Making your own scented candle melts is a great way to add some extra oomph to your candle-making skills.
You’ll be able to make your own scented wax melts, with ingredients like essential oils, food coloring, and natural preservatives. You can also use your very own scented wax melts to make your very own special homemade candles.
Most of us take our home décor and scents seriously. After all, if you don’t like a scent, you probably don’t like a room. However, it may surprise you to know that many people don’t have a clue how to make scented candles.
If you’re one of the people who’d like to add a little more pizazz to your home, follow these 7 steps that show you how to make scented candle melts:
What are Scented Candle Melts?
The scented candle melts, also known as wax tarts and scented logs, are a kind of candle that is on par with wax tarts but is distinct from them.
According to the candle industry, scented candle melts are the most popular type of candle in the United States. In fact, scented candle melts are one of the most popular items sold at stores such as Walmart and Target.
Candle melts are a simple way to make candles. They are fun to make, a great gift idea, and ways to save money! They are also much less messy than traditional candles.
You can even use them to decorate a room to create a sense of mood. Candle melts are a type of scented wax, which is made by combining wax and fragrance oil. The fragrance oil is what gives your candle its scent.
How do you make homemade candle melts?
If you’re one of the people who’d like to add a little more pizazz to your home, follow these 5 steps that show you how to make scented candle melts:
1. Gather the right supplies
To make scented candle melts, you will need:
- a scented candle,
- a candle wick,
- and a microwave.
2. Melt wax
So you want to make your own candles? Or maybe you want to add some scent to your existing candles? No matter what you’re looking to do, you’ll need wax first.
One of the most interesting things about the wax candle market is the fact that there is a lot of variation in the types of waxes they are made from.
The waxes used are so important that many candle companies will even offer several different types of waxes to customers, more for their own purposes than because anyone base is better for all types of candles.
Wax is made from paraffin, a waxy substance found in petroleum that’s used to make candles. Look for it sold as “paraffin wax” or “white paraffin wax.” It’s made from a mixture of liquid hydrocarbons. It’s usually available in yellow, dark yellow, blue, green, red, purple, or white.
There are several types of small-batch waxes you can use to make your own candles. The great thing about paraffin wax is that it is very easy to melt, and it dries hard, making it ideal for making candles.
You may cut the candle into manageable pieces depending on the size of the container you wish to use. Cut the candle so that each piece has roughly the same portion of wax. Use a sharp knife to cut the candle into pieces.
Next, melt the wax in the microwave. Discard the wax that bubbles up. Place the candle pieces in the wax and let it cool.
3. Add essential oils
When it comes to candles, the most important thing about them is the scent. Your options are limited until you find the right scent that you love.
However, it can be frustrating to find that the scent you were hoping for is not available. You can always melt the wax yourself, but that can be a little time-consuming.
The best ones to use are those that come in a glass bottle. This reduces the risk of having a glass bottle break and contaminating your oils.
4. Pour in molds
Making your own scented candles at home can be a satisfying, rewarding experience as you pour, pour, pour. Once you get your candle design down though, you may want to consider making more than one candle in the same mold.
Just like you can make smaller candles by shrinking the wick down, you can also use a single mold to produce many different scents.
A simple wax mold is a cylinder with a hole in the center and a bottom that holds the wax. The cylinder is filled with wax and then placed in a candle-making machine that adds heat to the bottom section.
If you want to make a more complicated candle, you can use a double-wax mold that is a cylinder that has two different openings—one smaller and one larger—like a funnel.
Most people just melt their candle wax and pour it into mugs, tins, vases, or molds, but wax does burn very hot and can cause a fire hazard. If you want to use your candle wax safely, you need to invest in some containers.
5. Let cool
So you’ve made your candle, you’ve added the fragrance and if you’ve followed the instructions, you should have a lovely scented candle. Now let it cool. And cool. And cool some more.
If you’re lucky, your candle will eventually reach a state of smouldering and then it will start to give off smoke.
If you have been holding it and letting it cool slowly, then it will take a good couple of hours for this to happen. If you’ve been impatient, it could happen in less than half an hour. But sometimes it just won’t happen, and you’ll just have to take it as it is and wait and watch.
Moreover, we have written an article about how to ship candles without melting, if you are someone who has plans to sell a candle or currently selling it. Then, you really should read that article.
Candle-making is a fun activity that allows you to create some great scents and have them available all-around your home. But, what do you do with all the wax that you make?
Smell is one of the human senses which can flow through the whole body. I am the Founder of NeoCandle.com where we talk all about scented candles. Known as Candace the Candle Girl, I know pretty much all there is to know about scented candles. I make and sell them on Etsy and Ebay – so be sure to ask if you have any burning questions 🙂 (pun intended 😉 )