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Coffee DIY Wax Melts Recipe

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Coffee DIY Wax Melts Recipe – But FIRST COFFEE!

Melting these coffee DIY wax melts in my candle warmer is just as inviting as the scent of brewing coffee. 

I may have said it before but, coffee is by far one of the most supreme aromas you’ll ever smell. And quite possibly one of the best discoveries by mankind. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy my fair share of dark chocolate and red wine. But, one whiff from a bag of whole roasted coffee beans and I turn to butter. 

So, it’s no surprise that I love finding ways to enjoy the complex aroma unique to coffee. Take for example my easy coffee soap recipe made with brewed coffee grounds or relaxing crackling wood wick candles blended with roasted coffee beans. But it doesn’t stop there, I enjoy giving my skin a detoxing treatment with my DIY coffee body scrub. And who can resist making an enamel coffee mug candle? Not, I.  

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This is where I shout, “Coffee lovers, UNITE!” 

If the scent of roasted coffee beans or a freshly brewed cup draws you in too, then your senses will be delighted with this DIY wax melts recipe. Made with coffee essential oil and whole roasted coffee beans – you’ll be able to enjoy the aroma any time of day! 

That’s right, when you are reading a book in the evening or watching Netflix you can enjoy coffee without worrying about staying up too late. 

And if you’re new to candle making have no fear, homemade wax melts are super simple to make for your candle warmer with this easy coffee DIY wax melts recipe!

What is the best wax to use for wax melts?

What is the best wax to use for wax melts?

Natural soy wax is the easiest candle wax type to make wax melts with. It burns cleaner than paraffin wax and cleans up with water. (If you’ve ever had a candle warmer get knocked over then you know how amazing that is.) 

Soy wax is also less expensive than other natural choices like coconut or palm wax. However, I’ve made candle melts with beeswax and they are quite beautiful – see yourself with my herbal beeswax candle melt recipe

If you need help choosing candle wax, check out my candle wax guide covering the pros and cons of each type. 

Related To: Beginner Guide to Candle Making

Related To: How to Make Scented Candles

How do you make homemade wax melts? 

After choosing your candle wax the next step is to select a wax melts mold. I have used silicone molds from my soap making supplies several times with success. They are typically less than a $10 investment and you can use them over and over again! 

Here’s the steps I take to figure out how much wax I’ll need for silicone molds:

  1. Carefully fill each cavity of the mold with water, avoiding overflow into other cavities. 
  2. Pour the water into a liquid measuring cup. 
  3. Note the ounces and double it for the volume of wax for your recipe. 

This certainly isn’t an exact science but it does the trick when you are working with silicone molds. To measure wax more accurately check out our candle wax calculator

If you plan on gifting these wax melts or selling them, clamshell molds are the way to go.  You won’t need to pop each wax melt out and then figure out how to store or package them.  Each clamshell container has 6 cavities and it only takes a small amount of wax to fill an entire container up. I’ve got complete instructions on how to make wax melts with these containers below.

Everyone is asking how do you make wax melts smell stronger?

Everyone is asking how do you make wax melts smell stronger?

With the just right amount of scent in your wax melts you can fill your home with rich strong aromas. When it comes to my home essential oils and natural fragrances are my go-tos. I’ve learned a few tips on how to get a strong scent throw for candles that I shared here. You can apply these to make wax melts smell stronger too. 

Grab our candle scent list printables in the Simple Living Library and take our fun candle scent quiz!

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I’ve found making DIY wax melts not only saves money but they are safer than most store-bought. We have complete control over the ingredients, so we can avoid chemicals that we don’t want in our homes. Jump into my step by step tutorial now to make inviting homemade coffee candle melts.  

DIY Coffee Wax Melts Recipe

Wax Melt Supplies:

1 digital kitchen scale

1 candle thermometer

3 wax melt clamshell molds

1 candle melting pitcher

8 ounces soy candle wax

1 teaspoon coffee essential oil

1 teaspoon whole coffee beans

You’ll never buy wax melts again when you see how easy this DIY wax melts recipe is!

DIY Wax Melt Instructions: 

1. Measure It: Using a kitchen scale measure 8-ounces of soy wax flakes to make 3 wax melt trays, totaling 18 wax melts altogether. Or use the steps above to find the right amount of candle wax for a silicone mold. 

2. Melt It: To safely melt the wax, pour it into a candle melting pitcher. Then place the pitcher inside a large saucepan filled with 2 inches of water. Heat on medium to low heat with a gentle simmer at most, using the double boiler method. Stir often with a heat resistant silicone whisk.

3. Cool & Scent It: Remove the pitcher from the heat immediately after melting. Clip a candle thermometer inside of the pitcher or use a no-touch infrared thermometer to watch the wax cool 125°F to 120°F. Once cooled, add 1 teaspoon of coffee essential oil and stir constantly for 1 to 2 minutes to thoroughly incorporate.  

4. Pour It: After adding the scent carefully pour the wax into each cavity of the wax melt mold. If you are using clamshell molds, make sure to keep them open during the curing process. Before using a DIY wax melt, allow it to cure for 24 hours. 

How long does wax melts last?

These DIY wax melts made of soy wax will last between 8 to 10 hours for each wax melt. Concerning how to use candle melts best, place one wax melt in a candle warmer and warm it until the fragrance is released into the room. Then turn the warmer off and let the wax melt cool again before melting. 

You can repeat this process many times over the course of weeks until the amount of scent is largely dissipated before moving on to the next wax melt. How? Because it typically only takes 30 mins to melt and fragrance a room. This method is very practical and greatly extends the use of each wax melt as compared to leaving a candle warmer on all day. 

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Homemade wax melts are super simple to make for your candle warmer with this easy coffee DIY wax melts recipe!

Coffee DIY Wax Melts

Yield: 18 wax melts

Homemade wax melts are super simple to make for your candle warmer with this easy coffee DIY wax melts recipe!

Materials

  • 8 ounces soy candle wax
  • 1 teaspoon coffee essential oil
  • 1 teaspoon whole coffee beans

Tools

  • 1 digital kitchen scale
  • 1 candle thermometer
  • 3 wax melt clamshell molds
  • 1 candle melting pitcher

Instructions

  1. Measure It: Using a kitchen scale measure 8-ounces of soy wax flakes to make 3 wax melt trays, totaling 18 wax melts altogether. Or use the steps above to find the right amount of candle wax for a silicone mold. 
  2. Melt It: To safely melt the wax, pour it into a candle melting pitcher. Then place the pitcher inside a large saucepan filled with 2 inches of water. Heat on medium to low heat with a gentle simmer at most, using the double boiler method. Stir often with a heat resistant silicone whisk.
  3. Cool & Scent It: Remove the pitcher from the heat immediately after melting. Clip a candle thermometer inside of the pitcher or use a no-touch infrared thermometer to watch the wax cool 125°F to 120°F. Once cooled, add 1 teaspoon of coffee essential oil and stir constantly for 1 to 2 minutes to thoroughly incorporate.  
  4. Pour It: After adding the scent carefully pour the wax into each cavity of the wax melt mold.

Notes

If you are using clamshell molds, make sure to keep them open during the curing process. Before using a DIY wax melt, allow it to cure for 24 hours. 

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Homemade wax melts are super simple to make for your candle warmer with this easy coffee DIY wax melts recipe!

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