How to Melt Wax Without a Warmer

Last updated Nov 08, 2021

Posted in Homemaking & Interior Decor

Wax melts are becoming more popular because of the ambiance upgrade it gives to homes. If you’re wondering what these are, wax melts are wick-less scented pieces that fill a room with scent. These are also called wax cubes or wax tarts.

Candlemakers made wax melts as an upgrade to regular candles. At first, they used leftover wax in creating candles. But as the wax melt business boomed, they were as focused on creating wax tarts as candles.

Why are Wax Melts so Popular?

Wax melts have become popular worldwide because of the benefits of using them.

They are Flame-Free

While decorative candles are beautiful and sophisticated, the exposed flames could cause danger to families. According to if it accidentally falls or catches on something, it could cause house fires and casualties. This is why people prefer wax melts because these do not require a flame. These do not have a wick that allows people to light them on fire. People can use wax tarts by melting them with a warmer to release scent within 5 minutes.

Wax melts are easy to use

Another reason why people love wax melts is the convenience it brings to people. Some offices do not allow candles or anything that can cause fires. So, people bring wax tarts instead. You also do not have to bring matches or lighters to use wax melts, making it perfect for travel.

These products are environment-friendly

Did you know that glass is one of the longest-lasting materials known to man? It takes up to a million years for this material to decompose. Unfortunately, 28 billion glass containers are being discarded every year, which fills out our landfills, causing more waste. Most of these containers are candle jars.

To reduce the production of glass, sustainability experts recommend using wax melt warmers. These can last up to 6 years with proper care. This way, you no longer have to purchase candle jars, saving the environment a huge amount of garbage.

Offers scent control

One of the downsides of using scented candles is it’s impossible to control the strength of the scent. When it’s lit, the scent depends on the concentration of the candle, and there’s no way to control it. If you are sensitive to strong scents, and you are looking for ways to control them, use wax melts. With this method, you can control the strength of the scent depending on the size of the room. You can add more or less, and control it to your preference.

Wax melting is satisfying

Another benefit of using wax tarts is the satisfaction you get from watching them melt. Many people love melting wax not only because of the smell it gives off but also because of the relaxation it gives. It helps reduce stress and it helps people regain their focus on their activities. Some even watch the wax melt to relieve sinus blockages. If you have a Eucalyptus melt, this is a great way to soothe your airways and feel more energized.

How to Melt Wax without a Warmer

In the previous section, we have discussed the benefits of using wax tarts and we mentioned that you need a wax melter or warmer to use it. But what if you don’t have a warmer? How can you use wax melts then? Here are five strategies that people use to melt wax without a warmer.

Mason Jar Method

This method is ideal for people who are allowed to use candles. For this, you need a tealight candle, a mason jar, a shallow dish, and a lighter or a match long enough to reach inside the jar. Don’t worry, it’s not as complicated as it looks. All you need do is first, place your tealight candle in the bottom of the Mason jar. Then, using your lighter, light the candle inside the jar. Afterward, place the shallow dish on top of the opening of the jar and place the wax tarts you require. The heat from the candle inside the Mason jar should melt the wax so you can enjoy its fragrance.

Stove Method

The second method is known as the stove method. Almost everyone can pull this off because the materials are already accessible and the process is easy to follow. This is ideal for people who cannot use candles inside the house. For this, you need a stove, a medium-size pot, a smaller pot, and water.

To start, place a small amount of water into the medium-sized pot and put it on the stove. Then, place a smaller pot inside the larger pot, so it floats on the water. Your wax tarts will be placed on the smaller pot. Afterward, turn on the stove and wait for your wax to melt.

Microwave Method

This third method does not require a flame. All you need is a microwave-safe bowl and some wax cubes. Place the tarts into the bowl. You can use a coffee filter to line them or you can also use it to protect the bowl from the wax, making it easier for you to clean.

Next, put the bowl inside the microwave. Turn it on for about 10 seconds then stir the wax before you turn the microwave back on. Once it’s melted, place the bowl wherever you want and let the fragrance spread.

Hot Plate Method

The fourth method is the most uncommon one because not everyone has a hot plate at home. But if you do, this may be the best method for you. All you need is a hot plate, a bowl, or anything shallow that is safe to heat up. Put it on top of the burner. Make sure that the burner is at a low setting so the bowl does not get too hot. Then, place the wax cubes and wait for them to melt.

Cold Throw Method

The last but not the least method in melting wax without a warmer is the cold throw method. For this technique, you only need a few products — your wax tarts and a dish to put them in. The cold throw strategy is the process where you let the fragrance come off the wax without heating it. Some brands give off a strong smell even without being heated, while others will need heating before they give off fragrance.

But if you choose to reuse unscented wax, you can make it strong enough so you don’t have to melt it to give off the fragrance you want. And when the scent fades, you can add fragrance to it again.

Creating DIY Wax Tarts

All of these methods are effective in melting wax tarts. Now that you have all access to everything you need to melt your wax tarts, you also need to learn how to create your wax melts. This way, you will have an unlimited resource of scented wax without buying. All you need is a cup of beeswax, 1/3 cup of coconut oil, and 30 to 40 drops of essential oil of your choosing.

Here are the steps to create your DIY wax tarts:

  1. Add water into a small pot, allow it to reach about an inch.
  2. Add the beeswax and coconut oil into a mason jar, then put it into the pot.
  3. Allow the beeswax and coconut oil to melt.
  4. Then, remove the mason jar from the heat.
  5. Add the essential oils then stir.
  6. Make sure you have enough essential oils in the jar to your preference.
  7. Then pour the wax into ice cube trays and allow it to harden.
  8. Finally, you can now melt it and upgrade the ambiance of your home.

Essential Oils for Wax Tarts

There are many different essential oils to choose from, each has its benefits. Let’s take a look at a few:


Lavender is commonly used in aromatherapy. Its fragrance from the oils is believed to help promote calmness to reduce anxiety, stress, even mild pain. It also helps induce sleep, which is ideal for people suffering from insomnia.


This is another common essential oil you can use to make wax melts. According to research, lemon is effective to reduce anxiety and depression, ease morning sickness, relieve pain, and improving cold symptoms. It is also believed to help people feel more energized throughout the day.


Peppermint is also another common oil used in aromatherapy because it helps reduce headaches, muscle pain, and joint pain. According to research, it is also effective to reduce cold and cough symptoms, to induce relief.


The next essential oil on the list is rosemary. This is linked to improving one’s mood and clearing one’s mind. This is recommended for people with anxiety and stress hormone imbalances.


Last but not least is orange oil. This is used in aromatherapy to reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression. Plus, it is effective for pain relief as it can help people manage headaches, muscle pains, and joint pains. The most common reason why people love making wax melts using orange oil is it acts as an insect repellant. It helps ward off insects such as mosquitoes that could be a nuisance in the household.

There you have it! There are many ways to melt wax without a warmer and there is also a way for you to enjoy the fragrance given by wax tarts without buying one. Just follow the directions above and you can upgrade the ambiance of your home or office and make it more relaxing.