How to Enjoy Scented Candles {Without Burning Them!}

September 06, 2023

My favorite candle and wax warmers (how to get the scent without the flame!). 

I'm a BIG candle lover, and really enjoy the light scent and ambiance of a glowing candles around the house. Especially this time of year! 

But with four animals (three cats and a dog) over the years, it's rare that I've had a candle burning. I just don't like taking a chance unless it's a on a surface right in front of us. 

So I was thrilled when I found these candle warmers. I know they're not anything new, but I had never seen such pretty options before! And I've used wax warmers over the years, but none as pretty as the one I use now. 

I thought it would be worthwhile to share these pretty options with you all, especially as we head into the cozy season. :) 

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First up, I found this lovely amber glass wax warmer this past spring and am so pleased with it:
amber faceted wax warmer

Isn't it gorgeous? It is surrounded by those faceted glass pieces that give off the prettiest light. It's so much more substantial than most wax warmers I've used. 

There's a small glass dish that sits on top that holds the wax. The bulb is a basic one that isn't hard to find when it's time to replace: 
wax warmer bulb

I keep this one in our basement and use it all the time. These cute vanilla pumpkin scented wax melts are my most recent melts for this one. :) 

This could be used as a pretty nightlight without the wax as well: 
amber glass wax warmer

Next up are the candle warmers. I've seen the more basic versions over the years, with simple base that plugs in. But I had never seen such pretty options that look like lamps. 

I found this modern candle warmer earlier this year and loved the look of it: 
lamp and candle warmer on shelf

This specific version has a switch with a timer for one to four hours and a dial that lets you adjust the strength of the light:
candle warmer adjustment

I tested it out before placing it on this shelf to make sure it didn't get too hot -- there's no problem at all. 

It should still go without saying, but do not place any of these warmers near flammable materials!
One thing I like about these particularly is that the wax candle seems to last FOREVER with these warmers. Much longer than burning them. 

Most of them keep their wicks standing up just fine, but in this one it disappeared into the wax: 
melted candle wax warmer

This isn't an issue for me because I mostly use these for my candles now, and if needed I could grab the wick from the wax while it's melted. 

I LOVE the warm glow without the flame! It really looks like the candle is lit:
lamp on skinny bookcase

I liked that one so much, I purchased another one a few weeks ago. This one is a prettier candle warmer with brass and a delicate glass globe
brass and glass candle warmer

This one is even better because you can adjust the brass part to go taller or shorter (mine is about midway). 

You can also set the timer on this one and adjust the brightness of the light: 
timer for candle warmer

I never keep mine at 100 percent heat because the wax melts easily at a lower brightness. (It may just take longer to melt.)

They really do look like sweet little countertop lamps

A few more details about these pretty candle warmers: 
  • There's obviously no flame or fire to worry about, but the wax does get warm! Only use these well out of reach of little hands.
  • Both options have timers, so you can set them and forget it! The light is adjustable on both as well.
  • The glass version is safe to touch, and doesn't get super hot at all. The metal candle warmer gets warmer than the glass. 
  • Neither version makes the candle hot to the touch like when burning them. 
  • They do not heat up the space around them much at all. 
  • There's no soot or clean up to worry about, just the scent!
  • These candle warmers are pricier than I've spent in the past, but they look GREAT and you will get much more life out of your candles. 
Overall I find these warmers to be a cleaner and safer way to use candles around the house. It's nice to not worry about a flame burning and needing to be watched constantly. 

I've already gifted one of these -- they would make great gifts this holiday season!

These warmers are a great way to use up old candle wax! If you like candles as much as me, check out this post on making your own candles using old wax
pumpkin candle on marble pedestal

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  1. I love these ideas. The best part is the timer and ability to choose the intensity of the smell. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Love these! Already purchased the glass one and it arrived today. The candle smell seems almost stronger if possible. They really are such a sweet little counter light.


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