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Today’s candles are loved for their ability to retain and throw off scent, making the environment pleasant. But some people just want their room to smell nice without really having to burn candles. A great solution is to use wax melts. I have explained what wax melts are in this article and how to make them. You would find out that the process is similar to candle making and is not difficult at all.
What are Wax Melts
Wax melts are similar to candles but are not candles. They are small scented cubes of wax placed over a wax warmer which ensures that the scent disperses through the room. Wax melts are like small candles but without wicks. Since they have no wicks, they are not designed to light up the room but simply to make it smell nice. Using wax melts is a good way to give the room a nice fragrance. They are also safer than regular candles since there is no flame and therefore, little risk of fire. Making them is also similar to making traditional candles and not difficult at all.
Wax melts are made in silicone molds with small cavities. Those are little holes that hold the wax. Pretty much any type of wax can be used to make wax melts. But hard waxes such as paraffin wax and palm wax are more suitable. This is because the wax cubes wild be removed from the molds at the end and ones made with very soft wax (like gel wax) would not be of easily. But soy wax can also be used. Besides two different types of wax (such as paraffin and soy wax) can be mixed together so as to get benefits of both.
Fragrance Oils for Wax Melts
Together with the wax, scent oils are the most essential ingredients of a wax melt. The reason for a wax melt is to disperse scent in the first place. Use fragrance or essential oils as you please. And just like wax, different scent oils can be blended together too. In measuring fragrance, weight should be used rather than volume and the package instructions should be followed closely. If you want colourful melts too, you can make use of candle dyes as desired.
Wax Melts Warmer
There is also need for a wax warmer which slowly heats up the cubes for effective scent throws. There are many types to choose from. You can find ones that work with electricity and also those that require that small tealight candles be placed under the cube to provide heat.
How to Make Wax Melts
Prepare equipment for melting raw wax too. When all these are ready, take the following steps to make your wax melts.
1. Determine the amount of wax you would need and measure with digital scales. Measure the right amount of fragrance oils too. You can use up to 10% loading but even a little less gives great scent.
2. Melt your wax in a double boiler with a stove as heat source or you can use a microwave. Whatever equipment you use, make sure you stir your wax gently at intervals.
3. Melt wax to about 175 to 185°F and turn off the heat. Add candle dye and scent oil at this point. You would need only a little of both. And remember that colouring is not compulsory.
4. Let the wax cool to just about 15 to 20° than its melting point before you pour. Pouring too hot wax can melt the silicon mold.
5. Leave the melts for some time to cool. When they do, pop them out of the mild; they should be out easily. Set a wax melt or two in a wax warmer and enjoy the heat scent.
How to Make Wax Melts with Essential Oils
If you would make wax melts using essential oils, take note that they do not last as long as fragrance oils. But what they do offer are various health benefits since they are all-natural. It is very simple to add essential oils to your candle. Simply add some drops of your desired essential oil to the wax after melting it and stir both together thoroughly.
The amount of drops would be based on how strong you want the scent to be but consider starting with 20 to 30 drops and then you can make adjustments later.
How Long Do Wax Melts Last
Wax melts are small scented blocks of wax that throw off scent as they are warmed. If you love candles for the great scent that comes with them but want to do without wicks, then wax melts are the best alternatives for you. In burning candles, heat from the lighted wick melts the wax and causes it to throw off scent. Wax melts works that way too; it is just that the heat comes from somewhere else.
The life of a wax melt depends on its quality. Wax melts generally last more than 4 to 5 hours and some are even known to last up to 20 hours. Other factors that affect how long wax melts would burn are the temperature the warmer burns (higher means less time) and the type of scent oils used (fragrance oils last longer).
How to Use Wax Melts
Wax melts are designed to be used with a wax or tart warmer. And there are two main types. The first is the flame-powered warmer and we also have the electric warmer. The main difference is that the former is meant to be used with a tea light candle. This means that there is a tea light candle burning below the wax melt, supplying heat. Whatever type of wax warmer you use, read specific instructions that come with it before use.
Do not place more than one wax melt in the warmer; but you can use 2 or 3 if they are very small. Some electric warmers have timers built in that you can set to how long you want it. When you are done with the wax melts and they are cooled, simply scrape them out of the warmer and repurpose them. There are a lot of ways to use used wax.