A tart warmer, also called a tart burner, is a home accent piece that can add design and style to a home, as well as the benefit of aromatherapy. They can operate through electricity or a tea light, and both work by melting a scented piece of wax, which is called a tart, and releasing the aroma into the room. Depending on the brand of tarts a person uses, their fragrance can often be much stronger than that of traditional scented candles. Some devices can also warm scented oils as well as the wax tarts.
An electric tart warmer works by heating the tart or oil with a small electric bulb. As the wax melts or the oil warms, the scent permeates the room. A non-electric model has a compartment that holds a tea light that is below a dish that holds the wax or oil. When the candle is lit, it melts the wax or warms the oil just as the electric version does.
Choosing between the two types is entirely up to the individual. Some people prefer an electric one because it diminishes the safety concerns of burning candles and the need of replacing them. Others enjoy having the visual warmth and glow of the tea light in addition to the fragrance.
Tart warmers are fairly inexpensive and provide an advantage over expensive scented candles that burn away in a relatively short period of time. The tarts often last for a very long time and can be used over and over again. Once the wax cools, it becomes solid and can be removed and saved while another scent is warmed. These devices can also be used to warm the leftover wax from a favorite scented candle that has gotten too low to burn.
Tart burners are available in all shapes and sizes. With all the many different styles, finding one that fits an individual's decor and personality is usually easy. One can be an elegant work of art, or it can be a lighthearted piece that expresses a favorite hobby. These devices are usually made out of ceramic, glass, or metal, giving consumers the option of choosing their favorite textures as well.