Figuratively speaking, burning a lavender candle might just turn you into a mummy. If you're like nearly every other human in today's busy society, by Wednesday you are barely holding your eyes open counting down the days to the weekend. Sleep and more sleep is on the horizon and lazy weekends are arguably the best kind. Now, maybe lavender won't turn you into a real mummy or land you a starring role in the new "Mummy" film with Tom Cruise...but it may very well kickstart your sleep cycle to get that mummy-like sleep. Research shows that the scent of lavender eases anxiety and insomnia and can even help you fall asleep faster. One study by Britain's University of Southampton found that participants felt their quality of sleep increased by roughly 20% when sleeping in a room with lavender oil diffused into the air. Simply put, when we think of lavender, we think of candles, perfume, lotion and so on...but there are many interesting uses for this fine herb dating all the way back to 10,000 BCE. Lavandula is the scientific name, and it also happens to be part of the mint family. Who knew?


In conclusion, if that's as close to becoming a mummy as we can get this weekend, we will take it. Even the thought of 20% better sleep makes this little experiment worth a try. Although we haven't tested it out ourselves, we can say that lavender is one of the most soothing and relaxing aromas one can enjoy. You can see our collection of lavender candles, wax melts and more below at our website. Grab a lavender candle Click Here To See Our Lavender Candles

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For our candle addicts with a slight nack for hoarding or a soft spot for the environment, we have compiled the ultimate guide on how to reuse and repurpose your candle containers!


HOW TO CLEAN A CANDLE CONTAINER?

First things first, you will want to remove the existing wax from your container. You can check out our blog How to Remove Candle Wax for a more in-depth guide but you can start to do this by using one of three methods: freezing, washing, or boiling.


FREEZING CANDLE WAX:

Place your candle jars in the freezer for a few hours. This allows the wax to harden and should make it easier to use a knife to pick out the contents. You can clean any remaining wax or residue with a warm, wet paper towel. Although this is probably the simplest method, it works better for harder waxes like paraffin or beeswax.


WASHING YOUR CANDLE CONTAINER:

First, clean as much of the wax out of the container as you can with a knife. Next, you should use hot water and soap to clean the residue. This works best for softer and more natural waxes like ours made with natural soy. We recommend using paper towels for easy cleanup. This method probably takes the most time, and you want to be careful not to get too much of the wax down your pipes.


DOUBLE BROILER METHOD:

The double boiler method works well for hard waxes that are stuck on your candle jar. You will simply place your candle container in a pot of boiling water to soften the wax from all sides. Once the wax has softened, carefully take the jar out and pour out the remaining liquid wax.


WARNINGS:

Don't overheat the glass

Do not put any solid or liquid wax down the sink as this will clog your drains

Do not use a microwave as many wicks are set with a metal clip at the bottom and can cause a fire

Careful not to break the glass

REUSING THE CANDLE CONTAINER

Now that you have that pesky old wax out, it is time to reuse your container. There are several creative ways to repurpose your jar. Candle containers can be quite nifty for storage and DIY projects. Here a few ways below:


BEAUTY STORAGE:

Women love using our vessels to hold their makeup brushes! The lidded jars are a cute way to use your containers to hide beauty tools like Q-tips too. You can also put perfume samples or small beauty related items like hair ties in here to help keep your vanity tidy.


JEWELRY STORAGE:

Not enough space on your jewelry holder? Use your old candles as the perfect place to store your jewelry!


MATCH MANIA:

Fit all of your matches in one place. For your shorter ones, use our mini matte candles or a votive and your long cigar matches will match up nicely with a larger jar.


FLOWER VASE:

Freshly cut flowers will love candle containers small or large - great to use as a smaller vase for a workspace.


SUCCULENT PLANTER:

The perfect size for succulents, candle containers work well to upcycle as a succulent planter.


PENCIL PLACEHOLDER:

Keep all of your pens and pencils in one place with your old candle jars. The larger containers work best here.


BASICALLY, ANYTHING YOU THROW IN THAT JUNK DRAWER

Your junk drawer just got a little bit cuter. Throw all of your loose ends, paperclips, extra keys to who knows where, and all those dead batteries in your new cute recyclable container!


And there you have it. Your ultimate guide on how to upcycle your candle containers!


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Your scented escape has concluded with your loving memory inspired candle. You must pack your bags and go home. But - you get to take home a souvenir! Let your container discover the afterlife by removing your candle wax, getting rid of the label, and trying new ways to repurpose your jar with this guide!


HOW TO GET WAX OUT OF A CANDLE JAR?


Don't let pesky wax get in the way of reusing your beautiful vessel. Try one of our easy methods to quickly removing your clean soy wax from your candle jars.


Be sure for safety's sake to follow these warnings before doing any of the below.


FOR SAFETY'S SAKE:


Don't overheat the glass

Do not put any solid or liquid wax down the sink as this will clog your drains

Do not use a microwave as many wicks are set with a metal clip at the bottom and can cause a fire

Careful not to break the glass


FIVE WAYS TO REMOVE CANDLE WAX FROM THE CONTAINER:


1. FREEZE:


Freeze your old burn babies. Try placing your candle in the freezer for a few hours to remove the wax. This method is best for candles at the end of their life, with only about an inch of wax left. Since wax shrinks when it freezes (unlike water) it allows the wax to separate from the edge of the jar. This makes it extra easy to pop out with a knife. If the wax isn’t coming out, try keeping it a little bit longer and try again. Otherwise, use one of our other three methods below.


2. DOUBLE BROILER METHOD:


The double boiler method works best for softer wax candles like soy or coconut. This is due to their low melting point. However, this is not ideal if you want to keep the label on your candle as it will cause water damage. Place your candle into a large empty pot or bowl and pour the hot water into the container around the candle. Once the wax begins to soften around the edges, you can pop out the wax with a knife.


3. BOILING WATER:


This method is better for those who want to maintain the integrity of the label. You can use boiling water to remove the wax. Make sure to protect the surface you set your candle down on. You can use paper or bath towels to make sure not to leave heat damage or avoid water spills and residue. Pour the boiling water into the container. You will see the wax begin to melt and rise to the surface. Once the water has cooled and the wax has hardened again, remove the wax and pour the water out.


4. OVEN:


Perfect for pairs, use this method when you have more than one candle to repurpose. Preheat your oven to 150-200°F. Place your candle(s) upside down on a sheet of aluminum foil on a baking pan. You can set the candle in the oven for about 12-15 minutes while staying in sight. Carefully remove the pan from the oven and using an oven mitt, take your vessels off of the pan. Pro Tip: Don't overcrowd the pan or it will cause the wax to overflow from the pan and drip inside your oven. (If this happens, use an ice cube to freeze off the wax and cut out in chips).


5. HEAT GUN:


Masters and DIY-ers only. If you have one, you can use a heat gun to remove any old wax stubborn or not from your container. Be careful and be sure not to wear any rubber or plastic gloves as they can melt on your hand from the heat. If you have less than 1/4 inch of candle wax left, you can keep the candle right-side up and melt the wax. Make sure it is on a safe surface and one where the heat will not damage it. When it is liquefied, you can just use a paper towel to remove the excess. If you have more than 1/4 inch of wax left, you can use a sheet of aluminum foil on a baking pan, turning the candle over, and using the gun until the wax has melted. If there is a lot of wax left, make sure to do this in stages and not let the glass overheat, as it may break.


Once you have successfully melted and removed your wax, you can wipe it out with a paper towel while the glass is still warm. Make sure you have removed your wick. For any stubborn residue, you can moisten your paper towel with hot warm water and a dab of dish soap to wash off the wax.


HOW TO REMOVE LABELS FROM CANDLE JARS


We won't be offended if you rip off our label. Just make sure you follow this guide and do it right. Try one of these four ways to remove your stickers from your scented candles:


Try using a hairdryer to heat the edges of the label and loosen the grip of the sticker glue from the glass. While the sticker is warm, try peeling from the edges. If the label starts to break in half or if any residue remains. Stop and try one of the other options below.


Submerge your candle in a sink or pot of hot water and dish soap. Keep it here for at least 10 minutes. If the label isn't loose, wait some more or This should take care of your label but if not, you can add a tablespoon of white vinegar if needed.


Grab a large pot that you can submerge your candle holder in fully. Fill the pot with water and baking soda or liquid dish soap. Place your pot on the stove bringing the water to simmer and allow it to steep. The label should dissolve off the glass on its own.


If residue remains, try scrubbing with baking soda.


HOW TO REUSE CANDLE JARS


If you didn't see our article on ways to repurpose your candle jars, we have listed some easy ways to breathe life back into these beauties:


  • Freshen up your space with a new flower vase

  • Store your matches

  • Jewelry holder

  • Reuse as a tealight holder

  • A new cocktail glass.

  • Plant small house plants like succulents

  • Office supply holder for pencils, scissors, rubber bands, and more

  • Your new makeup brush holder

  • Fancy q-tip storage (use your candle lids for premium storage and stacking)

  • Get creative and store your paintbrushes or art supplies in these jars


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