Some simple tips and tricks
When choosing a nook to store you bar soap, try to find a spot that will allow the bar to dry out between uses. For example, I keep my soaps in the shower, however they live in the back corner where they stay out of direct shower spray. This will help to ensure the bar stays hard and lasts as long as possible.
Similarly, get your hands on a good, functional soap dish. The best dish for your bar soap is one that has large holes or slated wood with generous space between the slats. This will allow the under-side of the bar to air out and drain any excess moisture between uses, thus maintaining a nice hard bar of soap.
Suds up directly on the skin for the full exfoliation experience, or use a lufah for extra luxurious lather!
Please be careful when burning your candle. Set it on a flat surface before lighting it and make sure it is away from pets, children and anything flammable. Do not leave your candle burning unattended, and try to limit burn sessions to 4 hours or less. Keep the wick trimmed to 1/4".
For pillar candles it is extra important to set the candle on a level, hard surface so the burn pool is allowed to form evenly across the surface of the candle and all the way down through it. Because pillars are not contained by anything but their own wax, they should always be burned on a small plate or something comparable. They should not be burned any longer once they are down to 1/2"-1" from the very bottom of the candle.
The worst part of buying a gorgeous, unique container candle is burning it down to the end and no longer having a use for it. And then that depression that sets in as you hear it hit the bottom of the trash can. The good news is that once you've used up your candle, you can reuse the container for an endless array of household stuff!
Here are the easy steps to salvaging your beloved container:
1) Preheat the oven to 200 degrees F.
2) Remove the lid (if it has one) and put it aside.
3) Place the container upside down on a cookie sheet and put in the oven.
4) Bake for 15 minutes, or until all of the excess wax is completely
5) Once all the wax is melted, remove from the oven CAREFULLY. It will be
6) Use rags or paper towels to hold the container with one hand and wipe
it out with the other. You'll also need to pull the wick and wick sticker
out from the bottom of the container, and may want to scrub any
residue off with a scrubby and some hot soapy water.
7) Let the container cool, give it one final wash in some hot soapy water,
and then you have a reusable container!
Use it as a candy dish, trinket tray, earring bowl, whatever!
Always burn pillars on a plate
on a hard, level surface,
sit back and enjoy!
Two tea cups ready for the oven!