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I want to let you in on a secret. I've have been making candles since 2015, but I struggled for years when it came to making wax melts. I struggled with the recipe, scent throw, the scent duration. It was way more frustrating for me than candle making!
Once you nail down the technique, wax melts can be a profitable addition to a business and they are easy to make. Even if you don't have a business, making your own wax melts can be a rewarding experience.
I have finally created a great wax melt recipe that I want to share with you all!
What is a wax melt?
Wax melts are scented wax cubes that are placed in a wax melter to release scent. Wax melts are a great option for customers who do not want an open flame in their home.
How to Make Wax Melts to Sell
Step 1- Prepare The Wax
Fill your double boiler pot halfway with water. Place it on the stove.
Tare the digital scale to zero. Weigh out 1 pound of IGI 4625. Clear the scale and place the glass container on the scale. Tare the scale to zero. Weigh out 2oz of the fragrance oil of your choice.
Place the wax in the melting pot and melt in the double boiler.
IGI 4625 is a high melt point paraffin wax that is recommended for pillar candles. It also works well for wax melts. The manufacturer states that the fragrance load for this wax is 6%. In this tutorial, we will be using a 12% fragrance load. After testing this recipe, I have not experienced fragrance seepage from the melts. ONLY use this recipe for melts. If making candles, stick to the 6% recommendation. Of course, feel free to experiment with the fragrance load.
If you want to use a different wax, try to find one that has a melt point of 130F or higher.
Soy wax alternative: EcoSoya PB Pillar Soy Wax
Step 2. Mix the Wax and Fragrance Oil
Once the wax reaches 180F remove it from the double boiler.
Mix in the fragrance oil.
Add in any dye or mica powder at this point and mix it into the wax.
Step 3. Fill up The Containers
Prepare you wax melt containers and carefully pour the wax mixture into the molds. A standard wax melt clamshell mold will hold around 2.5oz of wax.
In my example, I added dried flowers to my wax melts. If you want to add decorations, allow the wax to harden for 5-7 minutes so you can add the decor to the top without it sinking into the wax.
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Video: How to Make Wax Melts to Sell
Tips and Troubleshooting
What is the best way to melt my wax?
After experimenting with wax melts for years, I realized that the melter you use plays a big role in the performance of the melts.
I have found that electric 2 in 1 wax melters perform the best. Unlike other electric melters, these don't use a light bulb to heat the wax. It works like a hot plate for candles and wax melts and they produce a nice even heat. On my website, I like to leave this recommendation in my product description.
What contributes to highly-scented wax melts?
The secret to a highly-scented wax melt is a high melt-point wax. You want the wax to melt slowly in the melter so it can release the fragrance gradually. If the wax melts too fast the fragrance will not last very long.
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I hope this blog post gave you some insight on how to make wax melts to sell. I wish I had a resource like this when I first started learning how to make wax melts. Now, you have the knowledge on how to make your own custom scents!