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How to Make Scented Wax Melts + DIY Pumpkin Spice Air Freshener Blend

If you’ve ever tried to make candles before, you know it can sometimes be a messy and frustrating process. Getting the wick to stand just right requires a bit of practice and patience. This is one of many reasons I prefer making wax melts. Not only are they more forgiving to make, they are less expensive than candles, and you can make customized scents, shapes, and sizes to suit your preferences. It’s also easier to make smaller batches of different blends so you have more options to choose from as various moods and situations arise. 

GIF of wax melted being melted .

If you’re not familiar with wax melts or how they are used, they are essentially blocks of aromatic wax and oil that are used with a wax warmer to diffuse scents in the home. When made with organic ingredients, they serve as natural air fresheners and are safer than chemical-laden alternatives found at most stores. The warmers can also add a beautiful aesthetic to your space.

Another benefit of using wax melts is that they last longer than standard candles so they are more affordable and sustainable in the long run. I also appreciate that they are flame-free which means they are safer, especially for those with young children, dogs, or cheeky cats who may knock them over accidentally (or intentionally—looking at you cheeky kitties!). Lastly, wax melts don’t put off any of the “soot” that burning wicks do. This makes wax melts a cleaner way to enjoy aromatherapy. Here is how you can make your very own!

Wax melts in a star shape.

How to Make Scented Wax Melts



  1. Add beeswax and coconut oil to a double boiler over medium heat.
  2. Leave on heat until ingredients are fully melted together.
  3. Remove from heat and add essential oils
  4. Stir well and pour into mold of choice.
  5. Allow to fully cool, then pop out of molds.

Now that you have the basics, I’d love to share one of the first wax melt scents I experimented with: pumpkin spice. I’m not ashamed to admit my love for all things pumpkin spice. The scent of warming spices like cinnamon, ginger, and cardamom creates an ideal aroma blend for the home, particularly during the holidays. So without further adieu...

Fresh ginger essential oil being poured into a double boiler to make candle wax.

DIY Pumpkin Spice Wax Melt Recipe


  1. Use essential oil blend in above wax melt recipe.

Pro tips:

  • If you don’t have any molds to use, you can pour wax drops on parchment paper.
  • If you have lots of wax left in your wax warmer, but the aroma is dissipating, you can freshen it up with some new essential oils. I like 2 drops of cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg, and one drop of clove and cardamom to freshen the pumpkin spice recipe above. Simply let the warmer do its magic in melting the solids and then add essential oils.
  • If you love pumpkin spice and don’t want to make wax melts, the essential oil blend can also be used in a diffuser. Use the ratio in the above pro tip. 

DIY wax melts are easy to make, safer to use, and provide all of the options of customizing aroma and shape you could possibly want. They also make for a unique and thoughtful DIY gift idea, especially when paired with a beautiful wax warmer. I hope this recipe helps bring comfort and peace into your home this holiday season and beyond.


Looking for more fall aromatherapy blends?

Try These 3 DIY Fall Perfume Recipes

You may also enjoy:

Pumpkin Spice Moon Milk Recipe
Old Fashioned Pumpkin Spice Cocktail Recipe
Pumpkin Spice Banana Pancakes with Chaga Syrup

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Topics: Aromatherapy, Herbal Gift Ideas, Recipes, Green Living


Written by Jessicka on October 13, 2021

Jessicka Nebesni works as a Marketing Strategist and is always working towards sharing the most educational, empowering, and useful resources with the Mountain Rose Herbs community. Having practiced Macrobiotic food preparations in California, beekeeping in Oregon and making herbal crafts for local farmers markets in New Jersey, she has a wide variety of experiences and knowledge to share. She is currently enrolled in Rosemary Gladstar’s "The Science and Art of Herbalism" and is eagerly awaiting open enrollment for the Master Food Preservers course this coming spring. Her passions include preserving food, gardening, practicing herbal wellness, making DIY skin and body care recipes, and living a lifestyle of minimal impact on the Earth.

Woman breathing in mindfully next to an essential oil diffuser.


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