Mica powder is fun to use in soap, bath bombs and other body products, but did you know it can also be used in wax melts? Mica creates a beautiful shimmering effect that comes to life when your wax melts are used. Follow along as we whip up a batch of shimmering wax melts!
Skill Level: Easy
Hands-On Time: 45 minutes
Yield: 8 .65 oz wax melts
- 1 Leaf Soap Mold
- Face Mask
- Micro Scoop
- 3 oz Silicone Measuring Beaker
- Straight Edge Soap Cutter or other cutting tool
- Melting pot such as a Presto Pot, double boiler or Metal Pouring Pitcher
- Digital scale
- Small paint brush
- Optional: plate or tray for measuring wax
- Optional: nitrile gloves
- Wax melter (for using final product)
- 6 oz of C55 Coconut Tart Wax
- 0.6 oz of fragrance oil
- 1g jar of Slate Blue mica powder
- 1g jar of Iridescent Violet mica powder
- 2g jar of Frost glitter (optional)
- Rubbing alcohol
We start by painting mica details into the leaf soap mold. Next, we’ll melt our wax, add the fragrance oil and stir in the mica and glitter. The melted wax is poured into the mold. Once hard, you will see that the wax turns white, hiding the mica powder. The mica details painted into the mold will adhere to the wax and give your wax melts more color and dimension. When the wax melts are used, the mica colors will reappear and create a beautiful shimmering display.
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- Wearing a face mask, open your Slate Blue mica powder. A mask is recommended when working with mica.
- Pour about ½ tsp of rubbing alcohol into a plastic dish.
- Dip the paintbrush in the mica and then into the rubbing alcohol. Begin brushing the “mica paint” into the leaf portions of the mold. Dip between the mica and rubbing alcohol as needed to create a paint consistency that is easy to work with. This technique is similar to watercolor painting.
- After mica paint is applied to all of the leaves, set the mold aside.
- Weigh out 6 oz of C55 tart wax using a scale.
- Add all 6 oz of C55 wax to your melting pot and turn on the heat. Stir until fully melted.
- Wearing a face mask, use your micro scoop to add 4 scoops each of Slate Blue mica and Iridescent Violet mica. Then add 4 micro scoops of Frost glitter (optional). Stir with a whisk to combine.
- Meanwhile, put a measuring dish on your digital scale and tare it to zero. We used a silicone measuring beaker.
- Weigh out 0.6 oz of fragrance oil in the measuring beaker. This is a 10% fragrance load, which is ideal for C55 wax.
- Bring wax to 200 degrees F, then stir in the fragrance oil. Stir for 30 seconds, or desired amount of time.
- Turn heat down or off so wax can begin cooling. Wax should be no hotter than 145 degrees F when poured into the mold.
- Stir wax again to ensure mica is incorporated, then pour carefully into each cavity of the mold. We transferred our wax from the melting pot to a pouring pitcher to make it easier to dispense into the mold. You may wish to stir the wax in the pouring pitcher after each cavity is filled to ensure even distribution of mica.
- Let wax melts harden. Once hard, they can be removed from the mold. Alternatively, you may let them cure in the mold.
- For best results, let wax melts cure for 2 weeks before using. Store unused wax melts in an airtight container to keep the fragrance smelling strong until you are ready to use them.