Wax melts are a popular and fun way to fill your home with a pleasant fragrance, but what do you do when the scent starts to fade?
In this post, I’ll explain how to refresh wax melts and make them smell stronger. As well as explaining how long wax melts typically last, how many times they can be used, and whether you can add essential oils to old wax melts to refresh their scent.
Why use wax melts?
This sounds like an obvious question, but with so many options of how to keep your home smelling fresh, why do people use wax melts?
Personally, I use them because they are a safe, low-cost option and there is an almost endless number of fragrances.
Plus, the scent of wax melts tends to last much longer than sprays or aerosol air fresheners.
Related – What to do with your old unused wax melts.
How Long Do Wax Melts Last?
Wax melts are designed to be reusable until their scent is gone, but how long this takes can vary depending on a few factors.
Some of the most important factors that affect the lifespan of wax melts include:
- The type of wax used. Different types of wax, such as soy wax or beeswax, can have different burn times.
- The fragrance used. Some fragrances, such as essential oils, may be more potent than others and last longer.
- The size of the wax melt. Larger wax melts will typically last longer than smaller ones.
- The frequency of use. If you use your wax melts more frequently, they will likely last a shorter amount of time.
In general, most wax melts will last for several hours or up to a few days before their scent fades.
You should be able to get a rough guide on the packet of the melts you have or are interested in.
How Many Times Can Wax Melts Be Used?
Since wax melts are designed to be reusable until their scent is gone, you can use them multiple times until the fragrance fades.
However, the exact number of times you can use a wax melt will depend on the factors listed above, as well as the strength of the fragrance and the size of the wax melt.
If you’re trying to get the most out of your wax melts, it’s a good idea to use them for short bursts as often as possible before the fragrance fades.
You can also try using smaller wax melts or mixing different fragrances together to make them last longer.
Can I Add Essential Oils to Old Wax Melts?
If you have old wax melts that have lost their fragrance but are still in good condition, you may be wondering if you can add essential oils to refresh their scent.
While it’s possible to add essential oils to wax melts, there are a few things to keep in mind:
- Make sure the wax is completely melted before adding oils. If the wax is still solid, it will be difficult to add essential oils and they won’t be absorbed.
- Use a small amount of essential oil. A little goes a long way, so start with a small amount of essential oil and add more as needed.
- Mix the essential oil well. Use a spoon or stir stick to mix the essential oil into the melted wax until it is well combined.
By following these tips, you should be able to successfully refresh old wax melts with essential oils.
How to Make Wax Melts Smell Stronger
If you want to make your wax melts smell stronger, there are a few simple things you can try:
- Use a higher-quality wax melt. Higher-quality wax melts are often made with higher-quality ingredients and fragrances, which can result in a stronger scent.
- Use a warmer with a higher wattage. Wax warmers with a higher wattage will heat the wax faster and more effectively, resulting in a stronger fragrance.
- Use multiple wax melts at once. If you want a stronger scent, try using multiple wax melts together. You can also try adding essential oils to your wax melts as mentioned above.
- Try pure soy wax melts. It’s generally believed that soy wax melts have a stronger scent than other types of wax melts.
- Keep your unused wax melts properly wrapped. Make sure to keep your wax melts in an airtight container or wrapped in foil when not in use, as this can help preserve their scent.
By following these simple tips, you should be able to get your wax melts smelling stronger in no time!
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