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I’ve been a wee bit absent lately. I’d like to say I was off doing amazing things, but in reality, I spilled coffee on my laptop (that’s what happens when you insist on staying up until 4am to do uni work). My phone battery also managed to die and refuse to charge so I’ve been pretty internet-free for a while. I’m glad to be back online, and hopefully posting regularly again, but it was really nice just to disconnect for a while, even if I did get lost a few times due to having no Google maps.
I love my little sister to bits, but she lives about 200 miles away, so I don’t get to see her all that often. When I moved to Edinburgh for uni, my mum, brother and sister moved down to my mums hometown in England, so when my dad asked me about bringing her up as a surprise for her on her birthday, I jumped at the chance.
I love a good candle. I also like to chop and change what scents fill my home, but doing so with candles comes with a hefty price tag. So I’ve chosen the best of both worlds.
I bought my Yankee Candle Wax Tart Burner around a year ago now, and honestly, it gets used a minimum of 3 times a week. The petal shaped area houses a tart of wax, you pop a little tea light below and it slowly burns, releasing the smell of the tart.
My burner sits on my mantle piece, and is lit any time I plan on spending a bit of time in the house, well worth the £4.99 I paid for it. Wax tarts are much, much cheaper than candles, and are said to burn for around 8 hours (but I’ve got a Vanilla Lime one that has burnt for way longer and still smells amazing). The tarts are usually on some form of deal too (Buy 10, pay for 8 at the moment!)
Wax tarts are also a brilliant way to try out scents before committing to up to 150 hours worth of them. I still love a good candle, but have fallen for ones that smells amazing un-lit but are just not worth the headache they give me once they are. I now won’t buy a candle (minus cheap Primark bad-boys) unless I’ve trailed it in my tart burner first. The good thing about the burner, is it fits other brands too. Even if the tart is originally too big, you can pop it in, melt it and it’ll harden into the correct size.
I think I’ll always have a big candle next to my bed for reading ‘n’ relaxing time, but wax tarts are cheaper, easier to change about, and you don’t feel half as guilty for buying way too many them! I’m definitely going to be picking up some new ones as soon as autumn rolls around.