Tarts vs. Candles - how do you decide?
Posted 30 January 2011 - 04:14 AM
When you're placing an order from a vendor who does both candles and tarts well, and you know you want to get some of a particular scent, how do you decide whether to get it in tarts or candles? Obviously people are more likely to get a whole candle of their favorite scents, but is there anything more to it than that? For example, are you more likely to get candles of wintry scents and tarts of summery scents? Or do you picture where in your home you would like to smell the scent and decide based on that room? Does the strength of the scent play into it at all? Do you get both candles and tarts in the same scent and if so, why?
Some of my favorite vendors are great at making both tarts and candles, and I really, really enjoy both, so I often have this "problem" of deciding which forms will best satisfy my wax craving!!
Posted 30 January 2011 - 02:00 PM
I have certain spots in my home for candles. I use summer scents in the hotter months and fall/Christmas scents in the colder ones. I try to use up by the end of each season, but if not I switch them out. My tarts are always going in the same rooms and if I love a scent, I do use it in candle and tarts!
Posted 30 January 2011 - 03:58 PM
Posted 31 January 2011 - 03:21 AM
Kind of... I do burn candles more in fall / winter, but have some florals and fruits scents that I'd associate more with summer in candle form to burn year-round. I enjoy candles.
Not as much. I have candles AND tarts in every room with scent, except the hallway, entryway and dogs' room. Those are tarts-only because flame in those areas would be difficult to monitor and subject to drafts.
Yes. If something is a lighter throw in a tart and I can't compensate with a wide container for a bigger pool, then I stick to tarts. I don't want to be disappointed by the too-light throw of a candle.
Because I'm obsessed? LOL! Sometimes I do, but it's only for things I'm just crazy about. I like burning candles but can't really powerburn one 12 or more hours a day, so tarts come in handy. If I'm truly ga-ga over it, I'll get the fragrance oil too (if it's available).
A vendor has to be good before I'll chance a candle purchase. If they can't get a tart to throw, there's little hope for the candle. I also check for reviews or comments about how well a candle burns because it's so much more complicated to get that right. I'm more willing to experiment with vendors via a tart purchase, and pretty unlikely to get a candle unless I see raves about them. I can find almost anything I want candlewise from the 4 main vendors I buy from. It's one thing to gamble on a dollar-ish tart that sticks around for a day vs. at least 10 for a candle that will hang around whether you love it or not.
Posted 01 February 2011 - 04:44 PM
I strictly buy candles from Yankee and Slatkin. I almost never buy tarts from YC. They are too expensive. I'll only buy a tart if I need to push my basket a dollar or two over to use a coupon or if we are in the store and DD sees a tart that she wants. That is the only time I'll pay full price for a YC tart. She once begged for a Peppermint Swirls tart and I got it for her because she loves peppermint scents. I also never pay full price for a YC or Slatkin candle as there is almost always a sale going on for those candles. The only time I pay full price for a YC candle is when it's a treasure that I know has a high chance of selling out quickly.
I buy all of my tarts from Carol. Her selection is huge and she offers so many wonderful scents that I don't feel the need to buy elsewhere. Once in a while Carol will send me a candle as a thank you and I'll burn it. Her candles are just as wonderful as her tarts. Her candles are also very pretty. Many times she'll sprinkle this glitter stuff on them and it makes the candles look so pretty!
I'm not into oils.
Posted 24 May 2011 - 02:28 PM
Posted 25 May 2011 - 12:54 PM
My stash is usually the determining factor in what I order. If I have a larger candle stash, I'll stick to buying melts for a while, and when I have lots of melts, I switch to candles.
Shipping cost is another factor. If a company calculates shipping by weight, I'll often go with melts.
I like melts but candles are my favorite.
Posted 26 May 2011 - 08:17 PM
I prefer to buy candles in stronger scents that I have already tried in a tart. I've wasted too much money on lightly scented candles - not due to poor candemaking skills, but because they were very light fragrance oils to begin with. So, I like to try a tart before I drop $15+ on a candle.
I guess I use more candles during the winter months, since it gets dark earlier. I just don't love the look of flames in sunlight, I guess! I alo use tarts exclusively in the hall and bathroom, because I don't like unattended open flames.
Posted 28 May 2011 - 01:02 PM
Posted 28 May 2011 - 03:45 PM
Yep! So now I am so picky as to what candles I burn! It's funny though, how everyone's noses are different...my DD says that people are always saying they smell candles on her but we can't smell it!
Posted 29 May 2011 - 02:20 AM