How to Use Wax Melts and Wax Melt Warmers
Do you enjoy enriching your home with the delightful, calming aromas of pear and patchouli but can’t help but feel wary of burning candles? Well, you can breathe a sigh of relief because it is 100% possible to go on a sensory journey without having to rummage through the dreaded kitchen junk drawer for a lighter. Wax melts offer the exact ambiance and fragrances you desire, without the hazards of an open flame. Additionally, wax melt warmers are a fantastic substitute to candles, and they come in a stunning array of designs that are guaranteed to fit your style and have you vibing in no time!
Wax melts can be found at most popular store chains for a cheap price, but chances are that they aren’t the most eco-friendly and safe options. Before you start booing and throwing your popcorn at the computer screen, allow us to put your mind at ease. We’ll tell you everything you need to know about wax melts, what to avoid in them, and how to use them.
What Are Wax Melts, Anyway?
To put it simply, wax melts are a wickless, flameless alternative to candles. Let’s face it, not everybody likes the idea of lighting candles in the house, especially when there are little hands or paws that could tip them over and cause a fiery disaster.
Wax melts made their grand appearance when candle makers, not knowing what to do with their extra wax, decided to cleverly reinvent them in lieu of wasting precious resources. Hey, we’re all about crafty resourcefulness! For all you skeptics out there, the wax in a wax melt is the same as the wax in a candle, so rest assured, it holds and gives off a scent just the same.
Everyone can deduce that without heat, wax merely cannot be broken down. With candles, the flaming wick distributes heat, helping the wax to liquify. Without a flame and a wick, wax melt warmers are necessary for - you guessed it - dissolving the wax melts. In a seemingly magnificent display of magic, the melting wax activates those lovely smells that you just can’t get enough of. Are you enticed? Splendid! Stay tuned for later in the article, where we’ll discuss, in depth, how wax melt warmers work.
Wax melts come in all shapes, sizes, colors, and scents. If that alone isn’t impressive enough, you can combine them to create your own, unique fragrance blend. When you buy a candle, you get what you get. It’s rather difficult, and not worth the effort to change the scent profile of a purchased candle. If that’s your thing, we’re not judging (mmk, maybe a bit but we still love you). With wax melts, you can mix and match, as well as choose how strong you want your fragrance to be. The possibilities are endless and you can finally unleash your inner-Martha Stewart!
Types of Wax Melts
Like with candles, there are countless options to choose from when seeking your ideal scented wax melts. It’s paramount to meticulously research and find what’s best and, most importantly, safest for you. We want you to have a positively spectacular experience with your wax melts, and it all starts with choosing safe, sustainable wax.
In recent years, it has become common knowledge that paraffin wax is terrible for us and the environment. As a matter of fact, paraffin wax is derived from petroleum, directly linking it to the oil industry. While paraffin wax in a scented wax melt may not release as many chemicals as it would from a burning candle, harmful fumes are still being emitted into your breathing space. Bear in mind, a new set of lungs are hard to come by, so taking care of the ones you have is probably wise.
When shopping at a retail store, don’t be fooled by cheap wax melts! We all fancy a bargain, but the manufacturing of paraffin wax has become a low-cost, corrupt way for corporations to profit off of large amounts of wax products, such as candles and scented wax melts. These products are full of nasty chemicals that are toxic to you and your loved ones. It's advised to buy wax melts from a local source that specializes in making healthy wax replacements, just like we do here at Luxe Intuition!
A huge misconception is that you should give yourself a pat on the back for purchasing soy scented wax melts, but in reality, there are many drawbacks to soy wax. To emphasize, there are no non-GMO options for soy wax and the soy farming industry is the cause of deforestation in beautiful places like Brazil. Soy wax is also filled with additives and dyes, making it stray very far away from the all-natural product it is so frequently advertised as.
Another problem with soy wax is that it fails to hold scents well. We’ll wager that you’ll have to double up on soy wax melts to achieve that blissful scent you’re craving. Nothing kills a mood faster than spending more for less. Looking to learn more in this matter? Our blog on soy candles explores the downsides and dangers of soy wax in greater detail.
Coconut wax is, hand’s down, the most eco-friendly and sustainable wax alternative out there. This wonderful type of wax is not just organic, but is ethically farmed. Whether it’s used in a candle or wax melt, there’s no mistaking that coconut wax is the star of the show. Small, reputable businesses, like us, use coconut wax for our hand-poured, naturally-made wax melts. You can buy from us knowing that there are no secrets or ulterior motives. Can you think of anything better than relishing in the exhilarating aroma of honey and clove, while sipping on a hot cup of tea on a cold, rainy day? We’re guessing not, because that sounds absolutely marvelous.
How to Use Wax Melts
If we’ve successfully managed to convince you of the benefits of scented wax melts and you’re on board to give them a try, you’re going to need a nifty wax melt warmer! There are many different types of wax melt warmers on the market to choose from. It all comes down to the aesthetic you’re looking for and the manner in which you’d like your wax melts to melt.
Tea Light Wax Warmer
We’ll start with the tea light wax warmer. This type of wax warmer is typically ceramic and relies on a tea light to warm the wax. Being that this particular warmer doesn’t run off of electricity, if your aim is to avoid any kind of open flames, a tea light wax warmer most likely isn’t for you. And that’s perfectly fine because there are other options that we’ll go into.
Although you can choose to use unscented tea lights with the tea light wax warmer, we recommend getting wild and creative. Pull out your dusty, old lab coat and experiment by combining the scents of different tea lights with various delectable smelling wax melts. For all you sniff fanatics, this could be the adventure of your lifetime! Okay, we might be pushing it a little, but you get the picture. As a precaution when purchasing any wax products, be sure you know what the tea lights are made of before buying. Always remember, the safety rules are universal for anything containing wax.
Electric Wax Melt Warmer
Electric wax melt warmers are the most common choice, considering people usually opt for wax melts to avoid the open flame of a candle. While nothing pertaining to heat or electricity is completely risk-free, electric wax melt warmers arguably lean more towards the safer side. Electric wax melt warmers function by being plugged into an outlet. The wax melts are placed on a rounded, glass dish atop a bulb. Electricity surges to the bulb, which generates the heat used to break down the wax melts.
Electric wax melt warmers come in all sorts of styles, so you’ll be able to find one that suits you flawlessly. Believe us when we say, there is an electric wax melt warmer for everyone. Want an electric wax melt warmer with etchings of a walrus doing the Macarena with a platypus? There’s possibly one out there for you. All jokes aside, you’ll have to be careful to find a secure place where the cord won’t be a tripping hazard around clumsy feet.
Outlet Plug-In Wax Melt
If you don’t want your warmer to be in the way, another viable electric wax melt warmer option is an outlet plug-in. These are fun, in that they are often out of plain sight and trick your guests into thinking that your house naturally smells like an elegant symphony of ginger and lime. We promise your secret will be safe with us.
Operating an outlet plug-in wax melt is as easy as plugging it into the wall and letting the outlet do all the work. You can find ones that include a lightbulb, which can double as a night light to help you avoid late-night tumbles down the stairs. No, we’re not speaking from experience...at all.
How to Use Wax Melt Warmers
Once you’ve gotten your scented wax melts and decided on your favorite wax warmer, it’s smooth sailing from there. All you’ll need to do is place the desired amount of scented wax melts on the warmer and wait. Within minutes, the wax will melt and you’ll be immersed in a state of tranquility and heavenly scents.
Even though most melt warmers do not have open flames, it’s important to make sure you turn them off when you’re sleeping or away from home. Being left unattended, wax melt warmers could potentially be quite dangerous (as with anything electrical in your house).
Luxe Intuition Luxury Wax Melts
When searching for wax melts, look no further than our Luxe Intuition luxury wax melts. We use coconut wax, which is the sustainable and organic alternative to all other types of wax.
The luxury scents we use are original and inspired by the finest, natural essences from around the globe. All of our scented wax melts are carcinogen-free, vegan, cruelty-free, paraben-free, phthalates-free and follow IFRA standards.
Our Luxe Intuition luxury wax melts are hand-poured right here in the USA. We make our wax melts into easy to pour beads, unlike the wax cubes you’ll mostly find elsewhere. The products we put out are made with care and purpose.
It’s a Wrap
Congratulations! You’ve stuck it out with us this far, and for good reason. When it comes to your health and safety, the more information you soak in, the better equipped you will be to make the right decisions for yourself, others, and our environment. Above all, our goal is to inform and motivate you to choose products for your household that are not only safe and sustainable, but all-around awesome.
If having mischievous pets and curious children has stopped you from being able to use candles, you now know that there are other options, such as scented wax melts. Suitable wax melts can provide the same enchanting smells and experiences as candles, without the risks of exposed flames. Wax melts come in a variety of shapes, sizes, scents, and colors and require wax melt warmers to heat them up properly. We’ve presented you with a list of popular wax melt warmers, along with a brief narrative of their functionalities. Now that you’re set up for success, we hope that you feel confident about purchasing wax melts that are ethically sourced, ecologically sound, and give you that warm, fuzzy feeling that comes from doing your part to conserve our planet. Aw, all the feels!
Luxe Intuition coconut wax melts are sure to liven up your spirits, senses, and homes. Now is your chance to try something new and exciting, so what are you waiting for?
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About Luxe Intuition Wooden Wick Candles & Wax Melts
Luxe Intuition is a wooden wick candle line focusing on the highest quality ingredients providing olfactory bliss with custom blended vegan friendly oils while maintaining sustabilty throughout the line. We are known for our exclusive sustainable coconut | apricot blended wax which provides the longest burn time, highest hot throw, and is an excellent choice for customers with allergies to soy. We do not use soy wax. All candles and wax melts are made in our studio in Colorado.
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