12 Great Reasons To Use Wax Melts vs Candles
Wax melts have become increasingly popular in recent years, and there’s many great reasons why.
As a quick and convenient alternative to scented candles, they offer a number of benefits and advantages which we explore in this article.
Let's read on to find out why these delightful little blocks of wax have gained so much popularity, and why you should consider using them to fragrance your home.
- No Flame
- Long Burn Time
- No Paraffins
- Super Convenient
- Control Your Fragrance
- Stronger Fragrance
- No Soot
- Environmentally Friendly
- They’re Fun
- Safe For Kids & Pets
- Less Waste
Wax melts are traditionally heated using a wax burner.
Unlike candles, there’s no naked flame to contend with, thus eliminating any potential hazards to your home or little hands unwittingly getting burned.
As wax melts are flame free, they are much safer to use than a burning candle.
Some people use electric wax burners rather than melters which use tea-lights, as it’s much safer in case there’s children present in the house.
Long Burn Time
Wax melts benefit from having a long burn time, when compared to a lot of candles.
While this comparison is affected by a number of factors such as the type of wax, the size of wax melt or the candle in question, the general rule is wax melts will burn longer than a candle with the equivalent amount of wax involved.
So it’s very understandable that soy wax melts are gaining so much popularity when you can expect around 5 hours of burn time from every ounce of wax.
It's common knowledge that wax melts are very affordable.
Considering the burn time they can offer and the typical retail price they’re sold at, wax melts are super budget friendly, especially for those who love to fragrance their homes as often as possible.
It’s worth noting that wax melts use far less materials to manufacture compared to candles for example, as there’s no wick and in some circumstances no outer container either.
As a result, wax melts are usually a lot less expensive to purchase regularly.
Most commercial wax melts are made from paraffin wax.
This is the most commonly used base by candle manufacturers as it is cheaper to produce.
However, do bear in mind that paraffin wax is derived from petroleum and is not considered to be good for your health or the environment.
Following various studies, paraffin is said to emit benzene which is classified as a carcinogen.
Wax melts on the other hand are free from such hazardous substances, since the majority of wax melts including ours, are made from much safer and cleaner organic soy wax.
This is a vegetable wax derived from soybeans, and it is a much purer form of wax.
Wax melts are super convenient.
If you want a 'set and forget' fragrance solution, they’re ideal.
As there’s no open flame to be concerned with, you can simply pop a wax melt on your burner and let it do its magic.
They are also super compact, making them easy to store away in any small drawer or cupboard.
Most wax melts come in the form of snap-off cubes, so it’s easy to break them apart according to how much you intend to use.
They’re also very portable and can be taken literally anywhere.
They also make a great gift too!
Control Your Fragrance
Most people use scented candles or wax melts to leave a lasting aroma around their homes.
However with candles you cannot control the intensity of the scent like you can with wax melts.
With wax melts, you can manage the strength of the scent easily using simple portion control.
If you only want a light fragrance, just break off and burn a small piece of wax.
For a more intense fragrance, simply break off a larger block of wax and let the burner do the rest!
Wax melts produce a stronger fragrance than scented candles as fragrance loads vary considerably.
Wax melts have a higher fragrance concentration without similar problems.
So for those who prefer a stronger fragrance, wax melts are a great choice.
A big advantage of wax melts is the fact that they do not produce any soot whilst burning.
Soot is a common by-product of burning candles, and there’s not much that you can do to prevent it.
Soot over longer periods of time may stain or discolour furniture, upholstery and surfaces that are in close proximity.
It’s also a known fact that exposure to soot can negatively affect one’s health.
People with respiratory problems with conditions like asthma, bronchitis and shortness of breath should avoid exposure to soot.
So wax melts are a super alternative to candles as there’s literally no soot to contend with.
Wax melts are considered as being very environmentally friendly to other alternatives.
As most wax melts are made of pure soy wax, there’s no concerns over the use of fossil fuels to produce them.
Also, seeing they burn completely there’s no messy waste.
They also do not emit any harmful sooty residues or potentially carcinogenic smoke into the atmosphere.
So if you have concerns over your own health or the health of your loved ones, fragrancing your home with wax melts is the ideal solution.
One amazing advantage of wax melts is you can mix and match them to create your own custom fragrances.
It’s a simple process of breaking off a piece of wax and adding it to others in your wax warmer.
You can also buy wax melts that come as an assortment of flavours so that you can mix and match as you like.
Safe For Kids & Pets
Wax melts are generally safer for houses with children and pets.
There’s no need to worry about the possibility of burning as there’s no open flame.
Of course with wax burners, wax melts are heated to a temperature where they begin to melt so will get hot.
So it is not advisable to have them within reach of tiny hands or paws.
But with no open flame accessible to children, it does make using them considerably safer where children are concerned, and this lessens the chances of any accidents from occurring.
With wax melts there’s no need for the production of outer containers, as is the case with candles for example.
Wax melts have no wicks and no outer containers to be concerned with, so are simply burned leaving no waste.
Candles on the other hand tend to leave a layer of unused wax at the base that is impossible to burn.
So if you opt for waste-free wax melts over candles for example, you will effectively be contributing to less waste in landfill.
Scented wax melts are undeniably a great alternative to scented candles.
They come in so many different scents and colours, making it a really enjoyable and safe experience even if kids are around!
Considering all the advantages noted above, it is definitely worth giving wax melts a try next time you decide to purchase some luxury home fragrances.