Before Ella, I had a huge collection of candles. I loved the scent, the warm glow, and the way they made my home feel cozy and inviting.
My feelings changed after we had Ella. There was something about a little kid running around the house that made an open flame seem like a bad idea. So, sadly, I ditched my candles. No more warm, inviting glow for me.
For Christmas that year, my mom bought me a Scentsy candle warmer. This was the solution to my candle problem! Once again, I could enjoy a beautiful scent and warm candle-like glow but without the flame. It was the perfect compromise. That was four years ago, and I still use that same candle warmer every day! It’s actually on a timer 🙂
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While I still love my candle warmer, the wax melts have a tendency to give me headaches so I started making my own with essential oils. They are super easy to make and a healthier alternative to store-bought varieties.
For this tutorial, I decided to make peppermint wax melts – one of my favorite wintertime scents. They smell like candy canes plus the peppermint essential oil helps relieve nasal congestion (hello cold season!) and makes you feel more energized!
DIY Essential Oil Wax Melts
Before we get into the shopping list and instructions for these easy DIY essential oil wax melts, let’s talk about where to purchase essential oils because they are definitely not all made equal.
I highly recommend Plant Therapy. Their oils are pure, strong and affordable. They even have a new line of oils that are safe for kids if you have little ones running around!
- White Beeswax
- Peppermint Essential Oil
- Red Candle Lane Dye Squares
- Molds (I used empty containers from store-bought wax melts, but you could use any mold.)
- Candle Warmer
- Fill a small pan about 1/4 full of water. Bring to a boil.
- Place a metal bowl on top of the pan (the bowl should not be touching the water), and pour in 2 cups of beeswax pellets.
- Heat the beeswax until it is completely melted.
- Mixing constantly, add in one square of red dye and stir until melted.
- Slowly mix in drops of peppermint essential oil. I used about 20 drops, but use as many as you want!
- Working quickly, pour the melted wax into the molds.
- Let the wax cool completely (about 2 hours) before removing from the molds.
Once you have removed the wax melts from the molds, place 3 or 4 into the candle warmer and enjoy!
Tip: If the scent starts to fade after time, add a few more drops of essential oil when the wax is warm.
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