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DIY Beeswax Wax Melts

Make beeswax wax melts with this fun and easy tutorial. They make great gifts and will make your home smell amazing!

DIY Wax Melts with Beeswax! wax melts in a wax warmer with beeswax candles

Why Use Beeswax?

Beeswax is a natural and earthy product and many people love it for candles because of its color and warm fragrance.

bars of beeswax stacked up

However I will say that it’s the most difficult type of wax to work with of all the types I’ve tried. It’s a bit finicky, is easy to scorch, and has a high melting point. This means it will begin to harden and gum up almost immediately once you remove it from the heat source, so you don’t get a lot of time to work with it.

Here’s my guide to the different types of waxes for candle making and DIY wax melts:

What is the Best Wax for Candles? Soy vs. Beeswax vs. Paraffin

overhead view of 4 different candles made with paraffin, soy wax, white beeswax and yellow beeswax

If you’re brand new to making candles and or wax melts, I would suggest starting out with soy wax. It’s still natural and feels luxurious, but it’s much more forgiving and harder to mess up. Here’s my tutorial for soy:

How to Make Soy Wax Melts

soy wax melts against a white background

Types of Beeswax

Beeswax comes in two colors: yellow and white. Yellow beeswax is a bit closer to it’s natural state and retains it’s color which it gets from pollen. It also has a mild warm honey scent. Many people love the rustic natural look and fragrance, so it is usually left as-is without the addition of wax dyes or fragrance oils.

While still a natural product, white beeswax has been processed a bit more to remove the yellow color and scent. It is still darker colored than other waxes such as paraffin and soy wax, but it can have color and fragrance oils added to it.

yellow and white beeswax pastilles against a wood background

How to Make Beeswax Wax Melts

Materials

collage of materials and ingredients needed to make wax melts with beeswax

A. Beeswax (I’m using this brand from Amazon) I suggest getting your beeswax in the form of pastilles or pellets rather than bars because the bars will take FOREVER to melt!

B. Silicone Candy Mold (this is one of my favorites)

C. Metal Pitcher

D. Thermometer (I use this inexpensive digital meat thermometer from Amazon for all my candle making projects)

E. Bee Balm & Coco de Mer Candle Fragrance Oil, from Makesy

Directions

1. Measure the Beeswax

Pour about one cup of yellow beeswax pastilles into a metal pitcher. This is the one I use.

bag of yellow beeswax pellets
beeswax pastilles in a metal pitcher, ready to be melted down

2. Melt the Wax

Set up a double-boiler by heating a saucepan of water on the stove and setting the metal pitcher inside it.

yellow beeswax in a double boiler on the stovetop

Keep a close eye to it and stir the wax frequently as it melts. Beeswax can scorch if it gets too hot, so this is important.

beeswax being melted in a double boiler and stirred with a fork
close up of melting beeswax in a metal pitcher on the stovetop

Use a digital meat thermometer to keep an eye on the temperature. The target is about 170 degrees, and you’ll want all the chunks of wax to be melted. Remove it from the heat.

digital thermometer in a pitcher of melted beeswax
pitcher of melted beeswax

3. Add Fragrance Oil

Add 2 teaspoons of candle fragrance oil (in my case it’s one 10ml sample-sized bottle). I’m using my favorite scent for beeswax- Bee Balm & Coco de Mer, from Makesy to enhance the natural warm honey scent.

Stir well and let the wax sit for a few minutes. Then stir it well again before the next step to ensure all of the fragrance is incorporated into the wax.

candle fragrance oil being added to melted beeswax to make wax melts

4. Pour Into Mold

Pour the hot wax directly from the pitcher into the cavities of the silicone mold.

hot beeswax being poured into a silicone mold to make diy wax melts

5. Let it Cool

Let the wax cool undisturbed until it has hardened completely.

beeswax cooling in a silicone candy mold
cooling beeswax wax melts

You’ll notice that it will begin to solidify quickly because of it’s high melting temperature. But be sure to wait until it is no longer warm and pliable before you touch it.

beeswax wax melts completely cooled and hardened, ready to be removed from the mold

6. Remove From Mold

Once it’s cooled completely, turn the mold over use your fingers to gently push each wax melt out.

yellow beeswax melts being removed from a silicone mould

7. Enjoy!

close up of finished beeswax wax melts

How to Enjoy Your Beeswax Wax Melts

Use your beeswax melts the same way you would any other wax melts. Melt them in a wax warmer and enjoy their fragrance. I like to use these paper wax melt liners to prevent the beeswax from making a mess in the melting cup. I know they look like cupcake papers, but they are not the same- trust me!

wax warmer with beeswax wax melts and beeswax candles

Here’s a list of my favorite inexpensive wax warmers. I like to pair one of these with some homemade beeswax wax melts to give as a gift.

The Best Wax Warmers On A Budget

Helpful Tips

Here are my recommendations for working with beeswax:

  • Choose a silicone mold with larger cavities. I was originally planning to make cute beeswax melts in a gummy bear mold. But the small size requires using an eye dropper to fill the mold. This works great with soy wax, but the beeswax begins to solidify as soon as it touches the eye dropper, so it got gummed up really quickly. It’s much easier to just pour the wax directly from the pitcher.
eye dropper with beeswax hardened on it
  • Keep the pan of hot water nearby. Again, the beeswax will cool and begin to harden quickly once its removed from the double boiler. So you may need to return the pitcher to the pot of water once in a while to keep it liquid and pourable.

How to Make Beeswax Candles

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