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Making The Most Of Your LAFCO Candle: Repurposing Your Candle Vessel

If you close your eyes, the right fragrance can take you anywhere. A smoky, pine-scented candle can make you feel like you’re walking through the winter woods on the way back to your ski cabin. A combination of fresh marine scents can give you the feeling of relaxing by the beach as the waves slap against each other. Your favorite scent might even transport you back to your favorite childhood memories.

That’s the beauty of LAFCO New York fragranced candles. From bright and uplifting to calming and soothing, a variety of luxurious fragrances await you. If you can’t make up your mind, choose an assortment of classic, signature, or 3-wick candles to place throughout your home.

One of the main benefits of LAFCO candles is the care and precision we put into each candle made. This extends to the candle vessel as well. Each vessel is made to be reused after you’ve finished burning your candle. With a little creativity you can continue to enjoy your LAFCO candle vessel for years to come.

Why Repurpose Your LAFCO Candle?

All scented candles are not created equal. You can easily smell the difference between an inexpensive candle and a luxury boutique candle. When it comes to LAFCO fragranced candles, however, the quality is not just in the fragrance – it’s in the entire candle, including the vessel. LAFCO fragranced candle vessels are hand-blown by artisanal glass blowers and come in a wide variety of colors.

When you choose a LAFCO candle, you’re choosing more than just a fragrance – you’re choosing a piece of handmade home décor and you don’t want to discard it simply because the candle has burned out. Not only can you continue to enjoy the beauty of LAFCO craftsmanship by repurposing your candle vessel, but you’ll be doing the environment a favor as well.

Preparing the Jar to Be Repurposed

LAFCO fragranced candles come in three sizes ranging from the single-wick 6.5-ounce Classic and 15.5-ounce Signature sizes to the three-wick 30-ounce size. You can expect a LAFCO Classic fragranced candle to burn up to 50 hours while the Signature burns for up to 90 hours and the 3-wick up to 120 hours. At the end of your candle’s life, all it takes is a few simple steps to prepare the vessel for repurposing.

Here’s how to prepare your candle vessel for repurposing:

  1. Let your LAFCO fragranced candle cool to room temperature.
  2. Place the candle vessel in the freezer and leave it overnight to harden the wax.
  3. Scrape out the hardened wax with a butter knife, using care not to crack the glass.
  4. To remove any final traces of wax, place the vessel in the sink and fill with warm water.
  5. Let the vessel soak for a few hours – any remaining wax should have solidified at the top.
  6. Remove the solidified wax then wash the vessel with soap and water.

Ideas for Repurposing Your Candle

Once you’ve cleaned out your LAFCO fragranced candle vessel, the real fun begins – choosing how to best repurpose it. Hand-blown from colorful glass, your candle vessel is something you want to enjoy as often as possible, so repurpose it wisely. If you’re clever, you’ll save up your collection of burned LAFCO fragranced candles to create a matching set of something from the list below!

Here are some creative ideas for repurposing your LAFCO candle vessel:

  1. Vase – Blown glass makes for a beautiful vase to hold your favorite flowers or cuttings from your garden. You could also fill the vessel with a bundle of fresh herbs to adorn your windowsill.
  2. Pencil Holder – Add a touch of elegance to your desk with a beautiful pencil holder made from your repurposed LAFCO fragranced candle vessel.
  3. Makeup Brush Holder – A good makeup brush is worth its weight in gold, so show yours the respect they deserve with a brush holder beautiful as the makeup looks you’ll create.
  4. Office Supplies Holder – You never know when you’ll need a safety pin or a couple of paper clips, so keep them nearby using your candle vessel as an office supplies holder.
  5. Toothbrush Holder – Hand-blown from colorful glass, LAFCO candle holders are so beautiful that you’ll want to see them every day. Using it as a toothbrush holder ensures that you will!
  6. Cotton Ball Holder – Cotton balls are a bathroom necessity, but you never quite know where to keep them. A beautiful blown-glass jar is the perfect solution.
  7. Spare Change Jar – Spare change scattered on your entry table looks messy, so why not contain it in a beautiful vessel like your repurposed LAFCO fragranced candle vessel?
  8. Candy Jar – Everyone deserves a little indulgence now and then. If you keep your sweet treats in a beautiful repurposed candle vessel, you can hardly feel guilty about enjoying them!
  9. Key Holder – Where do you put your keys when you walk in the door? If you just toss them on the table or stuff them in your pocket, you’re missing an opportunity to repurpose your candle vessel as a lovely key holder.
  10. Bookends – If you have a favorite LAFCO fragrance, you may have a set of matching vessels. Why not dress up your bookcase by filling them with sand or decorative rocks for more weight and using them as fancy bookends?
  11. Ring Holder – Rings have a way of getting lost in the clutter on your vanity or bathroom counter, so keep them safe in a ring holder just as beautiful as your rings are.
  12. Drinking Glass – Something as beautiful as a hand-blown glass candle vessel deserves to be enjoyed every day, so consider repurposing it as a drinking glass. From boutique cocktails to a refreshing glass of handmade lemonade, this glass will spruce up any drink.
  13. Miscellaneous Jar – We all have that box or drawer of miscellaneous items we don’t quite know what to do with. Why not give yours a facelift by replacing it with a LAFCO candle vessel?
  14. Pet Treats – No need to keep pet treats in the plastic bags they came in. Keep them easily accessible in a lovely jar on the counter. Your furry friends will thank you for it.
  15. Pot for Plants – A colorful glass LAFCO candle vessel is the perfect way to give small indoor plants a delightful “spruce up”.

When it comes to repurposing your LAFCO candle holder, the possibilities are endless. With a little creativity, you can come up with an entirely new list of ideas. If you decide to get creative, use the hashtag #LAFCORepurposed for a chance to be featured on one of LAFCO New York’s social media accounts. What will you come up with?

  1. I use one of my LAFCO candle holders to place my LAFCO soap in. It fits just perfectly and looks great!

  2. LOL It’s the biggest reason I buy the LAFCO candles! I collect the glassware! Need more variations of blues, grays and pink/reds. Oh and maybe some more in brown and/or black tones. ?

    Add in uses: dips and veggie sticks…small one for the dip and large ones for carrot sticks, celery sticks, etc.

    Also bar use for stirrers and straws or even cocktail slices and olives.

  3. 1 I use to hold the remote controls for TV, Blu-ray player, cable, etc.
    2. Another for cuticle scissors, fingernail file a pen & pencil & various Knick knacks is common daily use
    3. Obviously, juice glass for the children with the littler ones
    4. Anything else that fits my whims

  4. Hi Wendy! If it’s your first time ordering with us, feel free to sign up for our newsletter at the top of this page or in the sidebar for a 15% off coupon code. We also have a Discovery Trio which allows you to sample any 3 fragrances for only $16. Hope that helps :).

  5. Will you ever offer refills?
    Will you ever let your customers choose the scent and color of glass container ?
    Thank you , Carolyn

  6. I’d love to send my vessels back to reuse. We LOVE these candles and as a result have LOTS of leftover vessels that breaks my heart to throw away!! It would be such a great program to be able to return these to you to re-use. Maybe a 5 or 10% discount? Maybe you keep the price the same but donate the 5-10% to a charity??? IDK, just would love to not throw these beauties away!!

  7. I wish you would set up a program to recycle and return the vessels and re-use them in your product production. I don’t find them useful around my home once the candle is used up. Thank you.

  8. I would love for LAFCO to start selling replacement candles that fit their glass jars. That way we could just buy candles and pop them into the glass we already have. It would reduce clutter for your customers and create a new revenue stream for you, so it’s a win-win!

  9. Cathy- That’s an amazing idea!! Hey- Lafco….any thoughts?? I think there’s quite a few people that would love that option…. I have too many empty containers but not as much need (or desire to mess with) for repurposing them. Sure would enjoy putting a brand new full replacement candle back in those containers! (Trust me, I won’t stop buying the beautiful jars…always want to try a new flavor!)

  10. Cathy- That’s an amazing idea!! Hey- Lafco….any thoughts?? I think there’s quite a few people that would love that option…. I have too many empty containers but not as much need (or desire to mess with) for repurposing them. Sure would enjoy putting a brand new full replacement candle back in those containers! (Trust me, I won’t stop buying the beautiful jars…always want to try a new flavor!)

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