Our wax melt making guide is a must read for beginners interested in creating your own wax melts
• Candle Wax
• Fragrance Oils
• Candle Dyes
• Cooker or heart source to melt the wax
• Container to melt the wax in such as a double boiler or a pan inside a pan
• Pouring jug
• Utensil to stir the wax
Most of these items are available in our Miscellaneous section.
Now let’s get started with the exciting craft of candle making!
Step 1: The wax – Ensure you have chosen a pillar blend wax, pillar blend wax shrinks when it is cooled making it ideal for wax melts. Kerasoy pillar blend is the preferred wax for making wax melts.
Step 2: Heating the wax – Empty your pillar blend wax into your heating pot. Gently heat your wax to 80°C whilst stirring gently. Do not exceed 85°C. Allow your wax to cool back down to 70°C.
Step 3: Colour – Once your wax has reached 70°C, add your candle dye chips, or liquid candle dye. Stir gently until all the colour has dissolved and spread evenly. We suggest using 0.2%, therefore a 10 g of dye will colour 5 kg of wax.
Step 4: Fragrance – We suggest to add between 6% - 10% of fragrance oil, so if you are working with 1 kg of wax, we suggest to add 100 grams of oil. Have the correct amount of fragrance measured out ready to add. Take the wax off the heat and add 10% fragrance oil and stir thoroughly for approximately 2 minutes.
Step 5: Pouring – Now all your ingredients are mixed, continue stirring until your wax reaches 60°C. Once this temperature is reached, it is time to pour the wax into your clamshells until filled. It is important to gently pour into your clamshells to avoid air bubbles. We suggest pouring a small amount of wax in to each clamshell cube initially, then adding the rest when each cube has a small amount of wax already in it.
Step 6: Curing – Allow your wax melts to set for at least 3 hours before closing the clamshell lids. Give your wax melts at least 3 days curing time for best possible scent throw.
Please note, our wax melt making guide is a general starter guide for beginners into melt making. Variations in waxes, fragrances and dyes can all effect the finished product, what works for some melts may not work as well for others.
The key to great melts is trial and error.