Help! I can’t smell my wax melts? Our tips and advice - Dayas Essence

Help! I can’t smell my wax melts? Our tips and advice

We’re happy to help you get started with your wax melts, and room warmers. We understand that there are many options and that everyone has different ways of using them. We just want to help you find the right way for you, which will ultimately be what suits you best.

I know we’ve all been there. You bought new products, and they smell great at first… but then they don’t smell the same after a few hours. Or they disappear by morning, or you simply cannot smell anything.

 We hope this guide can help you understand what’s going wrong in your set up and how to fix it so that your fragrances stay strong from start to finish.


First, it all depends on the size of your space. If you have a large room—or an open-plan space—you can use higher-wattage bulbs. Anything above 40 watts is perfect for a larger area, If you have open plan and one burner just doesn’t seen enough, try having 2 warmers either side of your room with the same scent in this will fill the area better.

If you have a smaller space, I recommend starting with something between 15 and 35 watts.

GU10 HALOGEN bulb burners I very much prefer.

Another important thing to remember is not to overload your burner dish. You can change the amount of wax in the dish to control how strong the scent throw is, but I recommend using a full 1 oz. tub of OUR wax if you want maximum strength and longevity of your scent.

Subtler type scents will struggle in low heated burners, so using more of the wax in hotter burners you’ll see a slight improvement.

Finally, when you’re ready to shop for burners, check out what we’ve got! We’ve got burners in all sizes and shapes, so there’s bound to be one that’s perfect for you.

If you choose to use a candle burner, please make sure it is with an unscented tealight candle that burns for 4 hours or less.

– Make sure the dish on top of your burner is a safe distance away from the candle below. We recommend 10cm, but any distance that affords adequate heat circulation will be fine.

– Do not use oil burners with wax melts. Oil burners are designed solely for use with essential oils.

– Do not use 8 hour candles with your burner, as the sustained high intensity of heat for such a long duration can put immense strain on the ceramic of the dish, running the risk of hairline cracks and shortening its lifespan significantly and heightens the risk of a fire.

Never use more than one candle in your burner at a time, one 4 hour candle is enough.

If you struggle with scent throw carry on reading this article.


When it comes to wax warmers, it never hurts to be safe than sorry.

 To ensure that you are getting the most out of your warmer, and that you and your family are safe, we recommend taking a few minutes every month to do a quick check on your warmer. Here’s what to look for:

  1. Any hairline cracks in the warmer (any cracks at all) If there’s any cracks, replace the warmer immediately
  1. Make sure to use a heat-resistant surface, such as a candle plate.
  1. If using an Electric warmer with a removable dish, you will see where the bulb is situated on most warmers a wire that’s covered in a material, if this looks scorched, brown this may be an indication that it needs replacing.

 If you want a longer-lasting and stronger scent from your wax melt, try Daya’s Essence—they’re specially formulated with a higher concentration of oils than any other brands so you can enjoy them for longer!


You may have already considered the type of scents you would like to use in your home, or maybe you have already stocked up on a few different scents. However, the type of warmer you choose to use with your scent can make a huge difference in the duration and throw of your scent!

Electric warmers are an excellent choice when using candles is not possible or desirable.

Electric warmers provide a slow, steady heat that will evenly melt your wax melt. This allows for the warmers to be used for a longer period of time, and the scent will fade slower than if it were melted by a tealight candle burner.

Candle tealight burners provide consistent hotter heat. However, when using candle warmers, you may notice that the scent is much stronger at first, with the strength fading much faster. This is because in a candle burner, the heat is more intense than an electric warmer, you will notice that the scent begins to fade away more quickly compared with electric warmers.

Electric to warm, candle to burn is the quick way to think about it.

Dayas Essence website fragrances have been tested in both Electric warmers and Tealight candle burners, half tubs tested as well as whole tubs, our minimum fragrance longevity reaches these hours = Tealight candle burner 20hrs whole tub &  13hrs half tub, Electric warmers whole tub 30 Hrs, Half tub 18 Hrs, some of our scents are known to last longer that’s why we always say minimum longevity.


The biggest factor to consider when you want to optimize your fragrance throw is where your burner is situated.

Fragrances are made up of molecules, and the way these molecules interact with heat and airflow determines how much of the fragrance ends up in the air, and how long they stay there.

To optimize this, place your burner at a lower or medium level. A coffee table or side table, a mantle-piece or a chest height shelf (just as long as it’s safely out of reach of children or pets).

The reason for this is that heat rises, so if you place your burner higher up, like on a bookshelf or window sill, the fragrance molecules won’t be able to disperse effectively because of less room and less air circulation.

This means that if this is where you’ve been placing your warmer for some time and haven’t noticed it throwing as much as you’d like, try moving it to another part of the room and see if that makes a difference!


It happens to the best of us.

You’re snuggled in bed, the lights are out, you’ve melted your favourite wax melt, you can smell the aroma filling the room, and then… nothing. (PS I hope you don’t have your warmer on whilst you are sleeping this is a fire hazard, Im sure some people do though, tut tut)

And for many people, this is where the story ends. They think their favourite wax melt has stopped working. They think they’ve wasted their money. They think they’ve been let down by the company.

The truth is this:

Your nose goes numb when you sleep (think about it—you can’t smell anything when you’re asleep)

It’s all very scientific, isn’t it?

When you’re using a wax melt for hours on end, your sense of smell becomes overloaded with fragrance, and after a while, it goes to sleep. You might start to notice that your favourite melts no longer throw as well as they used to, or that other people seem to be able to detect a scent that you can’t.

Don’t worry—this is totally normal! You are nose blind.

The solution is simple: take a break from using wax melts for about a day. Your olfactory bulb will reset during this time and make you much more receptive when it comes time to melt again.


When you’re buying candles or wax melts, you’re probably paying attention to the scent. But did you know that how long your wax is cured affects its longevity?

Curing is the chemical process that takes place as the wax and fragrance oil bind together.

The curing time for paraffin wax is around 48 hours, while soy vendors cure their wax for up to 2 weeks before advising customers to burn their candles or wax melts.

But what does it mean for wax to be “cured”? This term refers to the length of time it takes for the scent molecules in your wax to fully bind with each other. The longer this process takes, the stronger your wax will smell when burned—and the more likely it is that your wax melt will retain its scent after being burned.

If you’ve been following us, you’ll notice that we cure our wax for a minimum of 18 weeks before testing new melts and the same method applies before releasing our passed scents to the website. This is because we found that the longer we left the wax to cure, the stronger the smell and last longer when melted.

Scent load

In addition to your choice of wax, the scent load in any given product also significantly affects its longevity. The higher the scent load, the more fragrance oil is added to each batch of wax melt. This can help make a product last longer and smell stronger.

Dayas Essence fragrance load is 30% whereas typically other brands tend to be 10% fragrance scent load.


We know what you’re thinking—if the wax melt is a solid, how can it be stored incorrectly? Let us explain. It’s important to store your products in a cool dry space away from direct sunlight or heat and ensure your packaging is closed & sealed. If your wax melts are packed incorrectly using the wrong packaging this can suck out the fragrance oil from the melt, it can also sweat out the scent too this happens also when it’s warm especially in the summer months, leaving you with a greasy wax melt that smells very subtle.


During the winter, we use heat, during the summer we use air conditioning, both these systems have different airflows.

Always try to keep your warmers away from the direct flow of air, such as vents beneath ceiling fans or open windows, or even having your burner on a windowsill because the temperature from a window is a lot cooler, and you’ll lose heat air molecules, this will decrease the throw of your aroma, also dont have your warmer situated on a mantle-piece directly above a turned on gas/ electric fire, or on a stove-fire, the air molecules are far too hot and dry, and is flowing too fast, even if the heating of these are turned off, you dont see it but there are drafts.

When its humid, there is water molecules in the air which gives the scent something to “hang” on to.

When its dry (Summer months), the scents wont linger long because there’s nothing for them to attach themselves to.

In the winter put your heating temperature up a little; because odour molecules move much more slowly as the air temperature drops. Our noses don’t work quite as well when the ambient air is cold.

Its because odour molecules move much more slowly as the air temperature drops, our noses dont work quite as well when the ambient air is cold. In experiments that require biopsies of the olfactory receptors that lie deep inside the nose; researchers discovered that the receptors “bury” themselves alittle more deeply in the nose in the winter months “possibly as a protective response against cold, dry air.

Diffusion (in gases) is the phenomenon in which the gas particles mixes with air. Diffusion is directly proportional to temperature. If the temperature is increased the gases will move around faster.

Air is made up of molecules of gases. The molecules of gases are jingling. Heating up of molecules increases the jingling. These jingling molecules gets dispersed around in air very easily.

Cold molecules jingles at a slower rate. Therefore, they haven’t dispersed around in the air quickly.

It’s the same reason why hot soup smells more than cold soup does and why the dustbin lorry leaves behind the strongest of smells on hot summer days.


So you’ve come to the end of our article, and we hope this will help clear up any confusion and guide you on your way to optimizing the best from your wax melts.

Do you think you now need a new warmer after reading this blog? If so, then head over to our wax-warmer page! Shipping is included in the price, any warmers ordered will be dispatched every Monday & Thursday. 

While you’re at it, why not add some of our highly fragranced wax melts to your order. Dayas Essence premium wax melts are uniquely made to withstand a higher amount of fragrance oil than average products—we use 30% fragrance load as opposed to the industry standard of 10%. You’ll be surprised by how much longer they last and the strength of their scent! So what are you waiting for? Grab some today and treat yourself.

Wax melts are posted to you separately dispatched Fridays.

 We also accept Clearpay, Klana and Laybuy.

Thank you for reading.

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