Monday, January 16, 2012

What do I do with scent shots?

 Here's a little info for you on scent shots. If you are not familiar with "scent shots", or as they are more commonly known, "tarts", you might be a little confused. What the heck do you do with a 2oz chunk of wax with no wick?

Well, the first thing is you need a tart/candle warmer. I purchased mine from Candles By Victoria. CBV sells a variety of them (12 to be exact) on their website for $15.95. You then put a portion (1/4 or 1/2 usually works), or all of the scent shot onto the warmer and it will release the fragrance.

How do you cut the scent shot up without making a mess, you ask? Well... it's easy. I have a paper plate and a butter knife specifically for cutting my scent shots. Below are picture step-by-step instructions.

Step 1 - Scent Shot, Paper Plate, Butter Knife

Step 2 - Take scent shot out of the container and flip it upside down on the paper plate

Step 3 - Cut the scent shot in half using the butter knife

Step 4 - Cut the scent shot the other way in half to create four equal parts

Final step.... scrape any wax crumbs off of the paper plate, then wipe the wax residue off of the knife with a paper towel and you're done!
Now, the wax will not burn away as it does with candles. When the scent shot is done you will not smell anymore fragrance coming from it, but you will still have all the wax left. When that happens, there are a few ways to get the wax out. I use the following two methods - freezer or melt and dump. I find the freezer method works well when I have put at least 1/2 of the scent shot into the warmer. You just turn the warmer off and let the wax solidify. You then pop the plate it into the freezer for about 20 minutes, and with a butter knife ease the wax out. It should come out in one piece. If it does not, it needs to be put back in the freezer a little while longer.

The other method, melt and dump, works well when you use a small portion of wax (usually mine is 1/4). When the scent shot is done and you can't smell any more fragrance, I will take the top plate off of the warmer and immediately dump the liquified wax into the garbage can. There is usually some wax left over in the plate, so I use a paper towel or two to remove any leftover wax.

And voila... there you have it. I hope this helped out for anyone who needed help understanding how to use scent shots. Now, get melting! :)

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