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November 29, 1994

Release # 95-026
CONTACT: Stephanie Glover
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1185

Scentax Inc. Recalls Earth Scents Natural Potpourri Candles

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Scentex Inc., of Chicago, Ill., is voluntarily recalling about 97,000 "Earth Scents Natural Potpourri Candles." Scentex candles in decorative tins are not included in this recall.

Due to a manufacturing error, the wick of the candle is positioned in such a way that the potpourri inside the wax of the candle may ignite and flare up during use, resulting in a fire hazard. Scentex received one report of flare up from England associated with the use of this potpourri candle. There was no injury.

The Earth Scents candles, which can be identified by its oval shape and the visible appearance of potpourri in the bottom half of the wax candle, were sold nationwide in retail stores and specialty shops from August 10, 1994 through October 1, 1994.

Consumers should stop using these candles immediately and return them to the place of purchase for a full refund or for a safer replacement potpourri candle. Consumers with questions can call Scentex collect at (312) 278-0700.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission protects the public from the unreasonable risk of injury or death from 15,000 types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury and for information on CPSC's fax-on-demand service, call CPSC's hotline at (800) 638-2772 or CPSC's teletypewriter at (800) 638-8270. To order a press release through fax-on-demand, call (301) 504-0051 from the handset of your fax machine and enter the release number. Consumers can obtain this release and recall information or report product hazards to