Saturday, May 9, 2009

How to make Samples

What you'll need to make your samples: A Brick or other Scentsy Bar, PYREX cup, Cutting Board, Knife, molds.
The first thing I do is cover my counter with wax paper for any spills. I use a PYREX measuring cup (1 cup size) because of it durability. Plastic containers can get very hot and melt or warp.
I start by cutting off one section at a time (1/6 of Brick is equivalent to 1 Scentsy Bar) and cutting into smaller cubes.
Put the cut up wax into the PYREX. You want to do small batches at a time so the wax doesn't have to get as hot and it will go faster.
I put it into my microwave and set my power at 5 or 50% and melt in 1 minute intervals for the first 3 minutes. At this point depending at how hot it is just go another 30 seconds.
Total melt time at 50% power takes me about 3 1/2 minutes. You don't need to melt 100%. Mine got about 90% and after I stirred for a second it melted the rest.
I bought my molds at Michael's. They are small enough to fit into my little baggies and I can get 100+ samples from each Brick. Carefully pour melted wax into molds. You might need a heat pad when handling the PYREX. Especially after many uses it is very hot.
I got 26 molds filled with that one section. Molds can also be bought at the dollar store, Walmart and other crafty stores. I know the Dollar Store sometimes sells the silicone ones and they are usually themed depending on the season. These tend to be too big for my baggies so I just stick with these.
I clear out my freezer and lay down wax paper. (I learned this lesson after I made a mess in my ice maker and had to defrost my freezer to fix it!) Leave them in there for about 10 minutes until they are hard.
Then just turn them over and gently press on them to pop them out. Again I do it on top of wax paper.
Here is my first batch of samples. Cute, huh?
Also at Michael's I buy the little bagettes. I get the 2 x 3 size. They can be found in the bead isle. I think it was around $2.99 for 175 bags. I also print out what the sample is on "return address" labels. They are 1/2 x 1 3/4 size. I buy the Avery brand and download template #5167 for these. Someones made a suggestion to add to your scent label a "warning that says something like, "Warm Me don't Eat Me!!! Candle wax sample". I like that idea so I'll be adding that to my scent label.
One option for handing out is to simply place a label with your info on it and the label stating what scent it is. (my info label is clear but the scent label is white-doesn't really matter just wanted to specify what you were seeing)
Or you can attach it to a business card. Right now money is tight so I don't have alot of business cards so labels is how I'm doing it for now.

Samples are a great way to get your name out there and leaving them a scent will hopefully get them coming back for more. If you get the SOTM/WOTM deal use your brick to make samples. When my customers aren't happy with a scent I take the unused bar back and replace it for them. I then make samples out of the rest of it.
If you have any questions for these please let me know. You can leave a comment or email me at If you have a different way in making your samples I'd love to hear about it.
(For those of you wanting to see the "How to make a Plug In display" I'll be putting that up late next week. If you would like to see anything else up here just let me know)


  1. I found your blog from the Scentsy forums as just made my first molds from your instructions. They turned out perfect!! Thank you!!

  2. Totally cool, I'm about to make my own.