How to Enjoy Those Candles You Won’t Burn
The holidays just aren’t the holidays without the image of candles glowing on a crisp, cold winter night. We all love the idea of a warm glow, but in reality, the danger of burning candles in your home can outweigh the desire of this tradition. How do you enjoy those candle you won’t burn?
Gifts of candles for Christmas or any other time of year are welcome. We often know we aren’t going to ever light them, though. You can still enjoy their wonderful scent without ever having to strike a match.
I love a good fragrance in my home. There is nothing that makes me happier than putting in a new scent to enjoy. I love shopping in those trendy candle shops, smelling all of the wonderful new blends that they come up with. I love getting candles as gifts.
But I hate burning candles.
Whether it’s because you have young children in your home or animals, or do not like the idea of soot and other chemicals polluting the air you breathe, choosing to not burn candles does not make you “weird”. I know a lot of people who love candles and never light them. We love the smell, the emotion each scent produces in us.
I am partial to “cleaner” smells, like cinnamon, fresh cut grass, linen and the like. It evokes the smells that I grew up with in my own home, and at my Grandma’s houses. It makes me feel cozy and protected to have such smells enveloping my home as they did when I was young.
But enjoying a candle without lighting it seems difficult.
Gather Up Your Candles You Won’t Burn
We all have candles all over the house gathering dust. Some are meant to never be burned for decoration purposes. Some were gifts. Some we purchased because we loved the scent but could never justify lighting them. Go grab them all.
Then grab a large stockpot or other pot to start melting down that candle so that you can remold it.
Place the candle in the pot and then fill with water to about halfway up the outside of the candle jar. Turn the water on to medium-low and let your candle start liquefying.
You will begin to smell the wonderful aroma from the candle as it melts. I know you will be wondering why you never lit it.
Now, gather up your molds.
I use empty wax melt containers or any silicone mold that you will not use for food again in the future. I have my Freezers that work exceptionally well with this project. I have 4 total and have written on the back which one is for this specific project. I do not want to accidentally use the wrong one.
To the left is an empty wax tart container. The green Freezers to the right. Make sure that you line your work area with paper towels or other rags that you can throw away after you are done. Spills are inevitable.
I also take the extra precaution of spraying my Freezers with an olive oil cooking spray. The olive oil will not add any unwanted scent to the wax but it helps removing your wax cubes out easier.
Now that your candle has liquified, carefully remove the wick(s) from the melted wax. Using a silicone oven mitt to carefully lift the candle from the water. Using extreme caution (it’s melted wax and it’s super hot) carefully pour the melted wax into your prepared molds.
Once you have filled your molds with the wax, allow them to set up for a few hours at room temperature. Now that they are set enough to move easily, transfer them to the freezer for a few hours to finish setting up. This also helps with ease of removal from molds.
When your wax has reset into its new form, you can now pop them from the mold and into your candle wax warmer. They melt and allow you to enjoy the scent of what would have otherwise been a decoration in your home.