Thursday, September 20, 2012

Make Scented Wax Cubes for a Warmer with your Favorite Candles

I found my absolute favorite candle scent of Yankee Candle in the world! I have not been a fan of the majority of scents out there; I don't like sweet or berry scents, but I do love apple and balsam fir. So when I was in the Yankee Candle outlet over a year ago and found a Macintosh apple scent I literally let out a scream of joy.
I have only burned that candle on special occasions, just so I could keep it for as long as possibly. However, I am sad to say that it no longer burns. I shed a tear the day when the wick would not burn anymore. I was so sad, I kept the jar with an inch and a half of left over was in it. I hated throwing it out because there was still wax in there and I felt it was such a waste.
For those of you who have been following me for a while know that last May I had a little incident with my candle warmer wax being dumped on my white carpet (see here). Well one day when I was waiting for company, I had an Aha moment. You know exactly that I am talking about! When you suddenly think of what seems like the best idea in the world and wonder how you never thought of it before! I would melt my precious 1.5 inches of Macintosh apple candle and use it in my wax warmer!

So I placed my candle in a pot and put approximately 2 inches of water around the base. Be sure not to get water into the candle because wax and water don't mix. I know this because I tried to wash out the empty Yankee candle jar after I was done with this.
I put the pot on the stove and turned my element up to high. I stood by and watched, the entire time the smile on my face grew bigger and bigger as the wax easily melted into a liquid.
It really is that simple! It took only a few minutes of the water boiling for it all to melt. Be sure not to walk away because I am not sure how long the glass will last in the hot water.
Once it was completely melted, I scooped out the metal wick base with a spoon. I had two containers of scented wax cubes so I thought I would use them to create my new scent cubes.
I took out the Better Homes wax and poured in the new Macintosh apple.
My 1.5 inches of left over wax made 12 cubes or two full containers! I let them sit out until they hardened and then put 2 in my wax warmer and the rest in a sealed plastic bag for storage.
So for almost nothing (except the cost of electricity) I was able to convert my favorite candle scent into scented wax cubes that can be heated whenever I want to. I have been using these first 2 cubes for over a week (only a couple hours at a time) and they still are going strong!
I am going to throw this out there...please be careful when doing this. I don't know if these jars are meant to be heated (although they do get really hot when the candles are burning). I had no problems doing this and I loved the result..but be careful just in case.

I am going to make a few sets of these as Christmas gifts for my sister and my mom. I have a few more candles that are almost burned down!

What do you do with the left over wax at the bottom of your candles?

Have a great day,


  1. I LOVE Yankee Candles and although I try to buy them on sale, I feel like something that I really like that much is worth the sometimes high cost. (plus my husband loves them too so that makes it ok) I never throw away the last little bit either because I don't want to waste that money and yummy smell. I save mine until I have a few different candles that no longer burn and then layer the leftovers in a glass cup or jar with a new wick and make a layered candle. I also wash my jars out with extra abrasive pads and hot water and use them as scrapbooking containers to organize all my stuff.

  2. If you throw your empty jar in the dishwasher, it comes out perfecctly clean! Do that all the time.

  3. I put my jar candles (or votive holders) in the freezer a few hours or overnight. Then the wax scrapes off easily.

  4. A Macintosh apple? That sounds…err sweet! Remind me to make one for my apartment. What I love about making your own scented wax cubes is that you can use and make several scents to suit your nose. You can mix and match the scent and the color. They can work two ways: give off a nice aroma in your space and serve as a design piece!

  5. Any candle wax can easily be removed from the jar by simply running hot water over the bottom of the jar, or stick it in a container with hot tap water long enough for the wax to start to melt around the edges. It will slip out easily. No need to melt the wax either, as it will easily cut into cubes of desired size. The residual wax in the jar can be wiped out with paper towel while the jar is warm, and then the jar washes easily with hot water, dish detergent and a swish of a brush.

    If I buy cubed candles, I usually cut them in quarters anyway, as a find the scent a little overwhelming to begin with. Smaller pieces give out just the right amount of scent and can be refreshed by adding another quarter cube when needed.

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