Homemade Scented Wax Melts





Introduction: Homemade Scented Wax Melts

About: Army Vet. I love learning & being creative.

Making your own scented wax melts is a great way to make the house smell fresh! It should save you money and prevent you from having to buy those expensive store ones (which are also not healthy). These are all natural & non-toxic. Personally, I have issues with most candles and scented items from the store. My son & I are hypersensitive and it triggers some health issues for him and an instant headache and nausea for me. With these natural ones though, I have not had that type of experience. It's wonderful because you can use a variety of scents & spices to fit whatever suits you!

Step 1: Ingredients for Diy Scented Wax Melts


  • 8 Tbsp. Beeswax Grated - I bought mine on Amazon for a really low price here Organic Hand Poured Beeswax
  • 4 Tbsp. Coconut Oil
  • 1/2 Tbsp. Oil of Choice (jojoba, olive, etc.)
  • Essential Oil(s) & Extracts
    • 20+ drops of a variety of oils
    • Flavoring Oils work well
  • 2-4 Teaspoons of Spices (ie: cinnamon, ground cloves, etc.)
  • wax warmer - I bought this one on Amazon for less than $6 Hanging Tear Drop Oil Warmer (White)


  • Glass Measuring Cup to Melt Items in
  • Microwave or Stovetop
  • Measuring Spoons
  • A Mold for the wax melts - if you don't have one you can use an ice cube tray
    • the first one in the photo (with hearts) was from a local dollar store
    • the mold in the back of the photo was purchased at Hobby Lobby (near LorAnn oils)

Batch Size: With this size of a batch, you should be able to make about a tray's worth of wax melts (the tray with the hearts). If your tray is larger or you want to use an ice cube tray, you may want to double this batch size.

Oil or Wax Melt Warmer: You will need something to use to warm & melt your wax cubes with once you're done making them. I bought my warmer on Amazon and it was really cheap. There are also plug-in oil & wax melt warmers as well and they are the healthiest option from what I have read. I bought one similar to this one here: Plug-In Fragrance Warmer. If you use tea light candles, try to avoid paraffin (beeswax is best) if you are trying to go the least toxic route.

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Step 2: Melting the Beeswax & Oils

In this step you will want to get out your glass measuring cup or other microwave-safe container (unless you plan on using the stove-top to melt everything). You will first need to grate the beeswax and place that into the container. After that, add the coconut oil & other oil of your choice (I used jojoba).

Those are the only ingredients needed in this step. Have your other items prepped and ready to use once this mixture is melted. Now, every microwave is different, but I put all the ingredients into my microwave-safe container and used a power level 7, heating it up in 45 second increments (mixing each time) until melted.

Step 3: Adding the Scent & Flavors

Once your mixture is fully melted, you can then add in any essential oils, flavoring & spices. I first added some cinnamon & ground cloves. Then, I used my LorAnn Natural Oils in orange and lemon flavor. They are super concentrated and smell really nice. I also had one essential oil in grapefruit flavor and added some drops of that before running out.

Most of the delicious scent on my wax melts come from the cinnamon and that is my favorite! I recommend being generous with the amount you add in for the scent. You will be able to test out what works and how much you need as you make it a couple of times. Lastly, carefully pour that mixture into a mold before it starts cooling off too much. I then put my mold into the freezer (I am impatient) to let them quickly cool and pop them out! My son saw them on the counter and thought they might be a yummy snack - so watch out for that! :) You are now done and can enjoy your wax melts. I have some photos no the next page of the two warms I have. Enjoy!

Step 4: Pictures - DIY Wax Melts

The first pictures are of the teardrop wax warmer with a little candle. I throw in a few of the wax melts into it at a time. The second warmer is my plug-in wall warmer - which I like using the best. They both make the house smell really nice!

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    She did say she used cinnamon and Lorane oils.. those are flavoring oils for candy and much stronger than theraputic oils. if you use oils it need to be NOT the kind that are okay for skin.. they are pure but weaker. work great in a diffuser because it is mist that smells makes them pure for aroma but do get the oils for candles at many distributors I use they separate the types but they are same price. Best prices for small use by individual is Bulk Apothocary..

    Can somebody tell me what the olive oil is for? I am making my 1st batch and everything is working except I can't smell my scents that I used. This is what I used 30 drops of Douglas Fir, 20 drops Cinnamon Bark, 30 Citrus Bliss. Can somebody help me please???

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    Pure beeswax melts at ~ 144 deg. F, so often oils are added to alter the melting point of the wax. It is done in various ratios to obtain the right characteristics of the wax's melting point. Adding coconut, olive, grapeseed, sweet almond, etc. oils can significantly lower the melting temperature so that a standard nightlight bulb may be able to melt the wax for the scent throw in a faster manner.

    Essential oils aren't very good for candle making. Some have good cold throw but no hot throw while others lack both. Stick with fragrance oils. You can find tons to choose from on any site that sells candle supplies although even then you must be careful. The oils must be formulated for the type of wax AND must be added when the wax is at the proper temperature. Otherwise the throw may be weak or even missing completely.

    I'm sorry but this is a terrible instructable as obtaining a decent scented wax is not just a matter of melting some wax and throwing in stuff that smells good. Your method is also dangerous.

    Like any wax, bees wax has a flashpoint and therefore should ONLY be melted in a double boiler and the progress monitored with a candy thermometer. Anything else and there's a substantial risk of fire.

    As for the scenting, essential oils, not to mention spices, are terrible choices. They don't diffuse in the wax and, worse, have no hot throw and scented wax that is to be burned or melted is all about hot throw, that is the scent given off when the wax is heated. To obtain it you not only want to use fragrance oils formulated for candle making but you must add the fragrance when the wax is at the proper temp, usually about 185F (another reason for the double boiler and thermometer), and then the wax continually agitated until the temperature drops 10 degrees. If it's just tossed in you WILL lose hot throw.

    Candle making isn't just a craft. It's also a science and I hate to see people wasting good money on expensive bees wax, essential oils and spices just to end up with a product that is mediocre at best.

    Fragrance oils. They're used for candle making and huge selections are available on any candle making site.

    hi I made these with the flavoring oils and it seems like to me that it all settled on the bottom was that because of something I done???? Plus my daughter wanted to add green food coloring & it settled at the bottom for sure and the melts dried really funny looking again was this something I done incorrectly?! Someone please help us out lol!!!! I haven't gotten to test them yet but usually when I buy them you can smell them in the packaging really well & mine barely seem to have one!!!!

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    Many essential oils simply will not mix with wax; they just sink to the bottom in little oily balls. Essential oils also have a good cold throw, meaning they smell fine while the wax is cold, but once heated lose their potency or even take on a fuel like aroma. Your best bet is to use fragrance oils formulated for candle making which mix completely with the wax and have both good cold and hot throw. Soy wax is also a cheaper alternative to beeswax.

    is the addition of coconut and jojoba, olive oil is necessary in making beeswax candle melts? i tried few days ago making candle melts from beeswax, but not add any additional oil except the fragrance oil. when i burn it on the burner, the candle seems not vaporized and stick on the burner for very long time. i can smell the scent well. but i just curious when the candle will ran out from the burner. am i doing something wrong? please help. thankyou

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    Hi there! Beeswax turns pretty hard once it is solidifies and cools off. So, you would need some type of additional oil which would soften the whole thing and allow it to melt easier - coconut, olive, or other type of oil. I hope this helps. The good thing is - you don't have to waste what you made already. You can take it and re-melt it down and add oil to the mix. Then it will be easier to have it melt later. It is ok if you aren't 100% precise with the ratios...but it is approximately 2 parts beeswax to 1 part oil...:)


    2 years ago

    is the spice necessary and how would it blend well with the fragrance of the chosen essential oil. Is the spice for scent as well or for something else?

    I'm interested in making this but I'm wondering if it's ok to use parrifin wax instead of beeswax. I have a lot of parrafin wax that needs to be used. Thanks :)

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    If you go camping I'd save the parrafin for making fire starter, or if you don't, make the firestarter anyways and sell them

    I like this idea of making my own scented wax. Just so happened, this house had an electric scented wax apparatus, left behind by the former owners. I'll add these necessary items to the grocery list. I like scented atmospheres. Back in my hippy days, I was partial to patchouli oil.

    Awesome work! I bet those add a nice fragrance to a room!!! I recently bought some Bees Wax from Amazon and this particular batch smelled of cigarette smoke. I'll use if for metal smelting flux instead.