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Everything About Candle Refills – The What, The Why & The How

February 17, 2023


Candle refills are a great and friendly way to save money, customize your candles, and create a unique atmosphere.

Whether you’re a seasoned candle enthusiast or a newbie just getting started, you’ll love the convenience and ease of using candle refills.

In this article, we’ll explore the many benefits of using candle refills, different styles of candle refills, how they work, where to buy them, the cost of candle refills, and tips for choosing the right ones.

So, let’s dive in and discover the magic of candle refills!

Introduction to Candle Refills

Candle refills are a great way to make your favourite candle vessel (container) last longer.

Instead of buying an entirely new candle, you can buy a refill and fill your existing candle jar.

It’s not only less expensive but also eco-friendly. You can keep your favourite container instead of throwing it in the garbage.

Benefits of Candle Refills


Candle refills are an incredibly sustainable way to enjoy candles without creating waste.

By using refills, you can help the environment by reducing the amount of waste produced by traditional candle packaging, distribution, and sales methods.

Plus, you can reuse the same jar for years and years — no need to buy a new one every time you need a refill.


One of the biggest benefits of using candle refills is that they are more cost-effective than buying a new candle.

A substantial part of the candle is the cost of the vessel. With a refill, you’re paying for the actual wax and the scent.

Choose your own vessel

Instead of buying an entirely new candle, you can just buy a refill and fill your existing container. You can choose any vessel that you want for your candles.

More choices

You can choose from a variety of waxes, scents of the wax, as well as colors and shapes of the vessels.

With refills, you can create the perfect candle for your exact aesthetic and [smell] tastes.

Where to Buy Candle Refills

Candle refills are widely available, and you can buy them from various online and offline retailers, including Tallo.

Some local stores, like craft stores and home improvement stores, also carry candle refills. But they are usually lower quality and use paraffin wax.

Tip: Shop local and small! This way, you’re getting better quality, helping the community, and producing less CO2 emissions.

Cost of Candle Refills

The cost of candle refills varies depending on the type and size of the refill.

Cheap candle wax refills typically can cost around $5. And premium ones can go for $60+.

Remember that you’re getting what you pay for. Cheaper refills are usually made with paraffin, which can be toxic.

That’s why at Tallo, we created premium candle refills for an affordable price.

Tips for Choosing the Right Candle Refill

When it comes to choosing the right candle refill, there are a few things to consider.

  1. Make sure to choose a refill compatible with your existing candle container.
  2. Make sure that the refill you choose is of good quality. Check for reviews online to get an idea of the quality of the refill.
  3. You also want to ensure that the refill you choose has a pleasant scent. If you’re unsure, you can always ask for a sample before buying.
  4. Make sure the packaging is biodegradable.
  5. Make sure it’s vegan.
  6. Make sure it has sustainable ingredients.
  7. Make sure the wax and the fragrance are high quality.
  8. If you don’t want to learn about different types of waxes, choose a coconut-soy blend. It’s eco-friendly and holds the scent well…

This is exactly how we created the Tallo candle. We wanted something safe, clean, and conscious for you and the planet.

How to Use Candle Refills

Refilling your candle is easy and can be done in a few minutes.

All you have to do is remove the old wax from the container and pour in the new refill.

Just in case, make sure to use a heat-resistant glove to avoid burning yourself.

Once the refill is in place, replace the lid and let it cool.

Now you need just a few simple steps:

  1. Choose your candle vessel (container). Make sure you choose a candle-safe container. Make sure to clean it.
  2. Melt the wax in a microwave-safe dish. Microwave the (upright) open the wax bag until all the wax melts (approx. 2 minutes).
  3. Center the wick – use the wick holder to center the wick in your container.
  4. Pour the liquid wax into the container and allow it to set for 2 hours.
  5. Enjoy! Trim the wick and enjoy your new candle!

What is the best way to clean your old candle jar?

There are many ways to clean an old candle vessel.

We recommend that you use a soft utensil to break apart the big chunk of wax left over. Only then pour hot water over it to melt any smaller pieces of wax remaining.

You can run the container through the dishwasher once most of the wax has been removed. Or you can scrub it with soap and hot water.

Alternatively: Pour boiling water directly into your container with leftover wax. Wait approximately 30 minutes or until the wax is lifted and cooled on the surface. You can now use your hands to separate the wax and dispose of it properly.

What container should you use for a candle refill?

Choose an old empty candle jar or a container that has been proven safe and can withstand high temperatures.

Consider repurposing a 3” – 4” wide old sturdy vessel with non-flammable and non-porous properties.

These will work:

  • Glass (jelly jars, canning jars)
  • Glazed pottery
  • Sealed tins
  • Any container with an equal width top and base

These will not work:

  • Flammable materials (wood, coconut shell, plastic)
  • Broken or chipped containers
  • Porous ceramic
  • Cement

Candle refill instructions and safety

  • Follow instructions on how to make your candle to prevent any injuries sustained from bag mishandling following heating.
  • Only burn for up to 4 hours at a time on a heat-resistant surface.
  • Keep out of drafts and away from combustible items.
  • Make sure the wick is centered and trimmed to 1/4″ to prevent soot buildup on the container.
  • Discontinue use when only 1/2” of wax remains in the bottom.
  • Keep out of reach of children and pets.
  • Never leave a burning candle unattended.


Candle refills are a great way to save money, customize your candles, and create a unique atmosphere in your home.

Whether you’re a seasoned candle enthusiast or a newbie just getting started, you’ll love the convenience and ease of using candle refills.

This article has covered everything you need to know about candle refills, from the many benefits of using them to the different styles and where to buy them.

So, what are you waiting for? Shop Tallo Candle refills now and discover the magic of candle refills!

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