Demystifying Wax Melts: A Beginner's Guide to What They Are and How to Use Them

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My recent posts have been a lot of fun to write but I thought it was about time that I gave you something factual and informative. So, if you're new to wax melts and you don't know what they are or how to use them, buckle up and get ready to become a wax melt connoisseur!
Wax melts are a relatively recent addition to the realm of home fragrance. If you're uncertain about what they entail, take comfort in the fact that many others share your curiosity. Here, you'll discover some insights and a step-by-step guide on their usage. If you're still unsure then please do drop us an email at:
 Botanical Wax Melts close up shot
Wax melts are crafted from melted wax infused with essential or fragrance oils. They are available in a variety of forms, such as snap bars or various shaped designs, which can be plain, coloured, or adorned with botanical elements. To release their delightful scents and fragrance, wax melts are melted in a wax warmer, enhancing the ambiance and scent of your home or space.


So what are the key differences between using candles and scented wax melts?

The primary distinction lies in their appearance and usage. Candles can be straightforwardly ignited, burned for a duration of two to four hours, and extinguished. Conversely, wax melts require a delicate melting process using a specialized device known as a wax melt warmer, often referred to as a wax burner (note: these should not be confused with oil burners). Wax melt warmers come in two varieties: electric and tea light burners.

One of the key advantages of using wax melts is their generally enhanced safety. Electric burners eliminate the need for an open flame, while most tea lights will naturally extinguish themselves after four hours.

Fancy trying our wax melts? Take a look at our collections where we have some gorgeous selection boxes or save up to 10% off when you purchase 4 or more snapbars!

How to Use Wax Melts: A Simple Guide

Wax melts, while not as straightforward as candles, are quite easy to use once you get the hang of them, and they'll likely become a cherished part of your routine.

Step 1: Choose Your Wax Melt

Wax melts come in a wide array of options, often crafted from different wax types. While many use paraffin or soy wax, we take pride in using a luxurious, eco-friendly Rapeseed and Coconut blended wax for our products.

Step 2: Place Your Wax Melt in the Burner

The quantity of wax melts you use depends on their size and the space you're scenting, but generally, one segment is sufficient. For our wax melts, we recommend using just one segment.

Simply position the wax melt in the dish of your wax burner.

Close up shot of wax melt in wax warmer

Step 3: Turn on your burner

If you're utilising an electric warmer, there's typically a switch or button to activate it. In the case of a tea light warmer, light an unscented 2-4 hour tea light and carefully place it in the designated compartment beneath the dish.

MatchesWax melt in a lit warmer

Once your wax burner is up and running, the wax will gradually melt, releasing a delightful aroma. A single segment from our wax melts typically provides approximately 6-8 hours of fragrance.

As mentioned earlier, tea lights often extinguish themselves after 4 hours, so you may need to replace them. Some electric warmers feature built-in timers, but if yours doesn't, we suggest investing in a timer plug to avoid forgetting to turn it off.

If you choose to burn your wax melt for just an hour or so, you can let the wax solidify and relight it later. You can continue melting the same segment until the scent is exhausted, then swap it for a new one.

Step 4: Removing the Wax and Cleaning Your Burner

If you've burned your wax melt and notice it's no longer emitting a scent, it might be time for a change. To empty a wax burner, follow these steps:

  1. Ensure the tealight has been extinguished, and your burner has cooled.

  2. There are several methods to empty your burner. Some prefer to burn the wax for a few minutes until it's liquid, soak it up with cotton balls, and dispose of them.

  3. Others briefly turn on the burner for about 10 seconds to loosen the wax, then scoop it out and discard it.

  4. Alternatively, you can use reusable popper liners. Place a liner in the burner dish, put your melt in it, and easily pop out the solidified wax when finished for a neater approach.

  5. After removing the wax, wipe the burner dish with a paper towel or damp cloth, ensuring the well is dry before reuse. Avoid using cleaning products, as they may emit harmful fumes when the burner is in use.

So, congratulations! You're now a wax melt connoisseur. So....let's get you melting! You can shop our range of luxury wax melts here.

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