Wax Melts – Whitney Trattles

Needs:
  1. Either a double boiler or a non-stick kitchen kettle with a temp gauge
  2. Scale
  3. Glass measuring cup
  4. Spoon
  5. Ladle if using the kitchen kettle
  6. Thermometer
  7. Candle Wax (I use pillar of bliss wax from natures garden – I like this because its granules)
  8. Fragrance Oil
  9. Candle dye – DO NOT use body safe dye as it is not safe for wax. It has to be oil based dye.
  10. 8 Clamshells per batch
  11. Backup mold (either plastic or silicone) for excess wax. I use these as my batch testers.
Double Boiler Directions (makes one batch):
  1. Weigh 19.2 ounces of wax and melt on low heat to 180 degrees Fahrenheit in the double boiler, stir frequently – this helps the wax melt a lot faster. While this is melting weigh 2.8 ounces of fragrance oil.
  2. When at temp remove from heat and add 2.8 ounces by weight of fragrance oil and a few drops of candle dye of your choice.
  3. Mix very well to incorporate all ingredients. Some of the wax will start to harden as its sets, I scrape the sides while stirring.
  4. When the wax is around 160 degrees Fahrenheit pour into 8 clamshells and backup mold if you have excess wax and let cool.
Kitchen Kettle Directions (makes 3-4 batches):
  1. Scoop 2 cups of wax into kitchen kettle and set gauge just below 200 degrees Fahrenheit. Stir frequently. While you are melting the wax place the measuring cup into hot water so that the wax doesn’t set too fast because of the cold glass.
  2. When wax is melted add another cup or two of wax and keep stirring. Continue this step until the kettle is about 3/4 or so full. (Adding wax in small amounts melts faster than filling the pot full and melting that way)
  3. When your desired amount of wax is melted and at 180 degrees Fahrenheit turn your temp gauge down to around 160 degrees. The wax will remain hot enough to work with without getting over heated.
  4. Place your glass measuring cup on your scale and zero it out. Ladle the wax out of the kettle to 19.2 ounces in weight.
  5. Add 2.8 ounces by weight fragrance oil and a few drops of candle dye of your choice.
  6. Mix very well to incorporate all ingredients. Some of the wax will start to harden as it sets, I scrape the sides while stirring.
  7. When wax is around 160 degrees Fahrenheit pour into 8 clamshells and backup mold if you have excess wax and let cool.
  8. Repeat steps 4 – 6 with the rest of the wax or double the batch to make 16 clamshells.
  9. If you want to continue after these have been made start back at step 1.
Important notes:
DO NOT USE THIS RECIPE TO MAKE CANDLES! The higher amount of fragrance oils may cause the whole candle to catch flame and result in a house fire. Most wax percentage rates for fragrance oil is at 10% for candles, this recipe is about 12.7% fragrance oil.
It is very important that you let your wax cure for around 2 – 3 weeks. The longer it sets the more fragrant it will be, so don’t panic if it smells very light for awhile. However, some fragrance oils are extremely light the way they are and will not give a decent throw.

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