Clamshells and snap bars are thin, plastic molded containers with dividers. They hold segments of wax intended for wax warmers or melters, and high scent payoff is often their main purpose. It’s important to select a rigid wax that has a high maximum fragrance allowance and good fragrance performance.
Pillar wax is the best choice for clamshells and snap bars because end users can easily remove the wax segments from the plastic shells. Easy release is also a huge benefit to the end-user because it means easy clean up of wax warmers or melters; applying pressure on one side of the cooled wax should result in a satisfying puck of wax releasing cleanly from the dish.
So, what’s the best wax for clamshells and snap bars? Since most clamshell and snap bar users want strong fragrance, we recommend pillar waxes that hold higher percentages of fragrance and have a good hot throw.
The best wax for clamshells and snap bars:
Note: Some candle makers use container wax for their clamshell or snap bar wax melts. While these wax melts may be more crumbly or difficult to remove from the package, many makers report that they’re happy with the performance of container wax for this purpose. If you’re inclined to test making clamshells or snap bar wax melts with a container wax, we say go for it. Using the same wax for different products could definitely simplify the supply ordering and making process!