I've been melting tarts for years now. I've tried many styles from many vendors, but what I have not played around with is the type of warmer I use. I started out with a cheap ceramic warmer that uses tea light candles as the heat source, and I've always been content with them . . . until recently.
Lately though, I've been hearing people talk about how this type of warmer burns the scents away too fast because they get so hot. I've heard that using the electric warmers will extend the life of the scents. Hmmm.
The thing I wonder about these (besides the bulbs) is that if they're not getting hot enough to melt all wax, is the scent throw in general going to be lighter? I definitely don't want that. I like my scents strong.
Now though, I've been hearing that this style might also be too hot and burn the scent away too fast. One scent guru felt her tart performance improved when she switched to this type of warmer. Another insists these shorten the life of your tarts. (I suspect in that second case it is more of a personal preference for the bulb style though.)
I would LOVE to try each type of warmer and do some tests, but I don't want to spend that kind of money if I'm not going to use them in the end. So it got me wondering if anyone has already done some similar tests? I don't mean 'Oh yeah, I've tried all three styles.' I mean, someone using the same scent and brand of tart in all three styles in the same room (not at the same time), and actually keeping track of the results. I watch several scent lovers on YouTube but I don't think anyone has done experimenting like this. I've seen plenty of videos of people who have a favorite style, and explaining why they like it, but nothing more 'scientific.'
If anyone knows of any videos or blog posts about such experimentation, PLEASE let me know. If nothing turns up, I might just splurge and explore this myself.
Or if you just have some personal preference reasons for one style over the other, feel free to share in the comments.