Wednesday, November 21, 2012

DIY Scented Wax Cubes - Easy Gifts on a Budget (Part 3)

I have had two posts discussing my wickless candle heater over the past few months. The first was how I removed the bright green wax from my carpet when it spilled and second was how to make wax cubes from my favorite candle. I don't have a true Scentsy but I love it none the less.
As you know I am making lavender themed spa baskets for all the women in my life and I thought I would try to make lavender scented wax cubes to go along with it. Here is my running list of spa related items I making (and sharing with you):

  • Lavender bath salt ($2) DONE
  • Lavender sugar scrub ($2.50) DONE
  • Lavender scented wickless candle pucks ($0.50) 
  • Spa towel ($7)
  • Lavender scented Catalytic Lamp oil (you know like Lampe Berget oil) ($2.50)
  • Lavender linen water ($1.50)
  • Lavender reed diffuser (Not done yet so I don't have an approximate cost)
I knew I could make scented wax cubes from old candles, so I though I could probably make them from unscented, white candles along with some essential oils. I was pleasantly surprised at how well this worked and how cheap it was! Plus, I have read that most of the scented candles out there are pretty bad for you (with the exception of Scentsy products) and these are scented with only essential oils.

Materials:

  • Candle in a glass jar
  • Essential oil (I used lavender but you can use what ever scent you like)
  • Ice cube tray or old wax cube container

Method:

I will start off by saying you need to be very cautious when doing this. I do not know if these candles are meant to be put into boiling water...so just be careful and use safety precautions. I did not have any problems with cracking glass, but just keep a close eye on it.

I boiled a pot of water and carefully placed my prayer candle into the water, being careful not to get water into the wax. To be honest with you, I think a fatter shorter candle in a glass container would work a million times better than this tall skinny version. But this is what I had on hand so it is what I used.
 Once the wax starts to melt it turned opaque.
 Carefully pour the wax into either an ice cube tray or into an old scented wax cube container.
Then add approximately 6 drops of essential oil to each section of the container. You can use what ever scent you like and as many drops as you like. I found this to be enough for my nose...but it is all up to you.

You will see in the photo below that the essential oil sits in the middle of the wax when it is dropped in. I used a toothpick to stir it around so it was distributed within each wax cube. This is not critical because once you melt the wax in the warmer, it will all mix together.
Let it harden for a few hours or overnight in the container. Once hardened, pop the wax cubes out of the container and wrap the cubes as you would like. I wanted mine to match my bath salts and sugar scrub, so I wrapped them in clear cellophane and tied them up with raffia along with a brown paper tag and some lavender.

 Cute huh!
 The wax would have cost me $0.50 since I was able to get over 2 sets with the one candle.
See how my basket is starting to come together?
I had to test it out on my own before I gave it away, so I melted two cubes and they worked great! the smell traveled really nicely throughout my house.
 
The possibilities are endless with this! If you have a favorite scent, go out and buy a small 50ml jar of essential oil, and you can make so much with it. I have a 100ml jar of lavender and I have made gifts for four people (and lots of items for each) and I have barely put a dent in the jar!

Please note that I have read that using non-Scentsy wax in a Scentsy burner will void its warranty.

Up next, the oil for my Lampe Berger! I was at a store yesterday and they wanted $24 for a refill where mine cost me $2.50 to make! So excited to share this one.

Since tomorrow is Thanksgiving for many of you, I though I would share this one more time because I love it so much. (see here for the original post and instructions to download it) I am Thankful for...

For all my friends and family in the United States, have a great Thanksgiving and eat a little turkey for me!

Stephanie

41 comments:

  1. Thank you SO much for sharing all of this! I know so many people that have Scentsy burners, so this will be a wonderful, easy gift for them!

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  2. I don't know how hot the wax gets as it melts, but it is very important to check the flash point of the essential oils you choose to use. (You can Google "flash point essential oils.) Or you can choose to use true candle scents from the craft store.

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    1. Hi Ginny. Thank you for the comment and you are correct about the flash point for many essential oils. The wax in these units do not get very hot at all; just warm enough to melt. You can actually stick your finger in it the melted wax and it shouldn't burn you.Thanks again.
      Stephanie

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  3. I never considered making my own wax cubes. I've been spending a fortune on brand name ones (that quite frankly, smell way too strong). Thanks so much for the instructions!
    Cait @ MyHouseMyCanvas.com

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  4. I was just wondering if you could melt the wax, and dump all the essential oil into the pot at once. Stir it up for a bit, and then pour into individual cubes?

    Also, do they need to go in the fridge to cool? And, could I just start with plain ole soy wax? Thanks so much:)

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  5. I have a question. What oil brand did you use? Will any kind work? I bought the dollar ones at walmart will those work as well? I did same thing but not as many drops in each. Will u please let me know if those cheaper oils will work or if their is better and where?

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    1. Did you ever find out if them oils from Walmart worked I was wondering the same thing thxs

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