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Scented wax melts, tarts, or cubes, are scented chunks of wax. They are placed into tart warmers, also called tart-burners, where the heat gently melts the wax and releases the fragrance. The scent lasts anywhere from several hours to several days. When the scented wax melt is exhausted, the remaining wax is discarded, and a new chunk of wax can be added to the tart warmer as desired.
In this tutorial we’ll show you how to make scented wax melt cubes.
Step 1. Measure your wax with a scale. To keep the math simple, we used a pound of wax.
Step 2. Using a double boiler, or other wax melting setup, melt your wax to 175F.
Step 3. Remove the wax from the heat source and add dye, if desired. Mix thoroughly. We used liquid dye, but chips work equally as well.
Step 4. Add fragrance oil as desired. We added 1 ounce of fragrance oil to our pound of wax, to achieve a 6% fragrance load. Mix thoroughly.
Step 5. After adding dye and fragrance, your wax should be cool enough to go ahead and pour (150-160F) into the molds. You do not want to pour while the wax is too hot, as it can melt the tart mold. Try to pour as cool as reasonable, but also try to keep the temperature about 15-20 degrees F above the melting point of your wax. This will help to avoid jump-lines or other cosmetic blemishes.
Step 6. Allow to cool, and enjoy.
Why do some scented wax melts seem to last longer than others? The temperature of the scented wax cube warmer is the single biggest factor to influence how long a wax melt will produce an effective scent throw. Some scented wax cube warmers get hotter than others. Scented wax cube warmers that get really hot will produce a higher intensity fragrance, but the fragrance will dissipate much sooner. Scented wax cube warmers that don’t get as hot tend to produce a less intense, but longer lasting aroma. Therefore, it is a tradeoff of intensity versus endurance.