Wax melts, tarts, cubes, shapes, blocks, waffles (list goes on!)  are scented pieces of wax, without a wick that are melted in a suitable warmer (burner) to release home fragrance.  Melts have been proven to save money and last longer than a standard 16-oz. candle. Unlike candles, the wax does not evaporate; only the scent dissipates. Once you can no longer smell the fragrance, you can throw away your used wax and start a new scent, (or wrap the left-over and use as a drawer-freshener!)

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Soy-Wax melts are made from soy-beans, a natural, renewable source grown in many regions by local farmers. They burn cleaner and are non-toxic, so they won't release toxins into the air as they burn: and are biodegradable.

Soy-wax typically last longer than it's paraffin counterpart, as have a slower burning time and cooler burning temperature. You may pay more for a soy-melt initially, but the longer-lasting burn means you won't have to buy as many!

Soy-wax works well for holding onto the scent from the added essential oils: because they burn more slowly, the scent is gradually released, which creates a more pleasant atmosphere for most people.

CLP

In the UK, there are regulations to be followed with regard to wax melt sales under the EU’s Classification, Labelling & Packaging Regulation (CLP for short) which after 1st June 2015, stipulated that all new products with hazardous substances must be labelled accordingly. CLP applies to a non-cosmetic product of any size containing a hazardous substance such as fragrance or essential oils. 

If the product is not classified (i.e. it DOESN’T contain any ingredients that are classified as hazardous) then there is no requirement for it to be labelled in accordance with CLP.  The wax used in candles, is very unlikely to be classified as hazardous and instead it is the fragrance oils that will be the main concern.

Many ingredients in the fragrance oils are known to be eye or skin irritants and environmentally hazardous substances. If present at certain concentrations, they trigger various health or environmental warning statements and safety pictograms.  Each product should have a unique CPL label, one label will not suffice for two different scents as an example.

NEVER purchase a non-cosmetic fragranced product without labelling:  it is not EU compliant and quite simply is illegal to sell in the UK.  (Do be aware, other countries are not necessarily required to be CPL compliant!)

SAFETY

There are two types of burners available, electric and the traditional tea-light burners.  Regardless of which you prefer, there are safety guidelines to be followed.

Lots are described as "oil burners" - so what's the difference between an "oil-burner" and a "wax-melt burner"?
This simply comes down to the dish-size: burners come in all shapes and sizes nowadays, which in turn means the dish size and depth can be considerably different from product to product:

  • When filling a bowl with oil, it is clear to see when enough oil has been added, and therefore it is easy to see when to stop adding more liquid, so that the bowl/dish does not overflow
  • Wax melts however, are not in a liquid state when added to the bowl, and they also vary in shape, size and volume. Therefore, only once the wax has melted can you see if you've added too much.
  • If the bowl/dish is small, then a medium or large wax melt, once melted, may overfill the bowl with wax, and cause the wax to overspill.
  • Overfilling your burner with wax is dangerous, and is a serious safety concern! Overflowing wax can cause fire!
  • However, to the best of our knowledge, there is no reason why any burner cannot be used with wax melts, so long as the wax is added gradually, and with care. By adding small chunks of wax gradually, and by monitoring the fill level in the bowl once each piece has melted, you can ensure no overspills occur and safely use your burner.

 

TEA-LIGHT BURNERS:  Usually give a stronger scent "throw" than an electric burner, simply as they get hotter!

  • It is essential that an appropriate size tealight is used for naked-flame burners. A small tealight in a large burner may not sufficiently melt the wax, however a larger tealight in a small burner can mean that the naked flame is too close to the bottom of the bowl/dish, and this must be avoided, as it could potentially cause the bowl or dish to overheat and crack. 
  • Ensure that the wick on the tealight is kept trimmed and that the flame does not come into direct contact with the bottom of the bowl or dish.

 

ELECTRIC BURNERS: Usually give a more subtle scent "throw" as the temperature is regulated and obviously there is no naked-flame risk.

  • However, these are still electrical devices, and so—as with anything that you have to plug in—it is not totally without risk. The same precautions must be taken as with any other wired gadget.  Never operate any electrical device without understanding the manufacturer's instructions.
  • Any machine that contains a heating element may overheat, so never leave a candle warmer unattended whilst turned on.
  • Exercise caution with the power cable; be sure to keep it where it won't be accidentally tugged on or tripped over. Discontinue use immediately if the cable is damaged.

 

With ANY burner:

  • Ensure that whilst heat is being applied from below, there is sufficient wax in the dish at ALL times. Heating the bowl from below whilst there is no wax in it could cause the bowl or dish to crack, as there is nothing absorbing the heat.
  • Never move the oil burner whilst it is on, or whilst the wax is hot.
  • Always place your burner on a heatproof and fireproof surface.
  • NEVER leave any burner on unattended.
  • Never use sharp or metallic objects (such as knives) to remove used wax, as this could scratch or damage the bowl, and potentially weaken it's structure, risking breakage when next used. We recommend applying a small amount of heat to loosen any solidified wax, and then popping the wax block out of the bowl using gentle pressure and a soft cloth or tissue.  Or simply wait until the wax has liquified and soak up with cotton wool.

 

 

The above guidance does not constitute legal advice, and the selling decisions of our customers must be taken solely at one's own discretion, and fully in conjunction with one's own research on the subject.