Fresh smelling air in the home is a big deal to me.
With teenagers, their countless friends, and a dog all coming in and out of our home, the air can get rather…not fresh. I used to like to burn candles, but the fear of open flame around rowdy teens kept me from doing that. THEN, I got a wax tart warmer. Oh, it was nice. No open flames to worry about, and the fresh smelling scent wafted throughout the home.
Wax melts were great, until they broke my budget. Spending $5-$10 a week on wax melts really adds up. On the other hand, essential oil diffusers were nice, but they didn’t have the same power to reach more areas of my home. The diffusers were more suited for one room. What to do?
I am so glad to have found the book “The Beeswax Workshop” by Chris Dalziel. You may recognize that name from the blog Joybilee Farm. This book is amazing! It is full of ways to use beeswax around the home. And not just lip balms and lotions. There are so many more ideas in here, and all are quick and easy projects! Needless to say, I learned how to make my own wax melts.
Since we now have a strong hive, we are harvesting lots of usable beeswax each year. (you can see how we render it here) Of course, you can purchase beeswax online. You don’t need to have your own to make your own wax tarts.
The first air freshener recipe that stood out to me was Chris’ Air Freshener Wax Tarts. So simple to make, so easy to customize. Where have they been all my life? The tarts are made with 3 simple ingredients. Beeswax, cocoa butter, and essential oils. Melt, pour, and mold.
This is a quick 5 minute project that will leave you with 5 1.5 ounce tarts to keep your home smelling fresh!
What you need to make the DIY Wax Tart Air Fresheners:
- 1/2 cup beeswax pastilles
- 1/2 cup cocoa butter, (filling the measuring cup with the solid chunks is fine.) (you can get that here)
- essential oils of choice
- In a double boiler, gently melt the beeswax and cocoa butter together.
- Once they are melted, stir completely to combine, then add essential oils.
- Prepare your molds. If you are using a silicone mold, the tarts will pop right out. If you are using a plastic mold, spray with silicone release spray first for ease of tart removal. Pour the liquid oils into the mold and allow to cool completely.
- Store the tarts in a jar with a tight fitting lid to keep the fragrance from fading.
To use, simply place 1-2 tarts in your warmer and enjoy! The tarts can be used over and over. If you wish to change scents, simply allow the tart to cool and harden, then remove from the warmer and store in a container. If you don’t have a warmer, you can always put them in an oven safe dish and place on the stove, or wood burning stove, to gently melt and freshen the air, too!
Some essential oil blends to try:
Do you have a scentsy or another wax tart warmer? What scents will you try first? Be sure to pin this for later!