There are a few questions that pop up regularly about my wax melts and candles, and I hope to answer them all here. If there's something you'd like to know that I haven't answered, please use the contact page to ask, and I'll respond within 24 hours of receiving your message!
What are wax melts? How are they different from candles? Wax melts are simply cubes (or other shapes) of colored, scented wax. There is no wick, and they aren't burned. Instead, they are placed into a wax melter, which melts the wax and releases the scent into the air. This is, in some ways, safer than burning a candle, since there is no flame - UNLESS you use a tealight melter, which requires lighting a tealight candle to warm up the wax. The wax still gets hot, though, and may burn you if you touch it, so it's important to place the melter where children and pets won't get into it.
What are they made from? I use a blend of soy and paraffin waxes. There is a movement out there that claims paraffin is horrible and soy is the only type that should be used, BUT soy wax is created from GMO soy and chemically extracted from the beans, so I find that it isn't any better than paraffin. Plus, paraffin is harder and retains scent better. If you are concerned about the effects of paraffin burning, please read this article. Also, with wax melts, the wax is not actually burning, just melting, so there are differences in how it behaves.
How long do wax melts last? I have tested my wax extensively and have noted that not all fragrances are the same, BUT on average, if I leave my melter on for 48 hours straight, the scent is still noticeable. Every melter is different, and every space is different, though. My standard melter I use for testing is a basic $9 Glade warmer from Walmart. I also have a Scentsy night-lite warmer, and a plate warmer that requires that I put the melts in a glass dish on top of the plate. The Scentsy warmer is the slowest to melt the wax, but it lasts quite a while once it gets started. The plate warmer with the glass cup seems to melt the wax fastest, but it also loses its scent fastest. All of my testing is done in my kitchen.
How long will the candle last? Testing is still in progress. On average, our candles burn for 2 hours per ounce of wax, but this may change.
What are they made from? Read above, under the wax melt section. :)
This page is a work in progress. Please contact me with any questions that aren't answered here!