A Quick Guide to Burning Wax Melts Correctly
Scented wax melts have taken the spotlight in the home fragrance category. This wick-less wax candle can have a wide variety of scents from baked pastries to fresh flowery scents. Although, this scented wax is fondly called melt, it is also known as wax bead, wax pot potpourri and wax melt.
The key to making the most of the melt's scent is proper burning. When burned correctly, melts emit a powerful scent that can last for up to 12 hours.
How Should You Burn a Melt?
Since a melt is a candle without a wick, you need to use a melt burner to burn it. The melt burner looks quite identical as to shape and size to an oil burner. It can be a glass, metal or ceramic container which has a dish on top. This dish is heated to melt the melt. The source of heat for these melt burners can either be electricity or tea lights.
Tealight vs. Electric Melt Burners
Candles can create a charming ambiance and if you are not just after the scent but also the atmosphere, using a melt burner which is heated by a small tea light candle is the best choice. However, if you are worried about leaving an open flame around your pets or your kids, the electric tart burner is the perfect option.
Choosing A Location For A Melt Burner
You only need a single melt to permeate an entire floor with its scent but you have to pick a central location for the melt burner. Be sure that it is in no danger of being knocked over and keep the burner away from drafty areas in the house especially if you are using tea lights as the draft affects the burning power of candles. Once you have found the perfect place for the burner just plug it in or light the candle, as the case may be. You can catch a whiff of the melt's fragrance when it starts melting but the peak intensity of the scent is usually achieved when the melts is completely melted which takes about half an hour. Since melts do not evaporate, you can only tell they are ready to be replaced when they are no longer fragrant.
Quick Clean Up Guide for Melt Burners
After using up a melt, you have to clean up the wax on the dish, be sure to give it time to cool and harden. Once the wax has cooled and hardened, you can try to remove it or you can use a liquid wax with a paper towel. However, the easiest way to remove the wax is to put the melt burner in an upside town position inside your freezer for approximately 20 minutes. Once the burner has been cooled inside the freezer, the wax would be loose enough to slide off the dish on its own or with some a gentle push from your thumb.
Reusing Melt Burners
When you are done cleaning up the burner, you should allow it to reach room temperature before using it for another session of burning scented melts.