Wax melts are relatively new to the home fragrance scene, so don't worry if you don't know what they are. Continue reading to learn how to use wax melts and what they are.
Wax Melts vs. Candles: What's the Difference?
The main difference between them is how they appear and how they are used. Candles can last for two to four hours before they need to be put out. Wax melts, on the other hand, require the use of a wax melt warmer, also known as a wax burner, to melt gently. Electric and tea light burners are the two kinds of tea light burners available.
The primary benefit of using wax melts is that they are generally safer. Because an electric burner does not have a naked flame, most tea lights will burn out after four hours.
What are wax melts, exactly?
Wax melts are scented heart shaped wax pieces that don't have a wick. They can be found in a wide range of shapes and dimensions. When a wax melt is cold, it can emit a faint scent. They are, however, meant to be slowly warmed with a tart or wax warmer. A wax warmer can be electric, or a tea light can be used as the heating source.
Wax Melts: How to Use Them
Wax melts are relatively easy to use once you get the hang of them, though they are not as simple to use as candles.
1. Decide which wax melt you want to use
There are many different wax types to choose from when it comes to wax melts. Paraffin or soy wax is used in the majority of wax melts. For a luxurious, eco-friendly finish, use only rapeseed and coconut wax.
2. On the burner, put the wax melt
You usually only need 1-2 cubes or tarts of wax, depending on the size of your wax melts. Experts recommend using only one cube for our wax melts.
Simply place the wax melt in the wax burner's dish.
3. Get your melter going
You should be able to turn on an electric warmer with a switch or button if you're using one. Simply light your tea light and place it in the designated hole below the dish if you're using a tea light warmer. Keep an eye out for our eco-friendly tea light collection, which is on the way!
Once you've started your wax burner, the wax will slowly melt, releasing a lovely aroma. Some wax melts cubes will last for about 8 hours.
As previously stated, your tea light should burn out after 4 hours, so it may be necessary to replace it. Some electric warmers have timers built in. If yours doesn't, experts recommend investing in a timer plug to ensure that you don't forget to turn it off.
If you only want to burn your wax melt for an hour or so, simply let it harden and re-burn it at a later time.
4. Clean your burner by removing the wax
If you've burned your wax melt and are wondering why it no longer smells, It's possible you're suffering from nose-blindness, but more likely it's time to replace your wax melt.
So, what's the best way to empty a wax burner? To begin, make sure your burner is completely cool to the touch.
Following that, there are a few options for emptying your burner. Some people prefer to melt the wax in a microwave for a few minutes until it's liquid, then soak it up with cotton balls and throw it away.
Others will turn on the burner for a few seconds to loosen the wax, then scoop it out and toss it in the trash.
Alternatively, re-usable popper liners can be used. Place a liner in the burner dish, pour in your melt, and then simply pop the hardened wax out when you're done.
Wipe the burner dish down with a paper towel or damp cloth once the wax has been removed. Cleaning products should not be used because they may emit harmful gases when burned.
As a result, congratulations! You've mastered the art of wax melting. Go get melted out there!
Frequently Asked Questions
Why Are Wax Melts So Popular?
Given all of the benefits listed above, it's easy to see why wax melts are gaining so much popularity.
They're more practical, extremely convenient, a lot of fun, and extremely safe to use. Not to mention that they are very cost-effective and suitable for a wide range of budgets.
They're also a cheap way to try out new scents before investing in more expensive scented candles, and you can experiment with different blends before settling on your favourite.
What are wax warmers, exactly?
A wax warmer can be used instead of a scented candle. It's usually filled with fragrant wax melts that smell and feel like a traditional candle, but don't have a wick and, in most cases, don't have a flame.
They can be less flammable than candles, depending on the model, making them an appealing alternative for candle enthusiasts who want to avoid the risks of fire in the home while still enjoying the warmth, fragrance, and ambience of scented wax.
Wax Melts: How Long Do They Last?
A wax melt's use time varies depending on its size and structure, as well as the warmer being used. Some only last a few days for a short period each day, while others can last up to ten hours at a time or for several weeks when used daily.
Re-melting wax is possible with some warmers and the melts that come along with them. However, the second time around, they may not be as visually appealing or structurally sound. During a second round, the scent may be less potent or even undetectable.
What's the Best Way to Change Your Wax Melt?
It's simple to change the scent of your current wax melt. Turn on your electric wax burner or light your tea light wax burner and wait for it to turn into a liquid. Simply push the wax melt out of the burner once it has started to turn into a liquid and replace it with your new scent.
Is it Safe to Use Wax Melt?
Simply put, wax melts are completely safe. However, if you're going to use an electric wax burner, make sure it's safe to use and that it's not near any water.
If you're using a standard wax burner with tealights, make sure it's on a flat, even surface and that the tealights are blown out before leaving the room.
Keep a wax burner away from children at all times and don't leave it on all night or unattended.