If you've seen wax melts in your nearest boutique, retailer, or trending on social media you may be left asking "What Do You Do With Wax Melts"? Wax melts, tarts, or cubes are scented pieces of wax without a wick that are melted to release home fragrance. Wax melts are placed in a wax melt warmer and are gradually warmed to melt the wax and fill your home with aroma. Wax melts are perfect if you’re unsure whether you’ll like a fragrance enough to by a candle as they come in smaller chunks or shapes. Wax melts have also 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. To read more about changing out your wax melts click here.
#1 Use Wax Melts for Home Fragrance
Wax melts fall under the home fragrance category and work by using a heat source to release scent into the air. Much like candles, wax melts, cubes, and tarts are used to produce room-filling aroma in minutes. Wax melts and candles both use a combination of essential oils, fragrance oils, and wax to release scent upon being warmed. Just like candles wax melts can come in a variety of shapes, scents, and colors!
#2 Use Wax Melts To Replace Candles
With candles, the heat from the ignited wick is what allows the fragrance or essential oil in the candle to release scent. With wax melts the heat comes from underneath the wax, usually via a small bulb 25 – 15 watts, and the wax slowly melts releasing the infused fragrance oils without the flame. Because wax melts are flame free you will need to ensure that you have a wax melt warmer to activate your wax melts, tarts, or cubes. Unlike candles the wax melts/tarts act as a carrier for the fragrance oil and do not evaporate when melted. The scent eventually fades away, but the unscented wax will still remain in your melter until you change the used wax and replace it with new wax melts.
Other reasons to replace candles with wax melts can be attributed to rising health concerns regarding candles releasing cancer-causing agents, respiratory issues with soot, and carcinogens released from paraffin wax, many people have turned to wax melts as a healthy alternative to candles and aerosol air fresheners. A 2001 EPA study also showed that candles with more fragrance in them subsequently produced more soot and the agency suggested choosing unscented candles to reduce this. Black soot is dispersed when immediately blowing out a candle, which can get caught in your air vents, or darken walls and ceilings over time. Wax melts can give you all the luxuries of a candle while eliminating these dangers. Most companies also offer an alternative to that “candle flame glow” by incorporating a dim light bulb to create the same ambiance of a candle flame. Some companies have also gone a step further to mimic the candle flame by incorporating a translucent red silicone top.
#3 Use Wax Melts as Aromatherapy
If you’ve ever noticed that the smooth scent of vanilla or sandalwood makes you feel uplifted, or relaxed you’re not alone. It turns out that the sweet scent has been shown to have a strong effect on mood. A study preformed by Oxford University measured patients’ responses to laboratory-induced stress tests, before and after inhaling vanilla fragrances found in candles and wax melts. They found that inhaling these vanilla fragrances significantly lowered heart rate, blood pressure, skin resistance and muscle tension proving that inhaling vanilla wax melt fragrances is powerful enough to counteract stress.
A similar study done on cinnamon aromatherapy found that results revealed a task-dependent relationship between odors and the enhancement of cognitive processing. Researchers found that using cinnamon aromatherapy treatment improved participants’ scores on tasks related to attention, virtual recognition memory, working memory, and visual motor response speed. The study then went on to suggest using cinnamon smells as part of regular aromatherapy treatment could aid the quality of life for the elderly, individuals with test-anxiety, and possibly benefit patients with cognitive disabilities.
Because wax melting is identified as a type of aromatherapy, many wax melt companies have started using a mixture of essential oils with their wax. Inhaling essential oils as a part of aromatherapy has long been attributed as an effective ways to fight anxiety and depression. In one study on lavender essential oils, scientists found that inhaled lavender essential oils had a direct effect on the limbic system and found this as an effective treatment for depression and generalized anxiety disorders. The study also notes a survey performed by a long-stay neurology in-patient department showed increased mood scores and reduced psychological distress following aromatherapy treatments with lavender essential oils!