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FAQ

How are Borealis Candles made?

  • All of our candles are hand-poured in small batches in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. We use a soy-coconut wax blend (more below); all of our candles are free of harmful phthalates, dyes, and preservatives.  

Why the soy-coconut wax blend?

  • All Borealis Candle Co. candles are made with a 100% soy-coconut wax blend, made from renewable vegetable sources. Soy wax is commonly used in fine candles because it tends to burn longer and cleaner than synthetic wax (e.g. paraffin); it's made from soybeans, which are sustainable and often grown in the United States; and it's biodegradable, which means it's easier to clean up accidental messes and/or reuse the jar the candle comes in. Coconut wax is all that and more, with the added benefit of a stronger "scent throw" - which basically means that the candle's fragrance, when lit, will permeate your room quickly. 

Do you do custom orders?

  • Yes. Borealis candles make for excellent wedding favors, corporate gifts, marketing swag, and more. You can choose from our existing inventory of fragrances and/or labels, or we can work with you to customize something unique. Please email norah@borealiscandle.co to start a conversation.

    How can I maximize the life of my candle(s)?

    • When lighting your candle for the first time, let it burn for 3-4 hours to allow the melted wax to reach the edges of the container (for travel tins, 1-2 hours should suffice). This prevents wax "tunneling."
    • Trim the wick. Each time you light your candle, cut the wick to about ¼ inch: this will minimize soot and ensure a cleaner, more even, and longer-lasting burn.

    Are my candle jars recyclable? 

    • YesWhile curbside recycling policies vary by state and municipality, amber glass jars are generally accepted. For Pittsburgh residents specifically, clean amber glass jars can be deposited in regular recycling bins; metal lids can be recycled in separate scrap metal bins located throughout the city. You can also wash and repurpose your candle jars -- visit our Pinterest page for creative ideas!