?

YOU could also melt the wax in the candle container by sitting it on one of those candle warmer bases.... however i have also tried this and i had a giant hot jar of liquid wax that i didn't want to maybe melting it in another pot is the way to go...
i have just broken up or cut off from the candles that i tried this with.. and i am a consultant by the way.. i have a non scentsy warmer (shhh) lol, and it burns hotter than my scentsy warmers, so i found the hard wax candles do work better in it... however i am a bit leary at how hot it gets so i monitor it and am always near it if i am experimenting like this...

and to jcasey6 - note that the instructions on line for the brand of warmer at wal-mart state do not leave unattended and do not operate overnight.. so please be safe.....

and don't be so hard on us Scentsy consultants!!! we are only truly trying to sell a great quality product that we all believe in passionately and to make an income for us and our families... no different than any other sales based business from cars to cakes....
I can buy shoes at wal-mart or shoes at a designer store, both are shoes, but the difference in quality is apparent!!! and we all often know that you get what you pay for and most of us are ok with that.

sokamiwohali (author)tabbysdg2012-12-22

What i said about the scentsy consultant is not meant for everyone, but if thats the way you took it, seem like you know better when it comes to this, and so i think it does suprise you that a scentsy consultant was not smart enough to do that the instructions that came with the device let the wax cool and then peel it harm would have come. now as far as trying to make income and selling a truly quality product, your right. that is what most of you are trying to do...and i applaud you all who live and let live, but my comments were targeting those who just want to rag on other ppl and make others miserable cause they dont like someone elses idea on how to make the most of what you have. the idea behind this project was for ppl to be able to make bars similar to the scentsy product so that they may use more scents that scentsy doesnt offer. for example, the scent i used in this project, i know for a fact scentsy has never made...i cant remember the name, but i know that they have never made it. my wife loved the scent and therefore a new "ible" was born.

so as you can tell, this product is not meant to tank the scentsy brand (otherwise mainstays, scentsaionals, and a few other brands would have already tanked them because of the affordability of those brands compared to scentsy).

jcasey6 (author)2012-11-18

I have a walmart wax burner and have done this before :) it does melt the wax and makes the house smell good! I had one of those big candles that have the 3 wicks in the middle and i took the wax that broke off and placed it in the wax warmer. it lasted a few days (but i leave mine on 24/7) so if you dont leave it on, it wil last alot longer :)

abergeron (author)2012-11-08

I can't help but think a lot of the negative nellies are Scentsy consultants or are close to those that are...

First of all I'm a big supporter or direct sales since I've been it myself for 8 years, but if you've found a cheaper way in this economy more power to you! I would do this if I had more motivation since most Scentsy scents are too strong and give me a headache. I personally wouldn't use these in my Scentsy warmers because they are too expensive too chance on ruining, but you can get warmers at walmart for around $10 that take a regular (not $1 each) light bulb that would work with any of the wax you use.

Thank you for taking the time to try this and share it with us! It's unfortunate that there are those out there that would ruin this for others for their own financial gain.

sokamiwohali (author)abergeron2012-11-09

well, its go figure though...they compliance lady that i talked to was a real...well butt everyone on this site can see, nowhere did i mention that i wanted to make money off this, and in no way was i expecting to...i am not saying this is what you were saying about me, i am just saying...whats really funny though is that Mainstays, and Scentsationals have an EXACT replica of scentsy, yet nothing is being done to them, but lil ol me is getting piced on cuz i found a way to make scents that scentsy doesnt offer or discontinued...this is the world we live in now...unfortunately...thanks you for your sweet comment though its much appreciated.

Markeighs Mommy (author)2012-09-12

Just as an FYI, not saying this isn't a great idea, but if you use this in your authentic Scentsy warmer you will void the warranty that comes with them. The only things you can use in their warmers are actual Scentsy products. Their wax is a "food" grade wax.

well, this isnt meant for just Scentsy. it could be for any warmer that can get hot enough to melt the wax, or simply for a flame based burner.

Nomianca (author)2012-09-04

Great job! I think the Instructable is very well done, however, I also think that in time this could get pricier than a Scentsy bar or equivalent. The "scent throw" from less expensive candles is NOT the same as a Scentsy bar. In the end you end up buying two or three times as many because they lose their smell considerable faster.

sokamiwohali (author)Nomianca2012-09-06

thank you very much Nomianca. it really depends on many factors such as brand, wax composition, etc. the candles i use are the knock off walmart brand...mainstays i believe...what ever the brand i use, i have found that the knockoff candles are best to use for this project as MOST of their scents havs a composition VERY similar to that as Scentsy(not only that, but the candles are $1.00 each, and if the pfoject fails, you can always make something else out of the wax, like pouring it back in the original container and sticking the original wick back in and using it as a really its not a 100% loss). Burn rate for even Scentsy brand cannot be relied on as the scents, and wax they have to use need to be "compatible" so to speak. if not, it will burn too fast, too slow, or it wont burn at all. i am sure they use a consistent mixture for everything, however like food, and paint and other products out there, every batch is different.

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