So, I decided to look at my obsessive candle habit and totally restructure it in a way that's much more effective than before. It all started when I found this amazing scented candle at my local Marshall's store. It was Tangerine & Vanilla from Yankee Candle brand. I adored the candle. It didn't take long for me to burn through it since it was always burning in my office. "Ok, no big deal," I thought, "I'll just buy another one to replace it." That's when I learned that my beloved candle was discontinued.
Panicked, I decided to search feverishly on line for a replacement. Finally I came up with two options.
1.] Pay an outrageous "discontinued" price to replace my candle.
2.] Pick up the scented oil.
Of course I picked up the scented oil to use in my oil burner. That idea worked well until I was struck with an even better option. I have this fascination with candle burners that hold tea lights while creating a nice glowing feel to the room. Yesterday I decided that instead of using my oil burner, which requires water to warm up the oil, I would add a few drops of oil directly to the tea light prior to lighting it.
As the tea light liquifies, it sends the fragrance into the air just like a candle would. For me, this technique actually creates a stronger scent than if I used my oil burner.
I love this method so much that I think I'll finally be able to curb my candle addiction. Once these Voluspa candles are finished, I'm going to also use them as tea light holders.
From now on, whenever I find a scent that I love, I'll check to see if it's available as a fragrance oil. They usually cost less than a quality candle yet these little 1oz bottles last such a long time. Just a couple of drops was all it took to create enough scent to fill my small office.
I'm going to save a ton space and money using this new method (tea lights are super cheap). Plus I prefer the look of the "glowing light" versus looking at a bare candle flame. It sets a certain mood.