Is Scentsy Wax Flammable? (An Overview)

This article will answer the following question: “Is Scentsy Wax Flammable?”. We will reveal rather the flavored waxes are flammable or not, and in which conditions they might ignite.

Is Scentsy Wax Flammable?

The short answer is no. Scentsy waxes can ignite but not easily, not in normal conditions, nor in low temperatures. Although, after being heated, they can catch fire if ignition sources are provided.

What is Scentsy wax?

Scentsy wax is a type of fragrant wax made by a company named Scentsy, created in 2004. The product come in 8 break-apart sections, which are detached to be used in a warmer.

Because the wax is not heated using a naked flame, the risk of flammability drops greatly, compared to other warmers.

The wax is slowly heated by the lamp and does not heat enough so auto-ignition is required. Therefore, a fire practically can’t happen, but it doesn’t mean it’s not possible.

What is Scentsy wax made of?

Scentsy uses paraffin blends to mix the fragrances. Paraffin is a combustible compound, but can’t become flammable easily. It has a considerably high flashpoint.

Paraffin can’t burst into flames easily. Even in a candle, the paraffin must before become liquid, heat enough, and turn into vapor, and only then can suffer combustion in a candle’s flames.

A candle is made to burn slowly. Paraffin is what makes it possible.

The fragrances used in a Scentsy wax are wide. Dozens of different compounds can be mixed together to formulate a single scent. At the same time, such components are not in a big quantity.

Therefore, the fragrances in the product are not relevant for its flammability, only the paraffin wax.

How do Scentsy warmers work?

Scentsy warmers holders are decorative ceramic materials used to heat up the wax, so the scent is unleashed into the air. Contrary to other warmers, it doesn’t use fire, but a low-watt bulb.

A fragrant wax bar is displayed on top of the warmer, in a sort of bowl. Inside the burner’s cup, there is a low-watt lamp that heats the wax until it melts, but it will not burn the wax or scent.

The lamps don’t create fires of any kind. Because of that, it’s much safer to use the warmers, which doesn’t mean that there’s no risk of flammability.

Are Scentsy warmers safe to leave on at all times?

The risk is lower than leaving a lit candle unwatched in your place, but it doesn’t mean that’s safe. 

Scentsy warmers do not possess any kind of fire, but can still heat enough to make the warmer itself and the wax hazardous. In this case, the risk depends on the other things that are close by.

Any source of heat is potentially hazardous if there’s a combustible or flammable source of fuel nearby, which includes (but is not limited to): furniture, paper, cosmetics, food, curtains, cabinetry, etc.

Therefore, leaving Scentsy warmers turned on and unsupervised is not good or safe. The Scentsy Company also testifies against this practice.

Is Scentsy wax flammable or combustible?

Scentsy waxes are considered combustible, nor flammable. Meaning that they can catch fire at some point, but not readily. 

The wax is combustible thanks to the specific chemical characteristics of its ingredients. It is mainly paraffin-based. 

However, in order for something to become flammable, the material must be able to ignite readily under mild conditions. The wax can only burn if it’s at least pre-heated first, which already deviates from the usual conditions.

But what is important to the reader is possible wishing to understand in which conditions the material can catch fire.

Just remember that Scentsy wax is made from nearly the same thing as candles, and candles’ paraffin does burn to provide the heat and light we feel when close to a candle.

Can Scentsy wax catch fire?

Yes! Any kind of wax can catch fire at some point. But the question is, will it happen easily? Well, the answer is no.

Wax is a class of organic compounds that has lipidic-like properties. Although waxes have a low viscosity, a big aliphatic carbon chain, and melting points similar to room temperature, some are still malleable enough to craft a wide variety of materials.

Wax can come naturally from plants, animals, or minerals, but can also be crafted or extracted from parts of them. There are also petroleum waxes, which are derived from ancient forms of life.

Paraffin is an example of petroleum-derived wax, it is a mix of long carbon chain organic compounds, also known as aliphatic hydrocarbons or alkanes.

Aliphatic Hydrocarbons

Aliphatic hydrocarbons are a class of organic compounds made entirely from carbon and hydrogen. Fats and oils are the most prominent examples of them and the constituents or parts of waxes.

The carbons form a central chain, like a skeleton or the stalk of a tree, which can have branches of other carbons on.

Hydrocarbons are named and classified according to their amount of carbon. Each carbon makes 4 connections, which are fulfilled by connections with carbons and hydrogens, only.

In the picture above you can see the example of one structure present in paraffin, and also have an idea of how combustion happens up close. 

Oxygen gas simply collides with the molecule, forcing its carbons (C)  and hydrogens (H) to leave their own bondings and create new ones with oxygen, forming other molecules.

These new molecules are carbon dioxide (CO2) and water (H2O).

But paraffin, just like other organic compounds, appreciates doing so because its new molecules are simpler, and simpler normally means stable.

All that atoms want to do in their never-ending lives is become stable, chemically speaking. Likewise, all organic molecules tend to do is turn themselves into carbon dioxide and water.

This raises a very simple yet important question: why do more complex organic molecules even exist? Don’t they all tend to become simple molecules? What makes them even exist?

The answer is: Life.

Forms of life called producers (often plants) capture the carbon dioxide, combine them with water and other things to create complex organic compounds once again.

Note that there are two ways for organic matter to decompose: through combustion and natural decomposition (often by the fungus).

What is thermal decomposition?

Thermal decomposition is a forced decomposition of organic matter, by heat and combustion.

Whenever fire happens there’s an organic compound suffering forced oxidation, liberating energy in the form of heat and light.

But there’s a third way that thermal decomposition happens: volatilization. In this case, the molecules remain untouched (meaning they do not react), but detached from their source.

We do this last one every time we boil water. Boiling happens when thermal decomposition happens. We force the molecules from liquid to gas state.

But in the case of water, the byproduct (water vapor) is not hazardous. Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) can be.

Can Scentsy wax easily ignite?

Not exactly. In normal conditions, the wax is a combustible solid at best. However, if it is heated, VOCs are unleashed into the air, and these ones can catch fire easily. 

But even VOCs still require a source of ignition to catch fire.

Also, if a piece of the wax is tossed into flames, it would ignite. Remember that Scentsy wax is made mainly with the same ingredient as candles, which can burn, but not that much.

How safe is Scentsy?

According to the manufacturer, Scentsy products were crafted accordingly to EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) regulations.

They also follow other regulations like the IFRA’s Code of practice, the California Air Resources Board regulations, and the European Union’s REACH. All these are reliable agencies known worldwide.

These agencies establish what ingredients are safe and which are not and, as far as there’s information available, the Scentsy company follows all these rules.

The biggest concern about Scentsy products, besides the flammability, is the VOCs unleashed by the heating of the scented waxes. 

Volatile compounds can reach our lungs easily, so they cannot be toxic, otherwise, we would suffer imminent dangers.

Luckily, the company does not use harmful compounds like formaldehyde compounds, BPAs, or other substances capable of triggering irreversible allergic responses.

Conclusion

Scentsy waxes are not flammable if in a solid form. After they are heated by a warmer, they can ignite, and even form flammable mists in the air. If the instructions are followed, there’s no big risk.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS): Is Scentsy Wax Flammable

why is my Scentsy wax smoking?

What’s coming out of your warmer is probably not smoke, but volatile organic compounds. The wax is melted and some of it becomes airborne, the scent particles also do.

If nothing came out of the warmer there would be no pleasant smell to be felt. We can only sense a smell of something if particles of that something find their way to our nose.

But beware: do not inhale the particles too much. They might be hot, which would end up burning you.

why is my scentsy wax not melting?

If the wax is not melting properly it would mean that there’s a problem with the warmer. Carefully check if the burner is well installed and if the plugs and the bulb are good.

Also, too much wax at once may prejudice the melting process.

is scentsy wax vegan?

We couldn’t find any concrete answer about this subject. If the products were indeed vegan, the company would probably let this information easily available.

Also, there’s no guarantee that Scentsy waxes are cruelty-free. The company itself does not test on animals, but the fragrances are a complex mixture of many sources, and the company simply can’t testify rather these ingredients are cruelty-free or not.

But the skin products from Scentsy are vegan and gluten-free.

Citations

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paraffin_wax
https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/life

What was missing from this post which could have made it better?

Leave a Comment