What are Scented Soy Wax Melts?

What are Scented Soy Wax Melts

Scented Soy Wax Melts

Scented Soy Wax Melts have become an extremely popular trend these days. Many people who are new to the wax melting experience are keen and intrigued to have a better understanding of why these wickless wax fragranced candles are so fast growing in the home fragrance industry. Here are a few facts just for you, to help you get accustomed to the world of wax melts.

#1. What are Scented Soy Wax Melts?Scented Soy Wax Melts

In a nutshell scented wax melts are basically shaped pieces of scented wax without a wick. They can come in a large variety of shapes, sizes and colours.  The pieces of wax are melted down into liquid and as the wax heats up and melts the fragrance released.  They are intended to enhance your home with a beautiful injection of fragrance.  Our Scented Wax Melts can be used in both a traditional wax / Oil Burners or they can also be used in the more modern electric Wax Warmers. Which ever method you choose the end result is the same.  The aim is to fill your home with beautiful aroma.  

#2.  What kind of Wax do we use?

All our Scented Soy Wax Melts are handmade using 100% natural soy pillarblend wax which has been developed and manufactured in the UK or US.  This type of wax has been specifically designed to compliment both pillar candles and wax melts.  It works well blending with dyes and fragrances. It is vegan friendly and biodegradable.  No animal products are used and no animal testing has been carried out on manufature.

#3.  What exactly is Soy Wax

Soy Beans make Scented Soy Wax MeltsSoy wax is a vegetable wax made from the oil of soybeans.

  • After harvesting, the beans are cleansed, cracked, de-hulled, and rolled into flakes.
  • The oil is then extracted from the flakes and hydrogenated.
  • The hydrogenation process converts some of the fatty acids in the oil from unsaturated to saturated.
  • This process dramatically alters the melting point of the oil, making it a solid at room temperature.
  • Animal feed is produced from the leftover bean husks.
  • So nothing goes to waste.

The U.S. grows the vast majority of the world’s soy beans, primarily in Illinois, Iowa, and Indiana, according to an article I read from the Candle Science, check it out for yourself right here.

#4.  Soy v’s Paraffin Wax

So here at Melting Moments of Madness we prefer to use a Soy based wax. Here are a few facts on soy and paraffin wax for you to make up your own mind.  There is such a great debate over Soy v’s Paraffin Wax abd I do think it is down to personal preference at the end of the day.
 100% Soy Wax Facts
  • Soy Wax is made from the oil from soya beans, making this wax a vegetable waxScented Soy Wax Melts
  • Is made from a nautral source
  • Soy beans are primarily grown in Illinois, Iowa, and Indiana.
  • It burns 30-50% longer tha Paraffin Wax
  • Soy Wax burns cleaner
  • Soy Wax is renewable and biodegradable
  • Is Creamy White in appearance
  • Soy Wax produces a near zeo perto- carbon soot
  • No toxins
  • No Carcinogens and pollutants
  • Produce a decent scent throw
An interesting read about Soy Wax, check it out!
Paraffin Wax Facts
  • Paraffin Wax is extremely popular
  • It is cheaper than other waxes
  • Paraffin Wax is derived from crude oil
  • Extracted from refined oil
  • Paraffin Wax burns hotter temperature than Soy Wax
  • Paraffin emmits harmful black soot
  • less expensive
  • Food Grade Paraffin is fine
  • Burns faster than soy wax
  • If temperature gets too high it could set on fire
This read from the encyclopedia may be a good read called “Paraffin Wax Chemical Compound” or  “Paraffin Wax

#5. Introduction to Using Wax Melts

Burning Scented Soy Wax MeltsAs we know traditional Candles are used by lighting the wick and as the flame generates heat it creates a pool of wax which melts and lets off fragrance.  The difference with Scented Soy Wax Melts are they are completely wick free and also the wax does not burn away like traditional candles.  Wax Melts require a wax warmer device and the wax needs to be disposed off eventually once the fragrance dimishes. Wax Warmers / Oil Burners / Wax Burners / Tart Burners or what ever you know them by all work the Oil Burners and Scented Soy Wax Meltssame in principle. Basically the Traditional Warmers would require one or two wax melts to be placed in the oil well at the top and a tea light would be lit and placed under the oil well. The tea light will warm the wax slowly from below and once the wax is fully melted the fragrance will be released into the room filling it with a beautiful aroma. There are many different types of wax warmers available on the market today, made from a variety of materials.  Traditional Wax Burners can be metal, Glass, Ceramic, Wooden and Ceramic. If you would prefer not to have to a traditional oil burner which requires a tea light you can have the option to choose the more modern eletric wax warmers instead. This usually has a hot plate which will heat the wax bowl from underneath.  This is a safer option that using the traditional wax warmer which requires a naked flame from the tea light.  Whichever you prefer there will still be saftey advice to follow while using your wax melts to ensure home safety.
 Unlike candles, the wax from wax melts will not evapourate, only the fragragrance will evapourate and the wax will remain, this means that once the fragrance is lost from the wax melts, it is time to discard the used wax from your oil burner and replace it with new wax melts.
 Please note, it is important that you do not add anything extra to the wax for example, water especially or try to add more fragrance because you would not benefit from this.  We add the highest dose of fragrance to these wax melts to enable the best scent throw possible. While I refer to scent throw I actually mean the amount of scent the wax throw out into the air.
Obviously when a wax melt is solid and cold it still releases a scent throw which we refer to as a “cold scent throw” and likewise once the wax is heated and melted the scent throw is great but will eventually run out.  A “hot scent throw” means the scent thrown from heated wax melts.

#6. The Life of a Wax Melt

Scented Soy Wax MeltsThere are multiple factors which will determine the life of each Scented Soy Wax Melts.  Customers should take these factors into account, for example the type of wax used, the fragrance ( some fragrances are naturally more stroner than others and others are naturally delicate.  The companyScented Soy Wax Melts suppliers of the fragrances, size of the melts, warmer wattage if an electric warmer is being used.  The ambient room temperature could also have an effect. Customers using x2 scented wax melts or x2 pieces from our wax melt snap bar range , on average the fragrance should give off a nice strong scent throw for anywhere between 4-8 hours or more before fragrance is gone.  You can find a great variety of Scented Soy Wax Melts here for you to choose from. Scented Soy Wax Melts Safety Banner

#7. Wax Melt Safety

 Even though our Scented Soy Wax Melts are part of the candle family, unlike traditional candles they do not have a wick although they do hold safety warnings which should be adhered too.
Some melt warmers are electrical and should have already been tested and are either UL or ETL certified, in theory they are able to be left plugged in, although I would recommend always turning off your electrical device when either leaving the house or going to bed at night.
Just to be on the safe side. Some customers prefer the electrical melter due to the fact is that a naked flame is not required which makes it safer in the home.
If using a traditional oil / melt burner with a tea light then you should be more safety conscious. According to the National Candle Association there are approximately 25 house fires a day and these are a result of forgetting to blow out candles and either going to bed or leaving their homes unattended.
These days it is quite common for landlords of apartment buildings and dormatory rooms now prohibit scneted candles in order to prevent a fire hazard.
If you would liket to view our full Scented Soy Wax Melts safety Guide please click here.

#8. How to discard your wax!

  • You can either light a tea light and after a few seconds it will the warm the bottom of the wax enough to push out of the oil bowl and then wipe clean.
  • Or you can put your oil burner with set wax in the freezer for 10-15 minutes and the wax will easily pop out.  (I would always recommend allowing your burner to return to room temperature before reusing).
  • For glass oil burner bowls, run under hot water and then push wax out. (Make sure you dry thoroughly before reusing).
  • Finally if the wax has melted, you could use a a cotton wool ball to gently soak the wax from the burner, wipe clean and add fresh wax.
  • Especially Take care not to damage the glass or ceramic.
  • Avoid sharp objects.
  • Do not use if you notice a crack in the glass.  (Glass Bowls can be replaced).
  • Remove any remaining wax with warm water and a moist cloth or sponge.
  • Avoid contact with eyes and skin, if contact occurs, flush with water.  If irritation persists, contact a physician.
  • If you are using the freezer method, please ensure you allow the burner to return back to room temperature before using again, or it may crack from the heat of the tea light.
Finally I do hope that you choose to try oil wax melts, once tried there is no looking back. It seems like wax melts are now almost as popular as traditional candles. Or are not far off.