Why Wickless Wax Tarts Are All the Rage

If you've ever wondered what the big thing is about wax tarts, I'll tell you a little bit about why they're so popular.

Wax tarts are completely wickless scented wax that you melt in a warmer. In the warmer, the solid wax gets heated and fills up the area with scent.

Wax tarts were at ideally formed because candle makers were looking for something to do with their left over wax after pouring candles. Due to ‘pastry tart-like’ molded shape, the wax quickly became referred to as ‘tarts.’ Wickless wax tarts are known to generate fragrance of scented candles to the atmosphere.


The Convenience of a Wax Tart

Wax tarts (also known as wax melts) are a way to give those who don't care for the flame of a candle, the ability to experience pleasant aroma.

Wax melts are more acceptable to use in the workplace, apartments, and other places where customary candles and the sight of a flame might cause a problem. It’s actually noted by some consumers as a safer choice since the flame is avoided.

Wax melts are convenient because there's no requirement for a lighter or matches, and wax melts are pretty compact, coming in cubes, squares, and other individual shapes that make the melts easy to transport and use. Also, wax melts reduce air pollution caused by the soot of burning candles. Meltable wax chunks are easy and convenient to use, giving you the benefits of everything you love about scented candles, without the concern of a flame. 


Not Just For Melting

Wax melts come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes colors and scents. They're also cheaper to produce. The cost of scented wax is not as expensive, but that also depends on the value of the wax and fragrance used to craft the melts.

Some wax melts have really incredible designs that can be an excellent way to accentuate your decor. Take, for example, imagine your holiday table display with a plate of wax tart cookies for Santa or a lovely crystal dish of wax tart strawberries in the spring or summer. There are many more appealing designs and styles which can add a touch of glamour to your home. 

View French Vanilla Macaron Wax Melts 

Bakery Scented Wax Melts

Bakery scented wax tarts are a really cool way to add scent and a little decor to your kitchen as well.

Soy cookie melts can sit on a plate and add aesthetic value and make the kitchen smell delish! Buttery popcorn makes great staging for a theater room, and little doughnut wax melts to take their place on a tea table.

Floral, seaside, fresh linen and woody scents are also admirable wax melts in pretty molded shapes make cute choices for decor. Wax seashells in a glass dish, bring the beach to your home in more than one way, while a display of wax roses don't just smell beautiful, but they look stunning on the boudoir.

Other Names for Wickless Candle Melts

There are many names that you'll hear these wickless candles called, however, all of them are referring to the same thing. These names include:

  • wax or tart cubes
  • wax tarts, candle melts
  • meltaways
  • melties
  • breakaways
  • wax drops
  • scented chips
  • candle tarts
  • potpourri melts

I'm sure there are plenty of other names for them that I haven't thought of,  but I think these are probably the ones you'll run across most frequently. They're all referring to the same thing.

The Way Wickless Wax Releases Scent

Wax melts are more solidly aromatic than traditional candles because they obtain slower amounts of heat and release aroma without burning the oils, allowing the wax to continue releasing scent without quickly evaporating the fragrance.

Candles burn under the direct heat of flame. The heat from the flame keeps the wax at a higher temperature, causing a faster release of fragrance into the air (compared to wax melts). However, it's the quality of the candle that determines how much pure fragrance experience you get from a candle, regardless of the evaporation. Candles that are properly made with high quality wax is going to give you a beautiful, long lasting aroma that compares to wax melts.

The wickless wax melt is a cheaper option to get more aroma time because indirect and lower amounts of heat mean slower evaporation of fragrance. In fact, don't be surprised if you find that you get almost three times the amount of time from a wickless candle than you would from a traditional lower quality scented candle.


Flexibility of Wax Melts

Wax melts are often used to blend into new aromas. For instance, If you have a raspberry wax melt and a fresh baked bread wax melt, you may want to place one of each into your warmer to create a bread and jam scent. Apple pie and vanilla ice cream would make a sweet apple pie a la mode. You can be very creative with melts, and fragrance intensity can often be managed. A little piece broken off or a big chunk for a bigger scent. You're the boss.


About The Wax in Wax Tarts

Wax designed for melting in warmers can be made from paraffin, parasoy (paraffin and soy) mixtures, soy, palm, beeswax and other forms to create good quality products. Gel wax is also used to form "gel shots" that are melted in a warmer. However, gel, itself, is not intended to create wax melts, as it's quite unstable to hold up on its own and an overage of fragrance oil mixed with gel can result in a messy product.

Pros and Cons of Wax Melts

As with anything, there are cons. Here are a few of the drawbacks of wickless candles.

  • Wax tart melts don't drip and harm your furniture as a pillar candle may.
  • It is easier to knock over a tart warmer that contains melted wax, so it's best to keep your tart warmer in an area that isn't a walkway or within a child or animal's reach.
  • There's no beautiful flame to mesmerize you when melting wax in a warmer.
  • Depending on the type of wax used, clean up of spilled  wax may be a bit tricky. Paraffin and gel may prove to be tricky to clean up, while soy is easy to clean with only the use of soap and water.



In the end, there are a few pluses about choosing melts over traditional candles.  They're a bit cheaper to buy, they last longer, and also provide a safe way to enjoy candle fragrance over your typical and more traditional scented candle.  They are a convenient choice when you want to control the amount of scent and when you want to experiment with blending scents. 

Check out this video and see many of the different warmers you can choose from and how to use them. I've also included a quick search  (affiliate link) of tart warmers that will give you a variety if you need a place to start. I prefer the electric warmers because they don't require batteries or a tea light.


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