Fall Essential Oil Wax Melts DIY Craft For The Cozy Season
This fall essential oil wax melts DIY shows you step by step how to make wax melts with essential oils that smell like fall for the cozy season.
Are you ready to hang a sign in your front yard that reads, “Autumn Leaves and Pumpkins Please”? I certainly am! With the record heat, we’ve had all summer long, I can’t help but dream of the cooler autumn days when leaves crunch under our feet and pumpkins line every porch on the block.
And, of course, all the most beautiful fall scents come with it! Warming pumpkin spice, dew-covered fallen leaves in the crisp autumn air, and playful cider donuts around the fire pit note the arrival of fall. Each touches our souls with aromas that make us feel warm and cozy inside.
Spicy cinnamon and clove, warm ginger, fennel, nutmeg, bright orange, and refreshing cedarwood – say it all!
What better way to welcome autumn’s arrival than with these fall-scented wax melts made with essential oils that smell like fall for the cozy season?
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What are wax melts?
If you’re unfamiliar with wax melts, you may know them as wax tarts or candle melts. They are one in the same – scented chunks of wax. You can find them in countless shapes and sizes, as well as colors and fragrances.
Are wax melts better than candles? Everyone’s opinion is their own, and honestly, I enjoy both. But, I’m happy to point out the differences between the two.
- Softly flickering candle flames are known to be quite comforting. But, wax melts do not require a wick or a flame to work.
- Candles release scent when the wick is ignited, and the wax is heated. Whereas wax melts are heated by a small bulb of 15 to 25 watts that slowly melts the wax and releases the infused essential oils.
- It costs much less to make wax melts than candles because they require less material.
- Wax melts have a burn time up to five times longer than candles.
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What Do You Need To Make Wax Melts?
Compared to making candles, you don’t need much to make wax melts. Instead of countless candle containers, you only need one silicone mold to make dozens of wax melts. I choose a sunflower and a pumpkin silicone mold to make fall-themed essential oil wax melts.
The only hang-up to making wax melts is figuring out how much candle wax you need. Unlike candle containers that often have the ounces listed, which we can use as a starting point, silicone molds rarely include that information. So, here’s how to go about solving this issue:
First, fill each cavity of the silicone mold with water without allowing it to overflow. Then pour the water into a liquid measuring cup. Note the ounces and divide the total by 20 to calculate how many pounds of wax you’ll need (because by volume, wax weighs 20% less than water).
Now that you’ve picked your wax melt mold and know how much candle wax you’ll need, it’s time to select and calculate how much essential oil you need.
What essential oils smell like fall?
Use this list of essential oils that smell like fall to create a blend of essential oils with the help of a blending wheel to make fall-scented candle melts with the instructions below. Each oil on the list includes the aroma category and notes about the scent and aromatherapy.
Cinnamon: Spicy / Protecting / Warming / Awakening
Bergamot: Citrus / Bright / Calming / Uplifting
Cardamom: Invigorating / Warm / Cleansing / Spicy
Spearmint: Herbal / Minty / Calming / Uplifting
Vetiver: Calming / Grounding / Herbal
Clove: Spicy / Warming / Protective
Juniper: Woodland / Earthly / Calming / Grounding
Ginger: Warming / Accelerating / Stimulating
Orange: Citrus / Sweet / Happy / Uplifting
Cedarwood: Grounding / Soothing / Woodland
Clary Sage: Calming / Herbaceous / Cleansing
Vanilla: Comforting / Exotic / Warming
Nutmeg: Warming / Relaxing / Spicy
Balsam Fir: Cleansing / Grounding / Woodland
Valerian: Calming / Herbal / Comforting
Black Pepper: Sharp / Spicy / Energizing
Fennel: Balancing / Spicy / Energizing
Cypress: Clean / Grounding / Woodland
After you have a plan for essential oils to scent your wax melts with, it’s time to calculate how much you need.
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How Much Essential Oil Do You Need To Make Wax Melts?
As we’ve already established, wax melts differ from regular candles with a wick. Not only do they not have a flame, but they are also warmed at a very low temperature compared to burning a candle. This low temperature causes the scent of the essential oils to slowly dissipate over weeks or even months of use.
Therefore, I found candle melts do not need as much essential oil added to them as regular candles do. You’ll only need 100 drops of essential oil to make more than a dozen candle melts.
If you are measuring essential oils for wax melts or calculating how much essential oil you should buy for a DIY, you need an essential oil conversion chart. Print one from our Oily Chic Library!
How much essential oils are in a bottle:
5ml bottle = 100 drops = 1 tsp
15 ml bottle = 300 drops = 1/2 oz
30 ml bottle = 600 drops = 1 oz
To make fall essential oil candle melts, you can choose from one of these methods:
- Select a single 5ml bottle of essential oil such as clove.
- Choose a 5ml bottle of a pre-made blend of essential oils such as Thieves or Sacred Mountain.
- Another option is to create a blend of essential oils, for example, by adding ½ teaspoon of clove, ¼ teaspoon of Thieves, and ¼ teaspoon of fennel.
No matter what option you choose to scent your candle wax melts, you can’t go wrong with essential oils!
How to make Fall Essential Oil Wax Melts For The Cozy Season
Welcome autumn’s arrival with these step-by-step instructions on how to make wax melts with essential oils that smell like fall for the cozy season. They are easier to make than they look with only two ingredients. And with this essential oil wax melts recipe, you can make 16 to 18 candle melts.
Supplies To Make Wax Melts:
½ lb soy wax
1 teaspoon total of essential oil
Wax Melts Instructions:
Place a small candle melting pitcher on a digital scale -tap tare weight and measure ½ pound of soy wax flakes. (Are you using a different wax melt mold? Use the tips above to figure out how much wax you’ll need.)
Next, place the pitcher of wax inside a large saucepan filled with about 2 inches of water. Using the double boiler method, heat on medium to low heat, stirring slowly with a heat-resistant silicone spatula often.
When the wax is melted, remove the pitcher from the saucepan. Use a no-touch infrared thermometer to monitor the wax temperature. When the temperature is 125°F, add one teaspoon total of essential oil to the melted wax. Slowly stir for 1 to 2 minutes to thoroughly incorporate the essential oil.
After adding the essential oil, carefully pour the wax into each cavity of your mold. Allow the wax melts to cure in the mold for at least 1 hour. And wait an additional 24 hours before using one for a strong scent.
How to Use Wax Melts:
Homemade essential oil wax melts can bring beautiful warmth to your home during the cozy season. And when you follow these tips for how to use wax melts, the scent can last a long time.
Place a single candle wax melt into a tea light warmer, plug-in warmer, or tabletop wax melt warmer. This is the wax warmer I used. I love that it doubles as a candle warmer too!
Whichever warmer you choose, you’ll appreciate how the wax gently melts as it’s heated, releasing the fragrance into the air. Did you know you can turn off the wax warmer once the wax tart has melted, and you’ll still smell the scent for hours? Try it, and you’ll be surprised how much longer your essential oil wax melts last!
When the scent dissipates after many uses, you can pop it out with the edge of a spoon and add a new wax melt into the warmer.
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I love how amazing these fall essential oil wax melts smell. If you’ve been avoiding candles due to toxins, I’m sure you’ll be excited to make these eco-friendly essential oil wax melts! With just two ingredients, you can’t go wrong!
Pin this fall essential oil wax melts DIY to your Fall DIY Pinterest board, and while there, follow Oily Chic for more inspired ideas. And don’t forget to print the essential oil conversion chart above.
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