April 3, 2021


So, you are interested in wax melts. But, you want to know more about them before deciding to buy. Well, then this is the guide for you. It explains what wax melts are, what they are made of, where they are used, and how to use them.

It covers a lot but if anything is missing or you have questions, be sure to ask them.

What are Wax Melts

Wax melts are a home fragrance enhancer that look like candles but act like fragrance oils. With a wax base they are usually shaped like small discs or cubes that can fit into your hand. However, there are also different designs and styles depending on the maker.

With a wide variety of colours and fragrances, wax melts have benefits over candles. They normally have a shorter burn time, meaning you can change your scent more often. They can be combined with different melts at home to create unique scents just for you. They also cost less than candles so you get around three different scents compared to a single candle.

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What are wax melts made of

Wax melts are made of a combination of wax, fragrance oils, and dye. When combined together they create the same look of a candle. However, they do not contain a wick (the part of a candle you light).

The wax used in melts is a special blend of wax. It is designed to be harder so that it keeps its shape and shrink less. You can find out more in our guide to different types of candle wax.

This blend of wax is normally called a pillar or melt blend wax and can be found at most reliable suppliers. If you’re thinking of making some melts, we recommend Randalls Candles as our favourite supplier.

Some makers will include additives to improve the burn time, fragrance release, or colouring. They may also form melts into artistic shapes like bears, stars, or flowers. These types of melts usually pop-up around holidays or at dedicated melt makers.

What are wax melts used for

Generally wax melts are used to improve the fragrance in our homes. This can be for many reasons; preference, pets, plumbing issues, external smells. Most people just use wax melts to switch up the vibe of their living room or bedroom.

They are also a common replacement for candles. Especially for people who have invested in an artistic or decorative melt burner that matches their home style. A good melt burner can become a core part of your home decor that looks ornamental and creates dynamic shadow art when the tea lights are burning.

Others people feel safer burning smaller tea lights over the larger candles. With a tea light, you can light it and know that it will end in around 4 hours. With a candle you have to check in and make a judgment call when to blow it out. Which can be complicated for someone who just wants great fragrance with little thought.

How to use Wax melts

Using wax melts is almost identical to using fragrance or essential oils. If you have an oil burner, you are half-way there. You place the wax melt in the top dish, place a tea light below the dish and light. Over a few minutes the heat from the tea light will melt down the wax and release the fragrance.

Different wax melts have different burn times and you should be aware of this before you start using them. The average tea light burns for approximately 4 hours. So, if your melts have a longer burn time, this means you can use multiple tea lights.

After each burn, allow the wax melt to cool and harden. It is time to replace the melt when it no longer has any fragrance left. You can test this by simply smelling the solid melt at least an hour after it cools.

When the fragrance is finished, you can remove the melt and replace it with a new one. There are a few methods for removing used melts. I recommend placing your melt burner in the fridge for a few minutes. The cold air will cause the dish and the wax to shrink slightly. This will make it much easier to remove. Use a blunt and thin object (like the hand-end of a spoon) and push into the space where the wax meets the melt burner surface.

With a little pressure the melt should pop right out. If it does not, then repeat this process on different edges around the melt, eventually it will pop loose. Give the melt burner a clean to remove any left over wax and you are ready to add the new melt.

Where to buy wax melts

You can find wax melts at most home stores. They are usually placed alongside candles although not every high-street home shop sells them. Doing a search online, on ebay or amazon is an easy option but the quality and honesty of products is questionable.

A web search of wax melts on either Google or Bing, will bring up several dedicated melt makers who specialise in producing all types of shapes, colours, and fragrance. A little searching will reveal the perfect wax melt for you.

The Penseth Company has our own range of Mega and Mini Melts that come in 13+ fragrances and multiple colours. If you’re interested, check out our range of Wax Melts.

When shopping for wax melts, there are a few things you should look out for;

  1. What is the burn time of the melt? 4+ hours should be the minimum.
  2. What type of wax is used in the melts? Soy and Natural based waxes are vegan friendly.
  3. Are there clear pictures? You want to be able to see what you are buying
  4. How much does it cost? High quality, long lasting melts should not cost more than £5, even if there are multiple melts in a pack.
  5. Are they hand made? Hand made melts are made with care, compassion, and positively impact workers.

What are wax melts and how to use them?

That is our short breakdown of wax melts, what they are, what they are made of, and how to use them. Candle and Melt making is going through a boom period now and there are new styles, new fragrances, and new options coming out monthly.

If you have any questions about wax melts, feel free to ask me in the comments or on our Facebook page.

About the Author

I'm the Chief Candle Maker here at Penseth Company. I also write guides and updates for the blog.

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