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Can you add fragrance oils to candles?
I have the creamy nutmeg candle and I love the fragrance; but it needs to be a little stronger for my taste. Has anybody tried adding a few drops of the fragrance oil to the melted wax pool to see if it helps to "boost" the scent? Thanks!
asked 5 years, 6 months ago
by
Ugabugaboo
 - VA
on Home & Candles
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answer 1
PLEASE do not add fragrance (warmer) oil to candles that are lit or you intend to re-light. You place yourself and others at risk of serious injury, even death, secondary to fire and burns. Not to mention the potential for catastrophic loss of property.

Warmer oil (fragrance oil) is fairly concentrated, although not as concentrated as what is used in candles. Oil is flammable. Never instill oil into the wax pool of a lit candle, or even one in which the wicks are still warm from being just blown out.

Candles contain the strongest oils of all, essential oils. These oils have flashpoints - temperatures at which they ignite. Master candlemakers must keep these flashpoints in mind when adding essential oils to their candles so as to keep the candle wax itself from not igniting. There is an art and science to this. When you mess around with the oil content of the wax pool, you are altering a delicate balance of oil already created specifically for that candle.

The only time I have added warmer oil to a candle to boost its fragrance is when I've burned a candle down to about 1 to 1.5 inches of wax left, and use it with a warmer plate only (no longer lighting it with a flame). The oil does boost the fragrance throw from the molten wax generated by the warmer plate, and fire danger is minimal since there is no open flame.

In my opinion, you are taking a great risk adding fragrance oil to a candle you still burn. I just wouldn't do it. It is not worth risking tragedy. If you want a boost of fragrance, use concentrated room spray or an actual oil warmer in addition to the candle, instead.
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answered 5 years, 2 months ago
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Pampered Dragon
 - San Antonio, TX
answer 2
I do it all the time. It works great. Plus, you can sometimes try different oils with different candles and get a whole NEW scent. Think WARM VANILLA SUGAR in a CREAMY NUTMEG candle...yum!
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answered 5 years, 4 months ago
by
Trisha
 - Minnesota
answer 3
I can't get enough of pure lavender scent so I have been adding the essential oil to my candles for years. After blowing the candle out, add the oil to the wax pool. The next time you use your candle be sure to trim that wick and you may even find your candles burn not only stronger, but longer.
answered 5 years, 6 months ago
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Delaware Diva
 - Delaware
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reed diffusers
I just need the refill oil can this be purchased by itself, or do you have to purchased the set?
asked 5 years, 6 months ago
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keenkeen
 - michigan
on Home & Candles
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As someone already posted, BBW does not currently sell reed diffuser oil in refill bottles.

Do not buy the oil for oil warmers. This is a more concentrated oil than reed diffuser oil, and will not "draw" properly up the reeds. It would also be a great waste of money, and probably the oil for warmers is more flammable given its higher concentration.

When reed diffusers are due for an oil change, some recommend you change out the reeds as well. The reeds become so saturated over time that they cease to "draw up" oil appropriately and as such don't "throw" the fragrance as well as they used to. So it may be worth it after all to buy a new set. If you are totally against this idea, there are other stores that sell reeds and reed diffuser oil refills; however, you will not find the great scents you get from BBW.
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answered 5 years, 2 months ago
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Pampered Dragon
 - San Antonio, TX
answer 2
BBW does not sell refills for Reed Diffusers, you will need to purchase a new set. And be sure to look for additional fragrances this Fall, exclusively on bbw.com
answered 5 years, 4 months ago
by
Erica F. Merchant
 - ohio
answer 3
The refill oil is the same home fragerence oil that BBW sells for the oil burners. They have tons of it in stores and online.
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answered 5 years, 6 months ago
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HeatherC
 - Chicagoland
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DOES DIFFUSERS REALLY WORK
FOR THE COST OF DIFFUSERS DO THEY REALLY WORK AND HOW LONG DOES THEY LAST AS WELL AS THE SCENT HOW LONG DOES IT LAST.HOW OFTEN DO THEY HAVE TO BE REPLACED
asked 5 years, 4 months ago
by
MAXMAXX 360
 - HOUSTON
on Home & Candles
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I have never had much luck with reed diffusers. They just never produce enough scent, not even in small bathrooms. Not worth the cost in my book. I'd use a Wallflower in bathrooms. Want a little ambience for guests? Light a small candle.

Wallflower diffusers are generally reliable. The strength will depend on the size of the room, how many Wallflowers you use in the room, and which scent you select. Some scents are more faint than others. I like strong scents, and usually have at least 3-4 Wallflowers per bedroom. For smaller bedrooms and more sensitive noses, you could get away with 2. The LED nightlight diffusers are really nice for children's rooms, hallways, and bathrooms.

Scentports are hit or miss in my book. They can be stronger than Wallflowers. Some of it depends, again, on the scent you choose. A lot of it depends on the airflow in the room, especially large rooms (which is where most people put their Scentports). A family member is an EE (electrical engineer) and unless you have faulty wiring, he says there is no basis on which to believe you should have to move your Scentports around from outlet to outlet to get them to work. After all, have you ever had to do that with any other electric home fragrance brand? I know I haven't, and I've used many different brands. The LED nightlight Scentports are also nice.

In a large living area, I use 3-4 Scentports. They are more costly than Wallflowers and do not last as long so you really have to think about your budget. If you don't use your larger living areas much, you could keep some Scentports handy to plug in when having a party or expecting company. Keep the plastic tops to the glass vials and recap when not in use. I have no personal experience with how well the scents keep in this manner, though. I have read other threads where people talk about re-capping their vials when they want to alternate scents.

Wallflowers have a listed duration of 6-8 weeks, but more like 4-6 weeks in my experience.

Scentports have a listed duration of 4-6 weeks, but more like 2-3 weeks in my experience.

I hope this helps. Sorry so lengthy.
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answered 5 years, 2 months ago
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Pampered Dragon
 - San Antonio, TX
answer 2
It depends on what type of diffusers you are talking about since the wallflowers are considered a diffuser. The wallflowers definitely work along with the reed diffusers. However I would recommend the reed diffusers for a smaller room like a bathroom so you can really smell the fragrance.
answered 5 years, 4 months ago
by
crkopisc7189
 - Minneapolis, MN
answer 3
I have found that the diffusers do work, but in smaller rooms such as a bedroom or bathroom. I really like them because they are maintance free and work great in any decor! Also, I have found that they last longer then what is stated on the package.
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answered 5 years, 4 months ago
by
tinksgal
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what's the difference between filled candles and scented candles?
asked 5 years, 4 months ago
by
misami
 - los angeles, ca
on Home & Candles
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A "scented" candle is simply a candle with fragrance. Almost all candles are scented, or fragranced.

A filled candle is simply a candle that comes in a container, for example a jar candle. There are a few seasonal candles that are filled candles that come inside a pineapple figurine or a ceramic shell.

Examples of non-filled candles but ones that are still fragranced are: votives, scented tealights, tart wax, and scented pillars.
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answered 5 years, 2 months ago
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Pampered Dragon
 - San Antonio, TX
answer 2
the filled candle means they are in a container- like a glass jar. All of the candles are scented.
answered 5 years, 4 months ago
by
eliank
answer 3
it sounds like the filled candles might be the ones that have like a gel filling??? I'm not totally sure though.Scented candles just have a scent maybe just on the outside?
answered 5 years, 4 months ago
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steelmagnolia
 - Georgia
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How can I stop the oil from soaking into my soapstone warmer's base?
Have had this warmer for a few months and like the style, but lately the oil seems to be getting absorbed into the dish as well as the top portion where the dish is resting. When I light the warmer's tealight the warmer smokes. Can I do anything to get the oil out and to prevent this from happening?
asked 5 years, 4 months ago
by
Turtlem
 - Burr Ridge
on Home & Candles
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I am new to oil warming, but have used soapstone tart warmers (wick-less wax melted for fragrance using a tealight) for over a year now.

Soapstone is a porous substance, unlike glass. Oils can soak into this material, and through it, making it impossible to clean all the oil out of it. I know it is very hard to get hardened wax out of soapstone holders, too, for this same reason. I have to put the wax holders in the freezer to release the wax. It would be nice to be able to apply a sealant to the "bowl" that houses the oil or wax, but I don't know what you would use that could withstand the heat exposure from below from the lit tealight.

My recommendation: avoid soapstone for warming oils (and wax, in my opinion). Stick with non-porous glass - much easier to clean. BBW makes nice glass-topped oil warmers, and I've just started using one of the electric oil warmers, too, which I like very much. You can put it on a timer if you are worried about forgetting to turn it off.
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answered 5 years, 2 months ago
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Pampered Dragon
 - San Antonio, TX
answer 2
I would try cleaning it with dawn dishsoap, that usually breaks down oils. But after that I would suggest that you just clean out the bowl with a paper towel...after you blow it out and it has a chance to cool... after each use, that should help to keep it from soaking into the warmer.
answered 5 years, 3 months ago
by
Anonymous
answer 3
Unfortantely, I am not sure if there is anything that you can do to get the absorbed oil out of the soapstone (maybe try rubbing alcohol or charchol to get the oil out?). But, I do want to let you know that I have many different types of oil warmers, glass, ceramic, metal and in each one, certain scented oils begin to smoke while being burned. This is a not something to be alarmed with, it is a normal reaction with some scents
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answered 5 years, 4 months ago
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tinksgal
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what kind of wax and fragrance are used in the candles?
asked 5 years, 3 months ago
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samjliedtke
 - willowbrook,il
on Home & Candles
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Slatkin candles use vegetable wax. Nothing further is specified about the wax. The wicks are lead-free, but pretty much any reputable candlemaker today uses lead-free wicks.

One thing special about candles is their oil(s). There are several types of oil. There are oils approved for use on skin, such as you will find in fragrance mists, etc. There are home fragrance oils, which are stronger. You will find these in reed diffusers, and stronger yet in oils used with oil warmers. Lastly is the purest oil of all, essential oil. These are pure oils derived from plants (or plant parts). They are highly fragrant, due to their volatile nature. They are in many cases, flammable and highly irritating to the skin. Essential oils, when combined appropriately with wax at appropriate levels, create wonderfully fragrant candles. That is what Slatkin & Co. are talking about when they say their candles contain twice the amount of fragrance as most competitors' candles do. The "fragrance" they are talking about comes from essential oils.

You can't buy essential oils at just any store. Because the extraction methods for essentials oils is costly, and because they must be handled with care, essential oils in pure form are costly.

Essential oils must be mixed with "carrier" oils (like grapeseed, almond, and olive oils) to make them safe for use with oil warmers. They are further diluted with other ingredients to make them safe for skin (although some people cannot wear fragranced lotions even with small concentrations of oils).

The type of essential oils used in a candle will depend on the scent. Some types of essential oils are oil of clove, cinnamon, tea tree oil, peppermint, juniper, and lemon just to name a few (you can use an online reference source to look them up).
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answered 5 years, 2 months ago
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Pampered Dragon
 - San Antonio, TX
answer 2
BBW uses vegetable wax in their candles. Our Slatkin candles currently have 14% more concentrated oil in them, which aids in delivering a wonderful and longer lasting scent to fragrance any room or rooms in your home.
answered 5 years, 2 months ago
by
tows123
answer 3
the wax in the slatkin & co candles is vegetable wax. I don't know any specifics about the fragrance other than it's a fragrance oil and it's among the highest concentration of oils in candles anywhere.
answered 5 years, 3 months ago
by
Loralie
 - New Orleans, LA
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How long does the actual difuser unit itself last?
asked 5 years, 3 months ago
by
nikki1
 - grafton
on Home & Candles
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I have purchased the Wallflowers nightlight diffuser, and it says the LED night light should last 5 years. I wouldn't think it'd say that if the diffuser wasn't expected to last 5 years. So I'm guessing the "expected" life expectancy of the Wallflower diffuser is 5 years.
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answered 5 years, 2 months ago
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Pampered Dragon
 - San Antonio, TX
answer 2
Mine have lasted at least three years. (I have only been using them for three years). I have only had one problem with one diffuser I had, which I took back to the store and they let me exchange it with no problem.
answered 5 years, 3 months ago
by
Lisabisa
 - Chicago
answer 3
I have had some of my diffusers for over 2 years and they still work great... after a while though the tops need to be cleaned with a damp sponge as they retain some oil residue, but they are still in perfect working condition!
answered 5 years, 3 months ago
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SMC220
 - SWFL
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why does my wallflower not seem to work?
I have had a wallflower which has been plugged in for months, but there only seems to be a smell when I go near it - possibly by virtue of close proximity can i then smell the wallflower (french vanilla).

There is no sign of warming (the plug is turned on) of the wallflower, and it has lasted for weeks and level has barely dropped. I'm from Singapore and I've used a travel adaptor to fit the wallflower in.

Any ideas how I can utilize the wallflower properly?
asked 5 years, 3 months ago
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tinkie
 - Singapore
on Home & Candles
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The key may be the adaptor you are using. Are you sure it is working? Is it the correct adaptor for the US/North America?

Some Wallflower scents are more faint compared to others. However, if the power outlet + adaptor unit combination is working properly to supply power to the Wallflower, the Wallflower base unit should be warm to the touch. Also, the level of the fragrance oil in the Wallflower bulb should drop noticeably week by week. The stated life expectancy of a Wallflower bulb is 6 to 8 weeks, give or take (more like 4 to 6 weeks if you ask me).

If your Wallflower base unit is not warm to the touch at all times and the oil level is not dropping from week to week, your Wallflower is perhaps (1) not receiving power, (2) receiving an inadequate or interrupted power supply, or (3) defective.

If you have another device with a US/North American plug on it (like an alarm clock) you could plug into your adaptor. It would be an easy way to see if the adaptor + outlet are working. If the outlet and adaptor are indeed working, you can exchange the defective Wallflower (but that's not easily done I imagine from Singapore unless you travel to the US frequently).

My best guess is that the Wallflower isn't working due to the adaptor, for whatever reason. You said it has been plugged in for months, but the bulb has lasted for weeks and the level has barely dropped. The scent you smell is probably just scent from the oil wick positioned just beneath the crown of the Wallflower. There is no "throw" of the scent likely because no warming of the oil is occurring.
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answered 5 years, 2 months ago
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Pampered Dragon
 - San Antonio, TX
answer 2
I am not sure what you mean by a travel adaptor. That may be the reason that the wallflower may not work properly. There may be a couple of reasons though. Here are a couple of suggestions. Make sure that if the room is not real big because if it is you may need more then one plug in. Also is the oil in the plug is not evaporationg that it is not releasing enough air which may mean that the plug is not always turned on. Also make sure that there is not alot of dirt build around the inside of the plug. I hope this will help you.
answered 5 years, 3 months ago
by
LoveBBW2324
 - San Antonio TX
answer 3
After a while of use, usually around a year the wallflower diffusers usually stop working, and you need to switch it out for a new one...at some stores, if you do take it in, they will swap it out for a new one for you
answered 5 years, 3 months ago
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Bbw queen103
 - Pittsburgh pa
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I bought a scentport and after just 4 bottles the plug in doesn't work. Is this normal? How long should the plugin last?
asked 5 years, 2 months ago
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sunflower15059
 - utah
on Home & Candles
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answer 1
It is not "normal" but apparently it does happen. I've read other threads where sometimes a base unit will have its safety feature "tripped" and will stop working. If your base unit isn't working, return it to BBW for a replacement unit.
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answered 5 years, 2 months ago
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Pampered Dragon
 - San Antonio, TX
answer 2
I have had several to do the very same thing.
answered 5 years, 2 months ago
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pineapple32
 - Arkansas
answer 3
I have bought many of these units and one of mine did the same thing - never had the problem with any others and I use them all the time. I took the unit back to the store and they replaced it--no problem!! They sell the units individually so that is what they gave me.
answered 5 years, 2 months ago
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bbgrl
 - Ontario Canada
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Oils
Can the oils for the warmers be used with the Reed Diffusers?
asked 5 years, 2 months ago
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bejbe
 - Fla.
on Home & Candles
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answer 1
It is tempting, thinking you would get much more fragrance, but the answer is "no." It just won't work.

Home fragrance oil, meant for oil burners, has a higher concentration of the essential oils and has a thicker consistency (higher viscosity). Reed oil is less concentrated, and is thinner (less viscosity). Reed oil is designed in optimal viscosity to be drawn up the reeds. Home fragrance oil is to thick to be drawn up properly. So you just won't smell the fragrance because the reeds won't "throw" the fragrance. In the end, all you will have done is waste a lot of money (as has been stated before, since home fragrance oil is much more expensive than reed oil).
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answered 5 years, 2 months ago
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Pampered Dragon
 - San Antonio, TX
answer 2
No, you can no. Plus the cost to fill a reed diffuser with oils would be astronomical!
answered 5 years, 2 months ago
by
KellyB
 - St. Petersburg, Florida
answer 3
No. The oils are very different in composition and are tailored to their individual uses.

Warmer oil (home fragrance oil, or HFO for short) is a concentrated form of fragrance oil. It is composed of mildly diluted essential oils. Essential oils are derived from plants or plant parts. Because they are very costly to manufacture, highly flammable, and extremely irritating, their availability is limited and they are very expensive. But HFO's are still fairly concentrated and are still flammable and skin irritants (don't ever put HFO's on your person!).

HFO's have some degree of viscosity, or thickness to them. If you used them in a reed diffuser container, not only would the cost be outrageous to fill the container, but the reeds would be unable to "draw" up the oil properly. Essentials oils are first diluted to make HFO's, then further diluted to make low viscosity reed oil. Dilution is carried out by the addition of carrier oils that do not contribute to, or significantly alter, the fragrance of the oil. These include olive oil, grapeseed oil, and almond oil, among others.

Reed oil must be more dilute and thinner than HFO in order to draw properly up the reeds to distribute the fragrance. So use only reed oil for your reed diffusers. HFO's should only be used with oil warmers. Neither should be used on skin (fragrance oils are much, much more diluted before they are consider safe for inclusion in body care items).
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answered 5 years, 2 months ago
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Pampered Dragon
 - San Antonio, TX
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