In this article we compare an oil warmer to a wax warmer. An oil warmer can also be referred to as an oil burner. This is because they consists of a small dish that holds the oil and underneath that the user would place a tea light candle. Wax warmer can refer to and item that warms wax for hair removal. In this article we are going to discuss scented wax warmers which are designed to diffuse pleasant aromas into the space they are used in.
Since oil warmers use tea light candles they offer distinct advantages and disadvantages when compared to wax warmers. Because they use a candle there is an increased risk for fire especially if you have pets or children in your home. However, since they do not need to be plugged in you, have a wide range of options when placing your oil warmer. Oil warmers use essential oils to diffuse their scent. You can customize the scent by using different types of essential oils in different amounts. This is not something that you can easily do with scented wax.
How to use an Oil Warmer
When using essential oils in an oil warmer you will need to add some water. You would dilute the essential oils in the same way when using an ultrasonic diffuser. The main difference here is that it doesn’t require as much water as an ultrasonic diffuser would. An ultrasonic diffuser can act as a humidifier and actually put measurable amounts of moisture into the air. The most important consideration when purchasing an oil warmer is going to be how well it matches the décor of the room. Unlike scented wax warmers, there are not especially well known brands.
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Scented Wax Warmers
Scented wax warmers generally consist of a base with a light bulb and the dish where you place the scented wax to be melted. When the wax warmer is plugged in and turned on the light bulb heats up. This heat then melts the wax, allowing its scent to fill the room.
Wax warmers have a very distinct advantage over oil warmers. Once you turn off the wax warmer, the wax will harden and become solid again. There’s really nothing to clean up or worry about if you want to move the wax warmer to put it away.
Oil warmers use essential oils diluted in either a carrier oil or water. Water and carrier oils remain liquid at room temperature. This makes relocating an oil warmer a little more difficult. You would definitely need to clean the dish before putting it away. There is a workaround to this that we will go into more detail in the ‘Oil Warmers’ section of this article.
The Best Wax Warmer Brands
Scentsy is one of the most well known producers of wax warmers. They also have one of the strongest lineups of scented wax on the market today. If you decide to purchase a wax warmer, we recommend looking at Scentsy for generally appealing designs.
The images below are all clickable links that will take you to the product listing on Amazon.com. Once you are there you can explore other product listings as well.
Another brand of wax warmers, Scentsationals, has some interesting takes on what a wax warmer should look like. Unlike Scentsy, their lineup of wax warmers is continuously changing. This can make it tough to rely on getting one of their wax warmers as a gift. Here is a clickable link that will take you to their general product lineup, not a specific product – Scentsationals Scented Wax Warmers.
Since oil warmers and wax warmers operate in very similar manners you may be tempted to use one in the other. It is important to thoroughly read the manufacturer’s literature because that warmer may not be designed for other uses. Oil warmers generally have a much smaller reservoir. A wax cube may initially fit in the reservoir but soon overflow as it melts into a liquid.
Most oil warmers use tea light candles as their heat source. Since you do not need to plug it in, you have a few more options for where you can place the oil warmer. However, the open flame does pose a small risk especially if you have pets or children in your home.
Another significant difference between wax warmers and oil warmers is their price. Oil warmers are almost universally less expensive than wax warmers.
The images below are all clickable links that will take you to the product listing on Amazon.com. Once you are there you can explore other product listings as well. These images are all products that use tea lights to warm the oil.
Coconut Oil as a Carrier Oil
As promised in the ‘Wax Warmers’ section of the article, here is the workaround to having to clean your oil warmer every single time you want to put it away. If you use coconut oil as your carrier oil it will harden again at room temperature. However, coconut oil melts at about 78 degrees Fahrenheit. It is possible that a summer day could keep your carrier oil from hardening again.
If you only use a few drops of essential and carrier oil at a time, you might be able to avoid losing a lot of oil whenever you do need to clean up. This is also a minor point to consider when making your choice between an oil or wax warmer. The main advantage oil warmers have is the ability to fully customize the scent they diffuse into the room.
Pay close attention to the material your oil or wax warmer is made out of. If you are looking for something that is durable and will last a long time we recommend ceramic or glass for the dish. If the dish is made of glass, the base will generally be made of metal. This is a great match. Ceramic dishes are almost universally paired with ceramic vases. Ceramic is a very durable and strong material. The only thing to note here is that both glass and ceramic are very breakable if they are dropped.
Oil Warmer vs Wax Warmer
In this article we compared wax warmers and oil warmers. If you are looking for the ability to customize the scent we recommend oil warmers because you can mix the essential oils yourself. If you are looking for a familiar scent that you are accustomed to, you may be just fine with a wax warmer. Both are great products that will fill your space with pleasant aromas.