Creating a diy kit is like putting a bit of you and your small creative business out into the world. It’s a box of everything that you love and treasure about making and to be able to share that in a kit, is pretty special
Soy Wax Melts are a candle maker's secret weapon. They are relatively easy to make, perfect for beginners, burn for a long time, smell amazing and for the most part are cheaper for customers to buy than candles!
I love that you can hold one in your hand and smell it and it just feels good! They are super tactile and lovely to touch even without melting them.
I’ve always loved wax melts, they way that they look, their beautiful aromas, and how they melt so easily. I have melted many soy wax melts over the years but up until last year I had never made any.
The first thing I needed to do was to learn how to make them myself before I even thought about creating the new kit.
I spent the beginning part of 2020 learning and refining my wax melt making skills, tesing and trialling. I wanted to create an eco-friendly sustainable melt, full of the 100% soy wax we use, beautiful essential oils and dried flowers. An eco melt.
I trialled and tested several different essential oils, different soy waxes, and then finally adding in dried flowers. By the beginning of Spring, I was confident with the soy wax melts I was producing and after much time melting and testing them I proudly listed them on the website.
The response was amazing and the feedback from our customers was so positive!
Idea for the Kit
I wanted to create a new candle making kit that complimented the soy wax making kits, that was also for beginners and used all of the eco-friendly and sustainable ingrediants we us in our products.
When designing a new kit, you have to know your recipe inside and out. So much so that you could almost make them with your eyes closed and know the recipe at the tip of your tongue without even thinking. I knew with this kit that it would be a perfect candle making kit for beginners and so with that in mind, I started the process of creating one.
When I’m creating a kit, I make lots of notes, write the instructions and test and test and test. I’ll ask some Hazel & Blue customers testers to help me test it, to iron out any tweaks, adjust and re write. It’s a long and necessary process and worth the time it takes to get it right and as perfect as you can.
To make wax melts you need a mould to make them in. In my experience wax melt moulds were very hard to come by and it took me such a long time to source. If you put 'wax melt mould' into a google search, the options are pretty scarce and limited. The different mould options were limited, there were plastic moulds available, but I couldn’t quite bring myself to make them in plastic moulds, it didn’t feel right. I also found some aluminium moulds but they were too big and only came in individual moulds which made the wax melt too big. I then stumbled across some soap moulds which were made of silicone and fell in love with the texture, the feel and the fact you can reuse and recycle them.
I spent months looking for a supplier, with no luck, I even thought about producing one just for the kit, but the price was too high, so I went back to square one. By chance I contacted the UK based company that I use for my moulds, and asked would they consider selling me some for the kits. I was so happy when they come back and said yes! They were the perfect sized moulds for wax melts, you could wash them and reuse them as many times as you wanted and you could make 15 in one go.
I love using dried flowers in soy wax melts, they give them an extra sensory scent and add a beautiful spot of colour, they also complement the essential oils blended inside them. I wanted to include them in the kit, a little pouch of dried flowers so you can sprinkle them on top after you have poured the wax. Each kit had a pouch of dried flowers included depending on the kit chosen. Lavender petals for the Mindful Moments kit, rose petals for the Calm & Cosy kit, lemon balm for the Revive & Uplift kit, calendula for the Happiness kit and jasmine flowers for the Home & Hygge kit.
I really wanted the soy wax melts to be special and I knew that I wanted to use essential oils. Essential oils can make a candle really stand out with the pure natural scent inside them.