If you love having amazing scents fill your home you've probably explored the different options available to do this.
From diffusers, scented candles, Air Wick plug ins, there's a lot to choose from!
Now if you're reading this you may prefer the more natural and homely smells of a candle or wax melts.
But what's the difference? Is one better than the other? In this blog we're going to explore the advantages and disadvantages of each. You may not even know how to use a wax melt!
We'll cover all the facts so you can make an informed decision.
Now, it's time for the showdown! Candles Vs Wax Melts Round 1!
Round 1: Scents
In terms of the variety of scents available to choose from there won't be much difference here.
Makers of both candles and wax melts will be able to get very creative with he scents available.
Now the one thing that wax melts have in their favour here is you can control the intensity of the scent. Whereas candles cannot.
If you purchase a candle and the scent throw is poor, or not strong you're pretty stuck with it. Wax melts however, you can control it by simply adding more cubes to the burner.
Combined with this, if you purchase different scents there’s nothing stopping you from combining scents. It's a 1-2 combination candles just can't match.
First round, wax melts.
Wax melts 1 - 0 Candles
Round 2: Ease of Use
To those that have never used wax melts before they may see like a bit of a strange concept. Once you understand how they work it's fairly simple though.
With wax melts you will need to make an additional purchase. A wax burner. These come in all different shapes and sizes, from battery powers, to plug in the wall wax burners.
These will begin to melt the wax just and a candle does, and the scents will be released.
So, it's a bit of extra work and another purchase you will need to consider.
Candles, however, well, everyone knows how candles work so there's nothing much more to say on this. All you will need to do is chose the right size and location in your house and you're set.
For ease of use I would give this round to Candles.
Wax Melts 1 - 1 Candles
Round 3: Safety
Whilst adhering to good candle etiquette is vital the one aspect a candle will always need is a flame. Which no matter how small always presents a danger.
Now, depending on the type of wax burner you get this may also require a flame. If you go for an electric burner though your safe.
It's important to note that both will need to be placed in a sensible spot in the house. Away from children, pets etc
The only danger from wax melts, which even is a bit of stretch is the melted wax being knocked or touched by children. Or even licked up by a pet. As I said, it's a bit of a stretch but it could happen.
Overall there would be worse potential consequences of something going wrong with a candle than a wax melt.
Safety round goes to Wax melts!
Wax Melts 2 - 1 Candles
Round 4: Price
Round 4 starts off with a huge right hook from wax melts.
Generally, Wax melts will always be cheaper than scented candles.
Now you will be able to find some cheap candles don’t get me wrong. But these will not be good quality and will not fill your room with its scent.
You could buy 2 or 3 packs of wax melts and it will still cost you less than the equivalent candle.
Round 4 goes to Wax Melts
Wax Melts 3 - 1 Candles
Round 5: Burn Time
Linked to the above is burn time. Obviously, you want that lovely scent you've chosen to fill your house for as long as possible.
Combined with that you want the best value for money and generally wax melts can provide that.
Many factors can affect both the average burn time of candles and the average burn time of wax melts. The type of wax, amount of fragrance oil, and size of candle or wax melt can all affect the average burn time.
Wax melts absorb heat slower and release aromas without burning the oils within them. This allows for a nice steady release of the scent.
The opposite happens when you burn a candle. Heat from the flame keeps the wax at a higher temperature, causing a faster release of fragrance into the air.
Wax Melts 5 - 1 Candles
Round 6: Effects
Scented candles believe it or not can be the centre of some debate. This is mainly around the type of wax used and its effects on people.
Some candles are thought to release harmful toxins. These can aggravate allergies, asthma, and in some cases linked to cancer.
The most common type of wax used in candles today is paraffin wax. However, what most people don't know is that this is actually waste product derived from the petroleum industry. It also releases carcinogenic chemicals when burned. Not good.
Now there is the wick. Are some cases these can contain heavy metals like lead.
If this is the case even a few hours of burning them can create airborne heavy metals. Leaving the air in the room at a much higher percentage than acceptable limits.
Recent studies In the US studies have found that as much as 30% of candle wicks contain heavy metals.
Now Wax melts, the wick problem is gone straight away. You'll also find the majority of wax melts are made from soy wax. Which is a lot safer.
This round goes to Wax melts.
Wax Melts 6 - 1 Candles
Round 7: Ambience
Now, this may not be your main aim when considering purchasing either a candle or a wax melt but you can't avoid it.
We've already compared scents and safety, but the one thing that the flame of a candle can provide is a great ambiance in the room.
Whether it's setting the scene for a romantic candlelit dinner, or when you're having a nice hot relaxing bath. Candles just add that nice little extra touch. Something Wax Melts can't do.
Round 7 goes to candles!
Wax Melts 6 - 2 Candles
The Winner: Wax Melts
Now you may have other factors to consider other than the ones we have just gone through, but I hope they help!
Wax melts are a great alternative to scented candles. Once you understand how they work and have your wax burner you set.
If you are still on the fence, just bite the bullet and try both. You could even buy some from the same brand to test out which one you prefer.