How to Make Bees Wax Melts
Wax melts are a wonderful way to enjoy wax without having to light a flame. The creation of natural melts is one of the most common beeswax uses for DIY crafters. Simple and easy to do – use this bees wax melts recipe to make something special.
What is a Wax Melt?
Wax melts are small cubes of various waxes. Beeswax is a common natural wax that is used to make melts.
Often scented with essential oils or other fragrances, wax melts release a pleasant aroma when melted.
Unlike a beeswax candle, a bees wax melt does not have a wick. The wax is not burned – it is only warmed to release the fragrance.
While not as critical as in candle making, you need clean beeswax to make melts. Commercial beeswax will be ready to use.
If you buy raw wax from a local beekeeper, be sure to clean the wax before using. You can even make your own solar wax melter for a few bucks.
Materials Needed to Make Bees Wax Melts
- 4 ounces (net wt.) of beeswax
- 2 ounces (net wt.) of coconut oil
- essential oil – your choice of scent
- molds – silicon baking cups or other
- double-boiler – I like this one
When making beeswax projects, I measure my ingredients by net weight. A simple kitchen scale is perfect for the job.
Your measurements do not have to be exact here. We are not making “rocket fuel” or anything that requires precise computations.
If you do not have a scale – no worries. You can measure your ingredients and use a ratio. For example, in this recipe you want twice as much beeswax as coconut oil.
It is a good idea to gather all of your materials before starting this project. Wax can be messy. Spreading newspaper or freezer paper on the counter to create an easy to clean work space is advised.
How to Melt Beeswax
While you can use the microwave, the best and safest way to melt beeswax is by using a double-boiler.
I am loving this small double-boiler. It is easy to clean and is large enough for most of my projects. When paired with a pot to hold water, it makes a great tool for melting beeswax.
Measure 4 oz (net wt) of beeswax and 2 oz (net wt) of coconut oil. Place these in your double boiler and turn the heat to medium.
As the water in the bottom pot heats up, your wax will begin to melt. It will take longer for the beeswax to melt than the coconut oil.
Therefore if you want to start with only beeswax in the pot and add coconut oil later – that is okay.
Gently stir occasionally until everything is melted and combined.
Monitor the status of your ingredients for the bees wax melts recipe. We want the water to be hot enough to melt the wax but not boil into the melting pot.
Once, all of the ingredients are melted and combined. Remove the melting pot from the hot water bath.
Now, it is time to add our fragrance. Adding fragrance to hot oils can affect its aroma. This is why I advise removing the wax melt ingredients from the water bath before fragrance is added.
Adding Fragrance to Your Bees Wax Melts
Quality essential oils are the best value for adding fragrance to wax melts. Choose any quality oil that you enjoy.
The amount of fragrance added depends to a degree on the level of scent you want in your bees wax melts. Most raw beeswax has some scent of its own.
In this recipe, I added 50 drops of balsam fir oil. This is because I love the clean scent of this particular oil.
Molding Your Bees Wax Melts
This is the fun part. As soon as the fragrance oil is added – give the recipe a quick stir. Then pour the hot ingredients into any type of mold or form that you wish.
I have a special plastic mold with queen bee shapes. However, silicone cupcake wrappers work well too!
You can use any side or shape of mold to form your bees wax melts. Unlike you are using silicone, you may need to spray the mold with a mold release to facilite removal.
Allow the mixture to cool for a couple of hours. As it cools, the mixture will harden and take the form of the mold.
Once the mixture is set, you can easily remove your wax melts from the mold. They are ready to use! Add a pretty bee bag and ribbon and you can make a gift of your creation.
Creating with beeswax is easy and fun. However, always take some basic safety precautions to prevent injury.
- beeswax is flammable (as are most other oils)- avoid overheating
- pots and pans exposed to wax are hard to clean – used dedicated craft pots
- take every precaution to prevent burns – use pot holders, safety glasses and gloves where needed