Save the sad candle!

Posted by Lipglossiping On October - 7 - 2012

Remember when Clintons was all like “OH NOES, WE’RE GOING OUT OF BUSINESS!”.

Talk about crying wolf… (I’m joking!!!)

But anyway, they marked down loads of goodies and I bought enough wrapping paper to NOT BE ABLE TO FIND ANYWHERE TO STORE IT.  And I bought a large Yankee Candle Jar in a super-lemony scent for a nice price.

It smells amazing, zingy and edible – uplifting and warming.  Lush.  But then I put the candle in the loft, because we were moving house and all… and completely forgot about it and left it there.

All summer.  And now it looks like this….

Obviously I *had* to store it on its side, because that’s a totally sensible thing to do isn’t it?

The wick is hidden in there somewhere… I want it back!  I’ve thought about blasting it with a hairdryer in an attempt to uncover the wick but is that dumb?

Have you got any tips or ideas on how I might save my sorry-for-itself candle?

22 Responses to “Save the sad candle!”

  1. Fatima says:

    Hi Yankee candles the best ,I would check out their website for any advice to save it .

    Hope they help :)

  2. Emma D says:

    Do you have a wax tart burner? You could maybe try to scoop out the wax from the jar and burn it the burner :) x

    • Linda says:

      I second this, cut out a bit at a time and melt it in a tart/oil burner, just as if it was a yankee tart and not a candle. I find with some yankee candles you even get a better scent throw melting it this way.

  3. Robyn says:

    I think if you can SEE the wick, it might worth melting it to grabbing it, but if not, pul the wick out of a cheap nasty candle and pour the melted wax into another container?

  4. Stephanie says:

    I ordered a Yankee Candle online and it came to me like that. It even leaked a bit and melted through the styrofoam. I took a candle lighter (one of those lighters with the little adjustable arm) and just melted the very middle of the candle until I could see the wick. The candle burns just fine now.

  5. Chelsea says:

    Hiya! I actually work in the R&D lab for a competitor candle company (boo, Yankee. j/k). What you can do is set your oven to about 120-135F and set the candle in there, lid off, until the wax melts down. This should take about 30+ min. Then use some tongs or pliers to straighten the wicks. Set the candle to solidify on a heat resistant surface, and keep checking it so the wicks don’t slump. They should still be flammable. Is this candle a one-wick or two? I find two work the best.

    A side benefit is making your home smell good! Good luck!

    • Thanks so much Chelsea! I put it in the oven on low.. it took quite a while to melt down but eventually I was able to find the wick, bring it to the surface and hold it there for about 5 minutes which was long enough to stop it slumping back down.

      It looks great again! BUT…

      I seem to have killed the scent! BOOOOOO. I now have a very pretty but completely scentless Yankee Candle. Still, my oven smells nice hahahaha!

      • Chelsea says:

        No problem! That’s unfortunate about the fragrance, but then again… their fragrance percentage is pretty low in formula. ;P

        It could have just been that the fragrance oil had a low flashpoint, which most citruses do.

        • Corrrr! I need to talk to YOU about candles more! My favourite (cheaper) candle seller over here has stopped selling Yankee actually and started promoting Kringle – I’ve never heard of them, if you have… quick yes or no? (you don’t need to elaborate – I just wanna find a new staple!)

          • Chelsea says:

            I haven’t heard of them. Just looked them up and they have cute packaging!

            I sent you a message through your contact thingy the other day. And you can always email me at the address I give with comments. :)

  6. Krystal says:

    When I clean out candle jars I put them in a pot of boiling water to melt all of the wax. Maybe try that and liquefy the whole thing and pull the wick back up?

  7. stacie says:

    I would pop it in a pan of boiling water with the lid on the candle and have some tongs to take it out with. Hopefully if you can see the wick when melted you can pull it up and the leave the candle upright to cool xx

  8. layla says:

    sorry, I dont have any advice but I just wanted to pop in and say that the line about how you HAD to store the candle on its side made me laugh! hehe.. thanks!

  9. Copying and pasting my reply to Chelsea here incase anyone ever has the same problem!

    “Thanks so much Chelsea! I put it in the oven on low.. it took quite a while to melt down but eventually I was able to find the wick, bring it to the surface and hold it there for about 5 minutes which was long enough to stop it slumping back down.

    It looks great again! BUT…

    I seem to have killed the scent! BOOOOOO. I now have a very pretty but completely scentless Yankee Candle. Still, my oven smells nice hahahaha!”

  10. Terri says:

    I dont know if you have these in the UK but here in the US we have what called (I think) a candle warmer. It heats the candle from the bottom up and ends up melting the entire candle but I find it works almost better than lighting the wick, plus it’s safer for us who might forget to blow out the flame. The candle warmers are also the same as the tea cup warmers that are used to keep a cup of tea or coffee warm on your desk.

    I have some candles that won’t burn for whatever reason and the candle warmer lets me use the candle anyway.

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