If you're dabbling in the world of home fragrance you may be familiar with scented candles. But what about wax melts?
Wax melts are growing in popularity as a great alternative to scented candles. But if you've never used one before, the chances are you won't know how to use one!
Wax melts can have better burn times than candles and you can even control the scent throw by adding more to the burner. In some cases, you can even get a good scent from just leaving the wax melt out.
As with candles, you can get Wax melts made from a variety of different wax types. Soy wax melts are probably the most common.
In this blog, we'll detail what wax melts are and how to use them.
What Are Wax Melts?
Wax melts, tarts, or cubes are essentially just scented bite-size pieces of wax. They have no wick, but still, need to be melted to release their scents.
Unlike candles, wax melt makers can get very creative with the shapes and sizes that wax melts come in. Be it little bears, stars or just simply cubes.
It's important to note that unlike candles, the wax does not evaporate. Only the scents dissipate, so you will be left with used wax. You can reuse this until the scent is completely gone.
A Step-by-step guide to using Wax melts
Now from the pictures above you may be asking, how do I get a scent from these?
1. Purchase a wax burner / warmer
If you want to use wax melts you will need to purchase a Wax burner or warmer.
These come in many different options, you can get electric ones or use the flame of a tealight candle.
It’s best to use a warmer or burner specifically designed for wax melts.
This is because any other type of warmer can reach temperatures much higher than those designed for your wax melts.
Thus, this will quickly burn out your scent and you'll need to by another pack fairly quickly.
It can also be dangerous to use a Melter or burner that is not designed for wax melting.
You could risk damaging the warmer and then having to purchase another one.
Whatever type you choose, make sure you read and understand the instructions. This will help you get the most out of your wax melts.
2. Find Your Wax Melts
This may be easier said than done with the number of options you'll have to choose from!
However, wax melts are generally cheaper the candles, so you can treat yourself to one or two different options.
3. Place one or two cubes on your wax burner
Depending on the type of wax melt, cube, or bear, will depend on how much you put into the melting pot of your burner.
First, check whether your wax is already broken apart into smaller sizes. If your wax melts come in the form of wax cubes, break off a piece (approximately 1 oz) and place it on the warmer.
For wax cubes, one at a time is normally enough to full a room with its scent.
If you are using smaller melts you may be able to use 2 or 3 pieces depending on your desired fragrance intensity or size of the room.
Do not add water or oil to your wax melts.
4. Bring the heat
Once you are happy with your set-up, the next step is to simply turn your wax melt on to generate heat.
This could simply be pressing the on a button or lighting your tealight depending on the type of burner you have.
- Keep an eye on the level of melted wax, you don’t want it to overflow.
- If your burner has a timer make sure you set it. If you don't have a timer, set one on your phone for about 30 mins.
- Do not move your burner with the hot melted wax present.
5. Turn off the wax burner
If you have finished using your wax melt, just as you would a candle, simply turn off the source of heat.
Wait for the wax to get cold and solidify before removing the used wax from your warmer.
If you're going out, make sure nothing will knock the wax burner over. If you have a cord plugged in, make sure you unplug this and put it in a place where it won’t be knocked or pulled.
You can reuse the wax that is left over. It's fine just to leave the solidified wax in.
If you wish to try a different scent, wait until the wax has cooled and solidified before you remove it.
You may be able to pop the wax out depending on your wax burner, or you may have to scrape it out.