Jar Candle Tips and Tricks

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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.

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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

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January 22, 2010

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.

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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

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January 14, 2008

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.

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By Mary from Bloomington, IL

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October 11, 2005

To keep a jar candle fresh when the lid is missing simply turn the (unlit) jar upside down after wax hardens.

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I placed a half used scented candle in a jar on my stove for show. 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!

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May 24, 2007

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.

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I received several candles. I don't like candles unless they come in a jar because they drip on furniture and table linens. When my jarred candle blew out, I froze it for about a half hour.

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The remaining wax popped out, and I put the other candle in. I now have 6 candles that I would not have been able to enjoy otherwise.

A burning candle that has been replaced in the candle holder.

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October 10, 2017

I figured out that I could use the warmer setting on my stove to get the most out of a jar candle that had burned down to the point where the wick was useless. The jar still had 1/2 inch of wax left and I thought I would put it on the warmer and give it a try. Within 10 minutes, the house was filled with a lovely fragrance.

Continued Fragrance from Used Jar Candle

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I'm new in the world of candles. I bought one in a glass container and it turns out that it is very hot. I can not touch it, especially in the part that no longer has wax.

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It's that normal? Do all the glass candles get too hot at some point?

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December 16, 20170 found this helpful
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Yes, they do get hot especially if if has been on awhile. I always put it on a cork coaster or on a surface that won't be affected by heat. I don't try to pick up the jar until it has cooled down.

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December 22, 20170 found this helpful
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The size of the jar or container will usually determine how hot "to the touch" the container will be while the candle is burning and for several minutes after the flame is out.

  • Most jar candles will become very hot, especially in the area above the wax.
  • It is usually a good idea to set the jar candle on a plate or mat before lighting so it does not have to be moved while burning or for a while after flame is out.
  • Think carefully about safety (especially if children are around) and try not to leave any candle unattended.
  • Generally, the larger the circumference of the jar the cooler the outside will be (larger candle holders cooler than small containers).
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February 6, 2006

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.

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P.J. from Delaware

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By Kathie (Guest Post)
February 7, 20060 found this helpful

My mother-in-law bought me one for a gift. It was chocolate scented. It is the most potent scented candle I have ever experienced. It is worth the investment to buy Village Candles as they are the most fragrant ones I have ever tried.

Kathie, South Portland, Maine

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By Peggy (Guest Post)
February 7, 20060 found this helpful

Where do you buy Village Candles?

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February 7, 20060 found this helpful

There are lots of places on line to buy them. Just do a search for Village Candles. I have a Village Candle Shop about a half mile away from me here in South Portland,Maine by the Maine Mall.

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By debbie in sc (Guest Post)
February 7, 20060 found this helpful

are those the ones that are similar to Yankee candles and sold in home stores like "linens'n'things" and "bed, bath and beyond"?
i can only comment on Yankee candles, to which i am a dedicated fanatic, despite the price. i have even made a "pilgrimage" to the factory in Mass.

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By Peggy (Guest Post)
February 7, 20060 found this helpful

Thanks, I will look on the web for the candles. Have you tried the Trapp Candles? The Trapp Candle that has the best smell is Fresh Cut Tuberose.

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February 8, 20060 found this helpful

Yankee Candles are also very fragrant. I have used those too.
If you want good fragrance in candles that permeates the whole house then you have to spend the money. It is worth it. It seems that they last longer too and the jars they come in are reusable.

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December 29, 2016

Are there some plastic or glass rings out there to lay inside a blown glass candle holder for stabilizing the tea light? Many blown glass candle holders have a hump in the middle that the tealight will not sit on properly, and if it sits on an uneven surface, the wax pours out of the tealight. Anyone know of any?

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September 20, 2009

Just bought a really nice candle and before I could get in the house with it (in the sack) I dropped it and the whole side and corner of the jar shattered. Can anyone please suggest the best way to save my candle without ruining it. Please help.

By Sharla from TX

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October 11, 2016

How can I make a hole in the bottom of a very slim, small candle so the candle will sit on the spike of a candleholder?

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March 7, 2017

Sometimes candles can burn quite sooty. The black soot sticks to the inside of the candle jar, looking unattractive. This page contains ideas for removing soot from candle jars.

A lit jar candle.

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July 12, 2016

This is a page about refurbishing old candles. Old well loved or stored candles may need a bit of a face lift before their next appearance.

Pile of unused candles showing wear

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