- Dec 18, 2018
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How to Use Wax Melts – Goose Creek Candle Blog
What Are Wax Melts?
Wax melts are scented candle alternatives that add instant warmth and aroma to the atmosphere of any room. These pieces of scented wax are used in conjunction with a wax melter that melts them slowly using indirect heat. This gives off the same warm scent of a scented candle without the open flame. These wax melts typically come in round or rectangular shapes and are designed to be broken up into pieces before use. They can be paired with electric wax warmers, wax melters that are heated using a light bulb or wax warmers that are heated using a tea light candle that is placed inside the unit.
How to Use Wax Melts
Using wax melts is almost as easy as using a scented candle. With a little bit of preparation and the proper tools, you’ll be a wax-melting expert in no time.
1. Purchase a Wax Warmer
The first step in preparing to use your new Goose Creek wax melts is to buy a wax melter. These wax tart warmers come in several different styles and are usually designed to add a bit of attractive décor to your home. Choose a free-standing style that is made to sit on a nightstand or side table or opt for a nightlight style that is made to plug into a wall outlet.
You’ll need to choose from electric-, light bulb- and tea light-powered wax warmers. If you don’t want light to emit from your wax warmer, an electric version would be your best option. If you do, opt for a light bulb wax melter if you want to avoid having an open flame in your home. If you prefer the look of a flickering candle, a tea light candle wax warmer is the right choice for you.
2. Learn How to Use Your Wax Melter and Prep It for Use
It’s important to thoroughly read the instructions that come with your new wax melter. You’ll want to know exactly how to use the unit to make sure that you don’t accidentally cause any hazardous situations. Read the instructions to find out how to turn on the wax warmer if it’s electric-powered or how to use a tea light candle with a flame wax melter. The instructions should also suggest the best way to remove leftover wax from a used wax tart.
You should also use the instructions to set up your wax warmer for its first use. Be sure to clean out the wax bowl or included wax liner before placing a wax melt inside. Assemble any pieces that aren’t attached to each other. If the unit has a light bulb, remember to remove the plastic cover. If the unit is powered by a tea light candle, place the candle inside and make sure that there is no dust in the chamber.
3. Add a Wax Melt to the Warmer
Most wax tarts come in large pieces that are meant to be broken up into six or eight smaller pieces before use. For example, Goose Creek wax melts come in round pieces that are designed to be broken up into six smaller pie-shaped pieces before they’re placed inside your wax warmer. Remove your wax tarts from the package and break off a single-use piece. Place it inside the warmer. If the wax warmer has a bowl, place the wax in the bowl. If it’s a nightlight-style wax melter with a wax chamber, add the wax to the chamber. Don’t add anything else to the melter after you add the wax.
4. Turn the Warmer On
Follow the wax melter’s instructions to turn it on. If the warmer is electric, plug it in and flip the “on” switch. Make sure that the cord isn’t resting against any part of the wax warmer that may become hot during use. If it’s warmed with a tea light candle, light the candle and place it in the chamber underneath the wax bowl. Make sure that your wax warmer is placed on a surface that isn’t flammable and is kept clear of all flammable materials.
If your warmer doesn’t come equipped with an automatic timer, make sure to set a timer to remind yourself to turn the wax melter off. You should also avoid moving the warmer when the wax inside is melted so that you don’t accidentally spill hot wax inside your home. Remember to check on the melter periodically during use to ensure that the wax isn’t overflowing.
5. Enjoy the Lovely Scent
Don’t forget to enjoy the lovely aroma coming from your new wax melts! You can also find some of the best-smelling wax melts available when you shop the selection of wax tarts from Goose Creek Candle. Pair these with our tea light candles if your wax warmer is candle-powered.
How Long Do Wax Melts Last?
Goose Creek wax melts last approximately 50 to 60 hours. This makes them some of the longest-lasting wax tarts on the market.
6. Turn the Warmer Off
After you’ve enjoyed the pleasant scent of your wax melts, don’t forget to turn off your wax warmer. Blow out the tea light candle, flip the “off” switch or unplug the unit from the wall. Depending on how you plan to remove the leftover wax, either wait for the melted wax to harden or simply wait for it to cool without letting it dry out. Sometimes, it can also be easier to remove a used wax tart if you wait for it to mostly harden but remove it while it’s still a bit soft.
7. Safely Remove the Used Wax Melt
The easiest way to remove a used wax tart is to pair your wax melter with a wax liner. After the tart is melted, you can simple remove the whole liner. If the wax bowl is made from silicone, simply remove the dish and flip it inside out to pop out the hardened wax disc. If the dish is porcelain, use a plastic spoon or knife to pry out the hardened wax. Another way to remove wax from a porcelain dish is by placing two or three cotton balls into the wax when it’s cooled but still liquid. Wait for the cotton to soak up the wax and then discard the cotton balls. Don’t ever discard melted wax down the drain. After you’ve removed the wax, clean the dish with soap and a soft cloth or a drop of baby oil. Never use abrasive cleaners.