What Is A Wax Melt?

What is a wax melt?

When I first started selling wax melts a lot of my customers were family and close friends. Much to my surprise, a lot of them did not know how wax melts worked some had never even heard of a wax burner before!

I love learning new things, and getting to show people how cool wax melts and burners are and can be, it was amazing watching them understand how they work and watching their eyes fill with awe and excitement as they watched the wax melt for the first time. Every time I taught someone about wax melts it reminded me of the first time I ever got my hands on some. The first wax melts I ever bought were from B&M, along with my burner, I came across them when I was shopping for little bits for my new flat which I had recently moved into. I couldn't believe how amazing they were, almost instantly my entire flat was filled with the scent of berries, my flat was small but I had never had the same experience from a scented candle.

So, what exactly is a wax melt?

A wax melt is a chunk of scented wax, the same as what you would find in a scented candle. A wax melt can be produced in many ways, wax melts are mainly shown as bars, often referred to as 'snap bars'. These bars look similar to a chocolate bar and break off into squares, which you put into your burner to melt. 

You can also get wax shapes, the most common shape is a heart but in reality the possibilities are endless! If it can be moulded from silicone, the shape can be made. Wax shapes are my personal favourite as you just pop one in and let it burn, you don't have to break off anything and you can just pop one into the burner immediately. It is the ultimate wax for convenience.
Personally, I have a little Tupperware container full of various wax hearts. I like to play a game of guess the scent where I'll close my eyes and pick a heart at random and try to guess the scent before I proceed to burn it. I probably sound really sad admitting that, but it's just a little bit of fun that I like to have.

Another popular form of wax melts are tarts or pots. These come as one solid mass, either on its own or in a small plastic tub, you do have to break up a wax pot into quarters to avoid overflowing your wax burner. Wax pots and tarts are great if you are an avid collector of wax melts as they can easily be stacked neatly in a drawer, allowing you to make the most of your space for wax melts.

How do I use a wax melt?

To use a wax melt is simple, place a couple of chunks (shape, or quarter of a tart or wax pot) onto the top of your burner and simply light an unscented 4 hour tealight beneath it. Never leave a lit wax burner unattended!

To change a wax melt there are two options. The first option is to blow out the tealight when you are done and allow the wax to harden up again, once the wax has hardened up push down on the wax melt putting pressure onto one side of the burners "well" to allow the wax to pop out of the wax burner.

The second option is to extinguish the tealight, then place a couple of cotton pads or balls into the wax burner "well" to absorb the melted wax, once the cotton has absorbed all of the melted wax dispose of the cotton in the bin.


If you have any further wax melt queries or just want to know more about wax melts please get in touch at enquiries@scentwithloveshop.co.uk