Everything you want to know about Scentsy Bars

scentsy wax bar drying in a manufacturing setting

Your trickiest and most commonly asked Scentsy Bar questions, answered.

We get asked a lot of questions about Scentsy Bars, including some completely weird and random queries (which we kinda love).

Presenting our greatest hits — the questions we receive most often. Have a question you don’t see here? Hit us up in the comments and we’ll get right on it.

The Basics

What is a Scentsy Bar?

Only the best thing ever! A Scentsy Bar is a block of fragrant wax in eight break-apart sections. When warmed in a Scentsy Warmer, the wax releases amazing fragrance into the air without flame, smoke or soot.

What’s in a Scentsy Bar?

We use a custom, high-quality paraffin wax blend and fragrance oils, both synthetic and naturally derived, to make the best, longest-lasting bar.

Scentsy wax bar being filled with wax on factory belt

Where are Scentsy Bars made?

Made in the U.S.A., baby! Scentsy manufactures all wax products at our headquarters in Meridian, Idaho.

Why are Scentsy Bars shaped like that?

Scentsy Bars, and the clamshells they come in, are designed to look like our Classic Curve Warmer — one of the original Scentsy Warmer designs. Plus, it’s just more fun than a square.

How do you make Scentsy Bars smell so authentic?

Hard work and lots of love! We create unique fragrance formulas for each Scentsy Bar using the scent pyramid. Each Scentsy Bar typically includes 30-60 ingredients to get every fragrance just right!


Why do you discontinue fragrances?

To keep things fresh. We make changes each season — what’s hot in June might not be popular in December. But whenever a fragrance becomes unavailable, there’s a chance we’ll bring it back with the next catalog.

And when a fragrance just isn’t selling well, we replace it with something new. If you have a favorite scent you can’t imagine living without, order it through Scentsy Club and we’ll keep making it for you as long as it’s in your subscription — whether we discontinue it down the road or not.

When can I get new Scentsy Bar fragrances?

We launch an entire collection of New Releases fragrances twice a year (in March and September), a new Scent of the Month fragrance every month, and additional specialty and holiday collections on a regular basis. The best way to stay in the know is through your Scentsy Consultant.

How should I store my Scentsy Bars?

Here’s the short answer: Store them flat in a cool, dry place. For the long answer, click here.

Do Scentsy Bars expire?

A good rule of thumb is to use your bars within a year to ensure a top-notch experience, so rotate older bars to the front of your stash to make sure you use them first.

Why does my Scentsy Bar look like it’s sweating?

Extreme variations in temperature can cause the fragrance oils in your bar to separate and bead up on the wax surface, but don’t worry! When warmed, the oils should blend back in just fine.

Why does my Scentsy Bar look discolored?

Several factors are at play here, including tricky science stuff, but how you store your Scentsy Bars can affect how they appear over time. Remember: Just because it looks different doesn’t mean it won’t smell great! Try it before you toss it.

batch of scentsy bars

Scent Experience

How long does a Scentsy Bar last?

There are many factors to consider here, like a scent’s ingredients, your preferred fragrance intensity and the environment where you warm your favorite bar. But know this: We design Scentsy Bar fragrances to last, with the utmost quality standards. 

Why can’t I smell my favorite fragrance anymore?

Sometimes, you can become immune to a scent by warming it too often — it’s called olfactive fatigue. We offer a ton of options, so avoid this problem by switching out your Scentsy fragrances regularly.

Can I use a Scentsy Bar in another company’s candle warmer?

It’s not recommended, because we design our bars to have a low melting point and only use low-watt bulbs or heating elements in our warmers. Who knows what the other guys might be using?

You discontinued my favorite fragrance! How can I find another one like it?

Your Consultant can help recommend a similar fragrance, or use our fragrance families as a guide to do a bit of hunting on your own. Twice a year, we also offer Bring Back My Bar, a program that invites you to vote back your favorite retired fragrances for a limited time.

Can I add a fresh Scentsy Bar cube to melted wax that is no longer fragrant?

It might be tempting to skip the clean-up, but adding new wax to used melted wax will likely impact the scent’s performance. Our Scentsy Bar wax is specially formulated to hold as much fragrance oil as possible for long-lasting scent. So don’t dilute it with used wax!

Clean Up

How do I clean the wax out of my Scentsy Warmer?

The easiest way is with Cotton Cleanup. All you do is place one pad in the melted wax in your warmer and within seconds, the cotton absorbs the wax — up to four melted Scentsy Bar cubes! In a pinch, regular cotton balls or paper towels also do a good job.

If the wax has cooled and hardened in the dish, turn on your warmer for a few minutes to soften the wax and gently slide it out in one piece.

For more ideas, check this out.

using cotton balls to soak up used wax and clean warmer


Are Scentsy Bars safe?


Apple Butter Frosting smells so good! Can I taste it?

No! None of Scentsy’s products are meant to be consumed. Just don’t do it.

Why do Scentsy Bars contain synthetic ingredients?

Because not every fragrance can or should be simulated with natural ingredients. Here’s why.

Do Scentsy Bars contain harmful phthalates?

Nope! Scentsy Bars do not contain or release harmful phthalates. A small percentage of Scentsy Bar fragrances contain extremely low levels of non-harmful diethyl phthalate (DEP), commonly used in fragrances to help blend ingredients and make them last longer.

Do Scentsy Bars contain any nut or mineral oils? Do they contain Bisphenol A (BPA), gluten, lead, egg or formaldehyde?

No to all!

That’s all for now, but be sure to comment with your unanswered questions — no matter how simple, complicated or wacky — and we’ll gladly address them.

For more information or to stock up on Scentsy Bars, call your Scentsy Consultant. Don’t have a Consultant? Find one here.


  1. Debbie Reply

    Very good info…Glad I read it, didn’t know all of that….Thanks for posting!!

    • Scentsy Reply

      Glad you found some interesting information Debbie!

  2. rachel childs Reply

    ive tried other melts…only sensie has quality scent and quality melting and the easiest clean up…thanks scentsie..

  3. Tracey Lucas Reply

    GREAT INFO. thank you so much

  4. Karla Milton Reply

    I was wondering if the used wax could be reused if made into a candle? Seems such a sin to just toss it. I do know of using pine cones covered in the wax to start a fire but often wondered about candles made from the used wax.

    • Scentsy Reply

      Hi Karla, that’s a good question. We use a special formula of wax that is best for warming, so we wouldn’t recommend using it outside of its intended purpose. ?

  5. Jess Reply

    What does the exclamation mark mean on some of the wax bars? Some have it and others don’t?

    • Scentsy Reply

      Hi Jess, great question! This symbol is found only on Scentsy Bars distributed to European countries. The European Union has adopted the Global Harmonized System of labeling for both industrial and consumer products. The GHS uses different symbols to help product users identify products that have required warnings based on ingredients. For example, a GHS exclamation mark is used to draw consumer’s attention to several types of warnings required by the regulation. It is important to read the hazard statement associated with each symbol on a product’s labeling. This statement will provide information on the chemical composition, usage directions and possible side effects. You may peel off the Bar label to read all relevant production information.

  6. Kent Frazelle Reply

    Are any scents harmful to dogs?

    • Scentsy Reply

      Hi Kent, Scentsy products are not toxic, and our wax is food grade. We make great efforts to ensure our fragrance products meets the highest quality and safety standards. They are specially formulated and tested to comply with all federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations, the International Fragrance Association’s Code of Practice, the European Union’s REACH requirements and the California Air Resources Board regulations, all of which restrict the use of fragrance ingredients that pose a risk to consumer health or the environment. We also require the fragrance houses we work with to be active members of the International Fragrance Association (IFRA). We don’t test on animals, so it’s important to place your Scentsy products where they can’t be reached by dogs. If you have concerns about using any fragrance products around your dog, we would recommend contacting your dog’s veterinarian and discussing it with them.

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