Pop quiz: what’s the difference between the jar on the left and the jar on the right?
If you answered “one has a candle in it and one doesn’t,” you’re partly correct. The full answer is, one has a candle in it, and one USED TO have a candle in it.
I’m a scented candle fiend; I’ve got five in my office at work and probably eight at home, which I rotate as the moods suit me. But part of what we’re paying for when we buy these $15-$20 goodies is not just the use of the candle, but the glasswork. These are great little containers, and it’s a waste to just throw them away when the wick’s run down.
So, PROTIP: once a jarred candle has run its course, boil a pot of water for tea. Pour yourself a cup, then use the rest of the boiling water to pour right into the jar. If you let it sit for a while, it’ll melt the wax; you can pour the whole lot out, then you can just scoop out any stubborn bits with a spoon. Wash the jar with soap and hot water, and it’s clean and sparkling and good as new. You can either use it to make another candle in (!!), or for storage; my mom swears that the 3-wick Slatkin & Co. candles from Bath and Body Works make the best containers for cotton balls and other bathroom accoutrements.