Candle Warmers Etc. has publicly announced a request made of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to correct the inaccurate use of the term “candle warmers” made during their February 1, 2012 product recall: “Christmas Tree Shops candle warmers—Fire hazard.” According to Candle Warmers Etc., the Nantucket Distributing product recall did not involve a “candle warmer” at all, but instead a “tea light (fragrance) warmer” sold for about $8 at the Christmas Tree Shops in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and Midwest from November through December 2011.
Candle Warmers Etc. is the patent holder of the original “candle warmer” plate, lamp and lantern, first introduced to the market 10 years ago. A “candle warmer” is an electronic product that involves no flame, instead using a halogen bulb or hot plate to quickly “melt” the candle to release the fragrance. The recent recall involved products using a flamed tea light to warm a decorative bowl designed to hold fragrant oil or wax melts. “It’s a good / bad story,” explains Candle Warmers Etc. President Chris Barnes. “On the one hand, we’re thrilled that ‘candle warmers’ has entered mainstream vernacular. However, it is important that we call out this particular error as ‘candle warmers’ present the consumer with the safest option for enjoying and using candles in the home or workplace.”