Let me guess you have heard a lot about wax melts and how amazing they are. Now you are thinking what are wax melts anyway. Am I right? Great, well let’s jump into it.
Wax melts are a great way to fragrance your home and they come in all different shapes and sizes. There are two main shapes you will come across the wax melt clamshells that come in plastic packaging which can be snapped into six individual cubes and the wax melt bars. Kind of like a chocolate bar shape that generally weighs half the weight of the wax melt clamshells. Therefore, are cheaper to buy, but will not last as long when burnt.
There is also a plethora of wild and wonderfully shaped wax melts from adorable little hearts to even Santa shaped wax melts. But no matter the size they all perform the same task and melt in the same way.
What Are Wax Melts Made Of
Wax melts are a mix of few ingredients as the name suggests the main component is wax, then you need the fragrance that can either be synthetic fragrance oils or essential oils. Our wax melts are made using synthetic fragrance oils and we try our best to use the safest and best fragrance oils available from reputable manufacturers.
Some other companies use essential oils which can have many benefits but many downsides too. For example, many essential oils, such as tea tree oil, cinnamon, eucalyptus oil, citrus, peppermint, pine, pennyroyal, ylang-ylang, wintergreen, and sweet birch are toxic to pets.
The following ingredients are optional and purely for aesthetics, these include adding Wax dye colours, bio glitter or mica powder. However, too much can hinder the wax melts performance. At Pure Loved Aromas, we prefer our wax melt scents to perform well when melted rather than looking pretty on a shelf. Many other max melt makers are very creative and artistic and make wonderfully designed wax melts but they may not scent your home as well as, wax melts made minimally.
However, we do add candle dye that is so strong and high quality, only a tiny amount is needed, not affecting or diluting the fragrance wax ratio enough to have a negative effect on scent performance.
We have experimented a lot with wax melts such has adding bio glitter or mica powder. Although they look very pretty when stored or while melting, we have found minimal ingredients to perform way better than adding the niceties. Therefore, we often give these away as surprise free gifts with orders. For example, our first Christmas range 2020 was cancelled after making large batches. Instead, we sent them out free as an extra gift with orders. Next year we will plan well in advanced for the Christmas range.
However, not only have customers been pleasantly surprised it also demonstrates our strict standards before officially releasing any wax melts for public purchase. Although there was nothing wrong with these wax melts and they would be as good as any similar wax melts you could buy elsewhere. They just didn’t perform as well as our other wax melts and we weren’t 100% happy.
Are Wax Melts Easy To Make
Now you know what little ingredients are actually needed to make wax melts, you may think it would be easy to make them yourself. Although they are not the most difficult thing to make in the world. They are also by no means the easiest. First of all their are many waxes to choose from. The one you choose will either make your wax melts have a fantastic scent throw or a rubbish one. Different waxes have different purposes, for example, some waxes are designed for wax melts while others are designed for candles such as the candles you would find in churches.
Then you have the fragrance oils, some perform best with certain wax types. Even once you have chosen the wax and fragrance, the most important part is finding the superior ratio of wax to fragrance for each scent that will both be strong and long-lasting. Then, there are issues with temperature. You need certain and precise temperatures when melting, adding fragrance and pouring the wax melts. You then need to start the curing process which ideally should be two weeks.
However, for a quick turn around time and storage availability, it is not always possible to allow two weeks cure time. Let’s face it if you made an order and we had no wax melts ready-made and curing, you would probably complain if we kept you waiting two weeks before dispatching your order. Then there is the issue with funds, during these early days it is just not viable to spend a small fortune stocking up and waiting for orders.
How Do Wax Melts Work
Essentially, wax melts work by releasing fragrance oil when the wax has been heated to a high temperature. Has the wax melts and turns to liquid the trapped fragrance is then released into the room filling it with a beautiful aroma.
Depending on how hot the wax gets will typically determine how long the scent will last and how strong the scent is. For example, the hotter the wax warmer the stronger the fragrance and faster the wax melt will be used up. The fragrance will disperse faster than the wax itself. Although there may be wax left in your wax warmer the fragrance will have been used up. Therefore, once the scent has gone you can dispose of the leftover wax.
As a general rule tea light wax melt burners get hotter than electric ones. The electric wax warmers give of a milder longer-lasting scent while tealight wax warmers give a stronger scent as the candle flame is hotter than most bulbs used in electric warmers.
Personally, I prefer tea-light wax warmers. T-light wax warmers can also make wax melts last long depending on how the wax melts themselves are formulated and the type of wax used. Our soy wax melts have been formulated to last long while also given off a fantastic scent throw filling your home with a beautiful fragrance, even when used with the hottest of tealight burners. Buy our wax melts here.
How Do You Use Wax Melts Safely
The most important thing to remember when using wax melts is the location of the wax melt burner. Always place your warmer on a steady surface away from flammable materials such as curtains.
Store wax melts out of reach of children and pets to avoid accidental ingestion. Some wax melts may look like sweets to children so it is important little ones or pets don’t try to eat them.
Never leave a burning candle unattended and don’t leave them on all night. Although electric warmers would be safe enough to leave on. We wouldn’t recommend you to burn wax melts all the time.
Wax melts will make your home smell beautiful but they do not need to be on continuously. Although we would make more money if people did use them 24/7, it is important to us to highlight the fact that fragrance is made up of chemicals and the least chemicals you have in your home the better.
Personally, I burn them for an hour at a time, once or even twice a day at home. Once burnt for a while the scent will linger afterwards for some time.
Are Wax Melts Dangerous
Generally speaking, wax melts themselves are not dangerous to humans. However, some people can be sensitive to certain fragrances and have been known to get headaches from them. If used sensibly and you don’t have a huge stash of wax melts stored in an unvented room you spend a lot of time in, you will be absolutely fine.
While researching wax melt safety, we came across stories of people storing hundreds of wax melts next to there bed and waking up with headaches in the morning.
If you are going to horde wax melts, store them in a room you don’t spend a lot of time in. Better still just buy what you are going to use and don’t horde any. This is why I don’t understand why some wax melt companies have massive monthly subscription boxes that encourage people to horde unburnt sents.
If I thought they were dangerous, I honestly wouldn’t sell them and would have chosen something else to focus on. Has mentioned earlier some essential oils can be dangerous for pets.
The most dangerous part of a wax melt is the fragrance oil. However, it relates mostly to when the fragrance oil is at 100% purity. Breathing in oil vapours at 100% purity over a long period of time may increase the possibility of health problems arising. Similar to that of breathing in paint fumes over time.
However, the maximum purity of oil we use in our wax melts is 10%. Therefore, we are taking the vast majority of the risks ourselves when making them as we use 100% purity. This is then diluted with 90% or more wax to form the wax melt you purchase. All our wax melts are labelled to legal CLP standards so you can see the same warnings we see and nothing is hidden.
If you use your wax melts sensibly and don’t horde you should be fine. If you do come across a scent that causes you to feel like you are getting headaches, try a different scent or stop using wax melts altogether.
Even my own partner is sensitive to some fragrances, for example, Fresh Linen he loves the scent but feels he gets headaches. We just don’t use Fresh Linen in our home. Currently, we mostly burn our Angel Wax Melts and Flowerbomb Wax Melts without any issues.
Now that you have a better understanding of what wax melts are, feel free to browse and buy our Pure Loved Aromas Wax Melts. We currently have 9 scents. We will be adding more scents as we go but as we are a new business starting in the midst of coronavirus pandemic we are finding it difficult to get our brand out there and growing our small family business.
Whether you do go on to buy our wax melts or chose another supplier we hope you enjoy scenting your home with wax melts. They are perfect for lighting up and relaxing. There is something about them that helps me personally focus and get stuff done like writing this article for example. I hope they bring similar benefits to your life. Until next time stay well and stay safe.