Recently, I was given a popular brand electric wax warmer as a gift. While I enjoy the safety and ease of this flameless device and the way it diffuses scent through a room better than a traditional candle, I don’t like having to buy expensive blocks of wax to fill it. Through a direct sales representative, a six pack can cost $6 or more, and the price is not much better at gift and specialty stores. Since my warmer takes 2–3 blocks at a time, it’s easy to overspend on supplies.

Luckily, I have found some tricks for saving on the cost of blocks and have discovered unique substitutions that still provide a bold, pleasant scent while not costing a fortune. Here are my tricks and tips for savings money on wax melts:

Buy from Hallmark

Based on the high cost of their merchandise, this may not initially seem like a cost-saving idea, but Hallmark is notorious for releasing high-value coupons ($5 off a $10 purchase, for instance, several times a year) that can be used on anything in the store. My local Gold Crown also runs 40-percent-off coupons in the local paper, sends a birthday savings certificate once a year, and delivers other savings and special event opportunities to my inbox. I never pay more than $3 for a six pack there. And with each dollar I spend, I earn store points to use for other merchandise. To learn more about this program and other store savings techniques, click here.

Try BHG brand from Walmart

At $2 a six pack, I wondered how good the Better Homes and Gardens brand of wax melts could be. What a pleasant surprise I was in for when I fired up my warmer with delicious Orange Clove Pomander blocks for the first time! Running the warmer once a day, I’ve found their scents can easily last me two weeks before I need to replace them. Since Walmart clearances seasonal scents, be sure to check, too, for sales on this brand post-holidays. Last Christmas, I was able to get Oatmeal Cookie blocks for 75 percent off!

Purchase Glade—with coupons

Did you know Glade manufactures warmer blocks? Their pack of eight individual blocks—as opposed to most companies’ six per package that have to be broken apart by hand—sell for around $3 anywhere you normally purchase Glade products. You can even win some during company giveaways throughout Wednesdays in August (units are being given away here!). I’m so excited because, as a KCL, I know Glade coupons are available everywhere: in Sunday circulars, in printables from the KCL database, and as product peelies. And if you need coupons now, check the September edition of Family Fun magazine—its coupon insert has a 75-cents-off any fall scent coupon as well as one for $1 off two wax melt packages.


Additionally, you can use these alternatives in an electric warmer:

  • Downy Unstopables. These sweet-scented laundry beads aren’t just for the washing machine. If you have some in your stockpile, sprinkle 2–3 tablespoons in a clean warmer. Rather than removing the excess when the scent diminishes, just add a few more beads. (Click here for more alternative use ideas for this very versatile product!)
  • Wax tarts. These small, cupcake-shaped products found next to the candles in the store can be used as an alternative to actual wax blocks—just cut in half, if needed. Yankee Candle manufactures 0.8 oz. wax tarts that come in a wide variety of scents (and colors). What I like about Yankee brand is that all scents/products come with a satisfaction guarantee, so I can get my money back if they underperform. Additionally, I can purchase Yankee for less than retail at closeout stores and at my local Bealls department store at sharp discounts.
  • Candle Remnants. Have a votive that just won’t light? Have leftover wax in the bottom of a glass jar? Carefully remove these remnants from their existing containers (a little time in the freezer and then removing with a butter knife works well) along with any stray wicks or metal bottoms. Put these broken pieces into a warmer to extend their life before their trip to the garbage. And don’t worry about mixing scents: mixing 2–3 types of remnants (think vanilla and lavender or citrus and berry) can create an aromatic, one-of-a-kind scent you may actually enjoy more than the original candle.

Spending less on supplies makes me love my electric wax warmer even more! With these savings strategies, I’ll be enjoying this gift for many years to come.

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27 thoughts on “How to Save on Wax Melts for Electric Warmers”

  1. A recent study shows that exposure to melting paraffin wax can be hazardous to human health. Paraffin releases harmful chemicals such as toulene, reported to cause harmful effects to humans. The study was conducted by South Carolina State University, and is entitled ‘Frequent use of certain candles produces unwanted chemicals’ if you care to Google it for yourself. Or, contact me on Facebook for a link if you prefer.

  2. lagtexas says:

    As a current Scentsy representative I know that this article was blasted on various Facebook groups with a request to respond accordingly. I am ashamed at the tone of some of the responses; the majority of which are from people whose names I recognize. This is NOT the Scentsy way of doing business. Heck, I have even purchased a warmer and scent from Hallmark. I have smelled a few duds from Scentsy too. If I find someone that really enjoys a scent but can’t afford it, I have a 25% commission that I can play with on a bar that costs $5.00 (not $6). Oh, and this lifetime warranty thing … forget about it!

  3. mini says:

    Very well said Brandi. I 100% agree with you.

  4. Lacelyn Hernandez says:

    Yeahhh Missa for standing by Scentsy, I too am an Independent Consultant and have tried many of these other fad items before ever joining. Spent way too much money, not to mention SAFETY was always my first concern w/ my now 2 year old. Scentsy is still the best product out there that’s why it literally sells itself, customers are loyal for many reasons!!!

  5. Emily Goodknecht says:

    Are you referring to using them on clothes or in your warmer (all the time)? On clothes they would cycle fragrance differently, and in water that has no where near the same kind of potency has putting it in your warmer and just breathing in whatever it lets off from the heat of a light bulb. The product is intended to be used on your clothes and not as a candle substitute. Not to mention, for the price you will pay for those – why not just buy what your supposed to for your warmer? This is a couponing site! I find it surprising that people would spend more money to use a product that it isn’t even meant for.

  6. Lainey Lou says:

    You freeze the wax and pop it out. No mess….

  7. Anonymous says:

    I am very shocked at the comments that have been posted in response to his article…on here, but mostly on Facebook.
    I am sure that this article’s purpose was to inform… take from it what you wish. No where does it say that you MUST use these name-brand wax alternatives in your home.

    To all of the sales-reps — I would imagine that I am not alone when I request that you please save your sales pitches, websites, and promotions for another forum. I don’t believe KCL is the place to sell your products. To be candid…it is annoying.

    I have purchased your products before and in fact, I have enjoyed them. But…to those who posted angry comments — it seems as though instead of drawing in customers, your tactics may backfire and push customers away. If this article somehow insulted you, it seems you are reading a bit too much into it. Your livelihood/business is not in jeopardy based on one article.

    To those who are considering leaving the KCL site due to this posting — it seems as though you are giving up a “friend” (I think many of us view the site in this manner…just a great place to gather information and swap stories) too easily because their opinions differ from your own.

    Do Glade fans angrily flock to the comment section when an Air Wick article has been posted?

    And to KCL — You two gals and your team must have an enormous amount of strength to stomach all of the unfounded criticism. Please know that there are fans out there who are very grateful for your site. I believe I speak for them all when I say please do not let these brand-specific comments deter you from posting articles such as this one. Many of us know that even if our opinions do/do not differ, we can put on our big girl pants (that we couponed for!) and move on! ;-)

    • Janine says:

      Well said! :)

    • Anonymous says:

      I apologize if my comment shows up twice! Disqus had a little hiccup. (I deleted the second posting…but it didn’t delete, instead it changed it to “guest” Lol)

      KCL – feel free to delete that duplicate posting. Sorry about that! ;-)

    • Anonymous says:

      I did not see a single URL, self-promotion, monthly deal or sales pitch from any Scentsy consultant posted on here. They merely stated that using Downy Unstoppables in a Scentsy warmer or a tart warmer in general releases chemicals into the air that can be harmful, especially to children. They also pointed out that if you host a party it is possible to save a good deal of money through hostess rewards. I also am confused as you addressed part of your message “To all of the sales-reps who posted very angry comments”, yet nowhere did I see any angry words or foul language. All of the consultants who posted, merely stated the facts about Scentsy that differ with KCL’s analysis of Scentsy bars. I don’t believe they were trying to “put the post down” but were trying to make sure the correct information is out there in regards to the brand as well as let people know that using other things besides wax in a tart warmer, like Vicks and Downy can be harmful, AND that there are additional ways to save money on Scentsy wax so you do not have to spend a lot of money or buy it full price.

      • shay says:

        The angry comments were posted on facebook, as she stated

        • Anonymous says:

          ” But…to those who posted angry comments — it seems as though instead of drawing in customers, your tactics may backfire and push customers away”. I’m sorry but I don’t see the words “posted on facebook anywhere in that statement. I am aware that she also says “I am very shocked at the comments that have been posted in response to his article…on here, but mostly on Facebook.” but that was not the part I was referring to.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Testing….hmmm… I posted a comment that disappeared!

  9. Lainey Lou says:

    I garage sale. I find all kinds of wax melts (Scentsy, Home Interior, Yankee Candle, etc.) at great prices….like 1.00 a pack for Scentsy. I one time bought a whole box of Home Interior for $1.

    My mom also buy scented candles and scrapes out the wax and melts that. It saves a lot of money too (she also garage sales with me).

  10. Christy Abrams says:

    My tip was going to be buy Scentsy during transition month when almost everything is 10% or host a party and get everything half off or free.

  11. Alona Dykstra-Culver says:

    Downy Unstoppable!! Really!!?!? No, think of the fumes your putting into the air!! Yuck! Scentsy bars have been tested and proven to be safe! I’m sorry, but you just lost a subscriber! I wont burn anything but Scentsy product!

    • mslove504 says:

      why does she have to lose a subscriber just because you don’t agree with something she said. KCL can’t please everybody. Just because it is suggested does not mean you have to do it. And the purpose is saving money. Scentsy is expensive.

    • shay says:

      spam someone else, the rest of us are here to learn and save

      • Alona Dykstra-Culver says:

        How can my comment be spam? I know how to coupon. I enjoy it. I’m sure some of the other Scentsy reps coupon as well. I was just stating that some of the alternatives posted here may not be safe for you, and that Scentsy products have been proven safe!

        • Shay New says:

          my comment was to the lady posting for people to check out her scentsy rep page, not you. sorry for the confusion

        • Shay New says:

          and i agree scentsy products are great, but they are the higher priced product in this category, so it’s nice to know the alternatives