DIY Air Freshener Wax Tarts

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.

air freshener wax tarts
air freshener wax tarts

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?

Since we now have a strong hive, we are harvesting lots of usable beeswax which we render each year.

Of course, you can get beeswax online. You don’t need to make your own to make your own wax tarts.

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!

Wax Tart Air Freshener Recipe


  • double boiler


  • 1/2 cup beeswax pastilles
  • 1/2 cup cocoa butter filling the measuring cup with the solid chunks is fine
  • essential oils of choice


  • In a double boiler, gently melt the beeswax and cocoa butter together.
  • Once they are melted, stir completely to combine.
  • 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.

Storage and Use

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:


  • 32 drops (1/2 teaspoon) sweet orange
  • 64 drops (1 teaspoon) bergamot
  • 64 drops (1 teaspoon) lemon verbena


  • 64 drops (1 teaspoon) lavender
  • 32 drops (1/2 teaspoon marjoram
  • 32 drops (1/2 teaspoon) rosemary


  • 64 drops (1 teaspoon) peppermint
  • 64 drops (1 teaspoon) rosemary
  • 32 drops (1/2 teaspoon) eucalyptus

Do you have a scentsy or another wax tart warmer? What scents will you try first? Be sure to pin this for later!

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