What’s in Your Scentsy Wax Melts? DIY Non-Toxic Wax Tarts

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Have you seen those cute little blocks of square wax tarts that seem to pop up everywhere, at every  festival, carnival, and mall kiosk that you pass by? I see these wax tarts EVERYWHERE that I go. I love the idea behind wickless candles and diffusing scent throughout my home, but whenever I pass by one of these stands, I can not seem to get a straight answer from any representatives on the actual ingredients list for these Scentsy wax melts. Finally, after seeing one too many of these stands and going into all of my friend's homes and seeing these candle warmers all over the place, I decided it was time to create my own wax tarts for my home! With as many friends and family members that own one of these, this is going to be the perfect homemade gift for everyone I know!

Scentsy publicly states that their ingredients are a secret

Scentsy says that their wax tarts are a “secret combination of ingredients, used to create a pool of melted wax which is transformed into a wickless candle bar. Scentsy uses a food-grade petroleum based wax.” Can you trust trust a company who does not want to disclose their ingredients list to you? Paraffin wax, a petroleum by-product, is created during the process of refining crude oil into gasoline. When heated, paraffin wax releases the toxins acetaldehyde, formaldehyde, toluene, benzene and acrolein into the air, all of which have been proven to increase your risk for cancer. Burning several paraffin wax candles at one time exceeds the Environmental Protection Agency’s standards for indoor pollution. Another thing to consider, is that though you are avoiding the soot by not burning the candles, the toxic chemicals that are in the wax can still be released into the air that you breathe, from heating the wax, in the same way that the fragrance oils are released into the air for you to smell.

The dangers of artificial fragrances

The other mysterious ingredients in the Scentsy wax melts are the fragrance oils used. Fragrances scare me the most because you really have no idea what you are getting when you see this listed on any label. A long time ago this term was created so that companies could protect their secret formulas for their specific scent creations. The problem with this is that you never know what kind of chemical concoction they've come up with to create this scent. The Environmental Working Group's 2004 analysis of potentially sensitizing ingredients in cosmetics shows that “Approximately half of all products examined list the word “fragrance” on the label. Fragrances are considered to be among the top five known allergens” They also noted that certain types of asthma attacks are “specifically triggered by, and only by, cosmetic fragrances.” Fragrance oils can contain all sorts of combinations of asamines, ethers, ketones, lactones, terpenes, and most often contain benzene and aldahydes; all of which have been linked to cancer, birth defects, central nervous system disorders, neurological disorders, and allergic reactions.

What's the alternative

After trying to get to the bottom of the ingredients list for the Scentsy wax tarts, I decided I would try my hand at making my own! I went onto Amazon and found a 10-pack of these 2.75 oz. wax melt clamshells and waited impatiently for them to get here! After many different tests in my home (boy does my home smell great right now!), with different blends of soy wax and beeswax, I have come up with three different recipes  that you can recreate at home. I am doing this so that you can choose your ingredients based off of what you have on hand or are willing to spend.

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DIY Non-Toxic Wax Tarts

I designed these recipes for filling 1 of the 2.75 oz. clamshells, so these recipes makes one wax bar with 6 tarts, from those clamshells. I did this so that you can make individually scented ones, for each of your different family members or so that you can just make one for yourself! This recipe was created using weight rather than volume, a kitchen scale works great for this! I just put my candlemaking pitcher on the scale, zero it out, and then add my ingredients. Before the addition of essential oils and flavors, the total weight for each of the wax blends will be 2.6 oz.

SOY WAX/BEESWAX TARTS BASE INGREDIENTS – MY #1 FAVORITE BLEND!

The soy wax/beeswax blend for wax tarts, gives you the benefits of both worlds with the hardness and scent throw of beeswax, but still the easy meltability of soy wax. This blend is cheaper than using all beeswax (which can be a little more expensive), this blend had the best scent throw for me! This is by far my favorite blend! I found little to no sweating of the essential oils, with the added beeswax to the blend, and when I popped the tarts out of the mold, they didn't crumble easily like the plain soy wax blend. I was easily able to break off a perfect square with these!

PLAIN SOY WAX TARTS BASE INGREDIENTS

These vegan plain soy wax tarts are simplistic in ingredients but do tend to be a little too soft if you want a perfect bar to come out of the mold, though it is possible if you throw them in the freezer before breaking off your square. These throw a decent scent, so if you don't care about the tarts being a tad on the soft side and want to spend the cheapest amount per oz. pick the soy wax. Soy wax by itself also tends to sweat the fragrance/essential oils/flavors with any sort of heat and temperature changes (such as shipping, summer weather, etc.). Some candlemakers suggest wiping the tops of the soy candles with a tissue, though this really can't be done with the wax tarts, I just wanted you to know why your soy wax tarts might be sweating.

  • 2.6 oz. soy wax flakes
  • (1) 2.75 oz. wax melt clamshell (optional – you can also use silicon molds instead, for cute shapes, or ice cube trays  if that's what you have on hand!)
  • essential oil blend

BEESWAX/COCONUT OIL WAX TARTS BASE INGREDIENTS

This blend is for those who don't have the soy wax flakes on hand, or would rather do an all beeswax blend instead. Beeswax has an extremely long melting time, but I found that the scent throw wasn't that great and too much essential oils/flavors added to it to have as potent of a scent as the other wax options. This blend is also more expensive than the others because beeswax is pricier than soy wax is.

DIRECTIONS

  1. Using a double boiler (I actually used this candlemaking pitcher for the easiest pouring into my clamshells, and put it in a pan with water boiling in it), melt the wax blend of choice.
  2. Once melted, remove from heat and add essential oil blend, stirring well to combine.
  3. Pour wax blend into your clamshell or other molds of choice, and allow to cool and harden fully before storing in a cool dark place, when not in use.

TO USE: Break off a square from the block and put it in the “bowl” of your candle warmer and allow to melt in the warmer, spreading the delightful scent throughout your home! To clean the wax out of your warmer, pour the warmed wax in liquid form, into a mason jar (for reuse later, you can re-melt the wax and add more scent to it again later if you want to recycle the wax!) or back into its original container to remelt again later. Wipe the warmer clean with a towel, before use again.

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Essential Oil/Flavor Blends

I don't just use essential oils for these tarts, I like to use some fruity scents that aren’t able to be made as essential oils, and after some extensive research, I found Medicine Flower Flavors. They have a proprietary cold process to extract from the actual fruit, their flavors, not using any synthetically created flavors. They are also certified organic. To get a decent scent throw, I used roughly 75-85 drops total of essential oil/flavor per one wax bar.

Celtic Faerie 

This blend is based off the Bath & Body Works Winter Candy Apple. Back when I used to buy toxic body products, this was my favorite scent. I LOVE this blend!

Dreamcatcher

This is one of my favorite calming night time blends! I just love the way that coconut blends with sweet marjoram and lavender! It’s such a delightful heady scent!

Peppermint Bark

Who doesn't like the delicious scent of white chocolate, vanilla, and peppermint? It's enough to make you break out the peppermint bark recipes to fulfill your sudden hunger!

Oranges & Clove

I just love the smell of pomanders during the winter time! It’s one of my FAVORITE holiday blends!

Pumpkin Spice

Get into the fall/winter season with this spicy blend that is enough to make your mouth water! Pumpkin pie is just about my favorite dessert EVER!

Twilight Gypsy 

A sweet and spicy alluring feminine scent, this blend is great for a romantic evening at home by the fire!

Harvest Moon

This is a sweet and spicy fall/winter blend that smells like just like my grandma’s home during the holiday season!

Hot Apple Pie

Who doesn't like apple pie? I am pretty sure it's un-American to hate apple pie, in fact. This delicious blend will make you have a hankering for a slice of hot apple pie!

Cinnamon Vanilla Late'

This blend reminds me of my days working as a barista for that big coffee company everyone knows (because their wallet wishes they didn't). I don't make coffee at home without the addition of cinnamon, so this is a late' is just like the one right out of my own cookbook!

Sugar Plum Faeries

This delightful warm and sweet scent makes me want to dance like a sugar plum faerie for Clara!

Winter Woods

A fresh woodsy scent with a bite of cold. This would be a great gift for a bachelor or teenage boy (because you know that his bedroom probably smells gross!) It’s not as girly as some of the other scents can be.

Woods & Spice & Everything Nice

This is a great spicy and woodsy scent! This would be a great gift for a bachelor or teenage boy (because you know that his bedroom probably smells gross!) It’s not as girly as some of the other scents can be.

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  • Reluctant_Poster

    From a scientific standpoint, everyone needs to be careful with Scentsy and similar products until things change in that industry. They are largely unregulated and do no actual product safety testing on their infused wax, including the typical long-term exposure in a closed (concentrated) environment that most users will subject themselves and others to. Scentsy says that they meet a general industry standard, but that standard was apparently created to try to forestall actual testing and regulatory requirements. In their published information, they state, “Scentsy Bars are safer than wicked candles because no flame is required for the wax to melt and release fragrance. Since the wax is warmed and not burned as with traditional candles, no harmful chemicals or pollutants are released into the air.” As any chemist and most other educated people are aware, that is in no way a scientifically valid rationale and would require actual measurement and long-term study of effects to establish. I inquired about the science of this with the company and they fell silent. For anyone who believes they are telling the truth, just drop by your nearest university’s main chemistry lab and tell them that you want to take home some wax to melt that is infused with, say, thioacetone to test Scentsy’s theory (i.e., you promise not to burn it), and see what their reaction is. As with many such chemicals, the university’s lab will be most unwilling to accommodate you, but if they were, you could probably send much of your neighborhood vomiting and desperately evacuating, let alone your household. Scentsy is not an honest and accountable company in this respect at this point, and I suspect that means that most of the fragrance industry is not, either. Hopefully they will be someday.

  • blanche

    I have a loved family member who is a big scentsy user. Visiting their home gives me headaches and I find I have to wash all of our clothing and ourselves as soon as we arrive home. It is very similar to having been in a smoker’s home while they actively smoke. Non-washable items do not seem to air out until after a week or two. I would really like to bring up the safety of the product since this family is important to me, but do not want to offend or offer an opinion where it is not wanted. Do you think I should mention product safety, or leave the matter alone?

  • Nicole

    About how many ml of the oils do you think you use when making a scent? Just curious how long a 15ml bottle of EO will last. Thank you

  • Katherine Howley

    Getting ready to make the soy/beeswax blend and I have a little question. I’m sure I just didn’t read fully, but are the measurements fluid ounces or weight?

  • Dee Jean

    can you just use 100% pure beeswax in the warmers with essential oils? there a bee farm not too far from me so I can get the wax at a good price. Thank you 🙂

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  • aurelia

    I can’t wait do make it next weekend, hopefully the products will arrive by then. You are amazing and tanks for ideas and your time.

  • Alessia Spielvogel

    I’ve read that bay leaves keep many different types of insects away, and so I’ve scattered bay leaves throughout my home. But I was thinking about using this recipe and just using bay leaf essential oil instead of one the combinations listed above. I’ve never used bay leaf essential oil before, does anyone have any suggestions or experience using bay leaf essential oil? Thanks!

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  • Mamakin317

    I sold it before and quit when they refused to tell me what was in them, not a recipe at all, just what could cause an allergic reaction. They told me that I could ask for an ingredient and if it was in it they would tell me.!!! NO WAY am I selling that crap anymore. If you believe in your product, you list whats in it and don’t use some tired excuse of being afraid someone will steal it. Please, how lame is that????

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  • Tiffany Mitchell

    I’m so glad I found this!

    My husband and I were Scentsy consultants two years ago. We only spent about 6 months in the company (thank goodness) and during that time we tried out a lot of scents in order to better know our product. The majority of the scents we used in our house gave us all such terrible headaches we eventually had to stop using our warmers all together. I sent two different e-mails to the corporate office asking for answers after several of my customers complained about the same thing. Instead of telling me what in the bars could be possibly causing the headaches the excuses were “the humidity in the house, sitting the warmer near a window, a person’s sensitivity to senses, etc.” They didn’t want to give me a straight answer. That on top of some other things pretty much solidified our choice to distance ourselves from that company. We’ve tried scents from several stores but it’s usually the same thing so our warmers have just been sitting in the house empty. Now I can actually put something in them again!!!

  • Ashli Young

    I love scentsy but my favorite scent was discontinued awhile back and I’m only able to find it on eBay. They are going for anywhere between $13 to $20 for each package. Does anyone have any suggestions on what oils I should use to make the inner peace scent by scentsy?

  • MyPink Kitchen (Ariadne)

    can i use these in the scentsy element?

  • an hour is a good time for it to burn off, you don’t really want to be running essential oils through your home constantly for longer than that! I make use of adding more to the same wax and remelting it, just to save money on wax though!

  • totally a great idea! Would definitely emit a minor scent and look pretty! 🙂

  • Aubrey

    I am so excited to try this out! I use Scentsy but do find it often causes me to have awful headaches. I will be getting some waxes ASAP to blend with my essential oils.
    I posted your article on my blog today: https://lusciousandlively.wordpress.com/2015/03/27/friday-free-for-all-march-27/
    Thanks!!! Aubrey

  • Aubrey

    I am so excited to try this out! I use Scentsy but do find it often causes me to have awful headaches. I will be getting some waxes ASAP to blend with my essential oils.
    I posted your article on my blog today: https://lusciousandlively.wordpress.com/2015/03/27/friday-free-for-all-march-27/
    Thanks!!! Aubrey

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  • Straight from their site: “Technical Information:
    Our flavors are obtained through a proprietary technology conducted at temperatures below 118 degrees F. This process comprises a multi-stage extraction encompassing initial desiccation, lyophilization, CO2 and HFC extraction.

    We do NOT sell so-called “Natural Flavors” (also known as “Natural Analogs”) which are actually synthesized in a lab. All of our products are made from the material named on the label.

    Ingredient: organic flavor extract*
    *Apricot, Bergamot, Grapefruit, Lemon, Lime, Mandarin, Orange and Rum flavors require additional alcohol extraction and may contain up to 5% residual grain alcohol.”

    • Cristian

      I’m sorry weren’t you just blasting scentsy for using “proprietary” info at the beginning of this article?

      • proprietary blend that doesn’t disclose ingredients is completely different than proprietary technology…that means a patented MACHINE that is used to create the end products.

  • Vanessa

    I am a huge Scentsy customer. My main concern a
    nd reason for giving up on their product recently is the use of paraffin wax. After researching it extensively, it makes sense health wise and money wise to make my own…I will know exactly what is in them!

    • Kay

      So actually when I first joined I asked my dad to look into what made paraffin wax candles so bad and if that made scentsy dangerous. So he looked it up and found out it was the burning of paraffin wax that released toxic chemicals created in the chemical transformation of burning wax. So it’s not that it is already toxic and it gets out burning it is toxic. Much like burning styrofoam or other things that are bad for you to breath when they burn. However warming the wax doesn’t make those chemicals and thus doesn’t release them into the air.

      • Natalie Rose

        Heat pressure and light break things down. Scentsy does not create safe products AT ALL. This company is hiding behind deceitful marketing and labeling loopholes which ALLOW the deceit. The fact that they assure people that the candles are not being burned, ergo “safe” is laughable, and deeply concerning. I would hazard a guess as to who the parent company is of Scentsy. Paraffin wax heated is toxic. Heated or burned, there is by-product — positive ions — released into the air of your home. And, there are the concerns with essential oils that are cheaply harvested/created with solvents, which are the types of essential oils Scentsy uses (cheaper to create as solvents are cheap, and quick). Solvent laden essential oils are hormone disruptors and are highly toxic. They tax the endocrine system and reduce the ability to properly smell by coating the tissue in the sinus cavity and inflaming the nasal passage. “Natural fragrance” an industry labeling moniker with alias’ such as “cancer causing ingredient” “contains synthetic chemicals which should not be ingested” (via any passageway). Saying that all wax candles which burn/have a wick are dirty/unsafe is highly inaccurate as well. Pure beeswax ie. Phelonian candles, when burned produce negative ions (the opposite in every way of positive ions), and are not only incredibly safe,, they are extremely healthy. Negative ions from natural beeswax candles bond to toxins (positive ions) in the air and neutralize them, cleaning and purifying the air. The problem with consuming Scentsy candles begins as soon as you begin breathing them in. They reduce your ability to sense toxins in the air and you have a reduced sense of smell the more you use them, skewing your sense of smell to synthetics. Scentsy creates toxins in the air which can contribute to abdominal bloating, painful menstral cycles, headaches, stiff achy joints and endocrine issues. I have been in homes that have Scentsy products in the air and always always leave with a headache. This product is deeply concerning especially if you have children and pets in your home. They can end up riddled with digestive issues and skin problems, difficulty concentrating and other health concerns from exposure to the toxins created from these products. Scentsy is NOT safe.

  • Lucybuu

    Wow, I’ve looked for years to find some of the oils and extractions on the site you recommended. I have all the more common essential oils and longed to make something more perfumy and less herbal smelling. Your recipes are inspiring. Thanks for posting so many lovely recipes and so much information publicly.

  • Dan

    Sorry to tell you but burning soy and beeswax releases pyrogenic compounds just as bad as those released from burning parafin wax. Whenever you expose long chain organic compounds to an open flame, a small amount of it incompletely breaks down. Products yielded will vary but frequently one sees aldehydes and possibly ketones. Benzene is considered an aromatic ring and its structure is found in many compounds both safe and not. In organic chemistry, if it has a fragrence, somewhere a benzene is likely to be in its structure. Melting a wax without direct flame will reduce exposure to pyrogenic compounds but the exposure to aromatics will remain for your scented products.

    That said, you don’t die from breathing in a stinky fart even if hydrogen sulfide is very toxic. Concentration matters. Your body is also able to detoxify and handle small exposures to these chemicals and you will probably be just fine. I would pick the posters wax just because he is honest enough to list his ingredients.

  • KLR

    wouldn’t the amount of drops used be almost an entire 5ml bottle of essential oil? If so…that makes these rather expensive melts….

  • Lisa Edwards

    I have read that essential oils can be toxic if used in candles or burned.

    • Christina

      certain essential oils such as pennyroyal or wormwood are toxic to use in any method but the other oils are not toxic to use in candles or when burned.

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  • Just wanted to add that Scentsy cubes are not burned but warmed so that no harmful chemicals are released and they do not contain any harmful phthalates.

    • Christina

      it does not need to burn to release chemicals into the air, that you breathe, which is why you are able to smell the scent when it’s melted, because it releases the chemical into the air. Not only are most fragrances considered highly allergenic but Scentsy actually states that they are able to pack the melts with MORE of the fragrance than other companies because of their wax blend. Also the chemicals in the wax can still be released just with heat. There is no need to burn to release the chemicals within the wax. There ARE other toxins released into the air when it is burned, but many of the toxic chemicals in the wax can be released simply with heat, just like fragrance and essential oils.

  • Lindsay

    Thank you for these great recipes! 75-85 drops seems like a lot of drops for one melt! How many hours will it smell for?

    • Christina

      the drop amount is for the whole bar of 6 cubes, one cube melts and lasts around 3-5 hours depending on which essential oils are used! The top notes such as all the citrus essential oils, will evaporate first, but that is the same with any form of essential oil use, including sprays too!

  • thehomesteadinghippy

    Noooo!!! not my candles! I am glad that I know that they can be toxic now, and these recipes sound great smelling and look fairly easy to make as well! thanks!