Hey friend! I hope you enjoyed your weekend. I know we did. I got to make a few things for our home and these natural beeswax melts with essential oils were one of them! These wax melts are a beautiful nontoxic way to enjoy your favorite seasonal scents. Not only can they be used to melt for a fragrant filled space, but they can also be hung and used to gently emit the natural scent of your choice. You can add dried flowers, herbs, and spices for extra scent and a touch of beauty! These are simple to make, and great to keep for gifts when you’re visiting friends. Never show up empty handed!
Traditionally wax melts are made with paraffin wax and artificial fragrance. Just like candles, when warm they can release chemicals that create indoor pollution in your home. I know this is not what I want my children to breathe in. If you haven’t had a chance, watch the documentary “stink” on netflix to get an in-depth look at the importance of avoiding artificial fragrance.
Why do we avoid artificial fragrance?
Phthalates in artificial fragrance have been shown to disrupt the delicate endocrine system, reduce sperm count, cause reproductive malformation, and have been linked to cancer. Additionally, studies by the Mount Sinai Children’s Environmental Health Center, link fetal exposure with autism, ADHD, and neurological disorders. Source. When I read about these dangers of fragrance when my baby was a few months old, I stopped buying candles and started making my own from beeswax.
But once I learned that just about everything I was purchasing from the store had artificial fragrance added to it, I started doing more research. It turns out the majority of personal care and cleaning products contain toxins you want to avoid. These ingredients are absorbed into the bloodstream directly through the skin. Everyone needs to do their best to avoid it.
Why beeswax and not soy?
A lot of alternative wax makers use soy wax. Soy is a trendy “healthy” alternative to paraffin right now. However, despite being trendy, we would opt to avoid soy candles in our home. Soy is terrible for our environment, due to deforestation to grow soy to feed livestock animals. Growing soy has been known to cause soil erosion and reduce water availability. Soy candles are likely to be made from genetically modified soy crops that are typically sprayed with toxic pesticides. I would actually rather use anything else.
More on beeswax
Beeswax is environmentally friendly and safe. It burns clean, and the wax is natural and biodegradable. It is actually considered good for the environment by naturally cleaning and purifying the air. It naturally has a nice scent, and as unrefined as can be. It also burns much longer than paraffin or soy! Long-lasting, natural, earth-friendly is my preferred choice. I used this beeswax.
I used lavender and citronella essential oils in my melts to function as a calming and bug-repelling addition to your home. This combination smells like summer! I picture drinking iced tea on the porch in the evening watching fireflies light up the yard. Yes, that’s what aromatherapy does!
I typically diffuse my essential oils, as diffusing allows all of the therapeutic properties of the plant to be released. Being heated diminishes the therapeutic properties of the oil, which will happen if you melt these. However, this is a much better alternative to traditional wax and the release of chemicals from essential oils will not be harmful. They will smell just as fragrant and beautiful but in a natural and non-toxic way!
I always get my essential oils from Young Living because of their seed to seal pledge and the overall quality of the product. We now get all of our household items from Young Living since they deliver all of oils and our personal care products in a monthly subscription, and they never contain artificial fragrance or any of the bad stuff. It gives me complete peace of mind. You can read more about these products and learn about starting membership here!
Now onto the recipe
- one cup of beeswax (pellets or small pieces)
- essential oils
- dried herbs, flowers, spices
- Melt your beeswax in a double boiler
- Once melted, pour your wax into your mold of choice
- Let dry for two minutes, when max is almost solidified - add in your flowers, herbs, spices and essential oils. I added twenty drops total (10 lavender 10 citronella) for each melt
- Once dried, use scissors to pierce a whole through the wax, and tie twine through if you want to hang these as a natural air freshener
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I hope you’ll give these wax melts a try and if so, let me know how you love them by sharing over on instagram with hastag #recipes.and.rituals!
Peace & love as always,