Earlier this week on Instagram, someone asked me what I thought about candle warmers. With little thought, I immediately replied and said, "They are great for people who don't burn candles because they pose a potential fire hazard."
I love burning candles, so I never gave candle warmers much thought. However, I contemplated this question a little deeper and realized candle warmers have many advantages. During this contemplation process, I remembered that I had a candle warmer, but I used it to test my wax melts (hint hint). I decided to create a more extensive discussion around this topic. I had no idea the conversation would be so much fun!
It was a great discussion. I learned that a few of my viewers used candle warmers at home and work.
Here's a sneak peak of what we discussed.
What is a candle warmer?
Candle warmers are electric devices used to melt a candle or scented wax to release its scent. Candle warmers do not use an open flame; however, they generally have a light and heat source within the device, a plug to go in an outlet, an on/off switch, or battery operated.
Here's an example of a candle warmer.
What are the advantages of candle warmers?
No black soot. Candle soot is the black smoke some candles emit when the fuel is incomplete combustion (we will discuss this at another time). Just know that it's not good, and it is unappealing when it gets all over your walls or furniture.
Minimizes fire risks. One of the biggest complaints I hear from candle buyers is that they are afraid of lighting candles because they might forget it is burning and burn their house down. This is a legitimate concern and, for that reason alone, is why candle warmers are a better option.
Efficiency. Candle warmers are more efficient because it melts ALL of the candle wax, unlike traditional burning candles that leave a small amount of wax because the wick is too short of burning it all.
Variety. Candle warmers are not one-size-fits-all. Many candle warmers on the market accommodate just about every candle lover's style and budget. Candle warmers can range from $6 to over $100.
P.S. Candle warmers are great for college students who live in dorms and can't have open flame candles.
What are the disadvantages of candle warmers?
Loses scent quicker. Candle warmers lose their scent faster than traditional candle warmers. Depending on the size, traditional candles may have a burn time of up to 60 hours with a strong hot throw (the smell emitted from a candle when lit). The scent throw from candle warmers weakens over time.
No candle flame. One of the things I love most about traditional burning candles is the flame. It's so relaxing and therapeutic and gives me that warm and cozy feeling. The same goes for wooden wick candles, which are a growing trend amongst candle lovers because of the crackling sound when lit. This crackling sound is known to calm and relax.
There are many reasons to use a candle warmer. I believe that they have several benefits. I am still #teamopenflame, but I plan on buying a bougie candle warmer in the near future!
Don't forget to head over to our shop and stock up on our amazing Fall candles for your new candle warmer!!
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Until next time,
Shontelle - The Candle Curator