Does Wax Melts Expire?

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Does Wax Melts Expire?
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After buying your favourite wax melts from your favourite online store or retail store close to you, you are left with two options: you can either use them or store them. 

If you intend to use them, you shouldn’t have or face any difficulties, provided you know how to use them. What about storing them? Knowing how long wax melts last will help you maximize or use the most out of your wax melts without letting any go to waste.

If you have always wondered how long you can keep your wax melts without them going bad, then this article was written for you. Continue reading to learn more about how long it takes wax melts to expire.

Do wax melts expire?

Yes and no. Wax melts made from perishable ingredients will expire. For example, tallow and other animal or plant fat-based waxes typically have a shelf life of 12 months (1 year), while some can last up to 18 months (1.5 years) when properly stored. 

To make your wax melts last longer, you should store them in an airtight container, place the container in a cool dark place and avoid exposing it to direct sunlight or excessive heat. Doing this will slow down the decaying process.

On the other hand, if the wax melt is made using beeswax or human-made petroleum waxes (such as paraffin), they do not expire. In order words, you can say they have an indefinite shelf life. 

One thing you should know is that, even though wax melts can last for a very long time when properly stored, the quality or scent could die or wear off.

Do wax melts lose their potency over time?

Wax melts generally lose their potency over time, except for the wax melts made from synthetic waxes. Also, without proper storage, expect to see your wax melts lose their potency and expire a lot faster. Hence, avoid exposing your wax melts to moisture, sunlight, and heat. In addition to that, place your wax melts in airtight containers.

How can you tell if your wax melt has expired?

There are a few signs you should look out for that indicates your wax melt has gone bad or expired. If you notice any of the following, discard your wax melts:

  • Rancid smell
  • A serious colour change 
  • An abnormal change in its consistency

How to properly store wax melts

You should always know now that properly storing your wax melts plays a huge role in maximizing the shelf life of your wax melts.

To properly store your wax melts and make them last longer, do the following:

Place your wax melts in an airtight container.

Keep your wax melts away from direct sunlight—the darker, the better.

Store your wax melts at room temperature (25°C) or below.

Ensure that your wax melts are completely dry before you start sorting them. Also, avoid moisture at all costs, as it can shorten the life span of your wax melts more than anything else.

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