I love making my home smell fragrant all year round, especially during the holidays, and I mostly use scented wax melts with a decorative warmer because I know they’re a lot safer than burning candles.
But even those scented wax melts you get at the store are made with chemicals and waxes that we really shouldn’t be breathing in. Even though there’s no smoke made from a candle flame, a lot of the wax from the melts still enters the air and ends up in our lungs. Yikes!
What’s In Those Store-Bought Wax Melts?
Conventional wax melts are made with paraffin wax, which is a by-product of petroleum, the stuff that’s created during the process of turning crude oil into gasoline.
When those paraffin wax melts are heated up, they release toxic chemicals into the air like formaldehyde, acetaldehyde, benzene, toluene, and acrolein, all of which increase your risk of cancer. Even burning multiple paraffin candles at once is enough to exceed the indoor air pollution standards set by the EPA.
In addition to the dangerous paraffin wax, those store-bought melts also contain fragrances that are rarely derived from natural sources. Many of them are also made-made chemical concoctions that can also increase your risk of cancer, cause birth defects, and affect the central nervous system.
Natural Homemade Scented Wax Melts
Luckily theses little wax melts are really simple to make at home, and they use an ingredient that is not only safe for your health, but is actually beneficial to it. What is this ingredient? Beeswax!
Beeswax emits negative ions when heated, meaning it actually purifies the air when you use it, and has helped people with asthma and allergies breathe easier.
These wax melts are so easy to make at home, and with the use of beeswax as the main ingredient, you’ll get double duty by purifying and cleaning your air while making your home smell ahh-mazing.
What You’ll Need
- 4 tablespoons Bees Wax Pastilles
- 2 tablespoons Coconut Oil
- 20-30 drops of Essential Oils or Herbs & Spices
- Small glass jar – (I use a pint-size Mason jar for this)
- Empty wax melt container – (I used an old one from some store bought wax melts, but you can also buy empty ones here)
What To Do
- Put the bees wax pastilles and coconut oil into your glass jar.
- Place the jar in a pot of boiling water to melt the wax and oil. Stir occasionally until everything is completely melted. Takes about 5 minutes or so to melt.
- Once melted, carefully remove jar from the water and add in your essential oils, or herbs and spices. Stir until thoroughly mixed. You can experiment here with different scents and strengths while the wax is hot, as this will give you an idea of what it will smell like on the wax warmer.
- Pour the mixture into an empty wax melt container. This recipe will make enough for one container full, which equals six wax melt cubes.
- Let the melts harden, then break off a cube and use in a warmer.
That’s it! It’s so easy to make, and you can make a ton of different scent combinations for whatever mood you’re in. I always make every day scents like lavender and vanilla, but I love making holiday ones for Fall and Christmas.
Everyday Scent Recipes
- Vanilla Latte: Vanilla extract and ground coffee.
- Lavender Rose Garden: Lavender and Rose essential oil, or dried lavender flowers.
- Fresh & Clean: Jasmine, Lavender, and Vanilla essential oils.
- Bright Citrus: Lemon and Orange essential oils.
Holiday Scent Recipes
- Pumpkin Pie: Cinnamon, Ginger, Nutmeg, and Clove essential oils (you can also use the ground spices, but it won’t be as potent).
- Wintergreen Tree: Douglas Fir, Cedarwood, Cypress, Spruce, and Juniper Berry essential oil.
- Winter Warmth: Ginger, Allspice, Cardamom, and Anise essential oil.
Essential Oils: All of essential oils in these recipes can be found from Majestic Pure on Amazon. I buy all my oils from them as they have the biggest selection, great prices compared to other places, and their quality is superb.
Do you use scented wax melts at home? What are your favorite scent combinations?