Save the Whales! Save the Anthropologie candles! ( DIY )

Okay, saving the whales really has nothing to do with this post. However, Anthropologie is definitely on my favorites list and so are the Aspen Bay candles that so magnificently fill their store with the most amazing aromas. These candles are not inexpensive, nor are they your average, run of the mill candle. No, they are so much more, in my humble opinion. They are the cream of the candle crop. That being said, I want to use up every last ounce of these beautiful candles, and here is my discovery on how that can be done.

Since I married my husband, I've learned something really important from him: save up your pennies and buy quality items that you love. I've watched him do this time and time again and I am always so impressed with his "I know what I want and I'll save to get it" attitude. All that to say, at $28 a pop, these candles are definitely penny-saving worthy! I've noticed that the Aspen Bay candles' scent is longer lasting than the average candle. Here's why: they are made from a natural soy wax blend that has a low natural oil content, allowing them to fully absorb two to three times more fragrance oil than most candles. When I light one of these candles, my entire home smells delicious within minutes. I am not joking! Now that you are sold and saving your pennies, let me tell you what to do when your wick runs out. . .

Step One: Place your jar candle in the freezer for a few hours, take it out and add a little bit of warm water, let the candle sit for just a minute or two, and then easily pop out the leftover wax.
Step Two: Cut up the wax into smaller chunks and use in a tart burner.
( I went through this process last week and I am still on the first handful of wax that I placed in my tart burner-- and I've burned the wax many times. The wax definitely lasts longer than Cankee Yandle tarts do, wink! )

As pictured, I did also make a candle with the leftover wax, but unfortunately my homemade wick did not fare so well, so I'll be placing this candle in the freezer to reuse this wax as tart burning material as well! By the way, isn't that tablecloth absolutely beautiful? My mom and dad brought it back for me from China a few years ago. It was made in China, but it's not your typical "made in China" factory item. It was hand-dyed and stitched in the mountains of China, in a little village. I still remember my parents phoning from a similar place, overcome with the incredible sights they were seeing.

I know this was a simple DIY, but I hope that it comes in handy for someone.
happy weekending and happy June 1st to you!
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  1. great idea! because i love those volcano candles and they are expensive!!!

  2. oh, I know, aren't those candle the very best ever! :)

  3. You totally sold me! I've had a $50 Anthro gift card in my wallet since Christmas, always wanting to save it because it's such a nice feeling to have something like that for later, and last night, we went in and bought ourselves a volcano candle. Burned it last night and I am loving the way the house smells. Thanks for the tip--so nice when people share about things they genuinely like.

  4. yay, Shanna! So glad that you bought one-- I know they are an extra, but what a great extra they are :) I just burned mine tonight-- small group night-- always love the way my home smells after burning those candles!

  5. Anonymous11:10 PM

    I really liked your blog! It helped me alot… Awesome. Exactly what I was looking for. Thanks!

  6. If you like the smell of Volcano... You can also find candles with that fragrance here-
    Caldera is the scent that smells most like Volcano!

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