Wax melts are the most effective way to ensure your home smells its very best. Wax melts are scented pieces of wax, that when melted, release your favourite fragrance into the air, they transform your home and elevate the ambience of your living space. Wax melts are the perfect addition to your place, if you haven't swapped your candles for wax melts yet, you're missing out.

In this blog, we'll go through our wax melt crash course. We'll go through what they are, how to use wax melts, how long wax melts last, and why they are infinitely better than traditional candles.

What is a wax melt?

Wax melts come in all shapes and sizes, such as disks, cubes, bars, or any decorative moulded shapes, like flowers or hearts. Whether you want sleek and sophisticated melts, adorable melts, or themed melts, the options are endless. These shapes are usually designed to fit into the dish of a wax melter or snap into smaller pieces. There are many popular wax melt scents to choose from, whether that is the smell of fresh linen, florals during spring, pumpkin spice during winter, or even recreations of your favourite designer perfumes.

To use a wax melt, you will need a wax burner (also known as a wax melter or warmer). Wax burners use a heat source to warm a dish above it, melting the wax. You can either get a traditional ceramic/glass burner that uses a tea light, or you can use an electronic burner. Electronic burners use a light bulb as its heat source. Electronic burners tend to be more popular because they are safer and more cost-effective. Plus, they melt wax more evenly, making your wax melts last longer.

The best wax for melts is typically soy wax, however, they are sometimes made with paraffin wax or other vegetable-based waxes, or even a blend of different waxes. The melting temperature of wax varies between wax types, soy has the lowest melting temperature of between 45-54°C (113-127°F). These waxes are then mixed with fragrance oils and coloured dyes to create scented wax melts. Some wax melts might also have glitter or unique colour patterns to add to the aesthetic.

Candles vs. wax melts

The biggest benefit of using wax melts over traditional candles is safety. The UK Government states that over one thousand house fires are started every year by candles. If you are using an electric burner, there is no flame at all, making it much safer. Candles are especially risky if there are pets or children around. Not to mention, candle burning also produces soot, which can stain your home and be dangerous to breathe. With an electric wax melt burner, these risks can be completely avoided.

The typical wax type used in candles from the high street is paraffin. Paraffin has a slightly higher melting point and long-term inhalation of paraffin wax fumes has been linked to several health problems. The wax for melts can vary but ideally, the best wax melt is made with soy wax. Soy wax is a natural and more environmentally friendly alternative to paraffin wax. Soy wax is also non-toxic, making it safer to inhale.

Wax melts are more cost-effective too. They last longer than your average candle and are usually cheaper, meaning you get more bang for your buck.

How long does a wax melt last?

You can expect a wax melt to last between eight and twenty hours, but this depends on a few things. How they are stored, the size of the wax, the temperature it's melted, and the type of wax used, will all impact longevity.

The best scented wax melts are always made with high-quality ingredients to ensure that the fragrance lasts as long as possible, so always make sure you are buying a well-made product, so your home smells wonderful for as long as possible.

To get the most out of your wax melts, it's important to store them correctly. They should be kept in a cool, dry place, away from sunlight.

How do you use wax melts?

Using wax melts is so easy! Firstly, you need to select a wax burner. Wax burners come in a wide variety of sizes and styles, so you can always find one that fits the decor of your home. Whether that is an electric or tea light wax burner, you have plenty of options.

Then, you need to pick your wax melt. The best wax melts for an electric burner and tea light burners are ideally small enough to fit in the burner dish, with ample space for the melted wax. If the wax melt is hanging off the side of the dish, the wax could melt and drip onto surfaces.

Next, if you have an electric burner, you just need to switch it on, whether that's with a switch or a temperature dial, always consult the instructions provided with your chosen burner. If you have a tea light burner, simply light a tea light and pop it into the burner.

You know when to change wax melts because your wax melt doesn't smell potent anymore. When it's time to change your wax melt, simply wait for the wax to cool and solidify, then remove it and dispose in a general waste bin. If you want to replace your melt but it still has some scent, store it correctly and it can be reused again.

Please make sure you read each wax melt's instructions and guidelines before use.

Where can I buy wax melts?

Here, of course! At Aromica we sell every wax melt you could need. High-quality strong smelling wax melts in the UK, with a wide range of scents and shapes to choose from. Not only do we sell a wide range of the best wax melts scents, but we also specialise in selling dupes of perfumes like Alien, Black Opium, and La Vie Belle. Be sure to check out our range.