Thanksgiving is almost here and I am so excited. For me, Thanksgiving is a sign of the holidays. It means that I will soon be living in a winter wonderland with music piping out of the old radio and a plethora of steaming tea, coffee or hot chocolate waiting to be drunk. Thanksgiving also means decorating for Christmas. My favorite part is decorating the tree. When I am finished, its branches have transformed from bare to bedecked grandeur. The tree is draped in garlands, dripping with tinsel and sparkling with lights. It is a sight to see.
I love decorating for the holidays. Traditionally I have tucked scented sachet cards into nooks and crannies to scent my home for the holidays. While it is fun and certainly works well, I have a beautiful wax melter that I have been wanting to use. This year I thought it would be fun to make wax tarts to use in my wax melter!
One thing I found during my testing is that there are hundreds of wax melters out there and not one is alike. They are as different and as unique as the humans that own them. They can be heated by a light bulb, tea light or heating element. They can heat from the top or from the bottom. Some wax melters can get very hot and others just stay warm. This wax tart recipe will melt in the cooler wax melters but rather than melting clear, it takes on a beautiful, slightly milky appearance.
Remember that wax melters can get hot and can present a fire hazard. They are not all that different from candles. They should be supervised and not left on when you are absent. Larger wax melters that are designed for large candles that heat from the bottom should be avoided. These can cause a wax bomb, leaving you with wax and glass everwhere. If you want to heat a large candle, I recommend a top heater. They are much safer. To read more about wax bombs, check out this blog post. Andee has great insight into the dos and don’ts of candles.
Conditioning Emulsifying Wax
Hydrogenated Soybean Oil
Brown Sugar and Spice Fragrance Oil
Microwave Safe Container
|Recipe in Grams
100 grams Soy Wax
50 grams Candellia Wax
25 grams Castor Oil
175 grams Mineral Oil
30 grams Conditioning Emulsifying Wax
85 grams Hydrogenated Soybean Oil
35 grams Brown Sugar and Spice Fragrance Oil
|Recipe in Ounces
3.53 oz Soy Wax
1.76 oz Candellia Wax
0.88 oz Castor Oil
6.17 oz Mineral Oil
1.06 oz Conditioning Emulsifying Wax
3.00 oz Hydrogenated Soybean Oil
1.23 oz Brown Sugar and Spice Fragrance Oil
|Recipe in Percentages
20% Soy Wax
10% Candellia Wax
5% Castor Oil
35% Mineral Oil
6% Conditioning Emulsifying Wax
17% Hydrogenated Soybean Oil
7% Brown Sugar and Spice Fragrance Oil
Weigh everything except the Brown Sugar and Spice Fragrance Oil into a microwave safe container. Heat until everything is liquid. Add the Brown Sugar and Spice Fragrance Oil and stir well. Pour the mixture into molds or clamshells. Allow to cool. You can now package them or use them in your wax tart melter. Enjoy!