Wax Melts & How to Use Them

Wax melts are rather new to the home fragrance and candle scene so if you do not know what they are or how to use them, don't worry, you are not alone. I have created this blog to explain what they are and how you can use the wax melts that we sell at Living Light Candles

What Are Wax Melts?

In simple terms, wax melts, also known as wax tarts, are flameless alternatives to candles. They usually come in bars that look similar to chocolate bars which can be broken up into cubes and melted to release the fragrance inside of them.

Wax Melts vs Candles

So, what are the key differences between using candles and scented wax melts? The main difference is the way they look and how you use them. Candles can simply be lit for 2-4 hours and then blown out. Wax melts on the other hand have to be gently melted using an oil burner. The main benefit to using wax melts is that they are generally safer to use. An electric burner has no naked flame and most tea lights will burn themselves out after a few hours.

How to Use Wax Melts

Some people will say that wax melts are difficult to use but I really have to disagree with this. They are some of the simplest ways to fill your home with fragrance.

Step 1: Select your wax melt. We have plenty of wax melts for you to choose from as well as our new boxsets where you have several different fragrances in one box. All wax melts are made with soy wax and fragrance oils.

Step 2: Place your wax melt into your burner. Depending on the size of your wax melts, you typically only need to use 1 cube at a time. simply pop the wax melt into the dish of your wax burner.

Step 3: Turn on your melter. If you are using an electric warmer, there will be an on/off switch. If you are using a tea light warmer, pop a tea light into the designated hole below the dish. Once you have got your wax burner on the go, the wax will slowly melt to release a beautiful aroma. One cube from our wax melt range will last for several hours.

Step 4: As I have mentioned, your tea light should put itself out after 3-4 hours so you may need to replace it. Some electrical warmers come with built-in timers, however, if yours does not, I recommend purchasing a timer plug so you do not forget to turn it off. If you decide to only burn your wax melt for an hour or so, you can simply let the wax harden and then reburn the melt at a later time.

Step 5: Remove the wax and clean your burner. If you have burnt your wax melt and are thinking "why doesn't this smell anymore" you may be experiencing a case of nose-blindness, or more likely it is time to change your wax melt. The fragrance will not last forever, it will slowly evaporate as it melts but there will be leftover wax in the container even when the fragrance has all been used. So how do you empty a wax burner? First, make sure your burner is cool to the touch. Next, there are a few methods you can use to empty your burner. Some people like to melt the wax again then pour out the melted wax into a piece of kitchen paper before disposing of it. Alternatively, you carefully use a blunt knife to gently lift out the slab of cooled wax. You will find a method that suits your needs. Once you have removed your wax, wipe the burner dish with either a paper towel or a damp cloth. I do not recommend using cleansing products as this may give off harmful gasses when burning.

So, congratulations, you are now a wax melt pro. Go out there and get melting. You can shop our range of wax melts which will be added to the website in time for Halloween. If you need any help or have any questions, I am always here to help. Please use the Contact Me page on my website.

Important Notice: Never leave a wax melt burner unattended. Always make sure the wax melt is being used far away from flammable objects such as curtains, papers etc. Keep your wax melt burner far away from children and pets. The easiest and safest way to use our wax melts is to use your common sense and follow known fire safety protocols.

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