Do Wax Melts Expire? (How To Keep Them Fresh).

With the ever increasing fascination of wax melts and more and more people realising how beautiful they can make your home smell, there are bound to be some questions.

I have been using wax melts for around 5 years now and have been making and selling my own brand for 2 years so I feel qualified to answer some if these questions.

One such question that I have been asked a few times before is,

“Do wax melts expire?”

It’s a valid question as most things do have an expiration date of sorts. So is it the same for wax melts?

Well in this article I will tell you if wax melts indeed do expire and also how you can keep your smelling divine and fresh for when you need them the most.

A photo showing an expiration date
Wax melts do not expire but they can lose their scent and color over time.

Do wax melts expire?

So I want to start off by answering the main question, after this I will give you some helpful tips to keep your wax melts fresh.

So do wax melts expire? Wax melts do not expire as such, they should not go moldy or off. However they can over time lose some of their valuable scent and aroma and also the colors may fade from them. Keeping them in an airtight container in a shaded area should minimise the chances of this happening.

So there you have it wax melts do not expire they just lose some of their scent and color over time if they are not stored correctly.

Now I want to share with you some helpful tips that I have picked up over time that will help to keep your wax melts as fresh as the day you bought them.

Do wax melts lose their scent?

Wax melts can lose their scent if they are left open to the elements. Heat in the air can cause the fragrance oil in the wax to dissipate and over time your wax melt will lose all of its scent. If stored correctly the scent loss will be very minimal.

Let’s now take a look at my favourite tips for keeping your wax melts string and fresh.

How to keep wax melts fresh.

So you have got some beautiful smelling wax melts and you do not want them to lose that heavenly aroma. I don’t blame you it was one of my bug bears when I first started using melts.

Here are a few tips that I have learnt over the years that will keep your wax melts as fresh as the day you bought them.

  • Once you have opened the packaging the wax melts will slowly start to lose their scent. Make sure to place them in an airtight container such as a tupperware tub.
  • Keep your wax melts in a cool dark area. The heat is what causes the melts to release their fragrance. Keeping them in a high up cupboard in the kitchen will not only keep them cool and shaded, it will also keep them out of reach of small children.
  • Make sure to keep your unused wax melts dry and out of anywhere humid. When wax melts get damp they can lose their scent and also start spitting and popping when you next use them.
  • Don’t mix your stored wax melts in the same container. I learnt this the hard way, I put several different scented wax melts in the same tub. The result was a weird cocktail of scents that did not go together.

Final thoughts

All wax melts will eventually lose some of their scent, it’s just the way that fragrance oil works, it is supposed to evaporate and fill your room with aroma.

The problem is that you want the aroma to be around when the wax melt is in the burner.

by implementing the tips from above you will be able to minimise the scent loss from your melts so that they are ready for when you next need them.

If this article helped in any way, why not have a look at some more of my wax melt guides.

Andrew Scents and Aroma