If your wax warmer is smoking, it can cause concern if you are new to the wax melting world. Oftentimes though, it's not a cause for alarm. The "smoke" that you see could be vapor emitting from the wax melt as it releases fragrance oil into the air. However, smoke may also be a sign that your wax is too hot or there could be something wrong with your wax warmer.
Either way, it's crucial to know the possible reasons why your wax warmer is smoking--and whether or not you have to do something about it. In this article, we will talk about what causes wax warmers to smoke and--more importantly--how you can prevent it from happening again.
First, let's tackle the basics.
What is a Wax Warmer?
First things first, what is a wax warmer? Simply put, a wax warmer is a device that warms and melts wax to emit fragrance in the room.
Unlike with traditional candles, you can control how much wax you put in a wax warmer, and you won't have a candle container to throw out afterward. That said, wax warmers are often used as alternatives to candles since they are more eco-friendly and cost-effective.
The Two Types of Wax Warmers
There are two types of wax warmers: tealight and electric.
Tealight Wax Warmer
Tealight wax warmers have a dish on top where you can place your wax melt or fragrance oils. Then at the bottom, there is an opening for your tea light candle. As the flame from the candle heats the dish above, the wax will melt and release fragrance into the air.
Electric Wax Warmer
An electric wax warmer uses a heating element or a light bulb instead of a candle to heat up wax melts. For warmers with light bulbs, the wattages vary depending on the electric warmer you're using. Warmers with heating plates, on the other hand, are often shaped like a dish and can also be used as candle warmers.
You can switch turn an electric warmer on and off anytime you please. Compared to tealight warmers, they tend to be safer and better at maximizing wax melts.
What Are Wax Melts?
Wax melts are small pieces of wax that come in all sorts of shapes, colors, and sizes. They contain fragrance oil, which is released when the wax melts in a wax warmer.
Many people favor wax melts over traditional candles because they last longer and emit stronger scents. Furthermore, wax melts do not emit smoke and therefore burn cleaner than typical candles. Some candle enthusiasts also prefer wax melts over candles because you can mix and match scents with max melts, allowing you to create your own custom fragrance.
If you want to learn more about how wax melts work, you can check out our previous blog post.
What Are The Possible Causes of a Smoking Wax Warmer?
Both wax warmers and wax melts do not and should not produce smoke. If your wax warmer is smoking, here are the possible reasons why:
Wax Melts Are Releasing Fragrance Oil
When you place a wax melt on a wax warmer, the fragrance oil inside it will evaporate. Hence, wax melt smoke is not really "smoke", but is rather fragrance oil vapor. You can tell if it's your wax melt and not the warmer itself producing the vapor if the "smoke" is white.
Vapor is not a cause for alarm. Fragrance vapor does not have any negative effects on human health. So, if you see your wax warmer emitting white smoke, there is no need to worry about it.
The Wax Is Too Hot
Now, if the smoke from your warm warmer is black, you need to extinguish your tea light or turn off your melter immediately. Wax melts smoking black vapor can be an indication that the wax is far too hot.
Black smoke can mean that your wax is burning too hot. Exposure to black smoke can cause acute symptoms like headaches, dizziness, and nausea. Moreover, excessively hot wax can damage your wax warmer and may even be a cause of a nasty burn accident.
When this happens, put out your tea light and let the wax cool down to room temperature before relighting it. It also helps to see if the wick on your tea light is too long. If it is, the flame can be too close to the dish and heat it up too quickly. Trim the tea light wick down and see if that fixes the problem.
You Are Using Paraffin Wax
Paraffin candles are known to produce black smoke while burning. So, if you are using a paraffin candle for your tealight wax warmer, the smoke may be coming from your candle--not the wax itself. Similarly, using paraffin wax melts can also lead to black smoke.
The smoke from paraffin wax contains harmful chemicals, many of which are carcinogenic. To avoid releasing toxic fumes into the air, use tea lights made from soy wax instead. And as always, we recommend sticking with soy wax melts.
How to Prevent Your Wax Warmer From Smoking
Wax warmers and wax melts smoking can produce unpleasant odors and release dangerous fumes into the air. To prevent this from happening, here are some tips that you should keep in mind when using your wax warmer:
Don't Leave Your Wax Warmer On For Too Long
Whether you're using a tealight wax warmer or an electric wax warmer, never leave it on for too long. Otherwise, your wax melts can overheat and produce black smoke. Moreover, your wax melts can lose scent too quickly because the heat is burning the fragrance oil away too fast.
Be especially careful with tealight wax warmers. Even if tealights extinguish themselves after a few hours, the flame still makes for a significant fire hazard. If you're using a tealight warmer, place it far away from flammable objects and extinguish the candle before leaving the room. Don't leave it on for longer than 4 hours. Electric wax warmers can stay on for up to 10 hours, but it is still a good idea to switch it off every time you leave the room.
For more safety tips, learn how to use a wax burner properly in our blog.
Use Soy Wax
Soy wax melts do not produce black smoke, unlike paraffin wax. It is also worth noting that soy wax has a high melting point, meaning it has a lower chance of overheating compared to other natural waxes.
However, if you want to use a wax with a low melting point, we recommend using an electric wax warmer. Unlike a tealight wax warmer, an electric wax warmer will allow you to control the heat.
Clean Your Wax Warmer
Dirt and debris in your wax warmer can also contribute to black smoke. Clean your warmer regularly or before every use to prevent your warmer and melts from smoking. Here's a helpful article on how to clean your wax warmer dish.
Buy High-Quality Wax Melts
Not all wax melts are made equal. Some may have additives that can contribute to smoke, including paraffin wax. Other brands may also add ingredients that emit toxic fumes when burned.
That said, look for high-quality wax melts that are made from safe and eco-friendly ingredients. Here at Devon Wick, our soy wax melts are long-lasting, durable, and highly fragrant--without all the harmful additives.
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People make candles out of all sorts of waxes. There's the common paraffin wax and beeswax. Then there are the vegan-friendly waxes made from soy, coconut, and palm. So, yes, soy wax is vegan--but a soy candle is not always vegan-friendly.
Not all candles made with vegan-friendly waxes are entirely vegan. This is because candles often use stearic acid and beeswax to stabilize the candle and improve its scent. Stearic acid is commonly found in both animal and plant fats, while beeswax is produced by honey bees.
Fortunately, there are vegan candles that do not contain any animal products. The key is to know what ingredients make a candle non-vegan. In this article, we will explain how you can identify if a candle is vegan, what non-vegan ingredients to look out for, and how to choose the best vegan soy candles.
Let's dive right into it.
How Can You Tell if a Candle is Vegan?
The best way to determine if a candle is vegan is to look at its list of ingredients. Most candlemakers include their candle's contents in the bottom label. If you do not find a list of ingredients, you can always contact the candlemaker and ask them directly. But in any case, it's best to steer clear of candle businesses that do not list their candles' ingredients on the label. If they're hiding their ingredients, there is probably a reason!
Non-Vegan Ingredients to Look For
To determine if a candle is vegan, here are the non-vegan ingredients that you should look for:
Honeybees produce a natural wax from their abdominal segments, which they then later discard at the hive. Hence, beeswax is not a vegan-friendly ingredient since it is an animal by-product, and using anything with animal products goes against the main principle of veganism.
Stearic acid helps increase a candle's burn time. It also helps keep the scent smelling stronger longer. Because of these benefits, candlemakers have been using stearic acid for well over 150 years.
Stearic acid is most commonly derived from the fat of animals, such as pigs, sheep, and cows. This makes it a non-vegan ingredient. However, stearic acid can be vegan-friendly if it is sourced from plant fats. So, if you want your candle to be entirely vegan, the label should explicitly state that it uses stearic acid from plant sources.
Tallow is a hard fat found in an animal's kidneys, mostly in cows and sheep. It is a waste product that is harvested in slaughterhouses and animal processing plants. Hence, candles made with tallow are certainly not vegan-friendly.
Candles made from tallow are 100% organic and do not contain any toxic chemicals. But on the flip side, tallow candles burn quickly and can give off an unpleasant odor while in use. Nevertheless, some candlemakers use tallow because they "burn clean" and do not contribute to air pollution. Scent is added to mask the terrible odor that tallow emits when it burns.
Other Non-Vegan Components of a Candle
Apart from the ingredients in the candle itself, the products used to create the label can also be non-vegan. Most people don't even think about this when shopping for vegan candles. So, if you want your entire candle to be vegan-friendly, ask the candle company if they use:
Most sticker adhesives contain either glutin or casein. Glutin is produced by boiling animal bones and cartilage. Casein, on the other hand, is a protein found in mammals' milk. Glues and adhesives that contain glutin or casein are not suitable for vegan products.
However, the problem is that most candlemakers don't state what kind of glue they use for their candle labels. In this case, you will simply have to ask if you want to make sure your candle is entirely vegan-friendly.
Not all ink is vegan-friendly. Ink can contain glycerin, animal bone char, animal gelatin, or shellac (a resin produced by the female lac bug), which are all animal products or by-products. Similar to adhesives, you will probably have to ask a candle business if they use vegan-friendly ink. Most vegan candle brands will only use ink made from plants and water.
What Are The Different Types of Vegan-Friendly Wax?
Vegan-friendly wax includes wax made from soy, paraffin, coconut, and palm. However, each of these wax types has its unique pros and cons. More importantly, not every type of vegan wax is automatically eco-friendly.
Let's take a look at the characteristics of the different types of vegan-friendly wax.
Soy Wax (Yes - Soy Wax Is Vegan!)
Soy wax is produced from soybean oil. And since soybeans are one of the most widely produced crops in the world, the production of soy wax is sustainable when done right.
The biggest benefit of soy is that it burns slowly and evenly. If you use candles regularly, you know how frustrating it is when your candle doesn't burn all the way to the sides. Instead, you're left with a huge crater in the middle. That isn't an issue with soy wax candles, which burn evenly all the way to the bottom, especially with the proper wick placement.
Furthermore, soy wax is the most eco-friendly type of wax. It is a biodegradable and renewable compound. And since it burns slowly, these candles last longer than paraffin wax candles.
But just like any other type of wax, soy candles can have some disadvantages. For one, soy tends to create frost marks on the candle. This is really just a minor cosmetic issue that most people don't mind, though. Another downside is that soy candles can expand or contract in non-ideal temperatures, which is why it is important to keep soy candles at a warmer temperature (above 60 degrees). Since you use these candles in your home or office, this usually isn't an issue.
Paraffin wax contains no animal products, making it completely cruelty-free. It is a by-product of purifying crude oil, which needs to be dewaxed before it can be used.
Before beeswax and soy wax candles became popular, paraffin wax was the most popular type of wax for household candles. Paraffin candles burn for a considerable amount of time and do not need any additives unless you want them to give off a scent. It is also worth noting that they are the least expensive type of candle, which accounts for their popularity.
Aside from paraffin candles, paraffin wax is also used for cosmetics, wax paper, polishes, medical ointment, and so much more.
However, paraffin wax is known to have harmful effects on human health and the environment. For one, paraffin candles give off toxic fumes and black soot while burning. Regularly burning paraffin wax can irritate your lungs and even aggravate existing respiratory conditions. At the very least, fumes from paraffin candles can cause headaches, dizziness, and mild respiratory symptoms.
Coconut wax is made by combining the meat of coconuts and soy wax. It is 100% organic, environmentally friendly to produce, and fully biodegradable. That said, coconut wax candles are some of the most eco-friendly vegan candles you can find on the market today.
Like soy wax, coconut wax has a long burn time and provides a great scent throw. Another advantage of coconut wax is that it is colorless and odorless, which makes it easier to infuse color and scent into it to create vegan candles.
But what are the disadvantages of coconut wax? Perhaps the biggest downside of coconut wax is that it has a low melting point. This means that coconut wax candles can melt during shipping if they get too warm. Candlemakers remedy this problem by adding soy wax or beeswax to the coconut wax, but if you want a purely vegan candle, you don't want it to have beeswax or other non-vegan additives.
Furthermore, coconut wax is more expensive than other types of natural waxes. Therefore, it can be hard to come by.
Palm wax comes from the oil of the palm fruit, most of which is sourced from Southeast Asia, Africa, and South America where palm trees grow plentiful. Palm wax is excellent for candle-making because it can produce all sorts of candle types from scented candles to ritual candles.
More importantly, palm wax has a high melting point and is naturally durable. As a result, palm wax candles last long and do not break easily. Plus, palm wax does not contain any toxic substances, making it eco-friendly and completely biodegradable.
However, palm wax is not always sustainably sourced. Some palm plantations produce palm wax to the detriment of forests--as well as the people that work there. It can be difficult to tell whether palm wax candles are responsibly sourced or not, so if you are in doubt, it might be better to choose other vegan candles.
What Makes Soy Wax Candles The Best Choice?
Considering all the vegan wax that we've talked about, we can confidently say that soy candles are the best out of all the options. But why is that? Here are the factors that we took into consideration:
Soy wax has a high melting point, making it long-lasting and stable during transit. Soy wax candles can burn up to 4 to 5 hours at a time. Even when using a wax melter, soy wax takes twice as long to burn compared to paraffin wax.
But if you want to make the most out of every bit of wax, we recommend using soy wax melts instead. This way, you can control how much wax you want to use at a time. Plus, you can use wax melts until the scent is completely gone (which can last up to 8 to 15 hours), unlike candles that you have to stop using when the wax is 1/4 inch from the bottom. If you want to know more about how to use wax melts, you can read all about it in our blog.
Soy candles provide the best scent throw out of all-natural vegan candles. In addition, scented soy candles do not smell synthetic, which means they won't shadow other aromas in the room.
If you're using a wax melter, you may be thinking "do wax melts lose their scent?" Well, if you're using soy wax melts, you won't have to worry about it--soy wax holds scent until it is completely gone.
The production of soy wax tends to be sustainable since soybeans are some of the most abundant crops in the world. Not only that, but soy wax is a renewable source and is fully biodegradable.
Some soy wax candles require stearic acid to give off a strong scent and remain stable. Luckily, stearic acid also comes from plant materials, which can make 100% vegan candles.
Unlike paraffin, soy candles do not contain harmful materials nor produce toxic fumes when burning. You won't need to worry about potential negative effects on your health when using your soy candles, simply because there aren't any.
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Whether you've just bought your first wax burner or you're planning to get one in the near future, you've probably got questions. First and foremost, how do you use a wax burner?
Learning how to use a wax burner correctly will help you get the most out of it. And, it will help you stay efficient with your wax melts. Plus, if you know how to use wax melts with your melter correctly, you'll be able to extend the life of your device.
That's why today, we're going to explain how to use a wax burner. We'll start by discussing what exactly these are.
What Is A Wax Burner?
Wax burners are also known as wax warmers. And as their name suggests, their main purpose is to warm scented wax called wax melts. They slowly melt tarts down to release the fragrance. If you want to learn more about how wax melters work, check out our complete guide.
If you aren't familiar with what a wax melt is, we'll explain in just a moment. There are two types of wax warmers—electric warmers and tea light warmers. They come in all shapes, sizes, and designs, so you're sure to find one that fits your taste.
What Is A Wax Melt?
Wax melts are essentially wickless candles. You use wax melts to make your home smell good and enhance the ambiance. If you want to know more about how wax melts work, you can read all about it in our blog.
They come in all kinds of scents, shapes, and types. Most wax melts come in a bar or tart shape, which is why they're also called wax tarts. When you use wax melts with your warmer, the wax melts work to provide fragrance as they heat up and melt down to a liquid state.
Since they come in so many variations, the first step in knowing how to use a wax warmer is choosing your wax melts.
How Many Wax Melts To Put In Your Burner
Now you know the two players in this fragrance filling duo: the melter and the melt itself. So, it's time to discuss how to actually use wax burners. The trickiest part about using a wax warmer is gauging how many wax melts to put into your melter.
Too many wax melts and you end up wasting your money. Not enough wax melts, and you end up with abysmal fragrance levels in your home or office.
Since wax melts come in all shapes and sizes, the number of wax melts you put into your warmer really depends on the instructions of the brand. It also depends on the size of your wax melter. In case the brand doesn't give you instructions, here are some of our recommendations:
- If you're using bar wax melts, break off one to two cubes of wax melts. Use three if your wax warmer dish is bigger.
- If you're using a wax tart, you can either divide the tart in half and use one half or divide it into quarters and use 1 to 2 quarters. Some people like to put the entire tart into their wax warmer. You can do the same if your wax warmer dish is big enough to fit an entire tart.
The main goal here is to put enough wax melts that it releases its fragrance into your space without overflowing out of your wax burner. Keep in mind that it's always safe to start with a single wax melt. You can always add more.
How To Switch On Your Wax Warmer
After placing your wax melts into the wax warmer dish, it's time to start melting your wax. To do so, you have to turn on your wax warmer, here's how:
If you're using a tea light wax melt warmer, you'll obviously need some tea lights. Grab a tea light and light it with a match or a lighter. Then place it into its designated spot in the wax warmer, right below the dish.
If you're using an electric warmer, the process is way easier. Just plug your burner into a socket and press the power button or on-switch.
How Long Do Wax Melts Last In Your Wax Warmer?
Eventually, your wax melts lose their scents. You'll have to clean out your dish and add a fresh cube at a certain point. But, how long does a wax tart typically last in your wax warmer?
This depends on several factors. First and foremost, consider the type of warmer you're using. If you're using a tea light warmer, expect your wax melts to burn faster. Tea light warmers get hotter than electric burners. So if you want to expand your burn time, you'll want to use an electric burner since you have better control over the temperature.
The second factor is the type of wax you buy. As we mentioned earlier, soy wax burns the slowest, so it will give you a longer burn time than other types of scented wax, such as paraffin wax or coconut wax. You should also consider the makeup of the wax tart itself: how much fragrance or essential oils are mixed into the wax melts?
Of course, this differs from brand to brand. If you're looking for wax melts that last longer than average and are packed full of fragrance and essential oils, read all the way through to the end - we'll tell you where to shop.
The fourth and final factor is how you store your wax melts. Make sure to store your unused wax melts in a cool, dry, and dark place. The cabinet above your bathroom sink or in a drawer works best. Just make sure that it is out of direct sunlight and that it isn't exposed to any other heat source.
When Do You Know If It's Time To Replace Your Wax Melts?
If you can no longer smell the fragrance of your wax melt, you could either be experiencing nose blindness or it might be time for you to replace your wax melt. Nose blindness is when your nose gets too used to a scent that it no longer recognizes that it's there.
To get rid of nose blindness, all you have to do is sniff some coffee or lemon or briefly walk outside your house or room, then come back inside. If you still don't smell the fragrance after that, then you should replace your wax melts.
Cleaning Your Wax Burner
Before you replace your wax melts, you need to clean out your wax burner. Here's how:
The easiest way to get the wax out of your burner is to pop the dish into the freezer for about 10 minutes. Once the 10 minutes is up, you take it out of the freezer, gently push the wax to the side till you feel it loosening up. The whole thing should slide right out in one piece. Just wipe down the dish with a paper towel, and you can start melting again—easy!
Final Thoughts On How To Use A Wax Warmer
If you are ready to buy your next wax warmer, you are in the right place. Devon Wick has the best collections of wax warmers and wax melts. We sell both traditional tea light wax warmers and electric warmers. Plus, they come in all sorts of sizes and designs so you're sure to find a wax warmer that you love.
Our collection of wax melters is the most beautiful you've ever seen. You'll find affordable melters and more extravagant options, too. You even get two FREE bars of wax melts for each wax melter you buy—what a steal!
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Owning a wax melter or warmer has tons of benefits. Compared to candles, they are safer, more eco-friendly, have a stronger scent, and have a longer burning time. The only downside is finding a way to clean it.
If you're a first-time owner of a wax warmer, we know how confused you might feel. But cleaning out a wax melter isn't all that hard. Today, we'll teach you how to clean a wax warmer dish five different ways!
Each of these approaches to cleaning wax warmers are quick and easy. All you have to do is pick the method you think works best for you. But first, how do you even know when it's time to clean your wax melter? Let's take a look.
How To Tell If It's Time To Clean Out Your Wax Warmer
If your wax melt has started to lose its scent, then that's a sign that it's time for you to clean out your wax warmer and change your wax.
Cleaning your wax warmer is an essential step before adding a new tart. This prevents any residue from your previous scents from mixing into your new wax melt. This way, you get to enjoy the full fragrance of your new scented wax melt. Plus, cleaning your wax melter regularly will keep it looking its best.
Wax tarts typically last a few days of heavy use. When you buy premium quality wax tarts, they can last up to 90 hours! But after that, you'll notice they start to lose their aroma - even after leaving them on for hours. At that point, you'll need to clean your wax melter dish out.
5 Methods To Clean Wax Melt Out Of Your Warmer
Now that you know when to clean your wax warmer and why it's important, here are five different methods you can use to easily remove wax from your melter. We'll start with our personal favorite - the pour-out method.
#1 The Pour-Out Method
If you just finished using your warmer, it's likely the wax melts are still warm and in their liquid form. Act fast - because right now is the easiest time to clean your wax warmer! You can use the simple pour-out method.
The pour-out method is the most straightforward way to clean your wax melt. Just pour the liquid wax into the garbage. But make sure that you give the dish some time to cool, or you might end up burning yourself. If you don't want to wait, pick up your dish with a kitchen towel or something else to protect your hands.
After you've poured out the wax, take a damp paper towel to the dish and clean out any residual scented wax.
#2 The Cotton Ball Method
If you don't want to risk touching the dish with your bare hands, then try the cotton ball method instead. Just grab two cotton balls and drop them into the liquid wax. Once the cotton balls have soaked up all the wax, grab more cotton balls and use them to wipe your dish clean. You can do this same method but with a paper towel.
#3 The Scraping Method
The spoon method is best when the wax in your dish has cooled but hasn't hardened completely. You want it to be soft enough to scrape. As the wax hardens, it becomes more difficult to remove. Just take a spoon or a butter knife and try to scrape out the wax in one whole swoop.
If you don't get all the wax in one go, that's ok. Continue to scrape the dish until you've removed all the wax. Then, wipe the dish down with a paper towel.
With this approach to cleaning wax warmer dishes, you take care not to scratch your dish itself. This doesn't just affect the cosmetics of your dish. You'll end up with future scented wax tarts getting in those grooves you scratched. This makes cleaning harder and increases the likelihood of cross-contamination.
#4 The Freezer Method
The freezer method is great if the wax in your dish has already cooled completely. To make it a bit easier to get the wax out of your dish put it in the freezer and leave it there for 10 to 15 minutes. This will cause the wax to shrink. Take the dish out of the freezer and use your thumb to push the wax to the side. It should pop right out.
#5 The Liner Method
If you haven't used your warmer yet, and are trying to clean proactively, you can use the liner method.
You place these wax melt liners in your dish to prevent any scented wax from actually touching the dish itself. You use your wax melter as you typically would, and once the scent is gone and you're ready to throw the tart out - you toss it along with the liner. Then, add a new liner and a new tart - rinse and repeat!
There are also reusable liners called "poppers". These are silicone dishes that allow you to pop out the wax when it's time to change your wax.
What Do You Do With The Wax Once You've Removed It?
Maybe you're trying to get the most bang for your buck with your wax tarts. Can you reuse wax melts? We wrote a complete guide on this subject, but the answer is yes - you can. However, they'll only provide so much additional fragrance. Think about it - you've already melted all the scent from the cube. There isn't much left. However, you can typically combine a few different used wax tarts to get a few more hours of use.
After that, you don't really have any other choice but to throw away old wax. This is why it is so important to be mindful of what type of wax tarts you're buying - and where you buy them from. They aren't all created equal. Some materials, such as soy, are better than others (such as paraffin). Soy is not only safer for you and the environment, it lasts much longer.
If you aren't sure where to get wax melts made of natural wax, we know just the place.
Final Thoughts On How To Clean A Wax Melter Dish
Well, there you have it - everything you need to know about how to clean wax warmer dishes. Now there is just one thing to do - find the best wax tarts possible. This will extend your time between replacements, and thus, between cleanings.
If you're looking for more wax melters to add to your collection, or maybe it's your first time buying one—there is no better place to get all your fragrance essentials than at Devon Wick.
Here you'll find tons of wax warmers in all sorts of designs. Whether you're looking for a traditional tea light warmer or an electric wax warmer, you'll never run out of options because we've got them all! For every wax melter you buy, you get two FREE bars of Devon Wick wax melts.
Choose from hundreds of scented wax melts. Make your home smell like gingerbread or candies when you shop from our bakery collection. Or have your living space bursting with fresh fruit scents when you choose from our fruity collection. Whatever scent you're looking for, whether floral, masculine, or sweet—just name your scent. You'll definitely find it here.
We won’t lie, gift shopping is stressful. The in-laws are fussy, your sister can be snooty, your gen-z niece is not impressed by anything, and your eco-conscious auntie always complains.
Breathe, sis. We’ve been there too.
We know you’re juggling it all, so let us help you find the perfect present for even the pickiest person on your list.
Here’s the ultimate Devon Wick gift guide that ensures your present is a memorable one that will impress everyone on your shopping list.
Gifts for: the wax melt addict
It’s the friend who probably introduced you to wax melting isn’t it? How are you supposed to give a scent to someone whose house already smells like fresh laundry and a bakery?
We’re sure they’ve melted Snow Pixie a million times, but have they tried Snowberry Fizz (Snow Pixie melted with Cranberry Fizz) or perhaps Blueberry Sheets (Blueberry Burst mixed with Between the Sheets)?
They can have an endless combination of scents like these with the Duo Melter. This unique melter has separate compartments in it's melting dish which allows you to mix-and-match different wax melts to create your own scent combination. It truly is the gift that keeps on giving!
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Gifts for: that person who you have no idea what they actually like
So you have to give a gift... but you honestly don't know them that well..
Let me guess, you drew the newest employee for secret Santa? Your kid’s teacher needs a gift? You know a guest is bringing a present, but you don't have anything prepared? Don’t worry, we’ve all been a bit clueless when it comes to certain people on our list.
We all know that people can be picky when it comes to gift-giving, especially when guessing someone's favourite scents. This is exactly why we have a list of our most customer- approved wax melts. We created this no-fail option by taking a poll from 2,000 of our most avid melters. Here are the results:
Best Perfume/ Cologne Wax Melt: Belle
Best Sweet Wax Melt: Cherry Bakewell
Best Dupe Wax Melt: Baby Powder
If you’re unsure of what people may like, this list is a guarantee win.
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Gift for: the person who needs to relax
Is there a better present than the gift of a good night's sleep? Dreamy Pillow Spray is the ideal present for the friend who does it all. It shows that you recognize how busy they have been with work and family life (especially now in the holidays) and you want them well rested. With just 1-3 sprays over one's pillow, the lavender and chamomile scents will help even the most restless mind gently drift off to the land of nod.
Bonus gift for this person: BATH BOMBS! Giving a bath bomb is more than a fizzy treat. It’s the perfect excuse to make the busiest of friends take a 30 minute self care moment to themselves.
The Gift: The will make them say "Oh wow!"
Before you write off giving a candle (because you heard it was cliche), we want you to stop and think about where you spend the majority of your days- especially in the past 2 years.
Give the gift of a cosy and calm atmosphere. For many of us, the scenery within our walls rarely change, but with one whiff of a luxury candle you can completely change the room. Our range of candles make the perfect gift for anyone and shows that you care enough to provide a luxury aroma in the place they spend their days .In fact, choosing the right candle can show just how well you know your friend and what they like.
And did you know our brains can remember 50,000 scents? With a specially picked soy candy you can either transfer your person to a memory from long ago or create a new memory with the special scent you've introduced them to this Christmas.
Are you thinking about switching to wax melts instead of candles? Well, you're making the right choice.
There are several reasons why you should choose wax melts over candles—we've talked all about it in our blog. But, we understand if you aren't entirely sold on wax melts just yet. Especially if it's the safety of the wax melters you're concerned about.
It's only right that you know whether the products you're buying are safe or not. Because although wax melters are the premier home fragrance choice, safety still comes first.
This is why we've gathered all the frequently asked questions about the safety of wax melts and melters to help you decide whether wax melts are the right choice for you. Read on until the end to learn how to stay safe with your wax melter!
What are wax melters?
First, what are wax melters?
Wax melters, also known as wax warmers, are alternatives to traditional burning candles. These decorative and functional devices are not to be mistaken for oil burners used to burn essential oils. Although, they do look quite similar.
These particular devices are also not to be confused with candle warmers or wax melters used to melt wax for hair removal.
Types of Wax Melters
Tealight wax melters still make use of an open flame. However, the electric wax melter is completely flameless and uses an incandescent light bulb instead.
What are wax melts?
Your wax melter is just half the equation - you also need to be familiar with wax melts, and if wax melts are safe or not.
Wax melts either come in cube or bead form. They are basically the same kind of wax used in candles. But instead of being placed in a glass and burnt with a wick, you place them on top of a wax warmer's dish where it is either heated using a tealight or electricity.
We actually wrote an entire guide on if wax melts are bad for you or not - so take a look to learn more. But, here is a quick breakdown of the article below:
Are wax melts safe to breathe?
One of the most common questions we get about wax melts is whether they are safe to breathe.
Similar to candle wax, wax tarts are either made from paraffin wax, soy wax, beeswax, or palm wax. Paraffin and soy wax are the two most commonly used wax for candles and wax melts. However, there is some controversy surrounding paraffin candles and wax melts.
Different Types of Wax Melts
Paraffin wax is made from petroleum, soy wax is made from soybeans, palm wax is taken from palm trees, and beeswax is taken from—you guessed it—beeswax.
If you aren't alarmed by the fact that paraffin wax is made from petroleum, you should be. Paraffin has become controversial recently, despite being the most commonly used wax for years.
Recent findings on paraffin wax reveal that they actually contain harmful chemicals such as benzene. This is a known human carcinogen, which means it causes cancer. When burned or melted, this compound leaks into the air.
So while you're inhaling the scent of your paraffin candle or wax melt, just know that you're inhaling harmful chemicals as well.
Palm and soy wax, on the other hand, are mainly composed of fatty acids and plant sterols. These two types, along with beeswax, don't contain any chemicals. When deciding if your wax warmers safe or not, the question really should be - what type of wax melt are you using?
Are wax warmers safe around pets and children?
As long as you use a wax melt made from soy wax and not paraffin, then yes. Now, you are well aware of how dangerous old fashioned paraffin wax is - so avoid it at all costs.
Wax melters themselves are generally safe around pets and children. The only time a wax melter would be dangerous is if one of your pets or kids were to knock them over.
Most wax warmers are made from ceramic or glass, so they can shatter. If one of your pets or kids happens to step onto one of the shards, it could cause cuts. Spilling melted wax can also be a problem. Melted wax is very hot and can cause burns if touched.
It's best to keep your wax warmers in a place where none of your fur babies or children can accidentally bump into them.
Is it safe to leave your wax warmer on all day?
No. It's never a good idea to leave anything that conducts heat on for too long. Tealight wax melters usually last for about four hours before extinguishing themselves. Electric wax melters can stay on for as long as 10 hours.
How long your electric wax melter can be left on really depends on the manufacturer, but in general, do not leave your wax warmer on all day or overnight. Although it is flameless it can still overheat.
The great thing about an electric wax melkter is that you can turn it off with just a switch of a button. So whenever you leave your warmer unattended, even if it is just to leave the room for a snack, you can easily turn it off and back on again.
Can a wax warmer catch on fire?
Tealight wax melters still use an open flame, so yes, they can catch on fire. The main reason why most people find tealight melters safer than candles is that the tealight is placed inside the wax warmer and under a dish. So if you were to place it, say, near a window where your curtains hang it's less likely to catch on fire.
But you should never be too complacent. We do not recommend placing your tealight or electric warmers near flammable objects or on top of flammable surfaces.
Each wax warmer comes with an instruction manual that tells you how long you can leave it on. You'll also find details on where you should place them in your home or office. As long as you follow the instructions you don't have to worry about your melter overheating or catching on fire.
Where can you get the best wax warmers?
Well, there you have it - wax melters are completely safe to use. That is, provided you've got a quality wax melt in it. And of course, you must remember to turn it off or blow out the tealight before leaving. Always be sure to keep the wax melter out of reach from children or pets, too.
Made up your mind about getting that new wax warmer? If you're looking for the best wax warmers online look no further than Devon Wick!
Brighten Up Your Home With A Wax Warmer From Devon Wick
Ceramic or glass, tealight or electric—whatever wax melter you're looking for, we've got it. Our collection of wax warmers is one of the biggest there is online—you're bound to find something that you love.
Our wax melt warmers come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. We've got everything, from more minimalist designs to very extravagant and colorful ones too. With this many options, you're sure to find a wax melter that will blend perfectly into your home or office space.
Of course, you can't have a wax melter without the wax melts—good thing we've got hundreds of them!
Although it'd be tempting to keep your wax melter on all day long, we highly advise against this. If you keep them on for this long, you'll end up burning through them way faster than they should. Plus, you risk overheating which can be dangerous.
But don't worry we've got instructions on our website on how to properly use our wax warmers and wax melts. So make sure to read through it after you've checked out your new wax melting kit!
Everyone deserves some peace and quiet after a long day. But you know what would really make the end of your day even more rewarding? If you were greeted with your favorite relaxing scents coming from your wax warmer.
If you are here reading this today, that means you aren't familiar with what a wax warmer is just yet. Well, we're here to give you a rundown of everything you need to know about wax warmers.
We'll explain why they're going to be your new favorite home fragrance essential. Then, we'll help you identify the right place to start your shopping journey so you can get a quality wax melt warmer without breaking the bank!
What Is A Wax Warmer?
Wax warmers, or wax melters, are functional decorative devices that you place inside your home or office space as a fragrance source.
They aren't diffusers. They're more similar to oil burners, in fact. They function as a more efficient and eco-friendly alternative to traditional candles. How so?
Most candles come in glass jars. Once you're done with a candle, you throw these jars away. Glass takes literally millions of years to decompose. So every time you finish a new candle you're just piling up landfills with more glass that'll take forever to degrade.
The solution to this problem? Wax warmers.
Although some wax melt warmers are also made from glass, they're still way more eco-friendly than traditional candles. We'll talk more about why they're eco-friendly in a bit, but first, you need to know what wax melts are.
What Are Wax Melts?
Wax melts (or wax tarts) are basically candle wax without a container and a wick. They're just scented wax that comes in cubes, beads, and a few other different shapes.
You place the wax melts on top of the wax warmer which then heats the wax melts. As they start to warm up and melt, the delicious aroma is released.
The great thing about using wax warmers and wax melts is that you don't have to keep buying a new candle jar once you run out. You just buy the wax melts and heat them on the wax warmer you have. This way you use less glass and you save even more money since wax melts are far cheaper than a traditional candle.
Are Wax Warmers and Candle Warmers The Same?
They are two separate things, but there are wax warmers that double as candle warmers as well. We'll talk more about that later on.
Candle warmers come in either lamp or plate form and are used to melt traditional candles in glass jars. Most of these are not recommended for wax melts. They are really built for melting wax in traditional candle jars.
Using a candle warmer without some form of container to hold your wax melt might damage the device.
The Different Kinds of Wax Warmers
Wax warmers come in all shapes and sizes, but they rely on only two different heating instruments. You can find either tealight warmers or electric warmers.
Tealight Wax Warmer
Tealight wax warmers are very similar to oil burners. In fact, most tealight wax warmers can be used as an oil burner—but not all oil burners can be used to heat wax melts.
All tealight wax warmers come with a dish on top where you can set your wax melts or fragrance oils. Underneath, there is an opening where you place your tealight so that it heats the dish and warms the wax melt.
A tealight is basically a tiny little candle. This creates a beautiful ambiance that an electric warmer really cannot replicate. However, tealight warmers can be a bit more of a hassle sometimes.
Electric Wax Warmer
Electric wax warmers are completely flameless and rely on electricity to heat the wax melts. There are two kinds of electric wax warmers. Some use light bulbs as the source of heat, while others have a heating element built in the plate. Electric wax warmers that come in plate form can also be used as a candle warmer.
And no, you don't have to worry about taking the candle wax out of the jar. Most wax warmers that double as a candle warmer have enough surface area to fit a regular-sized candle jar. Just put the candle jar on top and the plate will melt it for you.
Are Wax Warmers Better Than Traditional Candles?
Aside from being more eco-friendly, wax warmers are becoming more popular than traditional candles for several reasons. One of the main reasons is that they're flame-free.
Between 2014 and 2018, candle fires have caused around $278 million worth of direct property damage. That's because candles have an open flame.
But wait, didn't we just say that some wax warmers use tealights to heat the wax melts? Yes, we did.
But unlike candles that are completely exposed, the tea lights are inside the wax warmer and are covered by the wax melt dish. So the risk of starting a fire is far lower. Electric wax warmers are obviously flameless so there's nothing to worry about there.
Another reason why people love wax warmers so much is the diversity they offer. You can try a scent in the morning, and if you don't love it, scrape it out and try something new that evening. With candles, you're stuck with just that one scent, and you'll have to buy even more candles if you want to change up the mood.
With wax warmers, you can buy as many wax melt scents as you'd like and switch them out every 12-18 hours (average time for two wax melt cubes to burn up). You could even have fun with it and mix different wax melt scents into one.
How To Use A Wax Warmer
Wax melts and wax warmers are pretty easy to use. But it can get confusing, especially when it comes to how many wax melts you should put in the dish. But don't worry, because we'll teach you how to use a wax warmer properly.
Pick Your Wax Melt
You can't use your wax warmer without picking out some wax melts.
Wax melts come in all kinds of scents, from refreshing and fruity to deep and musky. All you have to do is find the scent that's perfect for you. The great thing with wax melts is that you don't just have to stick to one scent. You can choose as many or as few scents as you'd like.
Just keep in mind that when you're picking out wax melts that it's not just all about the scent. You've got to take into consideration the type of wax used for the wax melts. Is it paraffin wax, soy wax, palm wax, or beeswax?
We highly suggest avoiding paraffin wax melts as these are known to contain harmful chemicals and carcinogens that are poisonous if inhaled.
Out of the four types of wax commonly used for candles and wax tarts, soy wax melts are by far the safest, most affordable, and sustainable. That's exactly the kind of wax we use at Devon Wick.
Place It In the Wax Warmer
Once you've picked out your favorite wax melts you can now place them in your wax warmer.
Depending on the kind of wax melt you choose there will be different instructions on how many wax melts you should place into your dish. The size of your wax warmer is also a factor.
For Devon Wick wax melts we suggest using only one to two cubes. Do not use more than two cubes or the melted wax might overflow.
Turn On Your Wax Warmer
If you're using a tealight wax warmer, grab a tealight and place it inside your warmer. Light it under the dish and watch as your wax tarts melt.
If you're using an electric wax warmer, either press the button to turn it on or twist the on-off dial. If you're using a wax warmer with a dial you can even control how hot you want the warmer to be. This allows you to slowly release the scent or fill the room with fragrance fast.
Clean Wax Warmer
If you no longer smell the wax melts it's time to take it out of the burner. Cleaning your wax warmer can be a bit tricky and there are a couple of ways to do it.
The first way is by dropping cotton balls into your wax dish before the wax even hardens. Once the wax melts are all soaked up you can wipe off any residue with another cotton ball and toss them into a bin.
The second technique—and probably the most efficient way to do it—is to stick your dish in the freezer, wait for the wax to completely harden, and pop it out in one piece.
Replace Used Wax Melts
Once your wax warmer is all clean, repeat the process with your favorite wax melts or try out some new scents.
Devon Wick - Luxury Wax Warmers For Luxury Wax Melts
When it comes to wax warmers quality is everything. You want to look for a wax warmer that is not only stylish but functional, and incredibly durable too. And, that's exactly what you can expect from Devon Wick Wax Warmers!
Our collection of wax warmers is the best you'll find online. We offer both tealight and electrical wax warmers that are either made from glass or ceramic. They come in tons of different sizes and unique designs that are sure to brighten up any setting.
No wax melt kit is complete without the wax melts, but don't worry cause we've got everything you need. We've got scented wax melts, wax tarts, and wax tub galore.
Choose from over a hundred different kinds of scents. Looking for something fruity? Floral? Sweet? Just name it—we're pretty sure we have it.
And if you'd still rather stick to scented candles, we've got that too! Both our scented candles and wax melts are made from soy wax. So you don't have to worry about inhaling any of the harmful chemicals present in paraffin.
Not to mention soy wax lasts way longer than paraffin too. Our candles and wax melts can keep your home smelling amazing for an average of 60 to 90 hours.
Just make sure not to leave your candles or wax warmers on for too long, or you might burn out the wax way faster than it should. And remember: never leave anything that conducts heat unattended for long periods.
Wax warmers and candles make our homes feel way cozier. But if used without following proper instructions, they could be dangerous.
Electric wax warmers are able to diffuse the scent into your home or office, without an open flame. This allows you to add fragrance to your home without the risk of anything catching fire. Electric melters can become a safety hazard if left on too long. This can cause it to overheat, electrical wire damage, and become a trip hazard.
There are tealight wax warmers that use a tealight candle to slowly melt the wax cubes. This is absolutely flammable because of the flame just like a regular candle. It's a fire hazard to leave this type of wax warmer unattended or turned on for extended amounts of time.
So how long is too long to leave a wax warmer on?
Are Wax Warmers Safe to Leave On?
You should always be very careful about leaving any wax warmer unattended. Especially if you live in a household with pets or children, the wire from the warmer or the tealight candle can be incredibly dangerous.
With an electric warmer, you should only use it as instructed. There should be directions that come with your specific type of warmer that you should follow. For tealight warmers, the light usually extinguishes by itself within 4-8 hours. However, you should not rely on it extinguishing by itself and should make sure to turn it off once you no longer need it.
Is it Safe to Leave a Plugin Wax Warmer on All Night?
You can't safely leave a plugin wax warmer on all night. It can overheat and cause electric wire troubles.
How Long Can you Burn a Wax Melt?
It's best to read the specific brand and wax melt's instructions on how much burn time you will get. Usually, the burn time for a wax cube is about 8-12 hours more or less depending on the brand that you choose.
It's best not to leave a wax burner on for 8-12 hours at a time to preserve the scent. You should test out and see how warm your wax burner gets and how fast. If your wax melter heats up quickly, you may only need to plug it in for a little while to fragrance your entire room. This also means that your wax cubes can run out of scent more quickly.
You should research the brand you are buying from to see if they sell both wax melts and accompanying wax melters. Sometimes they will state that you should use only their wax melters since they have formulated their wax cubes to be heated up at the temperature their melters are set to.
When Should You Throw out a Wax Melt?
Wax melts do not evaporate like candles. Instead, if your wax melts aren't releasing any scent then it's time to toss it out and grab a new cube. Some wax cubes you'll be able to use for 8 hours and others for up to 15 hours. Just pay attention to when you aren't noticing any more fragrance, and you can grab some more cubes to start again.
Wax melts are the perfect way to add some fragrance to any room. You just set your warmer and the aroma will be slowly released into the air. It's a better alternative to candles since there is no open flame and it doesn't release soot.
Although wax melts are a safer alternative to candles, how much safer are wax melts? Can they still be bad for your health? There are some people who claim that while there is no wick and the wax isn't burned, the melts are toxic to breathe in.
We will take a closer look at the potential health issues, harmful chemicals, and overall safety of wax melts.
Are Scented Wax Melts Toxic?
Just like candles, wax melts are made up of the same types of ingredients:
- Paraffin wax
- Soy wax
- Fragrance oils
- Essential oils
When it comes to paraffin wax candles or wax melts, they release chemicals like benzene and toluene, which are not safe for human consumption. Parrafin comes from petroleum oil, which is used to make gasoline. This is why paraffin wax is considered toxic, but not all wax melts are made of this material.
However, there aren't any widely accepted studies on how paraffin wax candles are harmful to your health. The effects of benzene and toluene have been studied and are harmful, but the amounts of these chemicals in candles are not proven to cause significant harm to your health.
It's always nice to err on the side of caution, and you can find wax melts made of soy or beeswax that do not contain benzene or toluene. These types of wax are completely safe, not controversial, and nontoxic.
Are Wax Melts Safe to Breathe?
As mentioned earlier, the controversy around whether or not wax melt is safe to breathe only matters if it's made of paraffin wax. According to the CDC, some women who breathed in benzene for an extended period of time experienced irregular periods and even smaller ovaries.
That being said, not all wax melts are made from paraffin wax and are safe to breathe. If you opt for a soy-based melt or one made from beeswax, you'll be safe to use it anywhere in your home or office.
Are Wax Melts Safe for Pets?
Wax melts are made with fragrance and/or essential oils. Generally, essential oils are not safe for any dogs or cats the breathe in. It can cause respiratory problems for them such as coughing, sneezing, and even an asthma attack in extreme cases.
It's best to look at the ingredients of your wax melts and to consult a veterinarian to decide if you should use them.
Are Wax Melts Better than Candles?
Wax melts are a better and safer alternative to candles:
- No open-flame
- Longer burn time
- Less waste
The way you can diffuse their scent makes it the best way to add some fragrance to your house. With wax melts you slowly warm them up with a warmer and it will dissipate the scent. This can happen with a flame-free, or electric, wax warmer where all you need to do is plug it in and turn it on. This eliminates the safety hazard of having an open flame in your home or office space.
You need to burn candles to be able to smell their fragrance. You typically get less burn time with a candle compared to wax melters. Since the wick is on fire and burning the wax, you can strongly smell the fragrances faster but it can make the wax disappear at a faster rate as well. You also run the risk of getting soot on your walls and curtains.
Wax warmers will slowly melt your wax melts without having the wax disappear like a candle. You'll know that it's time to replace your wax melts once there's no scent left. The wax remains in the warmer and you can just discard it and move on to some new wax cubes.
By using wax melts you are also creating less waste for the environment. Glass jars for candles take thousands of years to decompose. Meanwhile, if you are using soy-based wax melts it can take up to 6 weeks to biodegrade.
Wax Melts are Perfectly Safe
Overall, wax melts are safer and better than candles. They aren't bad for you, are completely safe to breathe in, and are better for the environment.
You don't run the risk of having a lit wick in your home that you need to watch carefully until it's time to turn it off. You also can save your curtains and other furniture from any soot or smoke stains that come with burning candles. Wax melts let you clear the air with essential and fragrance oil in a safe way.
They shouldn't be something that causes any concerns about your health or safety. Pick a brand and scent that you prefer and enjoy their relaxing aroma.
Are you looking for a way to add some warmth to your home? Placing a wax melt in a burner can transform the ambiance of your dwelling in an instant.
You will notice a significant difference as soon as it releases new scents into the area. Essential oil-infused melts not only smell great, but they may help improve your mood.
But, maybe you don't feel like buying from a store - you want to try and make your own!
Today, we'll cover how to make your own soy wax melts quickly and easily. Then, we'll uncover the top place to buy your wax melts if you decide you want to go that route instead.
What are wax melts?
Wax melts are wickless wax and fragrance cubes that melt in a wax melter to release the aroma into an area, and they can be made at home!
To produce them, almost any wax can be mixed with essential oils, scent oils, and a range of other decorations and colors.
They're an excellent way to scent a space or an area without the dangers of a burning candle or an open flame.
How are wax melts different than candles?
Melts come in various shapes, sizes, colors, and smells, but they all do the same thing: melt over a hot surface and release the aroma into the air.
Wax melts are similar to candles, with the most notable differences being their size and lack of wick (wax melts do not have a wick).
If you're learning to create them from scratch, you'll find that it's a lot easier than making candles.
Wicks are the most challenging aspect of a candle's construction since faulty wicking can cause safety hazards and potentially destroy your candle's hot throw. Melts (sometimes referred to as "tarts" by certain suppliers) solve this difficulty by melting the wax on a hot plate.
The temperature of hot plates, like flames on wicks, varies, affecting how effective a melt is.
Wax melts typically last 3-12 hours before losing their entire smell.
The four guiding principles on creating wax melts at home
When creating your own wax melts, there are four things you need to keep in mind - these will directly affect the success you see.
1. Wax type makes a difference
Melts go through four stages in life:
- Poured directly into a mold
- Removed from the mold
- Placed into a warmer
- Removed from the warmer
Waxes that "release" them more easily are frequently better to utilize because they've been "removed" from somewhere several times.
"Mold release" is the technical word for it.
A higher melt point is another beneficial attribute that isn't always required.
Waxes with lower melt points may not hold up in hot storage or shipping conditions, resulting in a sloppy mess. It doesn't matter if you're in the correct climate or don't care about their pre-melting appearance.
2. Different warmers produce different results
You can make the perfect wax melt, but if used in a warmer that's too hot or too cold, it won't function as well.
According to the principle, each wax melt has a specific melt pool temperature range for smell throw. It varies per wax melt design due to wax, essential oils, fragrance oil, and any other ingredients used in the candle.
Most of the notes will evaporate before they have a chance to float up into local air currents if the warmer heats the wax-up too hot. There won't be enough activity if it's too cool.
Fortunately, wax melts are forgiving, so you shouldn't have too much trouble getting them to work.
3. You can add a lot of items to melts that can't be added to candles
The disadvantage of candles is their sensitivity to certain substances.
Because the fundamental way of combustion is an open flame supported by a wick, anything that does not comply with either of those components is strictly forbidden.
Small particle-based colors (pigments) like crayons or mica powder, for example, will block the wick — and it won't take much to do so. Clogged wicks won't draw enough fuel to sustain the fire, causing the candle to self-extinguish.
On the other hand, an open flame increases the risk of objects burning if inappropriate materials are utilized. Some people overuse coffee beans and leaves in their candles, causing them to burn or catch fire, emitting a foul odor.
Both of these issues are solved by wax melts.
You can use most of those off-limits materials like glitter or mica powder because the wax melt only has to melt without a wick or open flame. Both provide a wealth of creative melt-making possibilities.
4. No shape or color is off-limits
Another significant advantage of a wax melt is that you have complete creative control over the shape and color!
Some people are put off by the fact that there are just a few shapes and sizes to choose from when manufacturing candles. While several unique candle shapes are either A) overly decorative or B) absolutely impracticable for burning.
How to make wax melts using natural ingredients
Are you ready to make your house smell amazing? You've been heard! Making wax melts from natural components like essential oils is actually relatively straightforward. The entire procedure will take approximately 20 minutes (plus a couple of hours for the melts to solidify). Here's everything you need to know.
• 15-20ml essential oil*
• 200g beeswax beads
• 100g coconut oil
• 10g of candle dye (add more for a stronger colour)
* Choose any type of essential oil (or an essential oils blend!) That suits you.
• Heat-proof glass bowl
• Large spoon
• Silicone mold
It's critical to prepare your room before starting your wax melt, especially since working with wax can be pretty messy! Make sure you're working on a clean, flat surface, and move anything you don't want to get wax on out of the way.
Also, make sure you have your clamshells on hand because the process can run much quicker than you think. Calculate how much wax you'll need by weighing or measuring it. We'll use 100g in this example.
Fill a pot halfway with water and put to a low simmer on the stove.
2. Melt the beeswax, coconut oil & candle dye
Fill your heating pot halfway with your now-measured wax. Warm your wax to 70°C while carefully swirling it.
In a heat-proof glass dish, combine the beeswax, coconut oil, and candle color. Place the bowl over a pan of simmering water to start heating it up. As the ingredients melt, carefully mix them with a large spoon.
Temperatures should not exceed 80°C. It takes about 10 to 15 minutes for it to melt. We used a glass bowl in a pan half filled with water for our demonstration. Keep an accurate temperature reading using your thermometer.
3. Add essential oil
Remove the wax from the heat once the dye has completely dissolved, and continue to monitor the temperature until it reaches 65°C. Open your bottle of fragrance oils or essential oils and pour it into the wax once it has reached 65°C.
While pouring the fragrance, gently stir the wax. We recommend using up to 10% fragrance oil or essential oils. Therefore 500 ml of fragrance oils will scent 5 kg of wax.
4. Pour into silicone molds
Now that you've mixed all of your ingredients and your wax has reached 60-65°C, it's time to pour the wax. Pour the molten wax into a pouring jug from the container. Pour your wax slowly into the wax melt mold. (If using paraffin wax and plastic wax melt molds, pour at 60°C; any hotter will melt the molds and cause them to leak.)
Your wax melts should be hardening at this point. Allow a few hours for them to set and firm completely. To cure your wax melts, store them in a cool, dark place for about two weeks. This isn't required, so if you're itching to start melting a few hours after they've set, that's ok too!
5. Enjoy your wax tarts!
Allow the wax melts to set by placing the tray in a cold area. Your homemade wax melts will be ready to use in a few hours. You can take them out of the pan and put them in Tupperware or a sealable bag to keep them fresh.
How to make wax melts using leftover candles
Is it possible to make wax melts from an old soy wax candle? Yes, to put it briefly. This procedure, however, will only work for soy wax candles that have been left over. It would help if you did not try to add essential oil to the wax from a regular candle. It's simply not going to work.
If your favorite soy wax candle, on the other hand, is about to burn out, there's a quick technique to salvage it. It only takes a few minutes to make some homemade wax melts with it. Here's how it's done, without further ado:
1. Remove the scented soy wax candle from its package first. Chop the wax into small pieces to make it simpler to melt.
2. Place the shavings in a heat-resistant basin. In a saucepan, bring around 300ml of water to a simmer and place the bowl on top of it.
3. Stir the candle wax with the large spoon until it has melted and is smooth. (Keep in mind that the more candle wax you have, the longer this step will take!)
4. Pour the melted wax into the ice cube tray and set them aside to solidify in a cool area. You may keep them in Tupperware or a sealable bag once they've hardened.
Three expert tips for making amazing wax melts
Let's take things a step further now that you know how to produce wax melts at home. Before you get started making your wax melts, there are a few things you should be aware of. Here are three expert recommendations to help you master this type of art.
1. Experiment with essential oil blends
Which one will you choose?
Why not make a relaxing blend of essential oils that complement each other? You should feel free to experiment with different combinations while producing wax melts from natural substances. Citrus smells, for example, seem to go well together. For a very refreshing aroma, combine lemon, lime, and orange.
2. Use as much oil as you like
Use as much quantity of essential oils as you think you'll need. Many folks wonder how much scent to use per pound of wax. However, the reality is that it is entirely up to you. It may be a subject of trial and error when you initially begin, but you will quickly find your footing.
3. Try using fancy molds
You want your homemade wax melts to appear nice, whether you're giving them as a present or using them yourself. The solution could be to use elegant ice cube trays or molds. You can manufacture wax melts in a variety of shapes, including stars, hearts, and more.
Common wax melt questions
What if I can't remove the wax from the mold?
It's possible that your wax doesn't have a good "mold release" or that the mold isn't designed for candle wax.
In any case, the most straightforward approach to remove melts without destroying them is to freeze them for an hour or so before attempting to remove them.
In the cold, wax shrinks; hopefully, your mold doesn't shrink as well.
How long do wax melts last?
The amount of time a melt will scent a space is determined by several things.
Warmers that run at a high temperature will evaporate faster than warmers that run at a lower temperature.
Wax melts typically last between 3 hours and three days under normal conditions, although your mileage may vary!
Can I use any wax to make melts?
You can produce wax melts using any wax, but some are better than others (as advertised). You'll want to look for wax that has:
• Higher melt points (125°F – 145°F work best)
• Good mold release – this is usually advertised as "tart" or "wax melts."
A popular alternative is to combine beeswax and coconut wax with essentials oils. Coconut wax has a lower melt point and less structure than beeswax, but adding it raises it and improves other characteristics as well.
Use two parts beeswax to one part coconut.
What should I do if I can't smell the wax melt?
If you are unable to locate a fragrance that throws at all, begin with the first item. If that doesn't work, move on to the next step.
Place the warmer in another room. It's sometimes just a case of misbehaving air currents.
Use different essential oils or a different wax warmer altogether. Some fragrances and essential oil aren't well-suited to specific waxes or temperature ranges.
Does adding more fragrance oil to the wax increase the scent throw?
Consider the aroma as the source of energy and the wax warmer as the vehicle for delivering it. Adding more gasoline to the delivery system will not always improve its efficiency.
It can affect at times, but if you're not getting any aroma, it's more likely due to an imbalance of other factors than the concentration of essential oils in the wax melts.
Furthermore, low-quality fragrance oil, like low-quality fuel, will not provide you with the desired outcomes. Investing in a better fragrance oil can sometimes improve your olfactory experience tenfold!
Why go to the hassle of making wax melts at home when you can buy them on a budget?
Making wax melts at home is a messy and time-consuming process.
If you're ready to give wax melts a try, it's only natural to go with Devon Wick, the best soy wax melts out there. No other brand offers the same level of ingredient quality, aroma longevity, or affordable costs. It's a no-brainer to have a look at their wax melts right now!
Devon Wick wax melts are a better alternative to candles since they are safer, healthier, more eco-friendly, less expensive, last longer, have more aroma, and are more convenient.
They are unquestionably worthwhile! But, we also have soy wax candles available if you want to go that route. Plus, you'll find reed diffusers, bath bombs, room & linen sprays, and more - all crafted by hand with the finest, natural ingredients possible.
Many people enjoy using traditional soy candles to create a warm, friendly ambiance in their rooms. But are these the best way to fill your home with a delicious aroma?
Most people think of candles when they think of home fragrances. There are, however, alternative ways to enjoy warm, delightful scents besides lighting a candle.
Today, we'll discuss the beauty of the wax melt. We'll cover what these little scented tarts are, and why so many prefer them to the traditional candle or other aromatherapy styles.
We'll help you understand how these work, how to get the most out of them, and where to find the safest, highest quality wax melts online. We've got a lot to cover, so let's not waste any more time!
What Are Wax Melts?
In essence, wax melts are wickless candles. A scented wax that you melt in a wax warmer (electric or tea light) and then release a stronger and more consistent smell than a candle once melted.
Wax melting is more efficient because you're melting at a greater, more consistent temperature and vaporizing the aroma.
This is, however, where you must pay attention.
Not all wax melts are the same.
The Importance Of Only Using Premium Quality Wax Melts
If you're going to burn something in your house, whether it's candles or wax melts, be aware that some can be pretty detrimental to your health.
In fact, the vast majority of wax melts, are manufactured with paraffin wax.
If you're not sure what the distinction is, here it is:
The waste products left behind from the production of petroleum are used to make paraffin wax. That's correct, the filthy, poisonous waste, and it doesn't end there. Because these waste products are so nasty, they are bleached to make them white, making them even more harmful.
This is not ordinary bleach (which is usually 5 to 10% strength), but 100% bleach, which is exceedingly dangerous in and of itself.
Headaches, nausea, lung disease, digestive issues, and many other dreadful side effects have all been linked to paraffin-based wax products. Don't be fooled: paraffin is poisonous. It shouldn't be breathed in, whether it's disguised as mineral wax or softened as "food-grade paraffin."
Stick to natural waxes like soy wax, coconut wax, or beeswax-based products if you're going to use wax melts.
Devon Wick is the only brand worth mentioning if you are looking for the best wax melts in the UK. We still handcraft our items and prioritize our consumers and the environment. We'll talk more about our specific lineup in a moment - first, we want to cover the topic at hand.
What Is the Difference Between Wax Melts and Candles?
Here's something to consider if you're trying to select between candles and wax melts. You may be as inventive as you want with wax melts.
You can easily play around with them by blending two or more distinct fragrances to create your unique scent.
For example, to make your bespoke fragrance, combine a piece of Fresh Citrus wax melt with a part of Mandarin Sage wax melt. You are not limited to utilizing one scent at a time when using wax melts, so get creative, explore, and have fun mixing wax melts to create your custom perfumes.
There's also no flame with wax melts - meaning the danger of a candle-related fire is a non-issue. There is also no smoke with wax melts that can taint the delicious aroma you've cultivated while burning them.
Plus, wax melts provide a longer-lasting fragrance than most candles. They're cleaner, more discreet, and one of the best ways to set the ambiance in your home or office.
How Do Wax Melts Work? An Introduction To Using Scented Wax Tarts
Wax melting is incredibly popular, and it is the fastest-growing segment of the home fragrance industry.
Many people, however, are unaware of how exactly these work. Keep reading if you're new to wax melting and want to understand more about how they function.
#1. Intro to Wax Melt Warming
Everyone is familiar with the scented candle, which was the predecessor of the wax melt. A scented candle's mechanism is quite simple: while the candle burns, the wax melts, and then the mixed aroma is released.
The same notion applies to warming wax melts, which can be accomplished by utilizing a wax warmer and placing the wax melt in a melting tray.
Without using a flame, heat is provided from underneath, typically by a light bulb, and the wax gently melts, releasing the aroma oils that have been infused into it.
#2. Safety of Wax Melts
Wax melting (sometimes known as "warming" wax melts) is convenient to experience your favorite candle aroma. The advantage is that no flame is necessary at any moment.
This is significant since 25 household candle fires occur every day! People neglect to blow out their candles before going to bed or leaving the house, which causes the majority of these instances. In fact, to prevent the risk of fire, many apartment complexes and dorm rooms now forbid the use of scented candles.
These dangers can be avoided by melting wax by using a wax warmer from Devon Wick. A wax warmer can simply be turned on or off when retiring to bed or leaving the house. Our wax warmers have been tested and are either ETL, or UL approved, indicating that they are safe to leave on.
#3. Scent Control of Wax Melts
Aside from safety, there are additional advantages to melting. Because only a small amount of wax is added when you use the melter, the aroma can be controlled more frequently, and the amount of wax used per day can be limited.
This allows you to vary scents more regularly and, in some cases, even combine smells to create your own unique blends. Furthermore, because you're only using a small amount of wax at a time, this can be a more cost-effective approach to add fragrance to your home because less wax is used per melting session.
How To Use Wax Melts: Step By Step
Wax melts are uncomplicated, although they are a bit more challenging to use than candles. Whereas before you just had to ignite the wick and blow it out when you are done, you have to be a bit more strategic and technical to truly unlock all the power of wax melts.
So, how do you use these? We're here to tell you that it's as simple as a four-step process! Check it out.
Step 1: Choose Your Wax Melt.
Wax melts come in many sorts and varieties, with lots of choices. A rich and eco-friendly finish is achieved at Devon Wick where we use coconut wax exclusively, rather than paraffin wax, which is the norm for wax melts.
As you now know, you need to avoid anything other than natural, organic melts. Your health depends on it! Shop wisely.
Step 2: Now, You Need To Drop Your Wax in Your Wax Warmer.
Generally, 1-2 wax cubes or tarts will be sufficient to melt enough wax to fill your melter. This is the simplest method for starting the wax melting process.
Just drop your cube in, and proceed to the next step.
Step 3: Switch on Your Melting Device.
If you're using an electric warmer, you should be able to turn it on with a switch or button. Start your wax warmer. Depending on the device you use, you'll either press a button, flip a switch - or in the case of the tea light warmer - light the candle underneath.
Once you've started your wax melt warmer, the wax will slowly melt, releasing a lovely perfume. One of our wax melts typically will last for about 90 hours!
With that said, you don't want to just leave wax warmers on for 90 straight hours. The beauty in wax melts is you can use them for just an hour or two at a time to fill the house with fragrance for the rest of the day or night!
As previously stated, your tea light should burn out after 4 hours, therefore it may be necessary to replace it. If you use an electric warmer that does not have a built-in timer, we recommend obtaining a timer plug so you don't forget to turn it off.
If you only want to burn your wax melt for an hour or two, let it set and re-burn it at a later time.
Step 4: Clean Your Burner and Remove the Wax.
If you've burned your wax tarts and are wondering why it no longer smells, you may be suffering from nose-blindness, but more likely, it's time to replace your melted wax.
So, what's the best way to empty wax warmers? To begin, ensure that your burner is cool to the touch.
After that, you have a few options for emptying your wax warmer. Some individuals like to melt the wax in a microwave for a few minutes until it's liquid, then soak it up with cotton balls and throw it away.
Others will heat the burner for a few seconds until the wax has softened slightly, then scoop it out and discard it.
Alternatively, re-usable popper liners can be used. For a less messy procedure, place a liner in the burner dish, pour in your melt, and then pop the solidified wax out when you're done.
Wipe the burner dish down with a paper towel or moist cloth once the wax has been removed. Cleaning chemicals should not be used because they may emit toxic fumes when burned.
If you do it right, removing the wax should be hassle-free. You're then able to try the next scent - or stick with the same one!
Find The Best Wax Melts, Warmers, And Other Natural Home Fragrance Essentials At Devon Wick!
You're hoping to create a luxurious fragrance that brings warmth and class to your house and permeates your life with a sense of indulgence. But, with so many options online - where do you turn to find high-quality, safe wax tarts and other natural home fragrances?
That's where we come in.
You are always looking for that one certain aroma. Still, no matter how badly you want to, poking your nose into a bottle of your favorite fragrance doesn't always feel safe or handy. That's where we step in and take control!
Imagine if you could have your favorite fabric conditioner's scent or your favorite perfume's aroma wafting around your house.
Devon Wick offers economical, handmade, and scented wax melts to satisfy all of your fragrance needs, ranging from better-known scents to unique aromas that are found nowhere else. We believe in putting a decent, long-lasting fragrance in everyone's home while making life more enjoyable for others!
We also have other natural fragrances you're sure to love - including reed diffusers, room & linen sprays, bath bombs, and more. See what we have to offer, and discover for yourself why so many around the world absolutely love the Devon Wick brand!