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Easy Orange Clove Soy Wax Melts

These quick and easy DIY orange and clove wax melts are the perfect thing to make your home smell amazing during the holidays!

Orange & Clove Soy Wax Melts light orange wax melts with cloves, orange slices, and soy wax

If you want to make soy candles, check out this tutorial.

Why Use Soy Wax?

Soy wax is quickly gaining popularity because it’s a natural product (unlike the more common paraffin wax) it’s sustainable, and it doesn’t produce toxic fumes when heated or burned.

It’s by far my favorite type of wax to work with because it comes in small flakes that can be easily measured and scooped, as opposed to paraffin which usually comes in large blocks and needs to be cut into more manageable pieces.

photo of chunks of paraffin wax and soy wax flakes in bowls

Another big advantage to soy is it can be cleaned up with soap and warm water. Trust me, this is a big advantage when it comes time to wash up and remove the wax from your countertops, floors, and kitchen utensils!

I also prefer the look of soy wax. It’s usually opaque and has a clean, natural look, whereas paraffin is usually more translucent. All that said, you can totally use paraffin wax in place of soy for this recipe and get great results.

Wax Melt Molds

Silicone candy molds work really well for making wax melts. You can also use clear plastic candy molds. I’m using a basic square mold for this project, but you can use any shape you like. Here are some of my favorite wax melt molds for every holiday and season.

Supplies

Tools

Directions

1. Melt the Wax

Add your wax to the metal pitcher and set it in a large saucepan of boiling water to create a double-boiler. The volume of the melted wax will be about half the volume of flakes.

If you don’t have a metal pitcher, you can also melt your wax in a Pyrex glass measuring cup in the microwave. Start with 1-minute intervals and stir between. Once the wax is melted and you’re getting closer to your target temperature, shorted the intervals to 15 seconds and check the temp each time.

close-up of soy wax flakes on a wood cutting board

2. Prepare The Mold

You don’t need to do anything special to prepare your wax melt mold. But I’m adding a few cloves to each compartment for decoration before I pour my wax in.

silicone candy mold with a few cloves in each section and

3. Check Temperature

Use the digital thermometer to check the temperature of your wax. Just because it’s all melted doesn’t necessarily mean it’s hot enough to add fragrance oil. Your target temperature is between 175 and 185 degrees. This is the ideal temperature range for adding wax dye and fragrance oils to soy wax to ensure the fragrance and wax bind together properly.

digital thermometer that reads "186.9 degrees F" in a pitcher of hot soy wax

4. Add Wax Dye

If you want to add color to your wax, add a pinch of wax dye flakes. I added a few bits of orange to the wax melts in the photo at the top, but the other pictures in this tutorial are of a batch without any coloring.

box of containers of wax dye chips in every color for candlemaking

4. Add Fragrance Oil

It’s important to be sure your wax is still between 175-185 degrees before adding the fragrance oil.

I’m adding Cinnamon Orange Clove Fragrance Oil from Nature’s Oil. This scent is perfect for Fall and Christmastime. It smells like a pot of apple cider simmering on the stove.

close-up of metal measuring spoon of candle fragrance oil being added to a pitcher of hot soy wax

Stir with a fork until the wax is clear and you don’t see any oil.

5. Pour First Layer Of Wax

Since we’re adding some decoration to these wax melts (the cloves), we want them to be visible on the tops of the melts. If you just fill the compartments all at once, the cloves will be lost in the middle and you won’t be able to see most of them once the wax hardens.

Pour enough hot wax into the mold to just cover the cloves to hold them in place. Then wait for it to harden. You can pop them in the fridge if you want to speed up the process.

green silicone mold with cloves and one this layer of hot wax in each section
silicone candy mold with cloves and wax cooling in the compartments

6. Fill The Mold

Once your first layer of wax has cooled, fill the molds the rest of the way with hot wax. Let them cool undisturbed until the wax is opaque and hard. You can put them in the fridge to harden if you like.

silicone candy mold with DIY soy wax melts

7. Remove The Wax Melts

Now pop the wax melts out of the mold, and you’re done!

hand removing soy wax melts from a silicone candy mold
orange clove wax melts being removed from a silicone mold
close-up of soy wax melts with cloves inside
DIY soy wax melts with orange & clove fragrance, cinnamon sticks, and candles

Wax Warmers

And of course you’ll need a wax warmer to enjoy your wax melts. These are a few of my favorite inexpensive picks for under $20. And did I mention they make fabulous gifts? Don’t forget the liners too!

close-up of orange clove wax melts in a wax warmer

I hope you enjoy these wax melts as much as I do!

More DIY Candles & Wax Melts

How to Make Soy Wax Melts

How to Make Soy Candles: A Beginner’s Guide

How to Make Scented Candles for Fall

DIY Pumpkin Spice Scented Wax Melts

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