How do Wax Melts Actually Work?

How do Wax Melts Actually Work?

Wax melts are more popular than ever before. They're a simple and effective way to fill your home with scents that safely freshen every room. So, what exactly are they and why have they become so popular?

What are Wax Melts?

Putting it simply, they're pieces of scent-infused wax (tarts 💋) that get gently warmed in a special wax warmer to the point of melting with the wax then causing the scent to fill the room with its aroma. They're wickless candles that are warmed in an electric or tea light burner. There are so many out there to choose from BUT they're not all the same. Here's why.......

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Paraffin wax is commonly used to make candles and wax melts.  Paraffin wax has been found to release some volatile organic compounds into the atmosphere when lit.  It is used because it is generally cheaper to produce than soy wax. Since paraffin wax is derived from petroleum, coal, or shale oil, it  is said to apparently contain known carcinogens (cancer-causing agents) such as benzene. 

Potential health risks of burning paraffin wax:

Headaches - Have you ever brought out your favorite scented candle, hoping to unwind after a long day at work, only to find that after lighting the candle, you started getting painful headaches or migraines? If your candle is made of paraffin wax, the headache could be because of the toluene found in the paraffin. 

Nausea - Paraffin wax is the nasty by-product of gas and oil refineries with potentially severe consequences. Researchers have found that two harmful chemicals, toluene & benzene, are released into the air when melting paraffin wax-based candles which can cause nausea. 

Respiratory Issues - repeated exposure to toluene can cause respiratory depression. 

Kidney Damage - toluene exposure through inhalation or skin contact can cause long-term damage to the kidneys. 

There are many other dreadful side effects that have all been linked to paraffin-based wax products. Paraffin is poisonous. It shouldn't be breathed in, whether it's disguised as mineral wax or softened as "food-grade paraffin." 

Natural waxes such as soy, rapeseed, coconut and beeswax are the best choice for those wanting wax melts and candles that burn cleanly without the worry of indoor air pollution. 

If there’s one thing that we pride ourselves on here at Hideaway Home Fragrances, it’s the fact that our wax melts are made with 100% all-natural soy wax, free of parabens, phthalates, and paraffins, and known to be a non-toxic, sustainable, and environmentally friendly alternative to traditional paraffin wax melts and candles. 

Wax Melts or Candles? What's the Difference?

Wax melts give a strong burst of fragrance so work really well to fill large rooms or to give you that instant punch of scent.  You can even make your own scent by blending different scents together. There's no flames or smoke with wax melts and they provide a longer lasting and a more discreet way to set the ambiance. 

Candles are known to create an atmosphere and provide a cosy feel to a room. This is largely due to the warm glow they produce in addition to the consistent scent throw for the full burn. Everything you need is already there, unlike wax melts you don’t need any other equipment, however you do need to keep the wick trimmed. 

We think there's a place in the home for both, personally we love wax melts after cooking (to get rid of any unwanted smells), in larger living areas or when you just want that burst of scent. Whereas candles create the atmosphere, the scent you choose will set the mood, you can relax with sage or get romantic with rose, you decide!

How to Use Wax Melts

  1. Select your wax melt 

Wax melts come in so many scents. You'll be spoilt for choice! Keep an eye on our seasonal range too. 

  1. Put your wax in the burner

Depending on the size of your wax melts, you typically only need to use 1-2 cubes or tarts of wax. For our wax melts, we recommend using just one cube. 

Simply pop the wax melt into the dish of your wax burner. 

  1. Switch on your burner

If you're using an electric warmer, there should be a switch or button to turn it on. If you're using a tea light warmer, simply light your tea light and pop it into the designated hole below the dish. Once you've got your wax burner on the go, the wax will slowly melt to release a beautiful aroma. One cube from our wax melts will last for approximately 10-12 hours!  So, for a 6 pack that's up to 72hrs of scent throw!

  1. Remove the wax and clean your device 

There are a few methods you can use to empty your burner. Some people like to burn the wax for a few minutes until it's in a liquid form, soak it up using cotton balls and discard. Others will turn on the burner for a moment until the wax has loosened slightly, scoop it out and pop it in the bin. Once you've removed your wax, wipe the burner dish down with either a paper towel or damp cloth. We don't recommend using cleaning products as this may give off harmful gases when burning.

So now you just need to choose your wax melts and burner, this is where we come in! We have a variety of burners for you to choose from and so many wax melts and snap bars. All are made from 100% natural soy wax, gift wrapped in eco-friendly packaging, and we plant 1 tree per order. Because you can be fabulous and environmentally friendly! 

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