Wax melts come in all shapes and sizes, from your standard cubes to your snap bars, hearts for valentines or trees for Christmas, but the one thing they all have in common is they can be used in the same kind of wax melt burners.
You simply place your wax melt on top of the burner, light a tealight underneath, or turn it on if it’s electric and you’re off to the races – your room will fill with the fragrance in the wax in a matter of minutes.
But wait, what about if you don’t have a burner? Maybe you’ve been given some wax melts as a present, but don’t actually have a wax melt burner to hand, what can you do?
What Is a Wax Melt?
Firstly, just in case you don’t know, wax melts are little bits of wax, available in a variety of designs, that you essentially melt to release their fragrance. The way they differ from a candle is that they are completely wickless, and although that makes them safe, it’s pretty vital to have a certain accessory when you buy the wax melts – a wax melt burner.
You may have seen one of these before, but essentially they are typically ceramic, although available in different materials, and they feature a tray on top and an enclosure on the bottom. In the enclosure you would typically place and light a tealight, then when you put your wax cubes on top they will slowly start to melt as the tray above heats.
They are relatively inexpensive and you can pick some of the cheaper ones up for only a few pounds.
Why You Should Use a Burner
Simply put, it’s the easiest and most efficient way to melt your wax melts. Although there are other methods they just aren’t as practical. We also think that they look fantastic as a decoration piece, there available in loads of different styles and designs, depending on what your room looks like they can add a unique and eye-catching feature.
Ways To Use Wax Melts Without a Burner
Now to the nitty-gritty, how can you get your room smelling like a million pounds without having to have a burner? There are a couple of methods that you can look at although as we mentioned previously, there not exactly as easy as purchasing a burner.
Using a Microwave
You can put your wax melts, using a microwave-safe container, in the microwave until they melt. Only blast them for a few seconds each time, about 10, and around the 20-30 second mark they should start to really melt. If you pierce some holes in the box or take the top off, you’ll begin to release the fragrance.
Open Log Burner
Log burners are becoming increasingly popular, and you can actually use them to melt your wax, but you have to be careful. If you place a heatproof tray on top of the log burner whilst it’s on and places your wax cubes in, it will have the same effect – but be careful not to touch the tray!
Use the Stove
You can warm a small bit of water in a pot, and place a smaller pot or bowl within the water (as long as it’s heat resistant, of course) then place your wax melts in the floating pot and they will begin to melt.
Make your own
You might be able to find materials around your house that you can use to make your own DIY wax burner, like a mason jar for instance. All you essentially need is a source of heat, with a tray close enough to place the wax on top of and melt. A metal tray with some heatproof legs on a top will do the trick! Just get creative.