How Scented Wax Melts Work

Wax melts or wickless candles are a great alternative to traditional wick-burning candles as they provide sensational scents to your living area without the open flame. This is a safe and responsible choice when providing eco-friendly and amazing aromas to your home or office.

These aroma dispersing melts are super easy to use and it only takes a couple of items to get started. After giving them a shot we’re confident you won’t go back to ordinary wick-burning candles.

What is needed to melt wax?

Getting started with wax melts is incredibly easy. You will need only two things to spread delightful scents throughout your living space-

  • Wax warmer
  • Wax melts

Unlike traditional candles, wax melts don’t require matches or a lighter to introduce heat; however, they do require a wax warmer. A wax warmer, also known as a wax melter, is a device to create heat to melt wax contained in a basin. This melted wax is what gives off the desired scent similar to candles. These warmers come in various designs, sizes, and colors, but generally all accomplish the same thing. They can be either electric, which warms the wax with a incandescent light bulb (notice, you cannot use an LED bulb as it does not put off enough heat), or tealight, which warms the wax by lighting a tealight in place of a light bulb. Both are great for melting wax, but for safety reasons we recommend electric wax melters.

The heart and soul of the scent, a wax melt is simply a candle without a container or wick. It does not take much wax to introduce amazing aromas to your space – typically 0.5-1.0 ounces of wax is more than enough. These melts which also come in varying shapes and sizes can be purchased individually or through our monthly scented wax melt subscription box in which you can try new scents each month.

What do I do with wax melts?

You gone and done it. You purchased a wax warmer to put your senses into over drive. What do you do now? All there is to do now is add approximately 1oz of wax (typically 1-2 cubes) to the wax basin in the wax melter, and turn the melter on. That’s it!

Keep in mind it should take around 10-15 minutes for the melter to heat up, begin to melt the wax, and ultimately give off its scent. You should be able to continue to melt the wax for around 5-10 cumulative hours before it begins to lose its scent. Results may vary, some waxes last shorter/longer and some will be weaker/stronger – it is up to you to determine what you like.

Tip! You can re-use wax melts several times assuming they still have scent remaining.

No more scent, so now what?

Your wax melt is no longer generating scent and/or you are ready to move onto another scent. You simply dispose of your used wax from the basin and replace it with fresh wax.

You don’t want to get scalded by hot wax, so wait until the wax is completely cooled off and hardened, then scrape it out of the basin. You can now add in a new melt to the basin.

Tip: Heat-safe silicone wax dishes are a great way to *pop* out old wax without having the scrape it out. Super easy and clean!


If you’re just starting out with wax melts we hope this brief tutorial helps you out. You should have an idea of what you need, what to do with them, and how to move onto the next scent when you’re ready. You can find out more information by visiting our frequently asked questions or just drop us a line and ask whatever you’d like.

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