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October 13, 2014


I don't know about you, but I am definitely not the type to toss out a beautifully labeled candle. Not even post burn. I know, you've all seen this before, it's by no means revolutionary stuff. But it is the stuff Pinterest dreams are made of. Perhaps the reason it's an idea that we've seen so many times is because it really is a great one. Whether your favorites be from Byredo, Diptyque, Voluspa, Nest, or Henri Bendel - the scents are no doubt housed in some impossibly chic hand-blown glass jars.

After burning through 6.5 ounces (more or less) of heavenly scented wax, you're left with a glass jar that can be used for storing a multitude of beauty bits and bobs. I've seen some super creative ideas when it comes to repurposing these containers, but for me I love them sitting atop my vanity where I can see my money. Yeah, you know what I mean. For the past two years I've been burning my way through several Diptyque favorites; my money wasting ways are the general befuddlement of my mother. What I'm trying to say is that I may have built up quite the collection of "empties". 

That being said, I've was also victim of the messy first attempts at removing the remaining wax from the jar once the candle had burned down. With one Google search you will find quite the varied opinions on which method works the best and quickest - freezing it, prying it out with a fork, heating the entire jar - one which I'd recommend you not trying. I ignored said search results and looked to common sense for my answer, which resulted in my brain telling me to soften the wax and wipe it away. I've perfected the method and here's what I recommend doing: once the candle has burned down to about a quarter inch from the bottom, pull out the wick from the wax with and fill up the jar with hot (not scalding) water. Then, let it sit for about 1-2 minutes, and use a few paper towels to push the wax out and wipe the sides of residue. Once the majority is gone, its simple - repeat the method if needed until you are left with a clean, polished jar. I'm usually able get it all out in one fell swoop, +1 for completing a DIY.

Once I have my empty jar, refilling is a piece of really delicious cake. The smallest sized Diptyque candles, often FGWP, are perfect for storing perfume samples, the next size up is great for holding sachets filled with lotions and potions, and the regular size? Well, that's where you can get creative. I have one in my bathroom for cotton buds and cotton pads, one on a desk somewhere filled with writing utensils, and the two that you see above hold my makeup brushes, eyelash curlers and all the accoutrements. Pretty nifty, eh? I'm not sure what I love more about these pretty home fragrances; the smell or the aftermath? Let's go with both. These cozy autumn nights are made all the more merry with a candle burning on your bedside table. As if we needed more reason to say to ourselves, "go ahead, treat yo-self." 

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