About the time that our oldest son learned to walk, my husband and I bid a sad farewell to candles. I had loved scented candles in my younger years, and had accumulated a wonderful collection of candles and holders that had both beautified and scented my surroundings since I first moved out of my childhood home. But when my first baby grew big enough to treacherously toddle around the house, I knew that a lit candle would be more of a risk than a reward. I sorrowfully put away my many candles, and nowadays I take them out only during power outages or for rare special occasions.
I miss the décor aspect and I miss the flickering ambiance, but what I miss most of all is the scent. So when I was given the chance to review the wildly popular Scentsy Wickless Candle System just in time for Mother’s Day, I leapt at the chance. Scentsy warmers and wax bars were originally designed as a safe alternative to scented candles. The warmers use a simple 25-watt bulb to melt small squares of scented wax quickly, easily and safely.
I was given the Cherry Blossom Full-Size Warmer with three wonderful Scentsy bars to review. The Mayflower and Go-Go-Goji scents are part of the Spring & Summer Collection, and the Mediterranean Spa scent is from the Spa Collection. With more than 80 scents to choose from, Scentsy’s wide range of products has something for everyone.
The Cherry Blossom Full-Size Warmer is a beautiful pale green color. The delicate design of cherry blossoms encircling the warmer make it the perfect feminine choice for Mother’s Day, but the soft colors also ensure that the warmer will look great in any room of the house. I set my warmer on top of the television stand in our living room. Functioning as the focal piece in between two houseplants, it blends wonderfully with my décor.
The light bulb screws into the base of the warmer and a ceramic tray designed to hold the wax cubes fits in place on top. A convenient switch on the cord makes it easy to turn the warmer on and off in the blink of an eye. As an added bonus, small holes at the top of the base give the light a way to shine out and provide some extra ambiance. I was impressed with how much light the low-wattage bulb produced. It did a great job of simulating the effect of a candle in a completely safe manner.
The first scent I tried was the Mediterranean Spa. I loved that the Scentsy bar was packaged in a convenient partitioned tray. The tray made it so easy to break off a single section of wax and place it in the warmer. The scent was fresh and strong, reminding me of the smell of rain or of a sudsy shower. I couldn’t believe how much scent a single cube of wax produced! The smell filled the entire first floor of our house and was even faintly noticeable on the second floor as well. Despite my love of scented candles, I have never found one that gives off as much scent as that small Scentsy cube.
I enjoyed the invigorating scent of Mediterranean Spa for a full day before deciding to try another Scentsy variety. I was happy to see that when I wanted to change scents, I could pour the melted wax back into the container to use again. When I poured the wax into the tray, I couldn’t believe how full the tray was. If I hadn’t known better, I would have thought it was a new package! After putting the wax back into the package, I wiped the warming dish clean with a sheet of paper towel and placed it back on the base.
I decided to try the Go-Go-Goji Scentsy bar next. I love goji berries and I was curious to see what the Scentsy variety would smell like. I placed a cube into the tray and turned the warmer on. About five minutes later, a delectable sweet-tart aroma filled the air. I love the candy-like scent of this Scentsy bar! The tangy notes keep the sweetness from being overpowering and the lip-smacking overall effect was one that every member of my family loved. “Red is my favorite.” Zackary informed me seriously after sniffing the melted wax.
The Mayflower scent is soothing and delicate, a perfect feminine scent for the times when a woman needs to feel like a woman. I loved putting this scent in my warmer to unwind in the evenings once the boys were asleep. The sweet floral aroma is the perfect way to relax at the end of the day.
After using the Scentsy system for a while now, what I am most impressed by is the incredible lasting power of the Scentsy wax bars. Despite the fact that I have used the warmer for at least six hours every day since receiving it and often change scents three times per day, the containers still look completely full when I pour the melted wax back into them. Compared to a traditional candle, the lasting power of the Scentsy system is unbelievable!
All of us mothers know that when there’s shopping to be done, we put ourselves at the bottom of the list. But if there’s one day of the year when a woman can treat herself without an iota of guilt, it’s Mother’s Day. The Scentsy Wickless Candle System is the perfect way to spoil yourself this Mother’s Day and, as an added bonus, the rest of the family will love it too! With no dangerous lit candles to worry about and a gorgeously scented house to enjoy, every woman needs to try a Scentsy system for herself!
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