Soy wax melts or “tarts” are one kind of wickless/flameless candle. You can use soy wax melts in a tart burner such as Scentsy wickless candles (flameless), or use with a tealight burner (which would not be flameless). They tend to give off a stronger fragrance than candles with wicks. One of the reasons for this is that you can use more fragrance oil in the tarts since you don’t have a wick to worry about clogging up. The other reason is that the whole wax melt, melts completely and more quickly, letting out more fragrance than wicked candles.
So if you don’t want a burning flame but love the fragrance that a candle gives, then you should try going with wax melts for a wonderful wickless candle. Soy wax melts have the advantage of being made with all natural soy wax and you can make them with many different colors or leave them the natural creamy white color of the soy wax. You can also use either fragrance oils or essential oils. Read more about the difference between fragrance oils and essential oils.
How To Make Soy Wax Melts
You basically start with the soy votive candles recipe because you will be using soy votive wax so that the soy wax melts will release easier from the molds.
Follow all the directions for the soy votive candles keeping in mind that 1 soy wax melt, if you are using the metal tart molds, is just a little under 1 oz, so for 12 wax melts, use about 11 oz of soy votive wax and then about 1oz of fragrance or essential oil.
For however much fragrance oil you use, decrease the amount of wax, so like I said, if you need 12 oz to fill 12 tart molds and you use 1 oz of fragrance oil, then only use 11 oz of soy wax. You can use a bit more fragrance oil or essential oil if you’d like.
The amount of fragrance oil that soy wax can hold is aprox. 10% oil so for 12 oz of wax you would use 1.2 oz of fragrance oil. Essential oil you would usually use less because it tends to be stronger so you could probably even go with about half the amount.
So once the soy wax is heated to 190-200 degrees you can take it off the heat and let it cool to 185 degrees and then add your fragrance oil and dye. Stir well. Pour into molds at 175 degrees. Let cool, usually about an hour and then the wax melts should pop right out!
Use in a tart warmer and you’ve got a flameless alternative to wick candles!