Wax Melt Safety
Why Wax Melts?
Wax melts are much safer than using an oil and water mixture, which can spit and splatter your walls. Water mixed with oil becomes incredibly hot and evaporates completely. Often the dish can then run dry and potentially explode! Because the fragrance in the wax evaporates but the wax doesn't, you can be more confident in using your wax burner to fragrance your room.
How to use wax melts:
Wax melts, also known as tarts, often contain more potent, longer-lasting scents than traditional candles. Since there is no wick, you can simply warm the wax in an electric warmer/ tea light burner until the scent is no longer as strong as you'd like. Then remove the wax and replace it with fresh wax melts.
Never add water or oil to the wax melts, and remember to choose unscented tea lights to avoid confusing scents.
When should I change the wax?
Some scents will be longer lasting than others. Some will seem strong to you, whilst others more subtle. This is the nature of the type of fragrance and not the quality of the wax melt itself.
Some people like to change their wax regularly, for example, after one tea light usage or a 3-4 hours in a warmer. Others like to leave their wax in until they can no longer smell the fragrance. This can be hours, or even days, depending on how long you melt for a time.
You continue to melt the wax until the fragrance has faded or you simply fancy a change.Only use 3-4 hour tea lights in warmers. 8-hour tea lights can cause the warmer to get too hot and cause a fire hazard or damage your warmer.
Removing the wax:
There are a couple of different techniques to removing wax from your burner or warmer, however this is our favourite method:
When the tea light has extinguished, or the warmer has been switched off, simply pop some cotton wool into the liquid wax. The cotton wool will soak up the liquid wax, meaning you can then take it out and pop it into the bin (some people like to keep them in a jar to use as firelighters!) Once you have done this, you can then repeat with more cotton wool and give the dish a good wipe out. They clean more easily when still warm.
- Be careful not to overfill the dish/well. More does not necessarily mean you getting a stronger scent throw. Experiment with different amounts. Every scent and type of wax is different, as is the warmer or burner. Some electric warmers work best with a very thin layer of melted wax.
- Always make sure your burner or warmer is on a heatproof surface. This is the same for candles. Some people use placemats or candle plates. It is your responsibility to ensure that your furniture (and home) is protected.
- Keep all warmers and burners out of the reach of children and pets.
- Never leave a tea light burner unattended.
Why not create your own fragrances? You could pop two or three pieces of different melts into your burner to create something unique! We call it 'mixology' and it's how we come up with our favourite blends!