10 + Tart Warmer Gifts For The Best Home Fragrances
Some years ago a friend sent me a 'tart warmer'' for Christmas. Tarts in this context are like mini candles, but they don't have candle wicks. They are not meant to be burned directly, but warmed by another heating element, like a tea light or light bulb. And boy, does a tart warmer emit fragrance! Candle burning doesn't compare!
I had burned more than half of a Donna Karan votive candle in my bathroom, and I decided to warm the rest of it (maybe about 1/2 an inch) in my new tart warmer. That was five years ago, and the same candle is still in the warmer emitting a wonderful fragrance when I use it. Now, I've got another tart warmer for the kitchen warming cinnamon wax tarts (great to hide burned food smells). And because it's Christmas, my third tart warmer emits the fragrance of evergreen from wax potpourri I made.
Here's a collection of decorative tart warmers you might want to share with friends this Christmas or buy for yourself. You can slice up your favorite candles, buy special tarts, wax potpourris, or even burn oil fragrances in them.
1. Bird Cage Tart & Oil Warmer
The Bird Cage just requires a tea light on the bottom of the cage to warm the tart or oil, which is placed in the feed bowl hanging from the top. Soaps n' Stuff has a wide assortment of tea warmers that are designed to suit nature, pet, beach, home, sports, and home lovers. (Update: Soaps n' Stuff is no longer available so please take a look here instead.)
2. Gourmet Kitchen Tart & Oil Warmer
Got a gourmet cook in your life? This is one of the many Tart & Oil Warmers at Soaps & Stuff. (Update: Soaps n' Stuff is no longer available so please take a look here instead.)
3. Ambience Lighting Oil & Tart Warmer
Birch Happenings.com has a beautiful collection of Oriental designed oil and tart warmers. These larger (6" x6") electric warmers are pretty light diffusers as well, and you can even control them with a dimmer. Made of real wood and glass.
4. Christmas Themed Glass Tart & Oil Warmer
Eccolights makes some really beautiful hand-painted glass tart warmers, and this electric Christmas themed light is just one of many. (By the way, Eccolights has a deal just for our readers: get 10 percent off your purchase just by entering the word INVENTSOMETHING upon checkout!)
And to give you an idea what's out there in the way of 'tarts' for the warmers, take a look at one assortment of tarts created by Eccolights:
5. Willow Tree Art Candle and Tart Warmer
The Willow Tree is a 24 watt electric tart warmer that can also be used as a candle warmer, by removing the top bowl and placing a candle (up to 13 ounces) on top of the heating element. The ceramic material is beautifully rustic.
There's more than one way to do a Willow Tree and this one has quite a rustic feel and spirit - great for those who love the wild and primitive. This one takes a tea light.
7. Classic Fruit Tart Warmer
Some nice fruit fragrances, like blueberry or apple, would be wonderfully matched to the Classic Fruit Tart Warmer. Designed by Debbie Mumm, this tart warmer takes a tea light. Candle Licious has a nice selection of other tart warmers too!
8. Doghouse Wax (Potpourri) Warmer
Aww. The Doghouse is just so darling. Using a 30 watt bulb, this electric warmer illuminates a little photo of your dog and heats wax as well. Wax potpourri might be better for this little warmer; it goes under the roof of the dog house. This is from Rustic Style Wood N' Stuff, which has several inspirational and religious themed tart warmers.
9. Mosaic Tart Burner
I like glass mosaic burners - mostly because of the great shadows it casts on the walls and ceilings. That effect comes from the tea light inside the warmer. Just wonderful. The Mocha Mosaic Tart Burner, shown below, is one of four colors available from the manufacturer.
10. Nutcracker Candle Tart Burner
11. Peace Angel Tart Burner
Finally, something that we all want for our holidays - be they Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or other religious or agnostic celebration - peace. The lovely earthenware Peace Angel Tart Burner expresses that well with its tea light, which does double duty as a tart warmer. (Update: This burner is no longer available. Another angel burner is available here.)