Scentsy Review: The Best Candle Alternative with Kids & Pets

Posted on Jun 21 2014 - 11:26pm by Susan Bewley

Disclosure: I received these products for free to review. The opinions in my review are honest and my own.


Some of you may not know this but…I am candle obsessed. I will freely admit, until recently I had an addiction to a very expensive candle company. The problem with these candles was that the scent disappeared rather quickly and the candles really didn’t last that long. I also wasn’t comfortable experimenting with different scents, because these candles were so pricy. It was a real treat for us to buy one, and I really didn’t care about the quirky extras inside. I just loved the candles themselves. My fear with candles, however, is that Reya, my Alaskan Malamute, loves fire. Yes, she will try going right up to the candle to smell it and has no problem nearly burning her muzzle. My fear is that sooner or later, she will knock off the candle and cause a house fire. That leaves us with two choices – only burning candles when she is in her crate, or using something to scent the house that doesn’t have a flame. Since I hate keeping her crated, that left us looking for a wax warmer. As we were looking into this, one of my best blogging friends, Teri Hardy, started selling Scentsy. I had seen her talk about it for a very long time but hadn’t really thought about trying it. She was so determined I was going to like it she asked me to review one of their sets. Knowing we needed something to solve our candle issue, I happily agreed.

Scentsy: What is It?

Love the smell of candles, but think they are a safety risk with your animals or children? Luckily, we know the perfect answer for individuals who want to enjoy their favorite scents without the fire or burn risk – Scentsy. Started in 2003 by Orville and Heidi Thompson, their little fragrance business soon exploded, becoming one of the most popular international businesses in the fragrance industry. Their goal is to make some of the best smelling, high quality waxes and wax warmers in the industry. Best of all, the people who sell Scentsy are people like you and me – consultants who are just as passionate about Scentsy as Orville and Heidi themselves. Today, the Scentsy line doesn’t just include waxes, but laundry detergents and bath and body products in your favorite fragrances. Once you have tried Scentsy, we are pretty certain you  will be hooked!

Scentsy Element

Scentsy: Wax

By now, you are likely wondering what makes the wax so unique? Can’t you just use those little wax tartlets from your favorite retailer in your warmer? While that may sound like the best idea ever, don’t try it! You will likely waste money and have the worst mess ever to clean out of your warmer. Scentsy wax is specially formulated to melt in a ceramic dish using the relatively low heat of a low light bulb or heating element in your warmer. Since I make candles in my spare time, I can tell you this wax is very unique. It melts faster than most traditional waxes and a very little bit goes a long way. For example, some of the scents I have tried keep their scent from a small chunk of wax for over 12 hours of continual use, and then can go another 5 or so hours after it re-melts, while keeping its scent. I use my warmer daily and have still barely touched a single container of my wax.

During my experimenting for the review, we found out something interesting about one of the fragrances – Just Breathe. This scent, which is a mix of eucalyptus, lemon, and various mints, we found is excellent at helping headaches. We found that when we are using this scent our headaches are gone within 15 minutes to a half hour. It really is that amazing, and truly sold me on Scentsy. Along with this scent, we love the citrus and fruit fragrances, especially the Kiwi and Cantaloupe, and White Tea & Cactus. Based on my own experience with their waxes (and my new obsession with them), I am delighted to give Scentsy waxes an A+ rating!

Scentsy Wax

Scentsy:  Element Warmer

What really makes Scentsy different from its competition are their wax warmers. The traditional warmers illuminate, since they are heated by a light bulb. While this may be great for people who love traditional candles, this sometimes isn’t the best option for offices or bedrooms. This is one of the reasons I personally like the Element wax warmers over the more traditional ones. They are more discreet since they have a heat element to safely warm wax without producing light. For my review, I received the Zen Rock Element Scentsy Warmer, which blends well with our decor. Not only does it look great, but it does a great job heating up the wax without overheating or causing damage to what’s under it. To use the warmer all you need to do is plug it in an electrical outlet, flip the switch, and wait for it to warm the ceramic dish on top. What I also love is that you always know when the warmer is on – there is a small light on the back which turns on when there is electricity going to the unit. If it’s in your bedroom, don’t worry, it’s not that bright and is still discreet. Based on my own experience with this warmer, I am happy to give the Scentsy Element Wax Warmer an A+ rating, and beyond that, say that we purchased a second unit for our basement!

scentsy element 2

Scentsy: Where to Purchase

Would you like to purchase some of these awesome products for yourself? Make sure to head over to Midwest Scentsy today & purchase one of their Scentsy Companion Systems. This is the most inexpensive way purchase a wax warmer and waxes to get you started. I can tell you from personal experience that Scentsy is addicting. After this review I purchased an additional companion set along with an additional 6 pack of fragrances. If you are already a Scentsy user, don’t forget that you can get a 6-pack of Scentsy for only $25 during the month of June. So make sure to head over and check out this exclusive Scentsy party just for my readers and friends! If you are anything like me, I’m certain you will love Scentsy!

Also, if you are a stay at home Mom looking to start their own business, make sure to connect with Teri at Midwest Scentsy to learn how you can sell it yourself. You have no inventory to manage, free workstation, amazing support, fantastic training, and it’s very inexpensive! Learn how you can help take control of your finances with Scentsy today!

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Susan Bewley is a professional writer who has been writing content online & in print format for over 10 years. As well, she is an alumni of the University of Louisville with a Masters Degree in Special Education. When not working as an online business consultant or ghost writing, she can be found writing on Budget Earth, on her own novel, or working with various entities in the pet industry.

69 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Theresa June 22, 2014 at 7:43 am - Reply

    My son and daughter in law bought me a cupcake warmer and melts for my birthday a few years ago. I am so addicted, i would love to get another one to have two going with different scents to mix the scents up.

  2. Holly Thomas June 22, 2014 at 11:19 am - Reply

    My cat will literally stick his face in flames so no more candles for me!

  3. Kelly Faber June 22, 2014 at 12:28 pm - Reply

    I love the look of the warmer!! I would love to try this….I can’t believe how long the wax lasts for! I have an almost crawler at home, so I always have to put the candles up high so he can’t reach, so this would be a perfect alternative! 🙂

  4. kathy downey June 22, 2014 at 12:44 pm - Reply

    I love the smell of candles also and alway worry when the grandkids come they they will know it over.My sister-in-law got a Scentsy for Christmas and the smell was devine.I want one !

  5. lisa June 22, 2014 at 1:21 pm - Reply

    I would try this. I too love candles. I try to stay stocked up.There’s nothing cozier than a room filled with burning candles.

  6. Monica June 22, 2014 at 2:41 pm - Reply

    Thank you for the great review Kiwi and Cantaloupe sounds great! I absolutely love scentsy, one of my favorites is black cherry.

  7. Shannon June 22, 2014 at 3:19 pm - Reply

    I have heard that these candles are great. I have never tried them out yet.

  8. Jessica Menster June 22, 2014 at 3:56 pm - Reply

    I was given Scentsy products as a gift and absolutely love them! I think it is amazing that you found a scent that helps with headaches- what a bonus! I would love to try more scents.

  9. Brutus Duffy June 22, 2014 at 4:10 pm - Reply

    I am also candle obsessed. I have 11 pets, so i have to also be careful about what i use. I have been using Scentsy products for bout 4 years and can’t live without them. They also make great gifts.

  10. Dana Rodriguez June 22, 2014 at 4:15 pm - Reply

    I have a beautiful warmer I loved to use.One of my favorite melts is Cashmere Forest by Glade.I am in the market for a new warmer for my livingroom.

  11. Terri S June 22, 2014 at 5:22 pm - Reply

    Great post! I’ve only smell like to scents but I loved them both. Thank you for sharing.

  12. Christina Strapp June 22, 2014 at 5:37 pm - Reply

    I LOVE Scentsy and I like how it is safer than a candle. I like how many scents they offer and you can change the scents as often as you want.

  13. Linda Szymoniak June 22, 2014 at 7:46 pm - Reply

    While I do still like to burn the occasional candle, with five dogs and three cats, I have to be careful and have switched to mostly using warmers. The one I have is cheap and plain. I’d love to get some Scentsy products. They have some great products.

  14. debra dubois June 22, 2014 at 7:58 pm - Reply

    My mom has one of these i love how amazing her house smells i would love to own one. Amazing products!

  15. Emily June 22, 2014 at 8:15 pm - Reply

    I bought my mother-in-law a Scentsy warmer for her birthday. I’ve been wanting one for myself every since!

  16. Karen C June 22, 2014 at 10:41 pm - Reply

    I really like the idea that these are safe with pets around. I love vanilla and beach scents and although I have never tried Scentsy, I would love to one day!

  17. laurie nykaza June 22, 2014 at 11:32 pm - Reply

    I love their products with having 4 cats in the house I learned about them at a pet expo and just love all the scents they make and so does the rest of my family too.

  18. Cheryl DeMunbrun June 23, 2014 at 1:13 am - Reply

    I love that the Scentsy line is pet safe and so much safer around children. I didn’t expect such wonderful scents but have been pleasantly surprised and love how they last. Thank you, so much for such a great product!

  19. Brigid OHara Koshko June 23, 2014 at 8:29 am - Reply

    I have heard of Scentsy but have not tried it. This would be a great product for my house with all our kids and critters but also for my mother who lives in a senior housing that prohibits candles in their apartment.

  20. rochelle haynes June 23, 2014 at 9:50 am - Reply

    This is pretty love to have this
    they smell good too.

  21. Tamra Phelps June 23, 2014 at 4:21 pm - Reply

    I love the variety of scents they have! The food scents are my favorites, even if they make me hungry!

  22. Karen Beckett June 23, 2014 at 5:53 pm - Reply

    I LOVE Scentsy! The smells never irritate my asthma or allergies. The house always smells so good when I use their products!

  23. Ilona M. June 23, 2014 at 7:17 pm - Reply

    I smelled some of them and they are lovely. I would like to have the warmer.

  24. Marion Gasiorek June 24, 2014 at 6:36 pm - Reply

    Wow, first of all I give you huge Kudos for the great review! I am very interested in the fact that you found one scent that relieves headaches. Not only do you have a great smelling home, it also helps those annoying headaches. I’m a candle junky, but yet to try Scentsy. I will have to look into this. Thanks !

  25. alicia k June 24, 2014 at 8:44 pm - Reply

    i like that there is no flame. safe for kids and pets.

  26. Natalie Brown June 24, 2014 at 10:36 pm - Reply

    Hello! That’s pretty neat that they make the wax melts in a special way to burn slowly. What a cool side effect too that it helps with your headache! I’ve read before about how different scents help with healing or calming. Thank-you for the information & review!

  27. Merry June 26, 2014 at 7:44 am - Reply

    I really like that warmer! It does look perfect for smaller spaces. And I love the scent selection–so many options!

  28. April Chasteen June 27, 2014 at 12:07 am - Reply

    I LOVE Scentsy! I make sure to never run out by over buying! That warmer is really cute and I love a lot of the scents Scentsy carries. My favorites of all time are Cider Mill and Pumpkin Roll in the Fall! Love it!

  29. Brandy Hebden June 27, 2014 at 10:31 am - Reply

    I love all of choices in scents that they offer. And even more, I love the fact that I can get my favorite scent in a laundry detergent or bath products! AWESOME!! Love it!! 🙂

  30. Melissa S June 27, 2014 at 3:55 pm - Reply

    I love candles too, I do worry about the flames since I like to light one in every room in the evening.

  31. Mia June 27, 2014 at 5:22 pm - Reply

    So intriguing that a scent can help to cure a headache. I would love to try this.

  32. Anne Marie Carter June 28, 2014 at 12:11 am - Reply

    I just received a scentsy warmer in the mail the other day, and I am having so much fun with it! I got three scent packs with it, and I like how easy it is to use.

  33. Jenny June 28, 2014 at 6:20 pm - Reply

    I have never smelled any of the scentsy scents before. They’re far too expensive. But I’m really excited to eter the contest to see if I have the chance to see what they smell like.

  34. Evelyn Chuter June 28, 2014 at 6:52 pm - Reply

    I love Scentsy products. I have a friend who sells it and I buy from her. I like this warmer and I have been wanting to get it, so I was happy to open this giveaway and see it the warmer I want.

  35. Sarah Oswald June 29, 2014 at 1:03 am - Reply

    I have always loved scentsy warmers and scent. Since the last time I went to a scentsy party they have introduced quite a bit more warmers and scents. I love the birdhouse and the lighthouse warmers the best.

  36. Teresa Meerschaert June 29, 2014 at 8:14 am - Reply

    I began using a Scentsy illuminating warmer about four years ago. I love that the scents are mild yet long lasting. I also like that the illumination warms our bedroom during the night with mellow, low light. I have about 20 different fragrances and change them about once a week.

  37. robyn donnelly June 29, 2014 at 2:42 pm - Reply

    You always write great reviews and give great information and details about the products being given away. Thanks for keeping us updated.

  38. Barbara Adams June 29, 2014 at 3:59 pm - Reply

    Combustion is for meat…I prefer scentsy warmer and all things vaporized. The black soot is reason enough to stop lighting up!

  39. tamra gibson June 30, 2014 at 10:04 pm - Reply

    Well you sound identical to me. I was so obsessed with candles that I always had to have one burning in every room and yes my animals and grand kids were always knocking them over. I also had a problem that even thought I may have liked some of the smells they were giving me headaches if they were strong like i liked so when I read above about the Just Breathe has me really intrigued. I wish I had success at making candles but I am really bad at it and I even bought stuff to make tarts and I could never smell them either. One of these days I will be ordering some Scentsy bars one way or another

    • Susan Bewley July 1, 2014 at 12:27 am - Reply

      Tarma, what issue were you having with candles. I make my own homemade candles. There are some tricks to getting them ‘perfect’ and some waxes are also better than others 🙂

  40. Traci McCormick July 2, 2014 at 8:21 pm - Reply

    I love candles too!!! But I hate blowing them out and the smell it makes. I like all the choices Scentsy has. And I love the Zen Rock Element Scentsy Warmer! It’s awesome.

  41. Jill Myrick July 4, 2014 at 8:15 pm - Reply

    I love that Scentsy is a great no fire option to candles.
    With children and indoor pets this is a definite plus for us.


  42. saralynns2 July 4, 2014 at 8:18 pm - Reply

    This is a fabulous and informative review. I think it’s interesting that you found headache relief through scent warmers! (very cool!) Your description of the business side of this organization is very interesting as well. Thanks for sharing!

    • Susan Bewley July 5, 2014 at 6:26 pm - Reply

      You are very welcome! I was interested in Scentsy for years but never tried it because I thought it was ‘gimmicky’. Now that I’ve tried it though I’m totally sold!

  43. Debra Womack July 4, 2014 at 11:33 pm - Reply

    I love this idea – the “scented candles without the cats losing their whiskers” thing.
    And yes, I have had curious kitties try to “sniff” the candles.
    It takes weeks for the singed whiskers to come back!

  44. Vicki Hall July 5, 2014 at 1:20 pm - Reply

    We have pets in our home so I love anything that makes my house smell good. I’ve tried Scentsy bars and they smell amazing. My favorite scents are By the Sea, Skinny Dippin, Apple Press, Love Story , and Mochadoodle. I love the Home Sweet Home warmer.

  45. Cassandra Davis July 5, 2014 at 11:23 pm - Reply

    I love the look of this warmer. They have so many scents I’m wanting to try.

  46. Christina Strapp July 6, 2014 at 12:16 am - Reply

    I love love Scentsy!! I would like to have more scents and some more warmers. I love how one warmer can fill up a whole room.

  47. kathy pease July 6, 2014 at 8:40 am - Reply

    I love wax melts they smell so awesome and make the room smell fantastic.

  48. Susan O'Bryant July 6, 2014 at 2:48 pm - Reply

    Every now and then, I get a headache; reading your review of the Just Breathe scent makes me want to have some on hand in my home for when those pesky headaches come around. It’s also good to know that the warmer doesn’t get overheated and won’t damage the surface beneath.

  49. T Michelle Trump July 6, 2014 at 3:33 pm - Reply

    I love scentsy and their products are hands down the best for quality and long lasting scent. My favorite scent is Luna.

  50. Debra Holloway July 6, 2014 at 4:10 pm - Reply

    I love these. They smell so good, and make your home smell so good.

  51. Lea July 6, 2014 at 8:13 pm - Reply

    I think the great way Scentsy wax’s melt makes them unique and the smell is wonderful! Being unique makes this one of the best places in the business!

  52. Buddy Garrett July 6, 2014 at 8:53 pm - Reply

    My wife loves using candles to give our home great smelling scents but I worry about fires. I am glad that Scentsy with all of the delicious scents is an alternative to candles.

  53. Maureen July 6, 2014 at 11:49 pm - Reply

    I too, was an expensive brand candle lover. I don’t like how they leave soot on your walls or anything that is near the flame. Scentsy sound like the perfect alternative to traditional candles without the soot. The fact that my kids can be around a Scentsy warmer (but not a lit candle) is a HUGE benefit to using Scentsy!


  54. Emily Barnes July 7, 2014 at 7:50 pm - Reply

    I have been a fan of Scentsy for a while. Haven’t found a scent yet that I didn’t like!

  55. Chris Dwane July 9, 2014 at 9:04 am - Reply

    I also like candles, if they have a lovely smell. I have a pet and child nevertheless I use candles but I always take care about safety of child and pet.

  56. Jana Williams July 9, 2014 at 8:26 pm - Reply

    I am an Aromatherapy Fanatic! The first thing I generally do before buying a Product is Smell it! I am Always Looking for Something that Smells Good, it Must be my Inner Hippie because I will burn Lavender or Vanilla Incense Constantly! The Problem with this is they don’t Last Very Long and I have Pets! My Cats like to jump on the Furniture and I’m so Scared they are going to either get seriously burned or singe their hair off! Heaven forbid they knock a candle over and catch the house on fire! I am seriously going to look into this Scentsy Product; it Really Sounds Perfect for me! It gets expensive buying candles or Scented plug-ins and they always quit making a certain Scent the second I get hooked on it! I like that Scentsy has a Variety of Scents and that you can actually Really Smell them! I don’t want something that I can barely smell but I don’t want anything that is way too Strong Either! I truly believe certain Scents can Trigger certain Feelings & Emotions, and can help with your Emotions & Stress! I always feel Relaxed when I smell something warm & comforting! Thank you for bringing this Product to my Attention and I am going to Consider getting a Scentsy! Thanks again,Jana

  57. lisa July 14, 2014 at 11:47 am - Reply

    These are nice. I will never give up candles. I enjoy the candlelight in the evening and use them when we lose power. But, I’m using these too and love them!

  58. Marvin Petterson October 29, 2014 at 10:53 pm - Reply

    Having a two Yorkie Puppies who tend to find themselves in just about anything that captures there attention (Flame) they are quick curious to touch or thing of it as a toy. This candle alternative is perfect and is quick decorative.

  59. Jason December 10, 2014 at 9:25 am - Reply

    I don’t use candles too much in my house because I have a pet and I don’t know if the candles are safe for him. But you convince me to try the one with eucalyptus and lemon.

  60. Chrys December 11, 2014 at 9:41 am - Reply

    The kids and pets safety is the most important thing. I love candles and I am glad I found these candles alternative with kids and pets. Smelling the scent of a candle is really pleasant and conforting.

  61. Gale McCarron December 17, 2014 at 10:29 am - Reply

    I adore the Zen Rock Warmer and have to get one!! I also love having pleasing scents in my home but also have to watch with the animals and kids. Great safety here!

  62. felicia January 16, 2015 at 5:58 pm - Reply

    I see a lot of positive responses to Scentsy, and I have one myself that I love. However, pets are like humans and some can be sensitive to certain fragrances, even the Scentsy ones. My friend has a cat and a Scentsy warmer. She began to notice that her cat was scratching and licking itself a lot. Then it began having severe episodes of vomiting. Long story short, the fragrances were bothering the cat. We must remember that cats, pets have more sensitive noses than we do. Maybe not all pets are as sensitive to it, but as responsible pet owners we need to keep this in mind.

    • Susan Bewley January 17, 2015 at 1:08 pm - Reply

      Very very true! I have certain scents that I purchased and don’t burn at all because they bother my Reya puppy!

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