June 19, 1996


Release # 96-148


WASHINGTON, D.C. - CPSC, Bath & Body Works Inc. of Columbus, Ohio, is recalling about 18,700 ceramic potpourri burners. The ceramic potpourri burner may contain hairline cracks that can cause the burner to fracture or shatter while in use. As a result, people can be burned by hot wax and potpourri.

Bath & Body Works is aware of nine incidents in which the ceramic potpourri burner cracked, exposing consumers to flames, hot potpourri, and hot wax. Two consumers received burns to the hands as they attempted to extinguish the flames.

The white ceramic potpourri burner, a cylinder-shaped container measuring 5.5 inches high and 4.25 inches in diameter, is decorated with various floral designs. To heat the burner, consumers place candles in a round hole in the back of the potpourri burner.

Bath & Body Works retail stores sold the ceramic potpourri burners nationwide from April 1995 through April 1996 for approximately $10.

Ceramic Potpourri Burner

Consumers should immediately stop using the ceramic potpourri burners and return them to any Bath & Body Works retail store for a refund of the purchase price, plus a $25.00 Bath & Body Works gift certificate. For more information consumers should contact customer service at (800) 395-1001.