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Tips for Reusing your Candle Jars

Posted on April 22 2020

You poured your very own custom-scented candle, enjoyed it for many hours, and you’re left with just a tiny bit of wax in the jar. Now what? As you might imagine, we at The Candle Lab have been in this situation ourselves once or twice before. We’re all trying to do right by Mother Nature, and while we’re far from perfect, we believe every little bit helps! We thought you might be feeling the same way, so we asked our Scent Stylists to share some of their favorite ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle in their scented lives.  

First things first: clean your jar!  Our natural soy wax is soft, so you can simply use a spoon to scrape out any remaining wax.  For those last pesky bits, we recommend a hair dryer to melt the wax, then use a soft cloth to wipe it down. Wash your jar well with dish soap or place in the dishwasher. And viola - you’ve got a clean glass jar! The possibilities are endless:

“I love using old jars to propagate plants and herbs - they are the perfect little size, and I love the way they look on my kitchen window ledge” - Maggie

“Clear rocks glass = whiskey glass!” - Eric

“Want to create a spa-like setting in your own bathroom?  Fill your empty jars with cotton balls, swabs, and makeup brushes, and place them on one of those fancy trays (I love a glass / gold one). An instant upgrade!” - Simone

“Our glass jars with a twist lid are perfect for holding bulk goods like almonds and granola - the mason jars look especially cute on my kitchen counters.  Try using the smaller jars to toss into your purse so you always have a healthy snack at the ready” - Julie

“I make my own deodorant using our fragrance oils and store it in one of our smaller glass jars.  Just apply with your fingers for a zero waste, more natural alternative than traditional deodorant” - Anna

“I’m a teacher, so I love saving the plastic tubs from my custom-scented sugar scrubs and body lotions to use for school supplies like rubber bands, push pins, etc.  And when the kids inevitably drop them on the floor, it won’t break!” - Claire

“Jars with twist-on lids are perfect for holding small dog treats.  I have lots of them in various rooms in my home and in my car, so I can always bribe my dog when I need her to behave!” - Alex

“When I’m finished with my spa salts, I refill the clean jar with fancy cooking salt and keep it on my counter or kitchen table for a dash of flavor.” - Lindsay

“We all know that life sometimes gets in the way, and you simply don’t have the time or the interest to clean your candle jars and reuse them.  We got you! Simply bring your empty jars into the store of your choice, we'll recycle them, and you’ll get a $1 credit towards your purchase for every jar you bring in!  So if you’ve got a bag of empty candle jars hidden in the back of your closet - you know who you are - bring ‘em on in and pour a new candle!” - Sarah

We’d love to hear - what are your favorite ways to reuse candle jars?  

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  • Julie Feagan: May 06, 2020

    Can you make up your own fragrance to buy online or do you have to buy what is listed since you are closed?

  • Sarah (The Candle Lab): April 12, 2019

    Hi Mary! Thank you so much for your interest in pouring a new candle! We aren’t able to pour into any used containers, even ours, unfortunately. Once you’ve burned through your candle, the composition jar could be compromised and we simply can’t guarantee it’s safety anymore. We know it’s a bummer – but we’re happy to take them back and recycle them for you for a $1 credit, or you can clean them and use them as fancy jars for other purposes! Thank you!

  • Mary Lucidi: April 12, 2019

    I have a couple of your upgrade fancy candle jars. Can I reuse them to pour new candles at Candle Lab?

  • Haley: April 12, 2019

    I have to change it up constantly, since I burn through so many candles! I have some in my bathroom for qtips, cotton swabs, and even hair ties/bobby pins, some in the art bin to separate googly eyes and sequence, 1 even in my fridge with a lid to store bacon grease! The options are endless! Reduce, REUSE, recycle!!! 💚

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