What are the Best Wax Melts in the UK?

Let’s cut a long story short. The best wax melts are most definitely village wax melts but just out of curiosity lets explore other options!

Deciding what the best wax melts to use can be difficult and depends on a multiple of factors including the type of wax warmer you have, the size of the rooms you want to fragrance and personal preference.

Wax melts are simply wax blended with fragrance oil or essential oil but not all wax melts are made equal! The quality depends on lots of different factors.

How important are fragrance oils?

The most important thing by far is high quality fragrance oils.

This doesn’t always mean expensive however it should meet 4 key factors;

  • The fragrance should be accurate to the scent that is being recreated
  • No chemical smell
  • Be safe to use in the product
  • Blend well with the wax that is used

We are surrounded by fragrances every day so at Village Wax Melts we make sure the fragrance oils used are exceptional and exciting.

Different waxes and their uses in wax melt making

Today there are so many different waxes to choose from all of which have their pros and cons. It is important to choose a wax melts made from that wax that suits what your trying to achieve.

1. Soy wax

Soy wax is made using the soy bean from the soy plant. It is a soft luxurious wax that is easy to work with and blends well with most fragrance oils.

It has an excellent cold throw which means it gives off lots of fragrance at low temperatures however at higher temperatures soy wax struggles to keep hold of its fragrance so lacks longevity.

Soy wax is popular in container candles (have you seen our sale on woodwick candles) as the wax shrinks less as it cools and has good adhesion to the container.

2. Paraffin wax

Paraffin wax is made from petroleum; light lubricating oils are dewaxed to create a hard white wax. Paraffin wax blends well with most fragrance oils and has an excellent hot fragrance throw.

This means it does tend to hold on to fragrances longer however at a cooler temperature it releases much less fragrance. Paraffin wax, like soy wax, comes in either bead or solid block form and comes in many different blends to ensure it suits every need.

3. Beeswax

Beeswax is deep yellow in colour and is a natural wax made from honey bees. It is used for making honey comb however in candle making it can be tricky to work with and is not considered vegan friendly.

It is considered that harvesting this wax from the beehive it may have a negative effect on the bee colony. So, make sure you know where your beeswax comes from before using it.

There are many other types of wax on the market like palm wax, coconut wax and gel wax, as well as 100’s of different blends so make sure you do plenty of testing.

At Village Wax Melts we choose a blend of Paraffin wax and a pre blended soy wax to achieve a hard, shiny finish that has good hot and cold throw and provides a fragrance that lasts. This took many months of testing to find the perfect balance and we are proud of our secret blend.

Wax Additives

There are many different wax additives on the market which all provide different benefits for different products and some are tailor made for certain waxes. These are available at specialist candle wholesalers where you will find the benefits of each additive for each product.

Wax warmers

Wax warmers have a very important part to play in releasing a wax melts fragrance. The trick is to find the right balance of heat. If a wax melt gets too hot it will release its fragrance too quickly and then just smell of wax.

If your wax burner is smoking or you can visually see thick vapour coming from the dish, it is far too hot. If a wax melt isn’t warm enough it will only release a small amount of fragrance.

A good indicator your wax warmer is not hot enough is if it takes a long time to melt the wax. Sometimes this can just be a poor quality tea light so try swapping your tea light first before changing your wax melts or wax warmer.

The ideal temperature of your wax warmer does depend on the type of wax melt you use. As a general rule, your wax pool should be between 70-85C and should not exceed 90C.

How to get the most out of your wax melts

  1. Keep your wax warmer away from drafts and cold spots like windows and doors.
  2. Use high quality, unscented 4 hour tea lights if using a tea light wax warmer. Never use an 8 hour tea light with a wax warmer. The wax will get too hot and this poses a fire risk.
  3. The most common mistake is to add more wax to your wax warmer when the scent is subtle however the wax is probably not getting hot enough to release the scent. If you can’t increase the heat reduce the amount of wax in the wax warmer. This will allow the temperature to climb and allow the scent to be released.
  4. If your wax melts are too hot and smoking, try adding more of the wax melt to the dish. This will reduce the temperature and prevent the wax melt from releasing all its fragrance at once and then smelling of wax. Only do this if the dish size is big enough to accommodate more wax. If this doesn’t work turn off your wax burner to prevent a fire risk.
  5. If using an electric wax warmer it is a good idea to purchase one that has multiple heat settings. This gives you greater control and allows you to get the most out of all different wax melts and fragrances.
  6. When trying to fragrance large spaces or rooms with high ceilings try having two wax melts and wax warmers throughout the room.

Conclusion

Finally, there are lots of wax melts on the market & lots of excellent people creating beautifully fragranced products so the right wax melts are certainly out there for you, you just have to find them.

Fortunately, you have just stumbled upon one of the best home fragrance companies in the UK, Village Wax Melts. We produce a range of home fragrance products that will suit all your needs and we go the extra mile to produce high quality, handmade and affordable products.


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