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

What To Do

  1. Put the bees wax pastilles and coconut oil into your glass jar.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Pour the mixture into an empty wax melt container. This recipe will make enough for one container full, which equals six wax melt cubes.
  5. 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?

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  1. Hi there,
    I couldn’t find pastilles, so I just have a one pound block of beeswax. Any idea how much I should use in place of the pastilles? Thanks!

    • I wouldn’t recommend using perfume as it usually has an alcohol base in it which is not good to inhale. You can easily add a few more drops of essential oils to the melted wax to revive the smell though!

  2. I don’t use essential oils due to the uncertainty of THEIR contents (they are NOT as pure as people think they are, as I work in a pharmacy and have done some research on it – some of them are DEADLY to cats and I won’t allow them in my home), so I would prefer to use herbs, spices and botanical scent sources. Any suggestions as to how to adjust the recipe to get as much scent as I can out of those ingredients?

    • If you’re just using straight herbs, I would probably double the amount of herbs since the smell won’t be as concentrated, but you can always experiment!

  3. Love these! Thank you for sharing your recipe! How quickly does the scent leave the wax? I am finding it hard to keep the scent strong. Do you just add more essential oils as the scent weakens? Do you ever need to throw out the wax melt itself?

    • I will usually just add a few more drops of essential oil to the melted wax to liven up the scent! Some oils are stronger than others in regards to scent so you may need to adjust as the wax melts away.

      • Absolutely! I would start with 10-15 drops and then add more depending on what intensity you would like. You can always add more later once the smell starts to fade.

  4. How many wax warmers would be needed to provide scent for the entire house? I wonder if one on each floor would work.

  5. I love the Better Homes and Garde s Cucumber Melon scent. Do you have a recipe that would be close? Much appreciated!!

    • I’ll use 20-30 drops of vanilla extract (pure vanilla) and about a tablespoon of finely ground coffee. You can use more coffee if you choose, but too much can overpower the vanilla extract and not achieve that delicious latte aroma!

  6. Thanks for posting this! I’m a no-soy person looking for a great wax tart recipe! Are these pretty soft or are they hard enough not to be squishy?

    • Hi Nancy!

      I usually use 20-30 drops of essential oil in my melts so the aroma is strong. If using dry herbs, I would say 2-3 tbsp of herbs. If doing both essential oil and herbs, I would do 15-20 drops of essential oil and 1-2 tbsp of herbs for a nice ratio.

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