There are so many ways out there to clean out old candle jars so that you can reuse them; I’ve tried a lot of them and a lot of them DON’T work.
I kinda think I invented this way (we’ll call it the Samantha Method) to clean out old candle jars because some of them are just so pretty and would be great to reuse, it just seemed like a bit of a waste just throwing them out.
Ok so when you’ve gotten as much use out of your candle as you’ve possibly can, boil some water and fill your jar up. If you’re worried about the glass shattering pop a piece of cutlery in as well.
You’ll notice that the wax will start to melt from the hot water and float to the top, it looks pretty neat actually.
Leave your jar to cool down a bit so that the wax is sort of hard and the water is only warm. Scoop out the wax with like a spoon or whatever. If you dry it off you can use this in a tart burner/warmer, waste not want not.
After you empty out the water you’ll probably notice that you have a few specs of wax left on the jar, they’ll wipe away quite easily.
Now this is my favourite part, just pick out the wick holder from the bottom, peel off the label and pop your empty jar in the dishwasher, it’ll come out all clean and shiny and ready to reuse.
For those of you without dishwashers, soap, hot water, a sponge and some elbow grease will do the job.
Pretty simple eh?
Here’s just a couple of candle jars that I’ve cleaned out and reused, they’re also great for makeup brushes and like cotton balls.
I was gifted a lovely Copenhagen Candle Company Fig and Herb Reed Diffuser today. I had never heard of Copenhagen Candles until today so it was a lovely surprise.
“Copenhagen Candles is proud to showcase our range of stylish and desirable products, with over 40 different fragrances between them. We pride ourselves on using natural, sustainable ingredients wherever possible, but always use only the purest waxes (including blends of natural waxes from sustainable sources) and the finest custom-blended French fragrances, many of which include natural essential oils.”
I wrote about a previous experience with reed diffusers here, but this one looked quite fancy so I wasn’t worried too much about it being, well, crappy.
I was so impressed by the scent, fig and herb is such a unique combination I’d never have thought to combine them, but they work so well together.
The packaging on the reed diffuser was lovely and quite simple but I did find it a difficult to take out of the box, that could be their fault or it could be just me and lack of caffeine.
I’ve had mine all set up for a couple of hours now and I have to say I’m pretty impressed it’s not a sicky sweet scent, it’s not over powering and it’s doing what it’s meant to do.
Now I really want to try some of the Copenhagen Candle Companies candles!
Well I’ve only ever bought one, I think I bought it in a gas station actually so it was nothing fancy. It was a raspberry scented one and gave out an amazing smell for all of about five minutes; needless to say I wasn’t all that impressed. But to me they are basically a candle without the flame, which is a pretty genius idea especially for people with kids, or for clumsy folk or for people who’ve been known to go to bed whilst leaving candles burning…. (It happened only one time I swear!) Read More
When two girls spend most of their days dealing with work, babies and boys they rarely get much time for themselves, not that they complain(too much). So it’s the little things that make them happy, like relaxing with a cup of tea and lighting the wick on a brand new candle or when they read about new candles being launched.
Sure they get excited about shoes and throw cushions like most girls, but candles are a whole different story with Sarah and Sam.
They both have stashes of wax tarts and have great discussions about which ones are nicer and about mixing different scents together.
They even talk in code about which candles they’ve bought and will buy so as not to get “the look” from the men in their lives who have to live with the addiction, and who usually have to foot the bill for the candle splurges.
They have it pretty good though; an actual serious problem to Sarah or Sam is when their clicky things run out of fuel or when a company discontinues one of their many favourite candles; tears have actually been shed.
They know everything about candles; what to do with them and what not to do, they know millions of tips and tricks and where to go to get the best deals.
That’s why they started Vanilla&Lime, so they can share all of their borderline pyromaniac wisdom and knowledge with you, along with some reviews, product features, tips, tricks, giveaways and general chit chat about pretty things.