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The lost tradition of candle making has received a makeover. Somewhere along the line, someone decided it was a bad idea to have an open flame in one's house, who'd a thunk? However, melting wax to create a fragrant environment is still sought after, and thus the idea of candle wax warming came to fruition. I believe the commonly known and overly commercialized (which we minimalists despise) brand is called Scentsy. Scentsy went from obscurity to every suburban living room within the span of ten years. The company, and subsequent home parties you are guilt-ed into attending, are over-priced and overestimated. Thankfully, there are minimalist approved alternatives.
A lovely and whimsical site entitled Butter Bumpkin thankfully reminds consumers what it means to stay true to handmade tradition. Butter Bumpkin products are handmade scented wax melts / fragrance cubes. Which are basically candles without a wick that you place into a low-heat electric or tea light melter. As they melt, the wax fills the room with far more fragrance than a candle would. Made with soy wax to enhance the strong and long lasting fragrance. Butter Bumpkin scented wax melts are hand-poured, hand packaged, and immediately sent on their way to you. The company's always changing library of scents include everything from masculine to feminine, floral to fruit, and food to beverage fragrance options.
The minimalist lost tradition of candle making may have taken on a new format through flame-less wax melts but the hours of enjoyment generations spend together will surely keep the art alive. Handmade traditions can be so very rewarding, take some time and discover your passionate hobby. One never knows where passions may lead!