Do Wax Melts Expire? Find Out Here!

Updated on November 24, 2022

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How Long Do Wax Melts Last?

Wax melts are essentially melted candle wax poured into molds to create shapes such as candles or other decorative items.

They are sold at craft stores and some supermarkets. The wax melts come in various colors and scents, and they range from inexpensive to expensive depending on their quality.

Wax melts usually last about 30 days if stored properly.

There are several reasons why wax melts don't last as long as candles. First, wax melts are made with paraffin wax, which is not as strong as beeswax.

Second, wax melts are usually placed directly onto heat sources, unlike candles where the wicks draw the melted wax through the flame.

Third, wax melts are typically stored in containers that are not airtight, which allows oxygen to enter the container and oxidize the wax. Fourth, wax melts are generally consumed faster than candles due to the melting point being lower. Finally, wax melts are only available in certain scents, whereas candles can be purchased in almost every scent imaginable.

So, if you've been searching for a way to make your wax melts last longer, there are a couple of options. You can purchase wax melts that are made with stronger waxes, place them in airtight containers, store them away from heat sources, and/or buy scented wax melts.

 In this article, we will discuss some ways to increase the shelf life of your wax melts.

Wax Warmer Type

Wax Warmer Type

There are two types of wax warms available: those that heat quickly and those that heat slowly. Slow-heating wax warms tend to last longer, but they won't give off as much scent. Fast-heating wax warms usually produce stronger wax scents, but they'll only last for a short amount of time.

You should consider using a slow-heating wax warmer if you plan on using your wax melts for a long period. Otherwise, you might end up burning yourself.

Make sure that you monitor the temperature of your wax warner to keep your melts at the correct temperature. Also, try setting a timer to save some scent for later.

How Long Can A Wax Warmer Be Left On?

Wax warmers are great for melting wax, but they can also be used to keep candles lit for a little bit longer. The hours of burn time should be less, preferably a couple of hours, since it can cause damage to the flame.

Electric burners can be left on for a lot longer than candle warmers. Some models can stay on for up to 10+ hours at a time. However, it's not recommended to leave them on for that long, since it can cause serious damage to the flame.

How Do You Burn Wax Melts?

Wax melts come in two varieties: Electric and Candle Lit Warmers. Both types of warmers work similarly, but there are differences between the two.

Electric wax melt warmers are generally used for melting small amounts of wax. These tend to be less expensive than candle-lit warmers, but they only provide a medium level of heat.

Candle-lit wax melters are usually used for larger quantities of wax. They are typically more expensive than electric wax melters, but they give off a strong scent throw.

You can experiment with different heat settings to find out which works best for you. As long as you keep track of the temperature, you'll be able to tell when the wax melts are done.

To test the heat setting, place a piece of paper towel under the warmer. Place the wax on the paper towel and wait until the wax starts to melt. Then remove the wax and note the temperature. Continue doing this until you've found the right setting.

Type Of Wax Melts

Type Of Wax Melts

There are two main types of melts available today: Soy wax melts and Beeswax melts. Both types of melts are natural melts, but there are differences between the two.

Soy-based melts are made using soybean oil, whereas beeswax melts are made using beeswax. Soy wax melts tend to smell stronger than beeswax melts, but they are less expensive. You may find that you prefer one type of wax melt over another depending on your personal preference.

Another difference between the two types of wax melts is the number of fragrance oils used. Soy wax melts typically use fewer fragrance oils than beeswax melts. However, if you are concerned about the potential health hazards of burning and the environmental impacts of their use, go with a soy wax melt.

You can also determine how long a wax melt lasts by its manufacturing process. There are two main types of manufacturing processes: solvent extraction and saponification. Solvent extraction uses petroleum solvents to remove fragrant compounds from the plant material. Saponification uses soap to break down the plant material.

Solvent extraction is considered to be a safer method of making wax melts, but it takes longer to extract the fragrant compounds. Saponification is faster because it does not require any additional chemicals.

Regardless of the manufacturing process, you should expect your wax melt to last approximately six months. After that time, the wax melt will begin to lose its aroma and become weaker. At this point, you'll want to replace your wax melt with a new one.

Fragrance Oil

Wax melts come in a variety of scents, including citrus, floral, woodsy, spicy, fruity, sweet, vanilla, etc. You can find wax melts at places like Amazon, Walmart, Target, Bed Bath & Beyond, etc.

You'll notice that some wax melts have a greater fragrance load than others. Typically, most wax melts have approximately 6% fragrance oil concentration, although it varies depending on the brand.

Generally, a 12% fragrance oil concentration will last longer than one with a lower percentage. However, that doesn't mean that every wax melt with a high percentage will last longer than one that has a low percentage. It depends on the wax used, the oil, and the fragrance.

Sometimes, adding more fragrance oil won't make a difference. Other times, it might.

Another important aspect of how many hours of scent there will be is whether your wax melts including fragrance or essential oils. Fragrance oils tend to last longer than essential oils.

That's because they are synthetically created to last, whereas essential oils are 100% naturally derived. Not all essential oils are 100%, though. Some are synthetically produced as well.

Some wax melts even combine both types of oils to create a long-lasting and heavy scent.

When Stored, How Long Do Wax Melts Last?

Wax melts are great for adding scent to your space. However, if you leave them sitting out without being stored properly, they may lose some of their fragrance throws.

To avoid this problem, you should keep your wax melt pack in its original packaging and store them in the refrigerator or freezer. Keep them away from direct sunlight and extreme heat. This will extend the life of your wax melts and give you more options for using them.

You can also add a little bit of water to your melted wax to prolong its lifespan. Just remember to remove the excess water after melting.

How Long Do Unused Wax Melts Last?

If you don't use your wax melts within six months, you can still enjoy them for up to three years. If you do use them before then, however, you'll need to replace them sooner.

How Can You Extend The Life Of Your Wax Melts?

The shelf life of wax melts can be extended by storing them in the refrigerator or freezing them, as discussed before. They will last longer when kept cold.

However, you shouldn't freeze them too much. That could cause them to break down over time.

You can also buy wax melts in larger quantities so you can reuse them multiple times.

How Long Do The Scents Of Wax Melts Last?

Most wax melts have a fragrance that lasts anywhere from 2 weeks to 3 months. In general, the longer the scent lasts, the higher the fragrance level. This means that wax melts with a higher fragrance concentration and will last longer than those with a lower concentration.


Wax melts are a fun way to add scent to your home. They come in many different scents and sizes. They're easy to use and can be reused over and over again.

Keep in mind that not all wax melts will last the same amount of time. It depends on the type of wax used, the oil content, and the fragrance.

We hope that this article answered the questions you had about wax melts. Remember to check expiration dates and use them soon!

Smell is one of the human senses which can flow through the whole body. I am the Founder of where we talk all about scented candles. Known as Candace the Candle Girl, I know pretty much all there is to know about scented candles. I make and sell them on Etsy and Ebay - so be sure to ask if you have any burning questions :) (pun intended ;) )

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