Monday, November 3, 2014

Homemade Wax Tarts for Diffusors

It's the holiday preseason and everywhere you turn there will be fragrances, candles and other Christmasy-scented paraphernalia that are lining the store shelves ready to turn your home into an olfactory wonderland. From this past post, you already know the dangers of artificial fragrances, however, you don't have to forgo the best smells of the season. In Christmas' passed, folks used to bring in fresh evergreen boughs and decorate it with dried oranges and cinnamon sticks. And of course, there is all the holiday baking that will be waifing through the air. If you still want something a little extra then give these homemade wax tarts a try.

Wax tarts are great because not only do you get to control what goes in to them but they are also incredibly easy to make and quicker than making candles. I used beeswax but you could also use soy or vegetable wax as well. You can find these waxes online at Mountain Rose Herbs or in local craft stores.

You will need:

  • 1 cup of wax (bee, soy or vegetable)
  • 30 drops sweet orange essential oil
  • 25 drops cinnamon bark essential oil
  • 25 drops juniper essential oil
Supplies :

  • container to melt the wax in (Pyrex glass measuring cup, old/clean tin can or ball jar)
  • pan large enough to hold the wax container
  • silicone baking cup molds

Start by making a water bath: fill the pan with an inch or two of water and place the container with all the wax inside of it. Turn the burner on medium-low heat. Stirring occasionally, heat wax until it is completely melted. Take out of the water bath and let cool for five minutes before adding the essential oils.

Some of the wax may harden after the five minutes- just scrape down the sides and stir until it is reincorporated. If it doesn't remelt then stick the container back into the hot water (leave the burner off) to help things along. Add in all the essential oils and stir. Quickly pour into the silicone molds. Let cool and harden for one hour. This recipe will make 5 to 6 wax tarts.

Mountain Rose Herbs also has beeswax votive candles. Please never leave a burning candle unattended- especially with children and pets.

                                        Place the wax tart in your candle diffuser and enjoy!

Linked with the Simply Natural Saturdays series

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