Thursday, April 28, 2011

For the Love of Candles


mmm. love these.
I love good candles.  I think they are essential to every house that wants to be a home.  And, yes, I am the girl standing behind you in the check-out line at Anthropologie with 5 candles when they go on sale.  And why shouldn't I?  When I invite friends into my home I want them to be greeted with the smell of Baltic Amber as I serve them a hot cup of coffee with a splash of Bailey's--perfect for secrets among friends.

And I'm not the only one.  While looking through articles on smell I found this from

"Perhaps you can be more proactive as you design. Instead of letting the scent within your space just sort of happen as a by-product of all your other design decisions, you can instead think about what effect you want to have with your space....did you know that some hospitals are beginning to design for the olfactory sense? Patients in some facilities are already benefiting from aromas (circulated through the air systems) that are more soothing, anxiety reducing and calming....Think of what you want your occupants to experience within your architectural space, how you want them to navigate though it and where you may want them to stop and engage in activity. As a designer, think about ways to tap into the olfactory sense — use it to spark occupant behavior, thought, emotion and intellect."

Now! The moment you've been waiting for; the moment where I tell you where to find amazing candles at amazing prices!  Nope.  Sorry.  I don't think you can buy amazing candles for amazing prices.   This is why we upcycle what is left of them.  Follow these simple steps for a full, prolonged, and resuscitated life out of your hard-earned candles.

You'll need the following: Candles with no more wick to burn them, a darling glass or metal container in which to contain your new candle (and you can get creative.  Use an old candy tin, tea cup, anything metal or glass), a wick, which can be purchased online or at Michael's, and a pot of water on a stove.

candles in water
1. place the candles in a pot of water and turn on low/med.  If you have pillar candles you can put the remains into an aluminum can. Be careful not to let any water get into the candles (and if it does, pour it out in the trashcan, not the sink--trust me).

2. Place wicks into your container.  If you buy a spool of wick, make sure you dip it into the wax so it can stand upright on it's own.  Also, attach an anchor to it (like a nut or bolt).  Then wrap the top of the wick around a pencil and let the pencil lie on the top of your candle container.  However, you don't need to do this if you buy the wicks to the right. (if you only have a tiny bit left, take a tea candle, remove the wick from the wax, and use it for the little remains of your beloved candle)

3. Dip the anchor into the wax and attach to the bottom of your container.
candle wicks

4. Pour the hot wax into your container with the wick and allow to sit until hardened.

Voila!  More candle!


Kat said...

Love a well scented candle. And i hate to throw them out when I can't burn them anymore, but there is still wax. Problem solved! And i agree, there are things you can get lower grade and things you can't. Mayonaise and Candles are at the top of the "can't" list:)

Patti said...

Loving this post - and I have so many candle left-overs. Can't wait to try this.

Colleen said...

My fav: Anthropologie's Vetiver & Burch. I bought it on sale and don't know how to get my hands on it again :(

thomspeaks said...

Love the post. Though I am a man, I love walking into a house that smells of exotic and far removed places.

Julie Meyers said...

Confession. After reading this, I was elbows deep in the trash can, wading through old coffee grinds and cheese wrappers on a search for the four wick-less candles I threw away just this afternoon. I'm going to try this!

Crystal said...

ahaha! Jules, I love it.

Kirsten said...

There's a great lady who makes eco-friendly soy-based YUMMY smelling candles in Huntsville. She puts them in ball jars, and when you finish a candle, if you return the jar she gives you $1.50 credit towards your next candle! I thought it was a pretty good deal, esp considering the local and earth friendly aspect. And it doesn't hurt that one candle makes the whole house smell like sugar cookies.

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