#1 Wax Melts Have More Burn Time Than Candles
Many factors can affect both the average burn time of candles and the average burn time of wax melts. The type of wax, amount of fragrance oil, and size of candle or wax melt can all affect the average burn time. Wax melts hare more solidly aromatic than traditional candles because they obtain slower amounts of heat and release aroma without burning the oils. This allows the wax to continue releasing scent without quickly evaporating fragrance. The opposite happens when you burn a candle as the heat from the flame keeps the wax at a higher temperature, causing a faster release of fragrance into the air. In general the average burn time of 16 Oz Candle Jar could be expected to burn anywhere from 60-84 hours. If you divide the max expected burn time (84 Hours) by the amount of ounces (16 Oz) that breaks down to about 5 Hours of Burn Time per Ounce. If you compare that to Happy Wax Melts’ which average 225 Hours of burn time per 8 Oz, that breaks down to 28 Hours of Burn Time per Ounce.
#2 Wax Melts Are Cheaper Than Candles
There are a couple of reasons why wax melts are cheaper than candles: more burn time, less waste, more fragrance oil. With wax melts you get almost 5x the burn time per ounce than you do with a normal candle (see above image). The average candle around $18.00 - $20.00 but can certainly run upwards of $50.00 depending on brand, scent, and formula. Meanwhile the average cost of wax melts can run anywhere from $5.00 - $25.00 depending on the bulk amount purchased at one time. If you break down the average cost of a candle ($20.00) divided by the average amount of burn time (60 hours) that means you’re paying $.33 for every hour of burn time with the average candle. If you apply the same formula, the average cost of a bag of wax melts ($15.00) divided by the average amount of burn time (225 hours) that means your paying $.06 for every hour of burn time. Proving that with wax melts you can save more than 5x the cost!
#3 Wax Melts Are Flame Free
The National Fire Protection Association estimated that from 2009-2013 fires related to candles caused an estimated $374 million in direct property damage. Decorative candles are cute, but the exposed flame poses a risk for catching something else on fire accidentally. While candles require flame, wax melt warmers only require electricity. With children (or clumsy adults) you have to get more creative to find safer similar variations of the same practice. Cue wax melting: wax melts, tarts, or cubes are warmed via an electric wax melt warmer usually containing a small 15 W light bulb that is included at the base of the warmers. The light bulb is just enough heat to warm the wax melts, tarts, or cubes releasing the scent in as little as 5 minutes!
#4 Wax Melts Don’t Release Chemicals
This can emit harmful chemicals, and pollutants which can aggravate asthma, allergies, and have even been linked to cancer. Candles can release potentially hazardous chemicals such as benzene and toluene which can cause damage to the brain, lung, and central nervous system. Paraffin is the major ingredient in most conventional candles and is a sludge waste product from the petroleum industry. It releases carcinogenic chemicals when burned. The fumes are similar to the fumes released from a diesel engine and can be as dangerous as second-hand cigarette smoke. In addition, many scented candles also have wicks that contain heavy metals like lead, and even a few hour of burning them can create airborne heavy metals that are much higher than the acceptable limits. In the US, candle wicks are supposed to made of cotton or paper, but studies have found that as much as 30% of candles contain heavy metals in the wicks.
Wicks That Leave A Pencil Like Mark Contain Lead
#5 Wax Melts Are More Convenient Than Candles
Wax melts and wax melt warmers are more acceptable to use in the workplace, apartments, and other places where customary candles and their flames could cause discrepancy. Wax melting is also highly revered by parents who are wary of small children being around flames. They are also convenient because there is no requirement for a lighter or matches, and the wax melt themselves are compact and usually come in a packed box or bag for storage. They come in cubes, squares and other types of shapes making them easy to break apart and transport. When you want your space to smell amazing for long periods of time, drop a wax melt into the wax melt warmer and forget about it! Wax melts can last anywhere from 8 hours to 2 days!
#6 Control Your Scent With Wax Melts
You can manage the strength of your fragrance with wax melts because they come in small cubes, chunks or shapes that you can break apart or add more of depending on your scent sensitivity. Make sure the combined amount of pieces totals no more than 1 oz. or you could overflow your wax warmer. Another benefit of wax melts over candles is that you can blend your wax melts, cubes or tarts to produce new aromas. To do this you need to make sure the size of the different scented melts you break off are the same (depending on which scent you want stronger), and simply place them into your wax warmer at the same time. Or you can choose wax melts that are already designed for mixing. A great feature of our wax melts is that you can buy a “Mix” Bag of wax melts with similar fragrance notes that are the perfect starter kit for coming up with your own customized scents!
#7 Wax Melts Contain More Fragrance Load Than Candles
A common question customers have is are wax melts stronger than candles? This prompted us to preform an in-house study comparing the average fragrance load of a candle vs. the average fragrance load of wax melts. We found that candles with an excess of 7% fragrance load can cause wicking issues, and even make the wick or candle itself explode when ignited. On average most candles have an oil to wax ratio of 1 oz. fragrance oil to 16 oz. of wax per container which puts them at about a 10% fragrance load. When we performed an in house study on average wax melts fragrance oil concentrations, we found that many wax melts could hold upwards of 11-12% fragrance load!
#8 Wax Melts Don’t Generate Soot
When you are using scented candles, be sure to be cautious of the effects this can have on your air and the soot it puts out. Soot from a candle is caused when there is an incomplete combustion of fuel. Over time candles can cause discoloration to your walls, curtains and stain the edges of your furniture. There are also health concerns associated with exposure to soot. It can agitate bronchitis, asthma, and respiratory issues causing shortness of breath. Once the soot enters your blood stream it can become a catalyst for stroke, heart attack and cancer.
Soot Stains From Candles Over Time
#9 Wax Melts Are Better For The Environment!
Did you know glass is actually one of the longest-lasting man-made materials? The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services estimates that it takes a glass bottle 1 million years to decompose! If you buy at least one 16 oz. candle a month, in a year you could be contributing an extra 12 Lbs. of waste to our nations landfills just in candle jars alone! As many as 28 billion glass containers are discarded in our nation’s landfills each year. Some experts suggest that this glass refuse will remain indefinitely. The first step to minimizing glass waste in our nation’s landfills is to reduce our purchase of glass beyond what is truly needed. Wax melts warmers are extremely multi-use with one wax melt warming lasting on average 4 to 6 years with proper care. If you opt in for wax melt warmers instead of traditional candle jars you could contribute to saving the environment 48 Lbs. of garbage – awesome!
#10 Wax Melting Is Fun!
Wax melting can be such a fun way to introduce kids to science! It can be a fun way to demonstrate to young learners the states of matter! Let them play with fun bears melts or other shapes while showing them how heat changes the solid bears to liquid wax and then hardens as it cools! Wax melting can also be fun for adults looking to indulge in aromatherapy or appreciate the aesthetics of the different shapes, sizes, and scents that wax melts come in!