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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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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?
Yes. While 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!
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