Lockdown Crafts: Scented Wax Melts for Crafty Monday

I was joined by Daughter the other afternoon. She’s working from home, which can be pretty isolating, but was at a loose end as she has to use some annual leave from her job before the end of the year. She’d reminded me that I still have a load of candle-making gear in the garage and that she wanted to use it to make some wax melts. We had everything we needed and had a lot of fun so (as she is off work for the next few Mondays too) we’ve decided to make this a regular thing. Welcome to Crafty Mondays!

The only specific ingredients are soya wax and fragrance oil (which can both be bought online from craft or candle supply shops). Everything else we used are pretty ordinary kitchen items:

  • old pan (to use as a water bath
  • metal or oven glass jug to melt the wax in
  • a kitchen thermometer
  • measuring jug
  • teaspoon, measuring spoons or cup/syringe used to measure medicine (to measure small quantities of fragrance oil
  • something to stir with – we used a wooden skewer that was thrown away at the end of the session
  • silicone chocolate moulds (we used these, from Lakeland) or ice cube trays (several stores, including IKEA, do silicone ones in interesting shapes)

We weighed out 500g soya wax flakes into a metal jug (which yielded about 500mls molten wax) The jug was stood in a pan containing about 2 inches hot water on the lowest heat. Remember wax burns so never melt the wax directly over the heat. Using a water bath keeps it to a temperature below 100C.

When making scented candles and melts, the temperature at which you add the fragrance and pour into moulds is important. If the fragrance is added when it is too hot, the scent evaporates before it is captured in the hardening wax. Too cold and it won’t mix in properly. The wax must be poured before it starts to set.

We poured out 100mls melted wax into a measuring jug and when this had cooled to 65C added 6mls fragrance oil, stirring to mix. When the scented liquid wax cooled to 60C it was poured into the moulds.

A couple of handy hints: Put the silicone moulds on a tray so if you have to move them they won’t spill. Also, we numbered the rows and gave a letter to each column so we could make a note of which fragrances were in each location

Each batch of 100mls wax made 15 small or 6 large melts – the measuring jugs and spoons and the thermometer were thoroughly cleaned between fragrances to stop them blending. The whole process was dead easy – much easier than making candles with no wicks to think about. Also pretty economical – a decent sized candle takes a lot of wax and scent oil. The oils can be pricey – HobbyCraft do packs of four themed scents (Christmas, household, fruity etc) at a reasonable price.

We used some of the fragrances we ealready had: orange, vanilla spice, melon and cucumber (used for two batches of 100mls) and lime, basil and mandarin. The specialist candle making suppliers have hundreds to choose from.

We left the melts to set and watched a film on Netflix – if you like a romcom we recommend The Holidate – it was hilarious.

The melts then easily unmoulded and we’ve divided them between us. I have a lamp which incorparates a tiny glass bowl over the bulb, which warms and melts the wax.

I was really happy with the scent “throw” . The fragrance filled a reasonably sized room when the wax had melted.

Daughter has a special ceramic burner which is heated by a tea light. Doesn’t it look lovely with the candle burning?

Our first Crafty Monday was a great success!