Safety Tips for Scented Wax Melts

So you went out and got a relative or friend an awesome scented wax melt subscription box, but either you or they are concerned with the safety aspect of melting wax. Don’t worry, we have you covered.

There is an inherent fire danger when applying a heat source to anything, in this case, wax melts. While wax melts or wax tarts are much safer than burning a candle, we have a few tips to keep you that much safer while you enjoy your favorite fragrances.

Never Leave a Wax Burner Unattended

You should never leave your wax burner unattended while it is actively melting wax. Seems like this is something that should be categorized in common sense, but it needs to be stressed. This is probably the most critical safety tip because if there is an issue, you will most likely be able to stop it or prevent it from happening if you’re just present.

Keep the Area Around Your Burner Clear

You should always keep other objects (e.g. curtains, trinkets, etc) at least 24 inches away from your wax burner. This is even more important when you’re not using an electric burner but instead a tealight burner with an open flame. We recommend the electric burner, by the way. Keeping the area clear of other objects will decrease your chance of something either knocking over the burner or catching fire.

Mind the Children and Pets

While both might be intrigued by the wax burner out of curiosity, they can also be clumsy as well. Keep your wax burner in a place that is out of reach and out of accidental-bump range of small children and pets. This will protect both from being accidentally burned and prevent a fire from starting in your home.

Dispose of the Wax Near the Wax Burner

Hot wax hurts! Trust us, we make the stuff. Instead of picking up your reservoir and carrying it full of hot wax across the room to the trash can, bring the trash can to the wax burner. This will make it easier to dispose of and less likely that you will spill hot wax.

One Tealight, Not Two

If you are using a tealight wax burner (again, we recommend electric, but the tealight burners are so dang cute!), make sure you only use 1 tealight candle at a time. Using 2 or more candles will create too much heat and has an increased potential to start a fire. Honestly, 1 tealight is more than enough heat to throw your fragrance through your living space.


I could probably go on all day about how safe wax melts are or have endless discussions regarding the safety with wax melts, but these tips should be enough to get your started. As mentioned, there is always a risk with heat, flames, hot wax, etc – but at the very least if you apply these tips – then hopefully you will minimize the potential for a fire. Safe melting, enjoy the scents!

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