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How to make wax melts

Updated: Apr 1

When writing this blog the advice is to include a catchy title, I tried, but all I could come up with was 'How to make wax melts' so here we go


This is not a tutorial, I am just relaying my methods to you, please use your own judgment and do more research, what works for me may not work for you.


DISCLAIMER- I am not a lawyer,I am simply a small business owner. I encourage you to do your own research and make sure you are following all current legislations. I am simply just sharing what I have found along my way, the following information may not be correct and I cannot be held liable. I may have missed things off this list. Please be vigilant.

This is not a tutorial, just my blog on how I do things.

do your due diligence!


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I will assume you've read my first blog post, I detail there what you're going to need, if you haven't read it then you should or else none of this may make any sense to you

https://www.brightbloommelts.co.uk/post/starting-a-wax-melt-business


I suggest that everything you test out, write it all down, the suppliers you used, the temperatures you worked with etc, the type of wax and the supplier, the brand of fragrance oil, the dyes, glitters you used etc for each batch, it will be helpful to you when working out what method gives you the best results.


I will describe here how I make wax melts using 100g of your chosen wax. I much prefer working in small batches, I find I get better quality melts.


1-- Prepare your area. It's a messy process and you want to protect any surfaces especially if you're using dyes & glitters, you don't want stained work surfaces.


2-- Make sure you have everything to hand, wax, dyes, glitters, mica, fragrance oils, moulds/pots, thermometer, scales


3-- Weigh out your wax, 100g.


4-- Weigh out your fragrance oil 10g

(measure out your fragrance oil in grams and not in millilitres. This is very important. Some fragrance oils have different densities, this can cause miscalculations and you may end up adding too much of one fragrance if it is a thicker liquid and vice versa)

Your wax supplier should tell you what fragrance % it can hold. The EcoSoya melt wax I use can hold up to 12% however I use 10% of fragrance oil, anything more will invalidate the 10% CLP label.


5-- I put some water in a pan, only a small amount and use my steel melting pot on top acting as a double boiler


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6-- Melt your wax slowly gently stirring it. I use eco soyamelt from supplies for candles or craftastik (I am also trialing a new wax but more on that later)

https://suppliesforcandles.co.uk/product/ecosoya-melt-#/33337-size-5_kg

https://www.craftastik.co.uk/ecosoya-melt/


When I talk about temperatures, everything I mention is in Celsius.

I heat my wax to 70 degrees. I believe with soy wax you're not meant to heat above 80 but paraffin wax may take longer, check with your supplier. The heating process melts the wax and opens up the molecules which will absorb the fragrance oils.


7--When the wax hits 70 I remove it from the heat (I don't let it hit 80 as I believe it can discolour)


8-- I then add my dyes and any mica powder. I get mine from supplies for candles, I use liquid dyes, a little goes a long way. I love the effect the mica powders give the wax. stir well, the mica powers have a habit of sinking to the bottom. When using the liquid dye I use 2 drops of dye for a medium colour and a very very small pinch of mica powder, its is recommended that you use around 5% mica powder to wax ratio for a shimmering effect, I use less. I believe a lot of people add the dye & mica to the fragrance oil rather than directly to the wax but this way is just my preference.


9-- Keep a close eye on the temperature of your wax. Most suppliers will give you an idea of what temperature to add your fragrance oil, most recommend about 60. I add mine between 58 and 58.5. This may seem quite precise but I honestly believe this gives the best scent throw for the wax I use.

Then you STIR. Stir for a full 90-120 seconds. it is very important that you stir stir stir, not vigorously you don't want to get air bubbles but you must get that fragrance oil mixed well into all the warm wax.


(Every fragrance oil has what is called a flash point, they are all different.

This is the temperature at which the oil will start to vaporise and evaporate. If the temperature of the wax is over the maximum flash point temperature, the oil will be evaporating whilst you are adding it and the scented wax will be losing fragrance the whole time. Resulting in poorly scented wax. This is why a thermometer is so important.)




10-- Now you're ready to pour. keep a steady hand, don't fret too much if you make a mistake, its only wax! we all screw it up from time to time.


When I pour into moulds like the heart ones (1st pic) I use or the snap bars, I sprinkle them with glitter first. When I pour my wax into pots (2nd pic) I wait for them to thicken ever so slightly then add the glitter, if you add the glitter too soon it sinks, add it too late and it doesn't set into the wax.


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Wait for them to set, label them all and store them away, away from sunlight. I use cool dark cupboards. There is a lot of talk about wether melts need to be 'cured' this means if they need time to marinade to get the best scent throw or if they can used right away. Honestly I do think they need a little bit of time, a few days to a week maybe. I have used some scents immediately and they've been great, some smell better after a bit of curing time. I only sell my melts after a few weeks. I personally test each batch numerous times. and I keep notes for each batch I make. You can never know too much about the product you are making and selling.

That is it. That is my method. It works for me and I have had fantastic feedback from customers. Always trial and test your own methods, you might work with a different wax and get different results. There is so much information there and so many guides to follow, but you'll find your groove and what works for you.


Obviously after making you melts you need to get on with labelling them with CLP labels (this is so so important) which I buy from

https://www.magicclps.co.uk


I buy my other stickers with my logo on from

https://beanprint.co.uk


(I am not affiliated with either of these companies, I am simply just a customer)


I also buy extra safety labels to attach to my products, this is something I will be discussing in my next post. I know wax melts that are caked in warning stickers ain't as cute but I like to be on the safe side. I also send my orders out with a safety sheet (coming in my next post)


I hope this gives you some guidance or ideas on how to make wax melts.

If you want to discuss anything I mentioned please email us brightbloommelts@gmail.com or reach out to us on Instagram or Facebook @brightbloommelts


My next post will be coming soon :)


Much Love & Peace Out

Sarah x



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