Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Aroma Glow Lamps

Not a food review this time.

In case you didn't read in my previous Try It Tuesday post, I am a Bzz Agent. I receive free samples of products to try and then I give them my opinion. These Aroma Glow lamps were my latest freebie. I received one lamp....
this one below...

It came with a vanilla fragrance cartridge. You can buy these lamps here. Or you can find them at Wal-mart, Ace Hardware or Meijer (plus other stores...check out the website). I believe they are priced between $10-$15. You can also buy fragrance cartridges separately.

Ok, so here is some info about these lamps from their official website, Lamplight Farms:
• Effective fragrancing
• Longlasting fragrance
- burns up to 25 hours
• Sootless and smokeless • No wax mess
• No need to trim wick
• Pre-set wick with a constant
flame height
• No waste – burns 99%
• Economical/refillable
• Decorative and giftable

Soooo....my thoughts on this lamp? Honestly, I don't really like it all that much. First of all, they have several designs to choose from, but there aren't many that I actually like. The one they sent me is ok, but not something I would have chosen. I might have chosen this one though:

...as a Christmas gift that is. Check out the website to see the other styles. Each one is only available at certain stores.

I liked how the oil is supposed to last a long time and also that there is no soot or wick to trim. The vanilla fragrance was ok at first, but after awhile the smell got to me. Even this kids kept asking when they could blow it out because it was, "stinking" up the house. My kids usually love it when I light candles. Maybe I could try another fragrance using the coupons they sent me. I think I should give it one more shot. I'll check them out at Meijer next time I'm there.

Now let me jump back a bit...before I even lit the thing, I had to read the instructions on how to put the fragrance jar in the lamp. It wasn't too hard, but I couldn't understand why I had a round piece of metal sitting in the box. It seemed to have no use. Then I finally realized that it had a bit of glue on it. It had fallen off the main part of the lamp. Ok, problem fixed. I just didn't use it which makes me wonder what the purpose was for that piece to begin with.

The biggest problem that I don't care for with this lamp, is that the oil can't be stored with the lamp. A person would have to take it out and put the original plastic cap on to store it. I'm lazy. I don't like to worry about things like that. First of all, I'd have to put the cap somewhere while the lamp is in use. Then to screw it back on and store it away from the lamp is just a hassle to me. Boy, I sound like a whiner don't I? Sorry. I'm just so used to my Yankee Candles or Woodwick which only have tops to place back on when I'm finished.

The next big problem I have with these lamps is that the oil can be harmful to children. Yes, any candle can burn someone, but oil can be fatal.

I hate to give bad reviews, but if this company would do the following things.....I might like their product a bit better......

#1: Make their lamps in more desirable styles. Have better designs and even better shapes to their lamps. The shape seems a bit outdated.

#2: Not make a lazy person like me have to take the oil cartridge out of the lamp every single time I'm done with it. Plus, I got my fingers a bit oily while doing it. I'm a lazy and messy person I guess.

I will update when I try another fragrance, but until then, I say thumbs down to this wannabe Yankee Candle lamp. On the plus side...I do think the price which seems to be about $10-$15 isn't so bad for what it is. Especially when compared to pricey candles from specialty shops.

Has anyone else tried these? Do you have a positive review to share? Let me know :)

P.S....I know I haven't done any personal blog posts lately. I will try when I can. I've been sick and also busy with the holidays looming ever so close. Plus, my camera is still broke and I am still using Rick's laptop which means I lost my usual programs that I like to use when I'm blogging. *sigh*

Leanne Sig.

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Gretta said...

I'm lazy too. I would forget where I put the darn cap. To much fuss for me and the lamp would have to be put up high like my candles and I think that would be dumb looking a lamp way up high on a shelf or on the mantle (maybe it would look ok if it was a small lamp).

Gail said...

I just received one of these as a 'Yankee Swap' gift at our Christmas Eve party.
My design style tends to be more contemporary, but I do like the smell of candles, so I chose to keep the gift instead of swapping it. Now the vanilla fragrance, well, that's another story... would not have been my choice.
So anyway, I just opened the box and set it up to light... not that bad. But I understand what you mean about the cap, and I will surely want to squelch the smell once I'm sick of it. It smells sort of like cookie dough, very sweet.
One design change would be to have the shade dotted with air holes or openings to allow more of the light to show out the sides, instead of just out of the top.
But the best part of the gift was when I found a coupon for 50 cents off the refill oil cartridge. My happiness lasted only briefly until I noticed that the expiration date on it said 12/31/07!
Do you think I am the recipient of a re-gift????
Gotta run... the smell is starting to get to me, now where did I put that cap?