Candle Wax Warmer: How To Properly Use One

Candle wax warmers are an alternative way to enjoy smooth, luxurious scents. Learn more about how to use them here from Wicksly.

When you think of enjoying the relaxing aroma of a candle, you probably think about burning a wick. But there is another way to add ambiance to any room without an open flame. Wax warmers offer many benefits that traditional candles don’t, but they also come with their drawbacks. Let’s talk about how you can incorporate candle wax warmers into your spaces.

How Do Candle Warmers Work?

Wax warmers use a ceramic heater or light bulb to warm up the wax that you place in them. You’ll need to purchase wax melts separately for a wax warmer—you can’t use a candle. Wax for these warmers usually comes in cubes, melts, or tarts.

Warmers come in a variety of shapes and sizes. You can pick the kind that works best for your home and how much wax you want to melt at a time. It’s important that you only use wax warmers specifically designed for this purpose; otherwise, it could be dangerous. Other types of warmers produce temperatures that are much too hot for wax.

How Do You Use A Candle Warmer

Using a candle warmer is pretty straightforward, but it varies slightly depending on the type that you buy. First, get your wax melts ready. You can break them down into smaller pieces using your fingers or a butter knife if necessary.

When you open your wax warmer, read the instructions that tell you how to insert the wax correctly. If your warmer comes with a lightbulb, remove plastic from the bulb before you plug it in. Some warmers also come with a liner that you’ll need to put into position before using your wax. If your warmer came with a silicone dish, don’t put any other liners in the dish.

Depending on how strong you want your fragrance, you can put 2-3 small pieces of wax in your warmer. Don’t add any water or oil to your wax; they’ll melt on their own just fine.

Last, turn on your warmer. Make sure you do this in a safe place that can be slightly warmer than the rest of the room. You should also ensure that the cord of the wax warmer isn’t in contact with anything hot. Watch your warmer as it melts, and be careful about overflowing wax.

If your warmer didn’t come with a timer, set one on your phone to keep track of how long your warmer is melting the wax. After you turn your wax warmer off, don’t move it until the wax cools off and solidifies. If you are tired of the scent you’re using, you can scoop that wax out later on and add new melts.

Are Candle Warmers Safe?

Candle warmers tend to be objectively safer than candles because there is no open flame to worry about. But there are still things you have to be concerned about with a wax warmer, like wax spills and outlet problems.

When you use a warmer, you’re also avoiding releasing soot and other materials into the air from a burning candle. However, if you use clean-burning candles, you won’t have to worry about this. Depending on the wax you use in your warmer, it could still release chemicals in the air when it’s heated anyway.

Some wax melts contain things like toluene and alkanes. These chemicals can cause lung damage and asthma in some individuals. Be cautious about the type of wax you use and check the list of ingredients before warming anything up. Soy wax and beeswax are the best options when it comes to safe wax.

To ensure safety while using your wax warmer, make sure that you don’t place the warmer near anything flammable. It should also be kept away from pets and children while being used. If the power outlet you’re using has voltage specifications, check to make sure the warmer is compatible.

Even though you may not be burning a candle with a warmer, you should still stay in the room while it's on to monitor the wax.

Difference Between Candle Wax Warmer and Candle Warmer

You might’ve heard these terms used interchangeably, but they aren’t the same thing. While wax warmers heat pieces of wax to produce a pleasant aroma, candle warmers heat entire candles to release a scent into a room.

Some candle warmers are also used to heat drinks or food (like fondue). The downside to candle warmers is that after using candles this way, once you light them again, there won’t be any scent left to enjoy.

You are also limited in the types of candles that you can place on a candle warmer because of their size. A lot of the candles you already have may not fit on a traditional warmer.

What Is The Scent Throw Compared To A Burning Candle?

When you talk about scent throws, there are two different types. A cold throw is what you smell from the wax before it has been lit. If this scent is strong, you can expect a strong scent once you burn or melt it. A hot throw is the smell of the melted wax and how intense it is. This is what really matters because it’s what most people will smell.

The scent throw that you get with either a burning candle or a warmer will rely on the quality of the wax used. If the wax is made with clean-burning ingredients and is packed with essential oils or other fragrances, it will probably have an extremely strong hot and cold scent throw.

Remember that when you burn a candle, you’re also smelling the wick burning, which some people like. It really just depends on your taste and whether or not you like the traditional fragrance of a burning candle.

Can You Reuse Wax Melts?

Wax melts are reusable to a certain degree. Melted wax doesn’t evaporate, but the smell does slowly disappear over time. Usually, two to three wax melts will amount to about eight hours of fragrance. You can reuse the wax as many times as you like until you can no longer smell the wax.

Downsides Of Candle Warmers

Wax melts generally need to be replaced more often than burning candles do. Since they are smaller, they lose their aroma quickly and are more expensive to replace. There’s also a certain cozy aspect of traditional candles that you’re missing out on with wax warmers. There’s no aspect of the experience that reminds you of a warm fire in a log cabin.

If you’re wondering whether you should buy a wax warmer or stick to regular burning candles, it’s really up to you. Depending on what you like, you’ll be able to find certain advantages to both methods. If you’re looking to try a bunch of different fragrances from the comfort of your own home, try Wicksly’s candle subscription box.

Candles At Your Doorstep

Wicksly delivers candles to your house every month. We curate all the best scents and send them to your door at just the right time. Our luxurious candles are carefully hand-poured and made in the USA. Plus, they’re made with 100% soy wax and are both non-toxic and lead-free. They provide you with a 40-hour burn time, enough to last you weeks.

Bottom Line

Wax warmers are a great alternative to burning candles, but they aren’t the only safe option out there. As long as you buy quality candles from companies that care about your health and safety, you won’t have to worry about uneven burning or toxic chemicals. Try Wicksly today for just $20 a month.


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