Y’all, I love for my home to smell good, and my wax melts warmer does a great job of giving the house a fresh, welcoming aroma.
But as I’ve been working on making my home more green, I’ve become aware of some of the hidden dangers of wax melts, candles, and other air fresheners. Most commercial products are filled with toxic junk that isn’t good for people or pets, so I’ve stopped using them altogether. But I still want a pleasant smelling home, so what’s a dog mom to do?
I scoured the internet until I found a recipe for pet-safe DIY candle melts, and today I want to share that recipe with you. It’s much simpler than you might think to make these at home, and the best part is knowing that you’re not using something that could make your loved ones sick.
What You Will Need
- Soy wax chips or beeswax chips
- Your favorite essential oils
- A small glass bowl
- A candle pouring pitcher
- A silicone baking mold (I used this one from Puptown Girl Box)
Keep in mind that not all essential oils are safe for use around pets. For instance, tea tree oil should not be used around dogs, and lavender oil shouldn’t be used around cats. Always, always do your research before using any essential oil with your pet.
I chose lavender essential oil for my candle melts. Lavender is a soft, soothing scent that helps with relaxation, and I wanted to be able to use my candle melts in my bedroom in the evening. Lavender is safe for use around dogs (but not cats!), so I knew that this would be a good choice.
How To Make Pet-Safe Candle Melts
- Start by putting 1 cup of wax chips in a microwave safe bowl and microwaving until melted. This should be 2-3 minutes.
- Remove bowl from microwave (careful, it’ll be hot!) and add your essential oil(s). You’ll want to add around 25-30 drops, and you can use a single oil or create your own scent by combining oils. Mix well.
- Pour the wax mixture into your candle pouring pitcher, and then pour the mixture into your silicone baking mold, being careful not to overfill.
- Allow wax to harden, about one hour.
- Pop the wax melts out of the mold and store in a cute container. I got mine at IKEA.
See how simple it is? It literally took me only about 10-15 minutes to prep these, and the cost is so reasonable. Not only are DIY candle melts a healthier alternative than store-bought, they’re also much cheaper. And because they’re totally customizable, you can create your own scents.
Want to print out this recipe? Get it here!
- 2 Eggs
- 1.5 Cups Almond Flour
- 1 Tablespoon Coconut Oil
- 3-4 Tablespoons Coconut Flour
- 1/2 Cup Dried Cranberries
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees
- Beat the eggs and set aside
- Combine almond flour, coconut oil, and dried cranberries in a bowl.
- Add in the eggs and knead the ingredients with your hands. Dough will be wet and sticky.
- Add in the coconut flour one tablespoon at a time to achieve a consistency that is easy to roll out and not overly sticky. This should take approximately 3-4 TBSP.
- Roll out the dough and cut out the treats using heart shaped cookie cutters.
- Place the treats on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Bake for 15-18 minutes or until crisp.