- Starting with the new Spring scents, Bath & Body Works mini candles are now $4.50 as opposed to the previous $3.50. This a whole $1.00 increase and also drastically changes the promotion for bulk purchases. What is causing this? Let's briefly touch on the history of Bath & Body Works mini candles to introduce the differences between each year's packaging and what's causing the price increases.
2011 & Earlier Mini Candles (Plastic Container & Lid)
- When mini candles were first introduced and all the way through to December 2011, they were in all-plastic packaging. This kept the cost down and while they were $3.50 each, the ongoing promotion was 3 for $5, which was a great deal and made each individual candle only $1.67. The plastic packaging also made it easy to pop out the wax to use for tart warmers.
- What ended this? The plastic candles eventually became a fire hazard to some. The plastic container the wax was in was reported to completely melt and consume itself in it's own heat. This led to many concerns about starting fires and ruining the surfaces the candles were on. While we personally have never experienced this, many reports have accumulated over the years and for obvious reasons, the plastic packaging mini candles were discontinued.
2012 Mini Candles (Glass Container + Plastic Lids)
- Starting January 2012, the mini candles transitioned to an all-glass container to alleviate the fire hazard issues brought into question during the 2010 plastic packaging. These still cost $3.50 individually but brought the promotion pricing to 2 for $5. This puts them individually at $2.50. While some did not appreciate the increase in pricing, it was not too drastic.
- Unfortunately, the lack of malleability in the glass containers made it harder to pop the wax out for tart warmers. Additionally, we lost 0.3 oz, where the plastic packaging is 1.6 oz and the glass packaging is 1.3 oz. This is due to the thickness of the glass as opposed to plastic.
2013 Mini Candles (Glass Container + Metal Lid)
- Starting January 2013, the mini candles are still in glass containers but now include a metal lid, similar to the 4 oz and 14.5 oz candles. The Bath & Body Works website now states that the metal lid allows for flame-extinguishing (which is also the case with the 4 oz and 14.5 oz candles).
- Unfortunately, the metal lids come at a premium of an extra $1.00, now at $4.50. The promotion now is 3 for $10, which is a whole $5 extra for one more mini candle from 2012's promotion. This is double the price it used to be just in 2011.
- Is this drastic price increase worth it? Are people having trouble blowing out a mini candle?
- Our Take: We're having trouble seeing the value of a lid that increases the pricing so drastically. While it is convenient to just close the lid on a candle, we often find the smoke to be trapped inside the candle and have to release the trapped smoke anyways. The plastic lids were adequate for storage purposes and we see the metal lid to be only aesthetically beneficial.
- What are your thoughts? Do you find the metal lid unnecessary? Would you rather have cheaper mini candles since they're mostly for gifts, tarts and for short-term use?