Monday, October 22, 2007

If You're Looking for Something Profound...Move On

What's the deal with candle warmers? This has bugged me for a couple of weeks. OK, so I need a life and should find a better soap box, but, really - candle warmers?!

For those of you who have no idea what I'm talking about, candle warmers are devices on which you can set your non-burning scented candle in order for it to warm up enough to allow the lovely scent in the air without having to actually light a match.

I don't get it.

Isn't one of the main purposes of candles the atmosphere it provides? A burning candle allows you to dim lights and bring romance or calm to your home - I think the term is ambiance.

Actually, I guess the main purpose of candles is to provide light which, again, makes the candle warmer a bit silly. "Can't see a thing, but smell the rich vanilla scent!"

I understand the need to protect us from ourselves. Avoid the whole "light a candle, torch the house" scenario.

I love candles. Burning ones. I love the fact that I can make my house look really nice with a few inexpensive candles. During the fall and winter, I often take advantage of the lack of daylight by lighting candles in the early morning hours and again around dinner time. Instead of reaching for the light switch, I reach for the matches. It helps create a sense of calm without using Ritalin. It makes the house smell wonderful, even if I haven't had a chance to bake in weeks. It hides a lot of dirt, too.

I'd like to see a candle warmer do all that.

Anyway, I don't mean to offend anyone who may have one of these must-have gadgets in your home. It's just not for me. Then again, there's something for everyone.

Like the candles I saw in the store the other day. Very clearly labeled "unscented." What's a candle-warmer supposed to do with that?

10 comments:

Lisa said...

Vicki, you are so funny!! While I understand the reasoning behind getting the most scent for your cents (like my little pun there?!), I'm in total agreement with you. I like lighting candles. Atmosphere, ambiance, the warmth- love it all! Nothing says Home Sweet Home like a lit candle! Scented or Unscented! :-)

elianna said...

I too love scented candles...but I think a "candle warmer" is misnamed. After all, doesn't "candle" imply "flame"??? hmmm...

Dave said...

Maybe it's some sort of tree hugger idea thing to protect the ozone layer or something.

Janice said...

I think the warmer is for the ultimate miser that cannot part with the candle they spent money on... ever! Never you mind they will not enjoy all the ambiance... and after all the scent has wafted out- which it will- they can then light their uncented candle to see! I light em up as fast as I but them!

Janice said...

Sorry- that was supposed to say "buy them"!! :)

Rebecca said...

I think that candle warmers COULD come in handy for that 1/4-1/8 wax on bottom that burns out all the time...then you could fully use up your candle and not waste any. Although~when that happens I just set my jar ontop of the warmer setting on my stovetop for about ten minutes.

Or~Maybe people want to give the impression that their homes smell that way naturally, since you can't focus on one particular thing (like a candle) to deduce where the smell is coming from?

Its just a market, I guess. A dumb one, but one nonetheless. I REALLY don't get scentless candles. Now THAT was the dumbest thing ever...

Felicia said...

Vicki~ that was funny! I love scented candles...I light one almost every night when I get home. I agree about the warmers too...but I'm wondering, what made you think about something like that? :-)

becky said...

I do enjoy the ambiance of a lit candles...but try living with a fireman...enough said here :0)

Victoria said...

Felicia,
Don't ask. The workings of my mind are too frightening to delve into.

heather said...

From what I have been told, unscented candles are primarily for allowing ambiance & "atmosphere" when you don't want the fragrance of the candles interfering with other scents, for example a meal that you have spent hours preparing or fresh baked desserts, etc. Personally, my favorite scents are food smells, so I just don't cook or bake!! :0)