Can You Use Essential Oils In A Wax Warmer? (Learn Here)

Wax warmers are used to heat wax melts which are hard-scented wax to release their fragrance as they melt. Some wax warmers use a tealight candle while others use electricity or light bulbs. For the former, you need to extinguish the tealight candle when you finish the melting process to ensure fire safety. You can find out more about wax warmers and wax melts in general in this guide that I wrote.

However, you can also use wax warmers to diffuse essential oils but whether it’s a safe act poses a major concern. In this article, we will be looking at how safe it is to use essential oil in a wax warmer. We will also discuss the various types of essential oils that you can try in your wax warmer. Read on!

The quick answer – Can you use essential oils in a wax warmer?

I know that most people who have come to this article are probably wanting a quick answer to the question and don’t want to go to in-depth into it. So I will answer the main question first and later in the article go over some of the amazing essential oils you may want to try as well as some safety elements.

So can you use essential oils in a wax warmer? The truth is that you are absolutely fine to use essential oils that are diluted in a wax warmer and it is really simple to do. For the sake of safety it is better to use essential oils in an electric wax warmer as this removes the fire hazard that is associated with a tea light wax warmer.

A photo oil essential oils being used in a wax melt warmer
It is fine to use essential oils in a wax warmer as it is practically the same as an oil burner.

Will A Wax Melt Warmer Work With Essential Oils?

Of course yes, a wax melt warmer will work perfectly well with essential oils. It spreads the fragrance in the oil the same way it does to the scent in the wax melts when you use it properly. If you are an essential oil lover, using your wax warmer with it is very easy.

How to use essential oils in a wax warmer

Simply mix a little quantity (a few drops) of your essential oil with a small quantity of water in the warming dish. Then put the wax melt warmer on and leave it to complete the rest of the job. Within the space of a few seconds, your home will be filled with the scent of whatever essential oil fragrance you choose. The good thing about this method is that if you have too much oil, you can add more water to dilute it. 

You can also add more drops of essential oil if you feel the scent isn’t strong enough. You can as well mix two or more essential oil fragrances to create a unique scent. Unlike the wax melts, both the water and the essential oil evaporate when using a wax warmer. Hence, do not allow the wax melt warmer to keep warming once the content has all evaporated. Taking note of this precaution will help you avoid fire risks. 

Is It Safe To Use Essential Oils In A Wax Warmer? 

Many people have been using wax warmers with open flames to diffuse their preferred essential oils without any safety issues. Although people see Wax warmers that use naked flames as fire hazards, they can catch fire spontaneously. This happens when the naked flame comes in direct contact with essential oil or a very hot burner with the oil residue.

However, all essential oils are flammable although with varying degrees at different flashpoints. For instance with YIang Yiang essential oil, ignition takes place once its temperature reaches 90oC or 194oF. Whereas for Lavender, the flashpoint is 65oC or 149oF. But, if you want to be more cautious you can use an electric wax warmer, it’s safer and doesn’t operate with a naked flame.

 Some Essential Oils That You May Want To Try In Your Wax Warmer 

There are numerous kinds of essential oils out there in the market that can give your home a perfect scent. They are extracts from flowers and leaves while they distilled some from the seeds of plants. To help you make a good choice, we decided to include a list of top essential oils that you may want to try out. We did the selection based on their popularity, availability, trusted manufacturers, and users’ comments. They include;

Ylang Ylang Essential Oil

Ylang ylang is steam distilled from certified organic flowers, it has a light floral scent. In aromatherapy, it’s used to reduce stress and tension. Most users recommend it for patients suffering from insomnia.

Peppermint Essential Oil

Its also steam distilled from Mentha x Piperita, a peppermint plant in the Northwest pacific. Peppermint essential oil is loved by many because of its delightful scent and health benefits. It can aid in improving irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) for people already having the symptoms. It also enhances good athletic performance.  

Be careful if you have pet dogs and cats though as peppermint essential oil is toxic to them.

Tea Tree Oil

They extracted the oil from the leaves of an Australian tree Melaleuca Alternifolia. It’s said to have antifungal and antibacterial properties, it’s used in controlling dandruff and eliminating head lice. You can add it to your shampoo or use the diluted form to treat minor skin infections like athlete’s foot.

Be cautious while using this oil for lice treatment or adding it to your shampoo as it can be irritating to the eyes.

Lavender Essential Oil

This is essential oil came from organically grown lavender imported from France. It has a relaxing and soothing scent. In aromatherapy, they use Lavender essential oil as a stress reliever. When mixed with a carrier oil it makes an excellent oil for massaging.

Bergamot Essential Oil

Bergamot is an extract from the hulls of Citrus bergamia fruits which are a combination of lemons and oranges. It has a distinctive and enticing scent that makes it relevant in the production of cologne, body lotions, and massage oils. This oil helps to reduce stress, it consists of compounds that could help in alleviating inflammation and pain.

However, it could cause skin irritation to some people. Ensure you always dilute it before applying it to your skin. Remember that bergamot is a citrus oil and can make your skin photosensitive, avoid sun rays after application.

Chamomile Essential Oil

The Chamomile essential oil is of two types, the German and the Roman but we are referring to the former here. The German Chamomile essential oil has a comforting scent that has wheedled many users into slumber over the years. It’s rich in chamazulene, an active ingredient that gives it many health benefits including anxiety control. 


Now that you have seen that you can also use your wax melt warmer to diffuse essential oils at ease? Some essential oils have some health benefits, especially those made from organic sources from trusted manufacturers. Using a wax warmer to diffuse these types of essential oils will fill your home with these benefits and make it smell nice too.

More so, Wax warmers give you a safe and easy diffusing experience so long as you will not allow the warmer to run dry. That is, if you are not using the electric warmer otherwise, you have nothing to worry about.

Conversely to this article did you also know that you can actually use an oil burner as a wax warmer?

Andrew Scents and Aroma