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Question
are your candles soy
asked 5 years, 4 months ago
by
babymack
 - home
on Home & Candles
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answer 1
Some of the Henry Bendel candles are made with Soy. However, most of the Slatkin and Signature Collection candels are made with Vegetable Oil. The three wick candles by Slatkin burn extremely cleanly and the fragrance lasts forever!!!! I love em!
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answered 5 years, 4 months ago
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How much electricity does a wallflower use?
asked 5 years, 3 months ago
by
Dawne
 - Wisconsin
on Home & Candles
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answer 1
"less than 5% of the energy of a 60 watt bulb" is what it states when you look at the wallflower unit for the odor-neutralizing citrus scent.
answered 5 years, 3 months ago
by
popeye77
 - wv
Question
my wallflower plugin holders get crystals on the inside of the flower what is it? It's not dust. Is it ok to wash the holders by hand?
asked 5 years, 1 month ago
by
kimba123
 - michigan
on Home & Candles
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answer 1
I am not sure what the crystals are from but I, too, on occasion have seen them form around the top of a diffuser. I suspect that some sort of chemical reaction occurs as the fragrance oil warms and becomes volatile, and either a sugar-based or salt-based crystalline network forms. These crystal flakes can easily be dusted away from the top. The insides of your Wallflower diffuser units will need to be cleaned from time to time, as normal usage will lead to some accumulation of old oil and sometimes some areas of burned oil.

I've seen others write about using a q-tip moistened with warm water or a little bit of rubbing alcohol to clean the inner core of the diffuser unit (to remove buildup of old brown oil residue and any oil that has leaked) Just make sure you've allowed the unit to cool before doing this. When using alcohol, rinse the inside of the unit with a clean, moistened q-tip first, then allow everying to air dry before plugging it back in.

When you ask about washing the diffusers by hand, I picture you holding them under a faucet. The diffusers should never be placed under running water or submerged, given that they are electrical appliances.

I hope this helps. While I'm not exactly sure what the crystals are, I've seen them before, and keeping your Wallflowers wiped off and the internal core cleaned out will help extend the life of each diffuser unit. Spot clean your diffusers only.
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answered 5 years, 1 month ago
by
Pampered Dragon
 - San Antonio, TX
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Can the home fragrance oils be sprinkled in pot pourri?
asked 4 years, 11 months ago
by
ilovetangov
on Home & Candles
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answer 1
You can place a few drops of HFO on dry potpourri (not wax potpourri) to freshen the scent of the potpourri. There are a few things to be careful about. First, do not come in contact with the oil itself; if you do, wash off promptly with soap and water (HFO is a skin irritant). Second, be sure the container holding your potpourri won't be stained by the oil (not made of wood, paper, etc, but glass or other non-porous material should be OK). Third, do not use near flame (applies to both really, the HFO and dried potpourri). Hope this helps. Start with only a few drops and titrate to desired strength. Never saturate the potpourri.
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answered 4 years, 11 months ago
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Pampered Dragon
 - San Antonio, TX
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What to do with the remains?
So I am an avid BBW candle burner, especially Slatkin. I didn't know that you're only supposed to burn them 3-5 hours at a time, but I have burned mine almost constantly when I'm at home. My problem is when the wick burns pretty much all the way down, to where it will no longer light, and there is still some wax left in the jar. I have so many of them I don't really know what the best idea is to do with the remnance. I could try to get the rest of the wax out (a pain!) and then use the jars for something, but then the wicks are like "bolted" down. I don't know, what do you all do with them? (other than throwing them away or putting them in your recycling bin.
asked 5 years, 8 months ago
by
Anonymous
 - Binghamton, NY
on Home & Candles
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answer 1
Put the candle in the freezer for 5-10 minutes and the wax will pop right out. Then you can put it in a tart burner (like and oil burner, but with a larger reservoir for the wax - you can use the oil burners that have the larger reservoirs as well) to scent your home. Try some goo gone in the bottom of the jars to loosen up the wicks. (they are glued down)
Or, get one of those candle heating plates. It will heat up the wax and let it scent your home, then you can pour it out when it doesn't smell anymore, plus the heat loosens up the wick holders.
I prefer the freezer method, myself. Then you'll be able to use the jars for other things. I always do this with my figural candles, so I can keep them from year to year.
answered 5 years, 8 months ago
by
acfox
 - AZ
answer 2
The reason there is wax left in the jar after burning is because it's set as a safety mechanism. If you notice the candles will burn themselves out. Some candles will burn all the wax out of the jar this in turn can let the glass get so hot it ends up breaking and possibly lighting your house on fire.
If you want to continue using the wax for other uses I suggest taking a fork (or whatever else) right after the candle is done burning and picking out the metal wick holder, then stick the candle in the freezer for a few hours, afterwords the will be easier to break out of the jar.
answered 5 years, 8 months ago
by
SwtHrtTk
 - Hillsdale, MI
answer 3
That little bit of wax on the bottom is actually a safety precaution.
You can always pick up a mug/candle warmer at any big box store to warm the candle and get the fragrance oils out of the last bit of wax.
Freezing the last bit of wax in the jar will help it pop out and a wash down in hot, soapy water will get rid of any residue.
We use the leftover jars as cotton ball holders and to hold votives.
answered 5 years, 8 months ago
by
lahoorah
 - Arizona
answer 4
You should get a candle warmer, like a hot plate type to melt the wax in the bottom. Also, if you just want to get rid of the extra little bit of wax in the bottom, you can melt it like this and then pour it out...or you could mix them all together and make a brand new scent....be careful mixing certain scents, it might be gross. :)
answered 5 years, 8 months ago
by
elyse
 - Dayton, OH
answer 5
If I may make a suggestion, I would recommend switching over to the home fragrance oil and using it in an oil warmer. It is much less messy than candles, and you get to use all of it up. Don't have to deal with wicks or messy wax with oil warmers.
Unless you are very inventive, when the candles get down that low, it's advisable just to toss them, as I believe it's not safe to burn them (in glass) past a certain mark due to heat issues.
As far as using the jars, I know for a fact that the wick base will come off, especially if the candle is warmed up.
My dad likes to use the old candle jars I have as a place to store his screws and bolts out in the garage. Says the big ones are the perfect size for it.
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answered 5 years, 8 months ago
by
xMIKEx
 - Minneapolis, MN
answer 6
Generally, what I do is, put the candle in the freezer for 5 minutes or so, then take it out and hit the bottom of the candle jar with your hand to break the remainder of the wax loose from the jar. You may need a butter knife to free the wax if it is being stubborn. When the wax is free I cut out the wick and holder and place it in a tart warmer. Afterward, I clean out the jar with soap and warm water. I like to store various household items in the jar. I hope this helps!
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answered 5 years, 8 months ago
by
Pheebs203
 - Indiana
answer 7
You can put your candle on a candle warming plate to enjoy the remaining amount of wax. You could also use an old spoon to remove the remaining wax and melt it in a tart burner. If I have had Bath and Body Works/Slatkin/White Barn candles in the past and wanted to keep the jar for another use, I just put the jar in the freezer for about 20-30 minutes and then the wax will pop right out. You are right about the wicks being attached to the bottom of the jar. If you work at it, you can get the little silver disc out. Then you just have to clean up the adhesive residue left on the bottom of the glass. I always keep the jars if they are colored or decorated. They are nice to use with a tealight or flameless votive.
answered 5 years, 8 months ago
by
mallemo
 - MN
answer 8
The jars are best to clean them out when the wax is still liquified. This way, you can just pour out the remaing wax and wipe it clean with a paper towel. You can also try pouring hot water from a coffee pot to soften the wax. To get the remaing wax, Goo Gone always works. I then run the jar through my dishwasher on the top shelf to get them spotless. They make great containers.
answered 5 years, 8 months ago
by
BBWLUVR
 - Modesto, CA
answer 9
I don't re-use the jars, i wish i could think of a way to, but you can chip out the remaining wax and put it in a tart warmer, you should get some scent from that.
answered 5 years, 8 months ago
by
kayellcee
 - West Virginia
answer 10
I didn't know you were only suppose to burn them 3-5 hrs at a time either. Like you, I burn the things like crazy when home. When my candles get down to the "won't light" stage, I have put them on a candle warmer base and still enjoyed the smell. I have also poured one remain into another remains jar and then wiped the empty jar out with a paper towel while it was still warm and liquid. Empty jars can be cleaned and used for tumblers. Though sometimes they have a decorative paint on the jars and this will come off in washing. You can also do as you mentioned and recycle the empty jars. Though if you clean them out, they also make nice little gift jars for candies, etc.
answered 5 years, 8 months ago
by
Mooneclipse
 - Joplin, Mo.
answer 11
I try to catch the candles after they burn out and get the wax out while it is still warm. When I get most of it out, a little water and dish soap gets out the last waxy residue. The wicks can be tough to remove. They are "glued" down, but I pop them up using a fork.
Hope this helps. The jars are nice and I re-use them too. Especially some of the nice figural ones, like the ORANGE NECTAR orange from this spring.
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answered 5 years, 8 months ago
by
Trisha
 - Minnesota
Question
candles, am I doing it wrong?
Every Bath and Body Works candle I get burns good for a while and then the wick drowns. Am I doing something wrong?
asked 5 years, 8 months ago
by
jaydee
 - ABQ, NM
on Home & Candles
8 answers
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answer 1
I have never had this problem with B&BW, Slatkin & Co. or White Barn candles. You may be trimming the wick(s) too short or you're not burning them long enough each time you're using them. I recommend that you burn the candles until there is about an inch of melted wax visible from the outside of the jar (This should take about 3-5 hours). Extinguish the candle and let it cool. If you're trimming the wicks, I would suggest that you stop doing so. Slatkin candles (which include all or most of B&BW and White Barn) are specially designed so you don't have to trim the wicks. If you follow the directions above, you shouldn't have any more problems from here on out. To fix your current candle, scrape the wax (if any) that is stuck to the sides of the jar off with a butter knife. Dig a small ring of wax from around the wick with a spoon and light the candle. In order to not waste the wax that you remove from the jar, I'd save it for a tart burner.

OR, if you don't want to dig the wax out, I'd invest in a candle warmer. That will eliminate your problem completely.
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answered 5 years, 7 months ago
by
MsJodee
 - B-Town, IN
answer 2
Make sure when you start a new candle that you burn it long enough before extinguish it. The melt pool must cover the top.
What you may have now is a candle that has tunneled after a series of short burns. Now if you have wax along the sides of the jar it can melt and out goes your wick.
If that is the issue, try to scrap away some of the extra wax along the jar wall. Save it, you can use it in a tart burner. Then burn your candle until the pool is even along the top.
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answered 5 years, 8 months ago
by
Maggierose
 - Reading, MA
answer 3
It depends on the candle. I bought my mother the new Tree candle in the glass jar, and she mentioned to me that the wick keeps drowning when she burns it.
As others have mentioned, burn time is important. The 14.5 ounce Slatkin candles are to be burned up to four hours. The wicks should be trimmed, contrary to popular believe, to around an eighth of an inch before each burn. The carbon bulbs that build up on them should also be brushed off so as not to fall into the wax pool while burning.
If you trim the wicks, you might be taking too much off. Try leaving them a little longer for awhile and you may see a difference. I'd also advise keeping the candle away from any draft if there is one.
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answered 5 years, 8 months ago
by
xMIKEx
 - Minneapolis, MN
answer 4
Are you trimming your wick? Harry Slatkin says that you do not have to trim his wicks. This is important because it generates enough heat to completely liquify the candle across the entire top. Also, keep an eye on it, sometimes they will tilt in which you just use a wick dipper to straighten it out and keep it centered.
answered 5 years, 8 months ago
by
BBWLUVR
 - Modesto, CA
answer 5
You should trim the wick before every lighting.
answered 5 years, 8 months ago
by
tuttidolci
answer 6
Make sure that every time before re-lighting your candle to trim the wick. Also, make sure to only burn your candle no more than 5 hours at a time.
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answered 5 years, 8 months ago
by
Pheebs203
 - Indiana
answer 7
No, you're not doing anything wrong. I've had the same problem, but not with all B&BW candles. It's curious that some burn clean and beautifully, while others put themselves out by drowning the wick.
When I experience the "drowning wick syndrome," I pour some of the melted wax out into the trash can. Then I wipe down the sides of the candle with a paper towel before the wax cools. When you relight it and it evens out, it usually burns more cleanly.
I hope you have success!
answered 5 years, 8 months ago
by
AppleJack
 - PA
answer 8
You are cutting your wick too short. Make sure you burn it about 3 hours at a time and trim the wick not too short after it cools.
answered 5 years, 8 months ago
by
helpfullady8
Question
vanilla bean noel
How close is this smell to warm vanilla sugar?
asked 5 years, 8 months ago
by
CrazyforBBW
 - USA
on Home & Candles
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answer 1
It's quite different, and I actually prefer it to Warm Vanilla Sugar. Vanilla Bean Noel is a very simple fragrance. So often, we seek out the intricate fragrances, but there is something to be said about the mantra of 'less is best'.
The sandalwood essence in the Warm Vanilla Sugar isn't everyone's cup of tea, but the inclusion of caramel and sugar fragrances into Vanilla Bean Noel makes it sweeter and creamier by a large margin. If Warm Vanilla Sugar is a little 'dark' for you, you'd love Vanilla Bean Noel.
It is definitely worth checking out. Warm Vanilla Sugar is too quiet and not strong enough for me, personally, so I really enjoy the Vanilla Bean Noel.
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answered 5 years, 8 months ago
by
xMIKEx
 - Minneapolis, MN
answer 2
Vanilla Bean Noel is a more intense/heavy smell and has a strong frosting/sweet scent to it with a hint of caramel as opposed to warm vanilla sugar. Warm vanilla sugar is much more of a light "vanilla extract" type of smell.
answered 5 years, 8 months ago
by
BATHNBODY
 - Omaha
answer 3
It's similar, being vanilla and all, but I find it a lot sweeter, it reminds me of sugar cookies.
answered 5 years, 8 months ago
by
starla
 - Miami, FL
answer 4
It's a little different. Somewhat heavier, the Vanilla Bean Noel is blended with caramel. It smells like a cross between Warm Vanilla Sugar and Cotton Candy. I look forward to it every year.
answered 5 years, 8 months ago
by
bbwproductjunkie
 - MA
answer 5
I think it is pretty close. I love the warm vanila sugar and the vanilla bean noel is definitely my favorite holiday scent.
answered 5 years, 8 months ago
by
Kelly29
 - Indiana
answer 6
It is slightly different. It has a much richer smell than that of Warm Vanilla Sugar.
answered 5 years, 8 months ago
by
tuttidolci
answer 7
I don't think it smells very close to warm vanilla sugar. I think it smells more like White Barn New York's Vanilla Cane Sugar...it's in the Tahitian Vanilla Candle Co. line (the same line as Vanilla Coconut). I hope this helps you.
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answered 5 years, 8 months ago
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Pheebs203
 - Indiana
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2 wlflwer pmpkin plugins in my office at work, can barely smell at all, my friend has 1 wlflwr plugin w/pumpkin and her office very strong smell.
Our offices are the same size, why does one smell so good and my office with the 2 plug ins, hardly any smell at all. Really stumped.
asked 5 years, 8 months ago
by
stumped
 - Work
on Home & Candles
7 answers
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answer 1
Try swapping one of your two units with your friend and see if your friend's scent works in your outlet. If so, your outlet is good and your Wallflower units are bad. Otherwise you may not have sufficient voltage in your outlets to drive the unit's heating element.
answered 5 years, 6 months ago
by
DaveInAustinTx
 - Austin, TX
answer 2
I would argue that unless the units are old, it is not a problem with the Wallflower unit.

I have long thought that the voltage/wattage of an electrical outlet affect how the fragrance in the Wallflower and Scentport are diffused.

In my apartment, there are several outlets that, when I put a Scentport in it, will burn through it in 3 weeks. It gets so hot, that the oil in the unit turns a caramel brown color and begins to smell 'burnt'.

If you have the option, try using it in another outlet. If that doesn't work, maybe try getting a new unit and seeing if that works.
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answered 5 years, 8 months ago
by
xMIKEx
 - Minneapolis, MN
answer 3
It will all depend on how long you have had the starters... They are mechanical and the fan inside WILL burn out after so long... if you just got the starters i would take them back, but if you have had them for a few months i suggest getting new starters
answered 5 years, 8 months ago
by
Lish
answer 4
it might be the voltage in your office. Since she only has one and its strong it might be that or do you notice if the plug in is warm? If it is thats good, if not I'd return the unit, its probably broken.
answered 5 years, 8 months ago
by
KaydenMae
 - Mission Viejo, CA
answer 5
Hmmm... That's a tricky one. Perhaps the outlets you are plugging your Wallflowers into don't supply enough volts to get the full effect. Or, maybe your particular units are defective.
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answered 5 years, 8 months ago
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MsJodee
 - B-Town, IN
answer 6
I think a lot of times it all depends on the outlets. It could be that your friends office is in a newer building and has newer outlets than yours. You can always return your wallflowers if you are dissatisfied. All products come with a money back guarantee.
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answered 5 years, 8 months ago
by
Pheebs203
 - Indiana
answer 7
Take the starters back to any BBW store and they will exchange them for you. Most likely it is just a problem with the starters themselves.
answered 5 years, 8 months ago
by
islandgrlfibi
 - camp hill pa
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What's the best Christmas Scent?
In the past I always went with Cinnamon Sticks, but now there are so many different Christmas Scents out there that I'm not sure what to go with. I just recently had surgery so I'm house bound and not able to go to the store to smell the scents myself.

Any help? Suggestions?
asked 5 years, 8 months ago
by
ganny
on Home & Candles
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answer 1
I think "Leaves for winter :]

<33good luck! happy holidays!<33
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answered 5 years, 7 months ago
by
BMV10
 - West Babylon,New York
answer 2
I started buying the oils last year 07 for Christmas and my favorite was Twisted Pepermint , but they replaced it with Frosted Cranberry which made me mad. Of all the ones this year Winter is back and that is still a favorite of mine , the pine or tree is also a favorite.
answered 5 years, 7 months ago
by
michaelb
 - nashville
answer 3
I think the Winter is the best because you can smell BOTH the tree scent and the spice scent without it being overwhelming.
answered 5 years, 7 months ago
by
bbwexpertshopper
answer 4
My sister and I fell in love with the Frosted Cranberry yesterday. Can't wait to go back and snag more before they sell out.
answered 5 years, 7 months ago
by
rtesa
 - oregon
answer 5
I love the frosted cranberry scent in the new slatkin collection, and the evergreen is nice also, if you like your house to smell like a christmas tree. spice smells alot like cinnamon to me, and creamy nutmeg is always a classic. good luck!
answered 5 years, 7 months ago
by
shinebright
answer 6
The Tree and the Evergreen smell exactly like a fresh cut Christmas tree. They are absolutely fabulous.
I load up every chance I get. Don't forget the oils. They are wonderful as well.
answered 5 years, 7 months ago
by
OChristmasTree
 - Roswell, GA
Question
I have purchased several of these diffusers and I have problems getting the glass containers open.
I am open for suggestions. I can't use them as I can not open the glass containers. I have even used pliers with no luck. I am baffled.
asked 5 years, 6 months ago
by
Lavon
 - Fort Worth, Tx
on Home & Candles
6 answers
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answer 1
Another trick I have found that helps to open the wallflower bulbs, is to bend the cap/wick a few times & that pops the seal so you can get it off! Try it, because it really seems to help the customers that try it in line.
answered 5 years, 6 months ago
by
AKL1122
 - Milwaukee, WI
answer 2
If it continues to be an issue to open the wallflowers even after everyone's wonderful advice, I sugguest asking one of the sales associates to losen them for you. Not everyone has good hand strength and the girls are always willing to help! :)
answered 5 years, 6 months ago
by
isakell
 - fort wayne
answer 3
when you open them instead of twisting the cap to the left you need to twist it to the right the caps are put on that way so its not your typical righty tighty lefty loosey, however trying to twist it of with plyers will over tighten it in the wrong direction so you may have a hard time getting the cap off the ones you have tightened with plyers. Hope that helps.
answered 5 years, 6 months ago
by
beauty diva
 - massachusetts
answer 4
The tops open opposite of how you normally open a top. Sometime I still have to use a "rubber" jar opener.
answered 5 years, 6 months ago
by
luvtosniff
 - South Carolina
answer 5
Could you be turning them the wrong way? Usually you would follow the lefty loosey, righty tighty rule, but with the BBW bulbs it's the oppisite. If you look very closely, there is lettering on the top of the cap with arrows.

Even then, I usually use pliars.
answered 5 years, 6 months ago
by
lipgloss lady
 - Eastern Wa
answer 6
The tops of Scentport bottles are threaded clockwise instead of counter-clockwise. Whereas normally you would twist a jar or bottle cap counter-clockwise to open, these are just the opposite. You may still need to use pliers since the caps are sealed very tightly for shipping.
answered 5 years, 6 months ago
by
DaveInAustinTx
 - Austin, TX
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