Wax Melts - What are they?

In the last 10 years, the home fragrance market has expanded massively. Whereas you used to buy a nice scented candle to fill your home with fragrance, you're now able to purchase candles, reed diffusers, room sprays and wax melts in a variety of scents to suit your tastes.

But what are wax melts and how do you use them?

Wax melts come in a variety of shapes and sizes such as small dots, big pots, scoopy wax and even "snappable" bars. They're also available in every colour you can imagine and sometimes have glitter or mica powder embedded in them which makes the wax "dance" when it's heated in a burner.

When you buy a De Wicks wax melt, this will normally come in a pot weighing roughly 45g. Much like a candle but without the flame, our great value melt pots allow you to choose and enjoy a variety of fragrances as you can change them as often as you like, at the fraction of a cost of a candle.
Our secret formula contains the highest concentration of fragrance to ensure that each melt is strong and long-lasting, giving you the best value for money.


How to enjoy a wax melt

First of all, you'll need a wax burner. These are available in a number of designs and colours and almost always feature a "bowl" at the top with space for a tea light underneath. You can also get electric burners - some are available in a hot plate style where you place the burner bowl on top of a hot plate, and others are powered by the heat of a bulb which casts pretty patterns through stained glass.
Once you have your burner, check it for chips, cracks and damage. Also be sure to thoroughly dry the wax burner if you've recently washed it as any excess water can cause scary loud popping and crackling noises once mixed with the wax and heat.
A silver wax melt burner is against a white background. In front of the burner is a pyramid of clear pots with different coloured wax in them.
Once you've checked your melter, choose your melt pot fragrance!
Take the lid off the pot and then press on the wax melt from the base of the pot to pop it out. Once the melt is out, cut or break the wax melt into quarters, and put the rest back in the pot for another time. Depending on the size of your burner bowl, this should be plenty of wax for you to enjoy without excess wax spilling over.
Place your wax melt quarter into your clean burner bowl and, for tea light burners, light a 4 hour, un-scented tea light in your burner. If you have an electric burner, just switch it on. The melt will now heat up and release the fragrance.

You can now enjoy strong and long-lasting scent from your favourite wax melt!