Scented candles are one of life’s greatest pleasures: from calming lavender to energising citrus, there’s a fragrance blend for every occasion, and lighting one is, in our books, the quickest way to soothe the soul.
However, it’s no secret that buying a candle – especially from a high-end brand – is essentially burning money, and so it’s important to ensure that you make the most of every last scrap of wax from the bottom of the jar, even when the wick is so short it no longer lights.
There are a number of ways that you can do this, but one of the most satisfying has just been revealed in a viral TikTok video made by user @jasminebenaya, who detailed the way that she microwaves her favourite candles to enable her to reuse both the remaining wax, and the glass containers.
In the 58-second clip, which 3.5 million people have already viewed, Jasmine is seen filling the burnt-out candles until the wax is covered in water, then popping them into the microwave so that it loosens and bubbles up to the surface.
Hours later, once the wax has cooled, she removes the discs from the top of the votives and turns them into smaller wax melts which can be burned in warmers you can buy on sites like Amazon.
After that, she peels the labels off the jars and gives them a scrub with a toothbrush, after which point they’re ready to reuse: think handy storage for make-up brushes, hairpins and bands or even kitchen utensils.
don't throw away the ends of your candles!!!!! 🖤🔥 pic.twitter.com/n9gS5aG1mY
— rue (@ruesux) September 17, 2019
On social media, thousands of candle lovers shared the method, with many declaring that it would prove life-changing in their own homes.
Others, meanwhile, laid out their own versions, with one writing: ‘Put the jar in the freezer upside down and let it freeze all the way! It will fall right out.’
‘Tbh microwaving it isn’t even that necessary, I just boil water and pour it into the jar, you get the same result,’ said a second.
Another pointed out that you should definitely not use a microwave if there’s metal holding your wick in place, ‘but you can still do a double boiler method on the stove, it works great and makes your house smell amazing,’ they added.
However, regardless of how recycle your candle, it’s good to know that the end of the wick doesn’t have to be the end of the road. We’ll be investing in a wax melt warmer, stat.