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I really love how scented candles add to the atmosphere of a home. A scent softly wafting through my home just seems to make it seem more warm and cozy and I change the scents according to what season it is.
Being out of work for over a year, I cannot afford to buy my favorite highly scented candles right now. I was lamenting this on the phone to a friend when she shared her genius solution and I've been using it ever since.
When your candle burns down to the point it's no longer safe to burn or the wick is gone, simply turn on your coffee pot's warmer plate and set the candle on it. When the wax warms up, it produces the same amount of scent as when the candle is burning. A coffee mug warmer does the trick just as well.
I have noticed that my candles actually last even longer using this method, plus I don't have to worry about checking my burning candles for safety, or leaving the room with a candle burning.
By texasauthor from Dallas, Texas
I hate to waste and I love to burn scented jar candles. The candles say to only burn the wick down to a certain point, then dispose of the candle. Since these candles are not cheap, I don't want to throw away that much wax, so I ignored the directions and burned the candle all the way to the bottom.
Until the day I almost burned my house down. The jar was so hot that the glass broke, and the burning wax began to burn my coffee table. But I still don't want to throw away that much wax.
So here's a tip that I came up with. When the candle begins to get low, put the candle in an oven safe baking pan that has about 1/2 inch of water in the bottom. If the candle should break, the glass and wax will be contained within the baker and the water would immediately extinguish whatever fire may still be burning.
As a side note, if you would rather follow the directions, but still hate the thought of throwing that much wax away, take a knife and gently break up the remaining wax into small bits. Take some sort of mesh, like tulle, place the wax bits on top of the mesh and tie it up so that it looks like those wedding favors that are so popular. Or put them in closets, drawers, cabinets, etc for a lovely scent when you open the doors/drawers. Or save them to use for a wedding or baby shower or even a birthday.
By aprilcotton from Aurora, CO
To keep a jar candle fresh when the lid is missing simply turn the (unlit) jar upside down after wax hardens.
By Sharon from Belair, MD
In my kitchen one day, I placed a half used scented candle in a jar on my stove for show. It looked beautiful.
That evening when I was making dinner and using the oven, I had forgotten to take the candle from the stove. Oh, the smell was wonderful! The heat vent on my stove melted the candles completely and it was a much stronger smell than if I had lit it. Each time thereafter that I used the oven, I made sure the same candle was on the stove. Now when I buy scented candles, I don't burn them, I just let them melt. Smells so much more and lasts a lot longer than burning.
By Karyn from Ottawa, Canada
Candles in glass jars give much better light when power goes out and are safer to use. Buy on sale and keep in designated place, so you are not searching in an emergency.
By Mary from Bloomington, IL
Keeping large pillar decorative candles forever. When I buy a decorative pillar candle I burn for a little bit until I can fit a tealight candle inside. This way, I just have to replace the tealight and the expensive decorative candle keeps its shape and it's cheaper to buy tealight candles.
By Carol from Massachusetts
Rubbing Alcohol on a paper towel will remove the black soot from a jar candle.
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I bought a jar candle made by Village Candles. The fragrance I bought is called pina colada. It smells great! Has anybody ever bought Village Candles and what fragrance do you like? I would like to get some ideas for some other fragrances, before I shell out more money for a fragrance I may not like, even though every one has different taste.
P.J. from Delaware
By Amanda (Guest Post)01/09/2008
My absolute Favorite Village Candle Scent is called Natural Cotton. It makes my whole house smell soooo wonderful. I buy that one fragrance in bulk so I never run out. It has sort of like a fresh smell, like soap or clean laundry or something.
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You can get more use out of your decorative candles, or out of those candles poured right into their forms, by inserting votive candles in the well formed by the burning wax around the wick. I still use star-shaped candles set in terra cotta we used for a 2000 celebration that way.
By Pam from L.A., CA
I burn lots of scented candles. When they get too low to burn, I use them on a candle warmer. Instead of buying a candle warmer for $10, I bought 3 coffee cup warmers at the local thrift store for 99 cents each. One has an automatic shut-off so I don't have to remember to turn it off.
By Jonna Marsh
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