Recently, a customer came in to ask about a present they’d been given – a pack of 5 wax melts. “I love the fragrance, but I think they are faulty because none of them have wicks!”
For Yankee fans it seems inconceivable that there are people who’ve never heard of wax melts, firm favourites as they are with us. But it does happen fairly regularly and made us think about wax melts – what they are and why they are a such a good alternative to Housewarmer Jars.
Until quite recently, wax melts were known as tarts, which also made for some interesting conversations with customers! As well as a name change, there is now a new premium range available which contain a non stick solution so they are easier to clean.
What is a wax melt?
A wax melt is simply a small disc of Yankee Candle wax with the same true to life fragrances as the Housewarmer range, but without a wick.
How do you use it?
To use a wax melt you will need to have a Yankee Candle Melt burner, either an electric or tealight version. Both kinds of burner have small dish at the top where you place the wax melt. The electric melt burner is then simply plugged in and switched on and as the melt warms it releases it’s fragrance. The tealight warmers are similar, but to warm the melt all you need to do is put a Yankee Candle unscented tealight in the cubbyhole at the bottom of the warmer and light it.
How long will it last?
Normally they last for about 8 hours, but quite often you’ll find they last longer. They are multi-purpose too. We know customers who store their unused wax melts in the shoe cupboard to freshen up that area, or who put the used discs in their underwear drawer or luggage.
Do you have to burn them for a certain amount of time?
No! Unlike the Jar ranges which need to be lit until the pool of wax spreads across the top of the whole candle, wax melts can be burned for as little time as you like. When the tealight is blown out (or the electric burner is switched off) the wax melt simply solidifies once again, ready for use next time.
How do I get the used tart out of the burner?
There are two methods for removing used wax melts, but you should always wait until the melt has re solidified before attempting either. Non glass tart burners can be popped in the freezer for 10-15 minutes and then removed. The wax melt should contract enough for you to simply pop it out. If it’s still stuck, pop it back in for another 5 minutes, and check every 5 minutes until it does slip out easily with a little pressure from your fingers. ALWAYS let your tart burners return to room temperature before reusing. The second way to remove your used wax melts is to reheat them for just a few minutes until the bottom has started to melt. You can then simply push the wax melt disc and it should slide out easily.
What is the Premium Range?
You may have seen the new Premium Range of wax melts. They look like little Yankee Candle Housewarmer jars, which makes them ideal gifts. However, the real advantage of these is that they have an extra Teflon-like ingredient to make them even easier to remove.
Do I have to stick to one fragrance?
No! One of the things we love about wax melts is that you can create your own fragrances. Simply break off a small piece of two tarts, pop them in your burner and as they melt you will create a totally unique fragrance. Wax melts start releasing a fragrance almost instantly, ideal if you want to give your home a quite scent boost.
Find our range of melt warmers Here
Find our range of Yankee Candle Wax Melts Here
Have you tried mixing your wax melts? Let us know your favourite combinations in the comments below.