Wax Tart Melts 3 Ways Tutorial

If you’re like me, you know it’s not a good idea to have candles burning with toddlers running around. With another little one on the way, I sure don’t want to take any chances! To get all the benefits of burning candles without the fire hazard, I decided to try making a few wax tarts. Not only are they super easy to make, you can really dress them up by experimenting with different colors and finding a cute wax tart warmer.

What you’ll need:

15.6 oz. EcoSoya Advanced Soy Wax

Orange Wax Dye Block

Red Wax Dye Block

Teal Wax Dye Block

.3 oz. Apple Macintosh (Candle & Soap) Fragrance Oil

.3 oz. Lemongrass Sage (Candle & Soap) Fragrance Oil

.3 oz. Orange Blossom (Candle & Soap) Fragrance Oil

Apple Wax Tart Mold

Citrus Wax Tart Mold

Lotus Blossom Wax Tart Mold

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ONE: Start by using a clean up tool to shave off chunks of the dye blocks. The amount of color you want is up to you. Shave off more for a darker color and less for a more pale color. Set the colors aside.

TWO: Measure out 15.6 oz. of soy wax. This will be enough to fill all three molds.

THREE: After measuring wax into the large container, split the wax into three containers each measuring 5.2 oz. At this point, melt your wax by putting the containers in the microwave for 1 minute intervals. After each 1 minute burst, check on the wax and stir with a spoon until it is fully melted. Wax has a higher melting point than melt & pour soap, so it may take slightly longer to fully melt.

FOUR: Now you can add in the red, teal and orange color block shavings you set aside earlier. Pour one color per container.

FIVE: Mix your colors  thoroughly into the wax. If the colors don’t want to mix in, put the containers in the microwave for 15 second bursts to fully melt the colors into the wax.

SIX: Now add the fragrance oils. I added the Apple Macintosh fragrance to the red wax, the Lemongrass Sage fragrance to the teal wax and the Orange Blossom fragrance to the orange wax.

TIP: Did you know that our new line of candle fragrance oils are also skin safe? You can create a perfectly scent-matched soap to go along with your wax tarts!

SEVEN: Now carefully pour one container of wax per mold. I put the blue wax in the Lotus Blossom mold, the orange wax in the Citrus mold and the red wax in the Apple mold.

NOTE: When you first pour your colors, the tarts will appear clear. As the wax dries, they will become more opaque. This is totally normal!

Pop them out of their molds after about 24 hours and enjoy your delightfully scented tarts in any wax tart warmer.

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68 Comments

    • Kelsey says

      Hi Clarisse!

      Absolutely! This mold works great for soap as well. :)

      -Kelsey with Bramble Berry

  1. Stacey says

    NO SCENT THROW… I figured this recipe would be simple enough, but I cannot get a significant hot throw from this wax. So discouraged because I love all of the benefits of soy wax, but pretty pointless if they don’t smell. I’ve tried numerous recipes, but still no satisfying results.

    I followed the recipe above (but smaller quantity). I used 2 oz of wax, using the microwave only until fully melted, then added 5 grams of fragrance (as per the fragrance calculator, no color at this point, let them sit for 3 days… no luck! :-(

    I even experimented with a batch including Vbar, that didn’t help.

    My fragrance oils all have a high flash point, so I don’t think that’s the problem. I’m about to give up on candle-making… or go with a paraffin wax.

    Any other suggestions? I really value your input on these blogs.

    • says

      Hi Stacey!

      I’m sorry to hear that this project is giving you some frustrations! I would recommend (if you are not already) using fragrances specifically tested for candles. These fragrances have been tested to have good scent throw. While other fragrances can certainly be used for candles, the scent throw my leave something to be desired. Another suggestion, is to use more fragrance :)

      Here is a link to fragrances for candles!

      Candle Fragrances:
      http://www.brambleberry.com/Skin-Safe-Candle-Fragrances-C341.aspx

      If this is not the issue let me know, I’d be happy to help you troubleshoot further :)

      -Amanda with Bramble Berry

  2. Susan says

    I am having so much fun with this recipe! It’s so easy and they come out so well. Is Orange Wax Dye Block the only thing I can use to make them yellow?
    Thank you again for such great projects and products,
    Susan

  3. Susan F. says

    Can I make soap (to sell) in the tart mold after I’ve used it for this recipe?

    How do I clean out the Pyrex so I can make soap in it again?

    I can’t wait to try these!!!

    Thank you so much for your help,
    Susan

    • says

      Hi Susan!

      You can definitely use this mold again :). The wax tarts will pop out easily, and your mold will be good to go again! Your Pyrex will also be ready for use again after a good wash with hot water and dish soap. If you get a photo of your project, we would love to see it on our Facebook page :)

      https://www.facebook.com/BrambleBerry

      -Amanda with Bramble Berry

  4. Mary Jellison says

    At what temp should you pour these? I end up with white spots after they cool down.

    • says

      Hi Mary!

      The white spots you are experiencing is due to the wax overheating. I would recommend melting your wax on 20 second bursts until just melted. If there are small chunks still inside, stir until melted. You can pour immediately, you just don’t want your wax to get too hot :)

      -Amanda with Bramble Berry

  5. amanda says

    Hiya..just wondering what temp are you melting the wax to before you add the fragrance and colour?

    • says

      Hi Amanda!

      For this recipe we didn’t actually measure the temperature when we added out fragrance. I would recommend melting your wax until thoroughly melted, but not letting it get much hotter than that. You don’t need to be extra precise for this recipe :) If your wax starts to harden up, simply pop it back into the microwave! :)

      -Amanda with Bramble Berry

  6. says

    So I finally made. Bunch of wax tarts! I made some apple, pumpkin and flower ones! But I noticed that at the bottom of my wax tarts they had this almost powder looking white stuff when I unmolded them. I was told by people on the teach soap forum that it was like the soda ash on cold process. But I noticed these didn’t look like they had them.

    Is there a way to get rid of the “ash” after they’ve been made?

  7. says

    So with making wax tarts is Ecosoya advanced soy wax the only option? Also how do you go about measuring fragrance for large batches? Use the fragrance calculator candle option? And finally, if it’s just a wax tart does that mean I can use non candle fragrances since tarts have no wicks to burn? Thanks!

  8. says

    Excellent blog here! Also your site loads up very fast!
    What host are you using? Can I get your affiliate link to your host?
    I wish my web site loaded up as quickly as yours lol

    • says

      Hi Melissa!

      You can actually store your wax tarts however you would like, but we suggest storing them in a cool and dark place to keep them in tip-top shape the longest! Have you made any yet? We’d love to see how yours turned out. If you have any pictures of your projects, you can share them with us on Bramble Berry’s Facebook page. =)

      -Becky with Bramble Berry

      https://www.facebook.com/BrambleBerry

    • says

      Hi George!

      Could you tell us a bit more about what you mean by a non-stick tart? Our tarts work really well in candle burners. The more you can tell us about what you are looking for, the more we can help you out! =)

      -Becky with Bramble Berry

  9. sarah pigdon says

    Hello.

    Just wondering where I can source the dye blocks from in Australia please?
    The company I buy from doesn’t seem to stock them as far as I can see on their website.
    does this company ship to Australia??
    cheers
    sarah

    • says

      A little white? It’s possible that they didn’t solidify evenly or that you just didn’t mix the color fully. If you pour super hot, that can easily happen (the solidifying issue).

  10. says

    Those are great! Thank you for the tutorial!!! What do you recommend for packaging? Want to preserve the pretty. LOL

    • says

      Good morning, Denise!

      You can either wrap the wax tart melts in plastic wrap or cellophane! It really is up to you how you present them. We can’t wait to hear how yours turns out, be sure to keep us updated. =)

      -Becky with Bramble Berry

    • says

      Good morning, Amal!

      You can use Beeswax in his tutorial, but it does have a higher melting point, so it will take much longer to melt with a wax warmer. We chose the soy because it is the softest out of all the waxes and works the best with candle and wax warmers. :)

      -Becky with Bramble Berry

        • says

          Good morning, Amal!

          You can add extra oil to these wax tarts to make them softer, and I would suggest using the frozen spoon trick to test the final consistency.

          The frozen spoon trick is a super easy way to test if you like the consistency of the lip balm or wax tarts you are making before they harden up.

          All you need to do is stick 1-2 spoons in the freezer about 10 minutes prior to melting your ingredients. Once all of your ingredients are melted, you pull the spoons out of the freezer and stick the tip of it in your melted mixture. It will immediately harden up and be the texture and consistency it would be when your recipe has hardened. It is an easy way to adjust your recipe before you’ve poured it.

          You can see the trick in action in this Soap Queen TV episode: http://www.soapqueen.com/bath-and-body-tutorials/lip-products/how-to-make-infused-lip-balm-on-soap-queen-tv/

          I hope that helps! Let me know if you have any other questions. :)

          -Becky with Bramble Berry

  11. Sisi says

    Hi becky I tryed taking them out when they are hard,migh leave them for longer 😉 I bought one of your tart mold will try again when it will arrive :)

    • says

      Hi Sisi!

      Sometimes the plastic mold can be a little harder to unmold, but I promise, it can be done! Once your product has finished drying, pull the sides away from each cavity as much as you can, so that the wax tart will release. Then, flip the mold over and press firmly, but carefully with the palm of your hand and they should release. I hope this helps! =)

      -Becky with Bramble Berry

  12. Sisi says

    My recope is only wax and fragrance and I used my little silicon mold,that might be it ?

    • says

      Good morning, Sisi!

      Are you using the EcoSoya waxes? We’ve found those to be the best on the market for creating any type of candle or wax tart products. For this particular project we used the EcoSoya Advanced Soy Wax which gives a really great throw as well as having a lower burn point to work with most wax warmers.

      EcoSoya Advanced Soy Wax: http://www.brambleberry.com/EcoSoya-Advanced-Soy-Wax-P4698.aspx

      Your silicone mold should be just fine for your wax tarts. How long are you keeping your tarts in the mold before trying to pop them out?

      -Becky with Bramble Berry

    • says

      Hi Sisi!

      That sounds so frustrating, but I am totally here to help you troubleshoot! Which molds are you using for your project? Sometimes wax tarts can be a little tricky to unmold, but they can come out in one piece! Could you tell me a little bit more about the recipe you are working with?

      -Becky with Bramble Berry

  13. says

    Can you use any other types of colorants to make these or are the wax dye blocks my only option? I only ask because I have all the rest of the ingredients except for those. I’ve been wanting to try these for a long time. Thanks for the awesome tutorial.

    • says

      Hi Timmi!

      Thanks for you question — it is actually one we get a lot when talking about wax tarts and candles. Because the wax doesn’t hold color like soap does, any other color wouldn’t disperse properly in it. We always use the wax dye blocks as they provide an even and strong color to any wax product. I hope this helps! =)

      -Becky with Bramble Berry

  14. Karen says

    I have a lot of fragrance oils that I’ve used for soapmaking. Can these also be used for the wax tarts and will they have enough scent throw?
    Thanks,
    Karen

    • says

      Hi Karen!

      If your fragrance oils are from Bramble Berry, you can definitely use them in wax tarts. All of our fragrances are safe to use in a wax tart, but we have not tested them all for throw and scent. If you have a question about a particular one, let us know and we can help you out. Which FO’s were you planning on experimenting with in wax tarts? Happy Wax Tart Making! =)

      -Becky with Bramble Berry

  15. says

    Any suggestions on how to make a slightly softer wax tart? If these are as hard as the Yankee candles one, my warmer doesn’t get hot enough to melt them. It does scentsy just fine though.

    • says

      Hi Molly!

      The EcoSoya Advanced Soy Wax is going to melt at a lower burn point (111 degrees Fahrenheit) then our other ones and should melt with your the warmer that you have. Do you know the melt point for your warmer?

      -Becky with Bramble Berry

      • Molly B says

        Sadly I don’t. It was a gift given to me several years ago and the box was mostly in Chinese!

        • says

          Good morning, Molly!

          We were able to do a bit of research and found that the wax tarts you had been using have a higher melting point then our Ecosoya Wax, so you will be able to make these and use them in your warmer. I hope this helps, keep us updated on how they turn out! :)

          -Becky with Bramble Berry

  16. Anonymous says

    I love these quick and simple tutorials! I’ve only used the EcoSoya pillar blend for tarts. Is there a difference in melting/scent throw/etc using the Advanced (I think it is a container blend?)?

    • says

      Good morning!

      What a great question. We have found the Advanced Wax to have an excellent scent throw for our use, but
      you can use either the EcoSoya Pillar Blend or the EcoSoya Advanced Wax for your tarts, and it is more of a personal preference on what works for you! I hope this helps. =)

      -Becky with Bramble Berry

  17. Margo Long says

    So glad to see this tutorial, this is on my to do list. I love these molds and need to order them. They are so cute.

    • says

      Hi Margo!

      We are so excited for you to try these out, and you’ll definitely have to keep us updated on your progress. I love making these and can’t wait to make more for fun little favors. Thanks so much for stopping by. Happy Wax Tart Making! =)

      -Becky with Bramble Berry

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