Scented Wax Melts – What You Need To Know

Many households today are making a switch to scented wax melts from scented candles.

This is because many scented candles are made of toxic substances like Paraffin (not related to Parabens), in which long term exposures, according to a Stanford study, can cause asthma, lung damage, and even cancer!

Some users went for soy-based candles to address this issue.

But perhaps the even greater reason why more people are becoming less fond of scented candles is that they are known to be fire hazards.

According to the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association), from 2012-2015, the U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 8,600 home structure fires that were started by candles.

But before you go looking for the best scented wax melts to replace your favorite scented candles…

  • Did you know that wax melts can be dangerous to your health too? 
  • Do you know that paraffin wax and other harmful chemicals are also a common ingredient in scented wax cubes?
Toxic Scented Wax Melts

There are even wax melts that release formaldehyde when used!

Scented Wax Melts Health Risks

On this article, I will discuss what you need to know about scented wax melts.

I will also share what are the dangers of using wax melts and how to stay safe using these products.

Let's get started.

What are Scented Wax Melts

Scented wax melts can be a cube, a tart or a scented chunk of wax. Some wax melts are made of soy, beeswax and yes, paraffin. Other chemicals are also added for scent and fragrance. These chemicals may be listed by the manufacturer or kept as a "secret formula".

Scented wax melts provide your home with fragrances similar to scented candles, but you can do so without leaving an open flame. These wax cubes and tarts release fragrance as they get warmed and begin to melt.

But instead of lighting them up like scented candles, you need a wax warmer that will be plugged into an electric source.

Flame-powered wax warmers are also an option where you use tea candles to melt the wax. But recently, electric wax warmers are the one most commonly used in households.

Some of the more popular brands that you probably heard when it comes to wax melts are Febreze®, Yankee Candle TARTS®, and the multi-level marketing company Scentsy.

  • Have you used any scented wax melts from these companies? 
  • How was your experience?

You can share your opinions in the Comment Section below.

Advantages of Using Scented Wax Melts

Below are the benefits of using wax melts in your home instead of scented candles.

#1 Efficiency

Scented wax melts will last longer than scented candles. Because there is no flame, the wax absorbs heat more slowly, and they release the scent slowly as the aromas don’t evaporate faster.

You can also control the amount of scent by adjusting the amount of wax that you melts. 

#2 Safety

And talking about flames, scented candles may provide a dramatic ambiance but are you willing to risk getting in a fire accident? 

As I have mentioned earlier, more than 8,600 fire accidents are caused by candles between 2012-2015. The numbers are much higher at the moment.

Meanwhile, most of the wax warmers can be left unattended as there are no flames involved. You can have a soothing aroma in your home 24/7.

#3 Convenience

Because there are no flames involved, you can use scented wax melts in places where fires are not allowed. You can use them in your room or your office.

And unlike scented candles, wax melts also do not generate soot. Less pollution, according to EPA (Environmental Protection Agency).

#4 Affordability

Because scented wax melts will last longer than scented candles, you can save some serious bucks if you are a regular user of these products.

Additionally, scented candles usually cost between $15 - $40 depending on the brand, scent, and make that you prefer.

On the other hand, wax melts and tarts will only cost you around $5 - $25. Less if you buy in bulk.

#5 Leftovers

You cannot reuse the leftover wax melts in your wax warmer as the scent has already dissipated. You have to remove the used wax before adding new cubes.

However, you can use the leftovers as lubricants for your drawers and squeaky hinges.

And if it interests you...

You can also gather the leftovers of your wax melts. You can then melt them to create a new candle that you can use when power is out. But again, candles are fire hazards, so do not left them unattended.

Ugly Truth of Scented Wax Melts

While scented wax melts could be winning against scented candles, it doesn’t mean that these fragrant cubes don't have a stinky side.

#1 Contains Unknown Toxic Chemicals

Contrary to what most brands made you believe, wax melts also contains harmful chemicals that can be dangerous to your health.

Take Scentsy, for example.

The company claims that their unique wax warmers will only warm the scents and the fragrance out of the wax melts and tarts, but not the wax itself.

Paraffin wax can release toxic volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into the air when burned or melt, including acetone, benzene, and toluene. These substances are known to be carcinogens.

So no paraffin burned, no health risks, right?

Well, not really.

What Scentsy didn't reveal is what are the components of the fragrance that are released in your home. It could be as dangerous as the fragrances used in cosmetics.

Other companies may also use the same assurance but do not be fooled.

The harmful substances in wax melts and tarts are not only in the wax alone but also from the chemicals used to make the scent.

#2 Needs Electricity

Wax melts maybe be less of a fire hazard compared to scented candles, but unfortunately, electricity is a requirement to enjoy its fragrance.

Electric wax warmers, as the name suggests, is useless without electricity.

#3 Takes a While to Take Effect

Wax melts will last longer than candles because it is melted slowly. However, its effect could also take a while to be noticed. 

Unlike lighting a scented candle...

Some people are not happy that they have to wait a while before they can actually smell the aroma from wax melts - even after they added more cubes in the wax warmer.

So if what you desire is a burst of fragrance for a short period, use scented candles.

Now, base on these things above, which of the two would you prefer? Scented candles or scented wax melts?

Let me hear your thoughts in the Comment Section below.

Scented Wax Melts Pros and Cons


  • Considered to be safer to use at home than candles
  • Lasts longer than candles
  • No flames and soot
  • Cheaper to use
  • Have different styles and can be a home decor


  • Potential health risk
  • Needs electricity
  • The scent is weaker than a candle

Scented Wax Melts Safety and Alternatives

Whether you continue or stop using wax melts after reading this article is up to you. Technically speaking, wax melts poses a health risk to you and your family. It is what is it.


All hope is not lost for those who enjoy the fragrance that wax melts brings to their homes. There are some actions you can take to help safeguard your family from the hidden dangers of wax melts.

For instance, you can check what is in the wax melts that you are using. If you can't find the details on the packaging of the product, contact the product manufacturer.

You can also try making scented wax melts on your own. You can use coconut oil and essential oils, granted you have a wax warmer that you can use.

Put a small amount of coconut oil on the wax warmer and a few drops of your favorite essential oil. Add more drops of essential oil when you can’t smell any fragrance anymore. You can repeat this process as long as you like.

If using coconut oil and essential oils is something  that you don't care about, then you can use spices such as cinnamon sticks or cloves to bring fragrance in your home. Put them in a pot of water and let it simmer on the stove.

Final Thoughts

Thank you for taking the time to read this article about scented wax melts.

I hope that this has been useful to you into making a smart decision on how to stay safe while you enjoy your favorite scents at home.

Feel free to drop your questions and opinions in the Comment Section below.

Until here and have a lovely day.

Your pal,


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