Wax Candle Warmers! The Pros and Cons!
Hello and welcome to our little discussion dealing about wax candle warmers, their uses, the pros and cons along with reasons people love or hate them! Candle warmers have come around recently, within the past 15 years and in the life of the candle industry which spans 1000’s of years, these would be considered definite newcomers.
The History of Candle Warmers
Around 2002 the candle warmer was brought to market along with the wickless candle. The idea behind this was to provide a safer product that can be used without any dangers of open flame in the household or in other areas. They provided the same effect that came from burning scented candles which release a certain fragrance along with a worry free product for use. The actual candle warmer was first patented in 2002 by Brent Tanner and Greg Jacobson. Although there were previous warmers patented before that, they were referred to as aroma fragrance generators, heated scent dispenser and aroma apparatus. These devices didn’t utilitze any candles or wax in their application. Since 2002, the actual candle warmer has made quite a few changes and improvements incorporating different types of materials, looks and functions.
Types of Candle Warmers
Candle warmers come in a very large variety of materials, looks and uses. One of the most basic or original candle warmers is the electric plate warmer. This device is really nothing more than a hot plate that plugs into the wall on which you place a jar candle. The electricity heats up an internal element which in turn heats up the jar and the wax inside. One good tip with these types of warmers is to not throw away the empty jars, instead you can use them to drop in wax cubes and use them as a holder.
Another very popular type of candle warmer is the ceramic housing type with a bowl or cup that sits on top of it. These warmers use a light bulb to heat up the bowl/cup which contains a scented wax cube or a scoup of scented wax from a larger container. These are very popular due to the myriad of different designs, shapes, logos, housing styles and colors available.
The third and also very popular type of candle warmer is the scented fragrance warmer that uses a teacup candle to heat up the scented liquid that is held in a cup or bowl above it. Now in reality, these wouldn’t be considered a candle warmer since they aren’t actually warming up a candle, they do use a candle in their function so I decided to list them here anyways. These types of warmers also come in a very wide variety of materials and types ranging from iron and glass to ceramic housing. They can be very beautiful additions to the decor of any room.
Benefits of Candle Warmers
There are few very pronounced benefits of using candle warmers over the traditional wick or open flame candles. The number one reason, of course would be to totally eliminate the need for a flame. This would reduce all the dangers present in having an open flame inside the house, around children or pets and around flammable products. Another benefit would be the ease of use. Just plug in it, turn it on, place the candle on it and walk away. Wick candles require constant supervision in making sure its not catching anything on fire or being used by your kid to warm up his toast! One good thing about candle warmers is also in the low maintenance and low waste factors. They don’t require disposing of large empty jars and can stay relatively clean even after quite a few uses.
The Downside of Candle Warmers
One of the main downsides of a candle warmer is the fact that they require electricity and have an electrical cord, except for the teacup warmers. There are a few issues with using electrical devices, one of them being the fact that use electricity. Some people, especially now days, are more conservative in their use of electricity, the carbon foot print and being green. Another factor of using an electrical device is the fact that it can fail, short out and cause a fire also, but not a very common issue. Another known issue isn’t exactly restricted to candle warmers but to all scented candles and scented wax cubes and that is the effect it may have on animals, birds and children. Of course, always try to make sure what is in the candle, check the reviews and make sure you use the best products you can!
As always, please comment below to add to the discussion or if you have any questions and recommendations!