Candles vs. Wax Melts- a Fragrance faceoff!

I have not met a single beauty blogger who isn't obsessed with scented candles. We love them, we spend extortionate amounts of money on them and we have a habit of smelling them in YouTube videos while badly attempting to describe the scent.
About two months ago I purchased a wax tart burner by Yankee Candle, because I heard that they 'spread' the fragrance better- does that make sense? Since then I've really come to love my wax burner so I thought I'd compare candles and wax tarts so you can decide which one is the best option for you!

There is a massive price range when it comes to candles, you can get some for £1.50 from Primark (I'm burning one right now) or you can spend £50 on a Diptique candle and don't even get me started on the ones that are more expensive than that. There's definitely a candle for every budget and they all differ massively in quality I find. I've had some amazing cheap candles that throw off the scent beautifully and I've had some more expensive candles that did nada. I'm personally a big fan of Yankee Candles but I do find that some scents are better than others so you have to kind of experiment and find the right candle for you.
Something I love about candles is that they look really pretty as decoration and you can theoretically put them all over the house because you just need to light them once and then leave them be (just make sure they're not near anything flammable, fire safety!). However especially bigger candles need to be burned for quite a while otherwise they can tunnel, which is just extremely annoying especially when you've spent a lot of money on it, because it just wastes so much product.

Wax melts
With wax tarts you're going to have the initial investment of buying a burner, although you can get them quite cheap (I got mine from Yankee Candle for £15). You can get some lovely decorative burners if you want, or just a very simple one like I did. I use Yankee Candle Wax Tarts and they are under £2 each, which I think is an absolute bargain! I have a large collection of melts because they're so cheap, so I can change them up whenever I feel like it.
However, one thing that annoys me about wax melts is that I go through so many tealights! You need to put a tea light in your burner, which then heats it up and melts the wax on top, and most tealights only have a burn time of 2-3 hours. They are extemely cheap (you can get 100 for £3 at Tiger) but it is annoying to keep having to replace the tealight once it goes out, especially if you want to have the wax melt on for a long period of time.

In conclusion, both wax melts and candles have their pros and cons and I personally use both because I'm just a bit obsessed! If you like to have lots of scent options but you're on a budget then I'd definitely recommend the wax melts. They're also a great cheap way of sampling lots of scents before you commit to buying a whole big candle!

What do you prefer, candles or wax melts? What's your favourite scent at the moment?

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