It's been five years since I had a candle in my house.
The Christmas right after the fire, my mother-in-law gifted me a candle set; she was attempting to replace our wedding gift. I looked at her as though she had just betrayed me. She obviously didn't have any idea how difficult the fire was, the anxiety that accompanied my every thought of an open flame. It's five years later, and I still don't like the flame on my gas range or even the thought of a campfire.
Forty two house fires are started each day as a result of a candle. Forty two may seem statistically insignificant for a mathematician. But for those of us who have lived through the HELL that is losing your home in a fire, forty two is forty two too many. It's forty two lives that are forever changed. Forty two homes with memories consumed by flame, turned to ash. It's not a risk I'm willing to take.
Home Candle Business just to give myself a few extra tasks on the neverending to-do list. No, really. I believe in this product. It takes a lot for me to post about a product on my personal blog, but it's that important to me. Scentsy is based out of Boise, so I've heard a lot about it since the fire. I had gotten used to a home without scents. No Pier 1 cinnamon bun candle at Christmas!
And now I have a bunch of Scentsy products in my house, and it has a smell again. When I signed up to sell, the scent is came with was Welcome Home. I wouldn't have appreciated that message nearly as much if I had never lost my house, had never had the incredibly emotional experience of walking back into my home and knowing that I was finally there.
It's amazing how smells carry so much emotional memory. The smell of a fire, for example, can propel me back in time five years ago to that night, standing atop the hill overlooking our home, staring into a black pit of ash, ash that held far too many memories. The smell of pine, though, can take me to a completely different place, to a cabin in the Sawtooths, serene, peaceful, crisp.
Scentsy's main product are flameless candles that heat scented wax over low heat. Instead of a flame, they use a low wattage lightbulb to heat the wax to minimize any risk of a fire.They are designed in such a way to still be able to create the ambiance of a candle (low light) without the hazard.
Let me know if you are interested in seeing the products Scentsy has to offer. Send me an email at brooke at homecandlebusinessteam (dot) com. If you've lost your home, mention that in the email. I want you to be able to enjoy the experience of having a candle without having to worry about your home. I know that fear all too well.