We are all for recycling, and doing everything we can to reduce our footprint. That's why all of our candles are hand poured in reusable pots. When the candle burns down, you have the option to clean it out and use it for another purpose (plant pots, decor, etc.) or have it refilled by our team.
BCCO is offering Refills to anyone in the Okanagan area who are able to drop off and pick up their candle. Otherwise, your candles may be reused as plant pots, decorative bowls, vases, dishware, cookware, or holders for small items such as jewelry, keys, q-tips, etc. Check out the "Suggested Reuse" part of the product description.
Refill costs vary depending on the size of your pot. We charge a standard flat fee of $0.80 per ounce for the first 100 ounces and $0.50 per ounce thereafter, with a $20 minimum. This includes re-wicking but does not include cleaning. Only clean pots will be accepted for refill.
Please follow the cleaning steps below to prepare your candle for a refill, then contact us to schedule a drop-off.
Please note, refills are only available to locals in the Okanagan area at this time, as we are not shipping refills, but accepting drop-offs and pick-ups.
Stop burning your candle when you have ½ an inch of wax remaining at the bottom. It is unsafe to burn beyond this point and poses a fire hazard.
How to Clean Out your Candles
You do not need any special equipment or a ton of time, just a kitchen and some patience. There are a few different ways to clean out your candles, however, our personal favourite is the Freezer Method.
The Freezer Method
Cold causes wax to harden and shrink, making it easier to remove. If able, carefully use a butter knife or spoon to break up any large chunks of wax that remain in the container. Then place the candle in the freezer for several hours, until it’s frozen. The wax should pop right out of the container but you can loosen it further again with a butter knife or spoon and scrape out any remaining wax.
Please compost your wax; it is 100% soy and biodegradable. DO NOT pour wax down your sink.
You will likely be left with metal wick tabs at the bottom of your pot or bowl. They are more challenging to remove as they are set with glue. To loosen, pour white vinegar into the container, just enough to cover the metal tabs. Let sit for 10 minutes. You should then be able to lift the tabs with a butter knife and scrape off the remaining glue.
Last, you will want to wash your container with hot soapy water to remove any remaining wax residue. Once clean, please bring your empty vessels to our Drop Location noted below, or contact us at email@example.com if you have any questions. Ensure to leave your name, email and phone number attached to your empty vessel. You will be contacted when your candle is ready for pickup.
Our drop location for your candle refills is at Okanagan E-Kruise, located at 1195 Richter Street, Kelowna BC V1Y 2K8.
Worth noting, this is a bike rental store but rest assured it is the right place to drop off your candle refills!