Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Waste Not Want Not

I hate throwing things away.

I'm not a hoarder (yeah right) I just hate throwing things away before they are definitely, 100%, undeniably, irrevocably finished with.

Which is the reason I've had this candle for about 3 years.

You see, this candle is lovely - but useless. The problem is that it's burnt so far down the jar that you can't really light the wick without burning your fingers, and if you do manage to light it the wax from the sides will melt and drown the wick so it only stays lit for about 10 minutes...Useless.

Until I had a brainwave!

I actually had this brainwave this morning and put it straight into action :)

Do any of you have oil burners? You know the pretty things with wells in the top for fragrance oils (and water - always add water!) and a space at the bottom for a tea light? Did you know that instead of buying oils, you can also get wax melts for the burner? You pop them in the well at the top and they melt to release a lovely aroma, they then re-set and you can melt them again and again - clever yes?

Well my thinking is that the wax left around the side of my defunct candle is going to be the same as the wax in these melts! Time to start melting!

I've used an old single cup cafetiere that I broke the plunger on for melting (I swear I'm not a hoarder!) as it's heat proof and can go in the microwave. I scraped the wax from the sides of the jar candle and popped it in the cafetiere:

After about 2 minutes it looked like this:

A little note: Your microwave is probably stronger than mine - Keep and eye on it! Watch the wax and make sure it's not bubbling and do not touch it when it comes out - hot wax isn't for playing with (unless you're feeling kinky).

Next step is to try and make the melts pretty :) I poured them into muffin cases to give them a pretty shape and left them to cool, it took about 20 minutes for them to be solid enough to pop out of the casing:

Lovely! Time to use one! I popped one straight on my oil burner to give it a whirl:

Whoops! It's a little too big but that's fine, as it melts it will melt into the well and stay there - I've got a pretty smelling living room right now :)

So there you go, waste not want not!

If you don't have any old candles and want your own wax melts, pop over to The One Stop Pamper Shop where you can buy some utterly gorgeous scented candles and melts along with lots of other goodies. I speak from experience when I say the goodies from this shop smell 100 times better than the candle I've used today! But like I say...I just can't throw things away!

Let me know if you give this a go!

BIG NOTICE! I have been warned by the almighty candle maker that you shouldn't melt wax in a microwave...whoops! So if you give this a go you need to melt the wax in a saucepan over a saucepan of hot water (like you melt chocolate - yum).


  1. Cool idea! Love your lack of hoarding ;)

    1. I am definitely NOT a hoarder, I don't have a box with brown paper in or a cupboard with empty jam jars in or anything like that....

  2. That's a fab idea! I always have half used candles! x

    1. It's so annoying when you can't use it all isn't it? That's one thing I love about One Stop's candles...You ALWAYS get the last bits from them and they smell great :)

  3. You know I am a BIG fan of One Stop Pamper candles (try Fountain of Youth if you haven't already ;-) ) But this is a great way to use up all those *other* bits of wax that are floating about...

    1. I've not tried that one! I'm a big fan of Hot cinnamon and Bite Me :) Got my eye on Four Leaf Clover though...

  4. KERRY!!! I am going to tell you off now!!! Thats a great effort and a fab way of using up those bits of candles, but please next time - dont melt wax in the microwave! It can end in disaster! Always use a old saucepan floating inside another filled with water. xx

  5. Whoops! *runs to warn everyone else*