What are wax melts?

Posted by Lauren Yearn on

Many people love using candles as they add a warm, welcoming ambiance to any room and generally create a feeling of relaxation too.

When people think of fragrances in the home they generally used to always think of candles. However, there are many other ways to enjoy fragrances in addition to using a candle, such as wax melts. 

What Are Wax Melts?

Wax melts are scented pieces of wax without a wick that come in many different shapes and sizes. A wax melt can give off a slight scent when cold; however, they are designed to be slowly warmed using a tea light, electric wax warmer or hot plate. 

How Do I Use Wax Melts?

Our wax melts come in convenient segment pots, making them very easy to use and store. You simply take your wax melt out of the pot, snap off 1 or 2 segments of scented wax and place in your tea light* or electric warmer. 

When you are finished using them, you just turn off or remove the heat source and the wax will solidify until you are ready to use it again. When you are ready to use it again, just turn the warmer back on or light the tea light (depending on which type of warmer you have).

Once the scent has gone and you're ready to dispose of the used wax, there's a few ways and tips to remove it from the dish. Which method do you use?

1) Allow the wax to cool and harden fully, then just heat for a few minutes to loosen it enough to slide right out. Voila!

2) Pop the bowl/dish (if removable) and once cooled to room temperature, into the freezer for 10 minutes or so. The wax will shrink away from the dish/bowl and pop straight out. Make sure you allow the bowl to reach room temperature again before heating as the bowl may crack going from cold to hot too quickly or vice versa!

3) Using a liner - It's by far the easiest and mess free of all methods! However, not all burners are the correct shape for them, such as the electric burners with the cup style glass bowls. Liners look like little silicon cupcake cases, but they're made to withstand the heat of a burner and are re-usable quite a few times too. Simply let the wax cool in the liner and pop it out.. you're then ready to add more wax. Save the conveniently shaped little disc of wax to use again or dispose of as normal - once the scent has gone. This method is great for people who like to swap and change their wax super frequently. Remember - It may take a little longer for the wax to melt using these, as there is an extra layer for the heat to get through.

4) Mop up the heated wax with cotton wool balls, or similar until the bowl or dish is clean. Dispose of as usual. Replace with new wax.

5) Place one end of a piece of ribbon or string in the bowl of wax when cooling down with the other end out of the wax. Once cooled and set, pull the string and the wax should release from the dish with it. You're then set to add fresh wax! 

* If you are using tea light burners it is recommended that the bowl is at least 10cm away from the flame and you only ever use 2 hour (in small burners) or 4 hour tea lights. NEVER use more than 1 x tea light or a 6 / 8 hour tea light as these get far too hot which can cause a fire hazard. 


What are the best wax melts? 

There are different types of wax melts available. They have become very popular in recent years. Most wax melts are made with either paraffin wax, rapeseed (vegetable) or soy (soya) wax, less often beeswax or often a blend (mix) of these different waxes. Each wax has their pro’s & con’s.. both in characteristics and their carbon footprint. It simply boils down to personal preferences and different brands. We personally use eco-wax as this is both sustainable and renewable. We always try stay knowledgeable about where our supplies come from and keep up to date with the latest new products on the market.

Soy has a relatively low melt point and this is what we currently use in our recyclable wax melt segment pots. We chose this wax as we believe when burned at the correct temperate in an electric burner with an approx. 40w bulb, you’ll get a super strong but also a lasting fragrance. We provide suitable wax burners for our wax, both tea light (the scent will burn off faster in these) & electric, in our online shop.

Our wax is not generally suitable for Scentsy warmers. These warmers don’t tend to heat our wax high enough to release the fragrance fully. 

Wax melts also allow you to get creative! You can easily experiment with them by combining two or more different fragrances to come up with a custom fragrance.  For example, you could combine a segment of Rosey Wonderland & one of Lemon Lavender to create your own custom fragrance.  When using wax melts you are not limited to using one fragrance at a time, so get creative, experiment and have some fun mixing wax melts to come up with your own custom fragrances. We even supply the duel wax burners to keep each scent separate.

Our 100% natural soy wax melts are dye & soon to be completely glitter free! Yes, we’ve gone ‘naked’. It came to our attention that even the biodegradable glitters we have been using were not quite as they seem, so we took the steps to no longer add glitter to our melts. We think it makes for an easier clean up too! You may still receive some with glitter as we do have some stock left with glitter still, prior to the stop date. Eventually this will have sold fully. 

I hope you enjoy reading!

Lauren x



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