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!
Buy your wax warmers from Devon Wick and choose from hundreds of different soy wax melt scents. From floral to fruity—we have every scent you could possibly think of. Grab your favorite scents today!