How to make soy wax lotion melts
Scent the home and soften your skin at the same time!
Talk about killing 2 birds with one stone but this project really does. Not only do you get the awesome smell and quality you would expect from using soy wax, you are using a natural wax made out of soybeans. So this warm soy wax would be great for sensitive skin too. When the wax is melted you can rub it into your most driest areas of skin (hand, elbows, feet, etc...) and feel for yourself how moisturizing this warm soy wax lotion is.
As with any project like this you need to take caution when making candles and man your station. You don't want your wax to flash if it gets too hot because you were away from the melting wax for just a minute. When I make candles I don't let the kids near or in the area of the stove and have never had anything like that happen to me in the last 10 years I have been making candles. I believe it is because I am paying attention to what I'm doing, and manning my station.
To get started on the soy wax lotion melts you will need to get your materials together. I will share where I get some of my fragrance oil and soy wax for this project. Since you are going to want this project to be worth your while, when you purchase the 100% soy wax you need to get at least 5 pounds of wax for this project which will give you 5 batches at 1 pound per batch.
This is enough wax to make you plenty of soy lotion melts and plenty to give as gifts for all occasions, all year. If you consider how much you paid for your supplies and made it yourself, against the retail price for these soy wax lotion melts you will see that you really got a great price by doing it yourself.
Materials for this project includes;
- 1 pound of 100% soy wax from Millcreek Soy Wax
- Body safe fragrance oil sampler pack at Millcreek Soy Wax
- Candy thermometer
- Large metal whisk
- Fork (optional if you want to break the wax chunks up as the soy wax is melting)
- A 1 pound scale measured in ounces
- 2 large pots to use like a double broiler; one pot you will use for your wax melting pot and the other will boil the water under the wax melter pot (make sure your top pot fits your bottom pot)
- Something to pour the melted wax into to mix and pour the the finished melts. An 8 cup glass measuring cup or a metal pitcher for candle making would be great.
- You probably will want a smaller 4 cup glass measuring cup to use too, because it is easier to handle when you pour your wax into molds which means less mess and waste.
- Soap, candy, or wax molds to pour your melted wax into
- Optional materials; ribbon of your choice and the plastic bags found in the candy making section
- If you want labels or tags you will need the appropriate paper to make custom labels and print them off of your computer.
Keep in mind that you probably have some of these materials right there in your home. If there are a few things you don't have it is easy to get them. Most of the materials you can get local in your town (probably everything but the soy wax and fragrance oil), and the other materials can be ordered off of Millcreek Soy Wax (a great site that offers soy tested fragrance oils for candles and body safe fragrances for bath products).
Melting the soy wax and adding fragrance oil
Time to get started by taking your 2 large pots and preparing them for melting the wax. Hopefully you have a pot that isn't that good because you need to ding the top of one of the pots. From now on this will be the pot for melting wax in. You are probably wondering why you would want to do that, well mainly because it gives the steam a little place to escape. This is just a safety precaution and it's just a small ding anyway. If your wax melting pot is slightly smaller than the pot with the water then it won't be necessary to ding the pot up. Take the pot you are using for the water and fill it up about 2-3 inches from the bottom of the pot and set it on the stove and turn it on high until the water starts to boil, then turn it on medium. Now you need to measure out 1 pound of wax on your scale and pour the soy wax into the pot that is now reserved for melting the soy wax in. Take the wax melting pot and put it into the other pot with the hot water and let the soy wax melt. Keeping a good eye on it at all times.
While you are waiting on your wax to melt you can take this time to measure out the fragrance oil, 1 1/2 ounces per 1 pound of wax. This is the directions for the 100% soy wax on the Millcreek Soy Wax site and anything above that you will have to research and test for yourself. But I will tell you that 1 1/2 ounces of fragrance oil per pound makes for an awesome scent throw! Just whatever you use to measure your fragrance oil in weigh the container first so you can get an accurate reading of the fluid ounces of the oil.
When all of the wax is almost melted take your candy thermometer and put it in the melting soy wax (it has a clip you can attach it to the side of the pot). Cook the wax until it reaches 175-180 degrees and turn the stove off. Take the wax pot and pour the wax into the 8 cup glass measuring cup or metal candle pitcher. Pour your measured amount of fragrance oil into the wax, which needs to be around 175-180 degrees to incorporate the fragrance oil into the soy wax. This is where the wire whisk comes in because you will be using it for at least the next two minutes straight. Make sure you whisk it briskly to incorporate the fragrance oil in the wax.
Since this is a natural product I wanted to keep it that way so I did not add any color. Which means these soy wax lotion melts are white in color. Now it's a waiting game until the wax cools down to about 110 degrees so you can pour the wax into molds. Before you pour your cooled wax whisk the wax around one more time.
Finishing it up
This is where you get your smaller 4 cup glass measuring cup so you can control pouring the wax into small molds. I just pour some of the melted wax into the smaller cup and then pour into whatever molds I want. After the soy wax lotion melts are set up you can put them in the freezer for about 10-15 minutes so they will pop right out with no blemishes.
Now all that is left to do is package your lotion melts. Take the clear plastic bag and drop however many lotion melts you want and take the ribbon you chose and tie it in a bow. If you desire a label or tag you will have to go to your computer and make you some custom made labels. Make sure you have the correct paper in the printer before you go to print the labels or tags. Then you can cut your labels and tags and put it on your packaging.
If you don't want to package the soy wax lotion melts right away you can store them in a gallon size baggie or in a small cleaned out coffee can. This allows you to package them as needed, and you will thank yourself later when you need a great quality gift or several gifts for special occasions like Mother's Day or Christmas.
I am going to add some more pictures ASAP so you will have a visual to go with the how to article.