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How to use your wax melts safely and get the best from them


Wax melts, also known as wax tarts are simply flameless alternatives to candles. They usually come in moulded bars that can be broken into smaller blocks or cubes, or in single form as small shapes that can be slowly melted to release the fragrance inside fill your home with your chosen aroma’s.


The key difference between candles and scented wax melts is not only down to their look, but also how you use them. Candles have a wick that can be lit and the heat produced by its flame, melts the scented wax of the candle releasing the scent.  Please refer to our candle user guide for more information on how to use safely.

Wax melts however, are gently melted using a wax melt warmer, also known as a wax burner. There are two types, the first and more traditional type produce heat by lighting an unscented tealight candle in the dedicated area beneath the well where the wax melt goes.  The newer and safer alternative (because it has no naked flame), is electric and the heat is produced through the warmth of a bulb within the burner.  Whether tealight or electric though, there are lots of shapes, designs and colours to choose from.  Why not have a look at our accessories department for ideas.

If using a tealight wax burner, it is important that you do not use more than one tealight candle at a time, that they are unscented and that they do not burn for more than 4 hours at a time.  Failure to follow these guidelines could cause your burner to overheat and shatter.  Ensure to refer to the instructions that came with your wax burner at the time of purchase in case of any additional special instructions.


Step 1: Choose your wax melt

There are lots of different types of wax melts available and they come in a range of wax types and fragrances, from the ones you see in the supermarket that are typically made from paraffin wax, to the ones we lovingly make here at Scents by Seraphim that are made from soy. 

Step 2: Put the chosen wax melt in your burner

Depending on their size, you typically only need to use 1-2 cubes or tarts of wax. Simply pop the wax melt into the dish or well of your wax burner. If using a snap bar, snap off one or two pieces and place the rest back in it’s packaging for later use.

Step 3: Start melting your wax

If using a traditional tea light wax burner, light the wick of your unscented (max 4 hour) tea light and place it in the dedicated space below your wax well or dish.  If you are using an electric warmer, ensure it is plugged in and switched on at the socket.  Then turn it on using the switch usually provided along the length of cable.

As the wax slowly starts to melt, the room will gradually fill with your chosen fragrance. One cube or tart will last for approximately 6-8 hours depending upon size.

If you decide to burn your wax melt for a shortened time, simply let the wax harden and re-burn at a later time.

Step 4: Maintenance

If your wax melt has been used a while and is no longer giving off a throw scent, it’s time to change it.

First and foremost, never attempt to empty a wax burner with a lit candle or molten wax that has been on the burner for some time.  Make sure your burner is cool to touch and therefore easy to handle.

There are a number of ways to empty the wax, and everyone has their own preference.

  1. Starting with solid, cold wax, light the burner for a couple of minute until the wax has just turned to liquid form. Then soak it up and wipe the well with cotton balls or kitchen towel then discard of them in your household bin.

  2. Turn on your burner for a moment until the wax has loosened slightly but is still very much hardened and in a single piece, then just scoop it out with a spoon or piece of kitchen towel and pop it in the bin.

  3. Lastly, and the least messy way.  You can use either re-usable or single use liners.  When melting your wax pop one in the dish or well before adding your wax so that the wax is not directly touching your burner.  For reusable ones you will just be able to pop out the hardened wax when cold, before adding your latest fragrance and starting the process again.  Or for paper liners, simply remove with the used wax and dispose of in the bin, then replace before adding and melting your next chosen wax. 

Once you've removed your wax, wipe the burner dish down with either a paper towel or damp cloth to remove any remaining residue. We don't recommend using cleaning products as this may give off harmful gases when burning.

In the event you have further questions or still aren’t sure, get in touch with us at and we will be happy to provide further guidance.


  • Keep away from children and pets.

  • Always use within sight, and never leave unattended.

  • Do not overfill your wax melt burner well or dish.

  • Wax will remain hot after the tea light has been extinguished or your burner has been switched off.

  • Do not try to move the oil burner or wax melter until it has cooled completely, and the wax has solidified.

  • Do not add water or fragrance oils to the bowl under any circumstances

  • Keep wax clear of any debris.

  • Never use scented tea lights.

  • Use one standard sized tea light at a time (burn time is approx. 4hrs).  Do NOT use large 8hr tea lights!
    And do not stack tea lights to get the flame closer to the well.

  • Ensure that the burner is placed on a steady, flat surface.

  • Do not eat!

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