When I first chose the White Barn Vanilla Vetiver candle while stocking up on fall and winter candles this year, I didn’t see how it really fit with the rest of the scents. It smelled good, yes, but it didn’t really say “holiday” to me. I picked it up anyway because I like vanilla and vetiver fragrances.
The beauty of this one shines when it’s lit. In the jar it smells good, though I can’t say it seems like anything special. It’s a nice vanilla scent. When lit, though, I can completely see why this candle came out with the holiday scents.
It’s more than your average vanilla, and it’s not overtaken by the grassy vetiver scent. It’s cozy, and makes me want to curl up in flannel pajamas with a book or a movie and stay there until I fall asleep on the couch.
The grassiness of the vetiver balances the vanilla and keeps the scent from being just another run-of-the-mill home fragrance that’s generic, sweet, a little waxy, and smells like a bakery item. It’s still relaxing (in case you want to use it as aromatherapy at the end of the day).
The throw of the fragrance is above average; I lit it on the main floor of my home and within about 20 minutes, the scent was noticeable everywhere.
I love the scent and throw, but the 3-wick version of this candle presented some problems from day one. It was harder to light the first time than any other candle I’ve ever owned. That’s not the biggest inconvenience when using it, since that only really applies the first time.
What bugs me the most is that the candle tunnels around the wicks when it’s lit, which makes it burn unevenly and potentially wastes wax. Instead of burning evenly all the way across, you wind up with a hole around each wick and untouched wax between them and along the edges of the candle.
It’s a pain and I probably wouldn’t purchase this particular candle again because of that, but other candle sizes and forms may work differently.
Photo credit: Crystal Schwanke
I’ve always been a fan of home fragrance, but I’m not comfortable burning candles anymore. Having my son or my cat tip over my candle and set the house on fire doesn’t seem worth the trade off of a nice smelling room, so I love the idea of using flameless home fragrance products like the Air Wick scented oil warmer.
I like the design of this warmer for two key reasons. The rotating plug keeps you from blocking a second outlet, and my home is already woefully short on electrical outlets. There is also a dial that you can adjust to help control the level of fragrance you want in the room. I like leaving mine turned up all the way, but sometimes I take it down a notch if I’m having people over who are sensitive to various fragrances.
The Air Wick scented oil warmer isn’t as cute as the Scentsy wax warmers I normally use. But, it’s definitely more affordable and I like that I don’t have to constantly add fragrance to the device. The Air Wick warmer is great when you want to just plug something in and forget about it.
There are a bunch of different scents you can try for the Air Wick oil warmers. If you’re looking for a good fall scent, however, I suggest checking out the company’s new National Park collection.
If you have a college student, consider adding an Air Wick oil warmer and refills to his/her next care package to help get rid of strange dorm room smells without running afoul of school regulations that prohibit the burning of candles.
Disclaimer: Sample Air Wick products were provided by the manufacturer for the purpose of preparing this review.
Photo credit: Air Wick
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