How To Make Wax Melt Snap Bars

How To Make Wax Melt Snap Bars

Here’s how to make wax melt snap bars. It’s everything you need to know, from how much wax is in a snap bar to what is the best wax for snap bars. 

It sounds funny, but I have quite a loving relationship with candle making. I love to blend candle scent recipes, slowly pour melted wax, and, of course, the highlight of our relationship is basking in the warm glow of candlelight itself. 

I’ve been making candles for a decade, and I’ve made just about every type of candle you can think of:

Yes, it’s a lot. That’s why I wrote a candle making book. But, I’ve got to tell you, I was thrilled when I saw this new candle type trending – wax melt snap bars are all the rage! 

They have such a unique, long, slender shape, not seen in other candles. And their easy-to-use format is well genius. 

What is a wax melt snap bar? Also called wax melt bars or simply snap bars, they are essentially easy-to-use wickless candles. 

As for how do you use a melt bar, it’s a snap!

Ha ha – simply snap off one section from the wax melt snap bar, just like snapping off a piece of chocolate from a Hershey’s candy bar. Place the little piece of the snap bar in an electric or tea light warmer to melt.

As the little bar melts, the scent will fill the area. Extinguish the tea light or turn off the warmer and continue enjoying it as the wax solidifies.  

You can reuse the same piece many times over until the scent disappears. Then, simply remove it from the warmer and snap off a new piece to enjoy. 

How long does a snap bar last? At a 10% fragrance load, these snap bars will last 10 hours per piece. And there are five pieces per bar, so that’s 50 hours of scent in a snap bar! 

Can you make your own wax melt snap bars? 

Yes – I figured it out, and now I’ll teach you how to make wax melt snap bars with a bright, fun scent, the best wax for snap bars, and gorgeous botanicals. 

You’ll be hand-pouring your own snap bars in no time with these easy-to-follow instructions and expert tips! 

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You’ll be hand pouring your own snap bars in no time with these easy to follow instructions for how to make wax melt snap bars and expert tips for success!

How Much Wax Is In A Snap Bar?

The snap bar mold I use has six sections to make six snap bars. Each section holds 1.75 ounces of wax. So, to make 3 bars, you’ll need about 5 ounces of wax. And to make all six, you’ll need about ten ounces. 

I share the exact measurements in the instructions below. If you’re using a different snap bar mold, use my candle wax calculator to help you figure out how much wax a snap bar needs. 

One thing is sure: snap bars are an excellent value for your money at less than a pound of candle wax! 

Related To: Best Fall Candle Scent Recipes

What Is The Best Wax For Snap Bars?

Choosing candle wax is a lot like choosing flour for baking. You could use all-purpose flour versus bread flour to bake homemade bread and technically use cake flour to make pizza dough. But the end result is not going to be that great. 

And you’ll likely encounter a few issues just as you would using the wrong candle wax. My candle wax guide covers the Pros and Cons of all candle wax types. And this article dives deep into how to choose a candle wax for each candle type. 

Regarding the best wax for snap bars, I’ve found organic soy wax beads designed for wax melts are genuinely the best! 

Soy wax in bead form is the hassle-free way to make snap bars. They melt perfectly in the microwave and require minimal equipment – which is ideal for wax melt snap bars. 

And I love that these soy wax beads use soybeans grown in America’s Midwest. They are, in fact, sustainable, renewable, and ethically produced.

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How Much Fragrance Do You Need To Make Wax Melt Snap Bars? Anytime I making candles, I follow these three steps to know how much fragrance I need.

How Much Fragrance Do You Need To Make Wax Melt Snap Bars?

Anytime I’m making candles, I follow these three steps to know how much fragrance I need. 

First, I read the directions included with my candle wax choice. This organic soy wax can handle a 10% fragrance load. So, I measure the amount of wax needed and then put these numbers into my Quick Candle Fragrance Calculator. It tells me exactly how much fragrance I will need!

For the six wax melt snap bars I made, I needed a total of 1 ounce of fragrance for a 10% fragrance load. I used that number to create a candle scent blend with essential oils. 

Candle Scent Blend Recipe:

15 ml vanilla essential oil

10 ml orange essential oil 

4.5 ml tangerine essential oil

The sweet, bright scent of orange, vanilla, and tangerine blended into creamy, organic soy wax helped bring to life the colorful petals of orange lilies and yellow calendula petals I tucked into the snap bar. Learn how to create these fragrant, botanical wax melt snap bars now! 

Create your own scented oasis with Wax Melt Snap Bars! Start with organic soy wax, essential oils, botanicals, and the best snap bar mold!

How Do You Make Wax Melt Bars?

Bring a burst of fragrance to your space with these instructions on how to make wax melt bars! You’ll love the easy-to-use format of these wick-free candles that actually snap!  

However, if this is your first time making candles, you may want to check out our candle resource center or start with a beginner’s candle-making guide.

Wax Melt Snap Bar Supplies:

How To Make Wax Melt Snap Bars Instructions

  1. Sprinkle 1 teaspoon of calendula petals and 15 orange lily petals across your snap bar mold
  2. Then, place a large glass liquid measuring cup on a digital scale. Tap to tare the weight and measure .59 pounds of soy wax beads
  3. Next, place the measuring cup filled with wax inside the microwave. Microwave for three intervals at 45 seconds. Use a no-touch infrared thermometer to monitor the heat of the wax, not letting it rise above 160 degrees. Stir the wax as needed in between heating with a silicone spatula.
  4. Once the wax has melted, I prefer to allow it to cool to 150°F before adding my candle fragrance. Choose 1 ounce of fragrance or use my candle scent blend of 15 ml of vanilla essential oil, 10 ml of orange essential oil, and 4.5 ml of tangerine essential oil.
  5. Thoroughly incorporate the fragrance into the wax by slowly stirring for a constant 2 minutes. 
  6. Then, carefully pour the scented wax into each section of the snap bar mold.
  7. Waiting 24 hours before popping out each snap bar is best when including botanicals and working with the large size of snap bars, compared to regular wax melts. 
Can you make your own wax melt snap bars? Yes - I figured it out, and now I’ll teach you how to make wax melt snap bars with a bright fun scent, the best wax for snap bars, and gorgeous botanicals.

How do you use a melt bar? For best results, use only one piece at a time. They are pretty chunky and highly scented at a 10% fragrance load, so one snap bar chunk is quite enough. 

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You’ll be hand pouring your own snap bars in no time with these easy to follow instructions for how to make wax melt snap bars and expert tips for success!

How To Make Wax Melt Snap Bars

Yield: 6 snap bars

You’ll be hand pouring your own snap bars in no time with these easy-to-follow instructions for how to make wax melt snap bars and expert tips for success!

Materials

  • .59 pounds of organic soy wax beads for wax melts
  • 1 ounce of fragrance – see my candle blend
  • 15 orange lily petals
  • 1 teaspoon of calendula petals

Tools

  • snap bar mold
  • lass liquid measuring cup
  • digital scale
  • infrared thermometer

Instructions

  1. Sprinkle 1 teaspoon of calendula petals and 15 orange lily petals across your snap bar mold
  2. Then, place a large glass liquid measuring cup on a digital scale. Tap to tare the weight and measure .59 pounds of soy wax beads
  3. Next, place the measuring cup filled with wax inside the microwave. Microwave for three intervals at 45 seconds. Use a no-touch infrared thermometer to monitor the heat of the wax, not letting it rise above 160 degrees. Stir the wax as needed in between heating with a silicone spatula.
  4. Once the wax has melted, I prefer to allow it to cool to 150°F before adding my candle fragrance. Choose 1 ounce of fragrance or use my candle scent blend of 15 ml of vanilla essential oil, 10 ml of orange essential oil, and 4.5 ml of tangerine essential oil.
  5. Thoroughly incorporate the fragrance into the wax by slowly stirring for a constant 2 minutes. 
  6. Then, carefully pour the scented wax into each section of the snap bar mold. Waiting 24 hours before popping out each snap bar is best when including botanicals and working with the large size of snap bars, compared to regular wax melts. 

Notes

How do you use a melt bar? For best results, use only one piece at a time. They are pretty chunky and highly scented at a 10% fragrance load, so one snap bar chunk is quite enough. 

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