I decided to try my hand at making some homemade wax melts. Except that these aren’t technically wax melts, as there’s no wax involved. But it looks like a wax melt and behaves like one, so a wax melt it shall be named, at least for the purpose of today’s frugal experiment.
I love wax melts, and all of the fun scents. But I recently tried one that irritated me so much that I couldn’t stand to be in the room when it was turned on. So on a whim, I rummaged through my kitchen hunting for things that I could use to make my own natural, homemade version. And finally I settled on these ingredients:
This is truly an experiment at its core. I previously tried a natural version of this before that simply consisted of water and essential oil. And the scent was very, very faint – almost to the point of putting out no scent at all. So this experiment could’ve gone either way.
Here’s how I made them.
DIY Homemade Wax Melts
I melted five tablespoons of Coconut Oil in the microwave for about 30 to 45 seconds.
Once the coconut oil was melted, I added 40 drops of lemon essential oil. Then stirred to combine. I was going for a ratio of 8 drops of essential oil per tablespoon of coconut oil (because 10 seemed excessive), but in hindsight, it would have been better to go for a ratio of 10 drops per tablespoon, or even per melt for a stronger scent.
I simply washed and reused the clamshell from one of my old wax melts, so this batch made six melts.
I let them harden before using. My clamshell sprung a leak, so I had to speed up the process by placing mine in the fridge for about 30 minutes.
Because coconut oil is a soft oil even at room temperature, these aren’t as sturdy as a regular wax melt. But they do solidify and take shape, they’re just not as hard as an actual wax melt.
Though a bit faint, this produces a nice gentle scent. Unlike using just essential oil and water, the scent lingered longer and doesn’t evaporate quickly (I can actually pour these back into the clamshell after use). So it is better than the other natural alternative I’ve tried. But I’ll admit, the scent doesn’t waft through the house like a traditional wax melt, which is slightly disappointing.
This is cheaper and more natural than a “real” wax melt… but it can be improved upon. So I’ll likely play around with this a couple of more times to see if there are any tweaks I can try to make the scent of the essential oil more powerful in these homemade wax melts (suggestions are appreciated!).