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What Are Wax Melts And How To Use Them
We all love the aroma of scented candles. They infuse any room with delightful scents and enchanting perfumes. But do you know there’s a better alternative to using scented wax without a burning wick? They’re called wax melts, and once you know about them, you may never burn a candle ever again.
What Is A Wax Melt?
A wax melt is essentially the same thing as a scented wax candle, but their fragrance is released by melting instead of burning. Most wax melts are made from either paraffin or soy wax.
Fragrances are added to molten wax, which is then poured into molds and allowed to solidify again. Dyes are also added to the molten wax to make them more visually attractive.
Wax melts don’t just have to be about beautiful perfumes. They can also be used for aromatherapy allowing you to enjoy the health benefits of vanilla and sandalwood and other essential oils.
How Do You Use Wax Melts?
It is straightforward to use wax melts. To start using wax melts, all you will need is an electric or tea light wax burner/warmer, a tea light, and a wax melt of your choice.
- Take your tea light and place it in the bottom of your tea light wax warmer and light. You should only use a standard 4-hour unscented tea light as larger 8-hour tea lights can cause the burner to overheat and crack.
- Break a piece off from the wax melt snap bar and place it into the top of your burner/warmer.
- After a couple of moments, the wax will begin to melt and release the scent throw into the room.
The wax will never entirely disappear, but you can reuse the same piece of wax until the scent has gone. Once you would like to replace the wax with a new fragrance, there are a few ways that you can remove the wax from your burner.
- The easiest way to remove the wax is while your wax is melted, use a cotton pad to absorb the liquid wax and dispose of it. Once the cotton pad has absorbed the wax, wipe the remaining with a tissue.
- Another easy way to remove the wax if the wax has cooled down and hardened. Just turn the warmer back on for about 30 seconds to 60 seconds to loosen the wax. You can then remove it as a solid piece. If the wax does not come out in one solid piece, you could also use a scraper to avoid burning your fingers and wipe down the warmer with a paper towel once the wax is removed.
Electric burners, depending on the wattage and bulb power, will affect how the wax melts.
- Higher temperatures with more powerful bulbs will melt the wax faster and release the scent quicker, giving off a more intense smell.
- Lower temperatures with lower power bulbs will melt the wax slower, but the scent will last longer, although the aroma won’t be as intense.
From our experience, bulbs with 20w will barely melt the wax, and you should look for min 25 to 35 max watts.
What type of warmer should i use?
The choice of warmer or so called wax burner is up to you, really. If you prefer a more subtle perfume that lasts longer, then a lower-temperature warmer would be perfect for you. But if you’re looking for a more intense experience, then look for a warmer with a higher temperature.
We recommend tealight burners as they reach hotter temperatures than electric warmers, and we really love the more intense aroma experience created by a tealight burner compared to the more subtle aroma created by electric warmers.
Oh, and here’s a tip for anyone wanting the ultimate aroma experience, use more than one wax melt at a time. Not only will more fragrance be released, but you can experiment with different combinations of perfumes for that added aroma experience. There are so many different scent combinations to try!
Unlike a scented candle, the wax from a wax melt doesn’t burn off or disappear. So, once all the fragrance from the oil stored in the wax melt has been released, you’ll need to remove the melted wax from the warming dish. If the wax is stuck to the dish, then warm it up again for a minute, and it should easily slide off the dish. For stubborn pieces of wax, try melting the wax completely and soaking it up with some cotton wool.
The Benefits Of Using A Wax Melt Instead Of A Scented Candle
Scented candles can be lovely to use, especially at night. But they’re kind of pointless in daylight. Plus, the fragrance released by scented candles is less intense than a wax melt, because much of the fragrance stored in the candle is burnt-off by the candle-flame. This is where wax melts really come into their own, because all of the aroma stored in the oil contained in the wax melt is released when heated, giving you a much more intense perfume than a scented candle.
Of course, using both at the same time is an excellent compromise. There’s nothing more romantic than the mood lighting created by using some well-positioned scented candles combined with the sensual fragrance emanating from a wax melt warmer. What a winning team!
Now you know how easy wax melts are to use, and how versatile they are, why not give them a go? Imagine your home filled with beautiful combinations of amazing perfumes released from a set of strategically placed wax melt warmers. Think of all the possibilities, from a sensual evening with your partner of choice, to the health benefits of wax melt delivered aromatherapy. No matter the reason, there’s sure to be a wax melt perfect for you. Check our shop with a wide range of wax melts.