What are wax melts?

What are wax melts?

Wax melts have become incredibly popular over the last few years and you can find them everywhere from supermarkets and gift shops to specialist home fragrance shops like ours. 

Wax melts are wickless, fragranced pieces of wax designed to be melted in a wax warmer. The wax warmer heats up the wax which releases fragrance as it melts. They come in all different fragrances, colours, shapes and sizes. Some of the most common types are snap bars or tartlets, but imagination is pretty much the only limit when it comes to the shapes the wax can be moulded into.

One of the biggest benefits of wax melts for home fragrance enthusiasts is that you do not need a flame to enjoy the fragrance. So if you live somewhere that does not allow candles, or you don't like burning candles, then an electric wax warmer makes for a great alternative.

You can shop our range of wax melts here.

How to use wax melts

Unlike candles, wax melts do require extra equipment in order to enjoy them. You will need a wax warmer, and these are available either as a tealight powered warmer or an electric warmer.

Tealight warmers are normally made from either heat resistant glass or ceramics. They will have a bowl on the top for your wax and a space underneath for a tealight. It is recommended to use 4 hour tealights for wax melt warmers. The styles of tealight warmers vary greatly, and you can find some lovely cast iron versions too.

Electric warmers come in two main types, either bulb heated or hot plate heated. The bulb versions use a type of bulb that generates heat and light, whilst the hot plate type works more like a mini electric hob (that doesn't get anywhere near as hot as a hob!)

Once you have your warmer of choice you are ready to get melting. Place your piece of wax in the bowl of your warmer and then either turn it on or place a lit tealight into the candle holder under the bowl. That's it - nothing more to it.

We recommend using one section of a snap bar or a single melt at a time. This means that you won't accidentally overflow your melt bowl but also means your product will last longer as you aren't using too much at once. A little goes a long way with wax melts so it's better to start conservatively and use more later if needed.

Like candles, it isn't advised to heat your wax for more than 4 hours. If you want your melts to last, we find that melting them for 2-3 hours at a time fills a room with long lasting fragrance whilst also allowing you to get more melting sessions out of the wax.

When do I change the wax I've been melting?

Unlike candles, wax melts don't disappear through use. Instead, as the fragrance oil gets released the wax will lose its scent. You may notice the fragrance getting weaker as it's coming towards the end of its life. This is a good indication that it is time to change it out. It is always better to change your wax melts out once the fragrance starts to fade rather than just add another piece.

Alternatively, you can change your fragrance whenever you fancy something different. We recommend keeping the solid wax discs from previous melts in an airtight tub to help preserve their fragrance.

You can shop our range of wax melters here.

How do I change the wax that I've been melting?

Firstly, never move your melter while the wax is still liquid. Hot wax can burn, and it can also stain and damage furniture and soft furnishings. Allow your wax to completely set and cool before handling.

When your wax is cool, you want to reheat it just enough for the wax to release its seal with the bowl of your warmer. With tealight powered burners this takes a couple of seconds, for electric warmers it can take a little longer. Once you can move the wax disc in the warmer with your fingers, extinguish the heat source and slide the wax disc out of the bowl.

We always give our burners a bit of a wipe out with a soft cloth between fragrances to remove any residue left behind by the previous wax. 

Are wax melts better than candles?

Whether you choose to use candles or wax melts is a matter of personal preference. 

Wax melts are great if you live somewhere that doesn’t allow candles, or if you can’t or don’t like using candles. Electric wax warmers are a safer way to enjoy home fragrance if you have small children or pets running around who might knock into the surface your melter is on. Please make sure to always keep lit candles out of reach from small children and animals.

Candles are better if you are looking for ambience and a consistent, ambient fragrance.Wax melts are great when you want a short, quick impact with a lot of fragrance quickly.

Wax melts can be quite overpowering at times, so if you are sensitive to scents we would recommend starting off with a small piece of melt and only melting it for a short period of time. That way you can ensure that you get on with the scent and you don’t end up with part of your house unusable while you wait for the fragrance to dissipate. You can always melt a bigger piece for longer next time.

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