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FAQ

We get it...you have some questions, and we have answers! If you didn't find the answer to your question below, just contact us and we'll get right back to you! 

 

What is soy wax? Soy wax is a vegetable wax made from the oil of soybeans. 

How is soy wax made? After harvesting, the beans are cleaned, cracked, de-hulled, and rolled into flakes. The oil is then extracted from the flakes and hydrogenated. The hydrogenation process converts some of the fatty acids in the oil from unsaturated to saturated...creating wax! 

What are the benefits of soy wax over paraffin wax? The majority of candles on the market contain Paraffin wax -- a petroleum by-product that may contaminate the air with petrol-carbon soot. This is why we choose to use 100% soy wax, a vegetable-based wax made from the oil of American-grown soy beans, which does not pollute the air. An additional benefit to soy wax is that it is a renewable, plant-based resource, unlike petroleum products. Unlike beeswax candles, soy wax is vegan-friendly! 

What are essential oils and why does Slow North use them? Essential oils are the highly concentrated extracts of the natural, aromatic oils in plants. We chose to only use essential oils to make our scented candles because they are a natural, renewable resource. Fragrance oils are manufactured from undisclosed chemicals in a laboratory and may contribute to indoor air pollution. Yuck!

How are essential oils made? Essential oils may be extracted from many parts of the plant, including the leaves, seeds, rinds, and roots. The oils are extracted using one of several methods, depending on the part of the plant being used. Steam distillation and expression, also called “cold pressing,” are the two most common methods used today.

Why is there coconut oil in Slow North's candles? Coconut oil is a natural additive with a low melt point that helps with the smooth appearance and scent throw of our candles.

What type of wicks are used in your candles? We use eco-friendly wicks made from only cotton and paper, primed with vegetable-based wax. We also have a line of wood wick candles, made of two identical pieces of wood pressed together to form a wick, producing a crackling sound when lit. 

What is the burn time for Slow North's candles? Burn time depends on many factors, however under ideal conditions and proper use, our candles will burn up to the following times:

12 oz copper tumbler-- 50 hours

8 oz glass tumbler-- 60 hours

6 oz travel tin-- 40 hours

2 oz mini tin-- 15 hours

What are the ideal burning conditions to extend the life of my candle? When burning your candle, you will want to let the melt pool form across the entire candle surface before extinguishing it. This prevents your candle from tunneling, since all soy wax candles have a "memory" and will the next time you light the candle, it will only burn as wide as the time before. This can result in tunneling and drowning of your wick. We recommend burning your candle for a maximum of 3-4 hours at a time (less for smaller candles), as the longer you leave it lit the quicker all of your wax will melt and evaporate away. We also always recommend burning your candle away from drafts or wind. 

Why isn't my candle uniform in appearance? Soy wax is a tricky medium to work with and many factors may affect the appearance of the wax, such as seasonal variations in the soybean harvest, essential oils used, ambient air temperature while pouring, etc. Even within the same batch, some candles may look perfect, while others may exhibit rough tops, or not adhere perfectly to the glass. However, the good news is that all of these issues are purely cosmetic, and will not affect the safety or burn time of our candles. They are the unique beauty of handmade goods! 


After the candle has been used up, can I reuse the container? Yes! We encourage the reuse of our containers. Simply soak in hot water until the remaining wax has melted, discard the wax and wick, and wipe clean. Rubbing alcohol and a paper towel may be used to get the container squeaky clean! Please be aware that the colored film on our green, amber, whiskey, and blue tumblers may scratch off during cleaning, so use a soft, non-abrasive rag.

Can Slow North refill my container with another candle? Unfortunately at this time, we are not able to refill our containers. However, we are looking into the feasibility of this recycling practice for the future. 

I burned my candle but I am not satisfied. Can I exchange it or get a refund? We want you to love your candle! Please contact us with your concerns, and we will be happy to make it right for you.

Are there workshops where I can learn how to make my own candle? Yes, we host candle making workshops in Austin once or twice a month. These workshops will walk you through the entire process of making your very own all-natural candle!

Besides candle making workshops, what other classes do you have available? We offer a variety of workshops, from weaving to embroidery to health and wellness workshops. Keep an eye out on our website for updates because we are always coming up with new ways to involve the community in creative endeavors!

Do you have private party workshops? Yes, we take reservations for private events. Contact michelle@slownorth.com to start planning!

What are the hours for your brick and mortar location? We are open Monday-Friday 10-6, and Saturdays and Sundays from 12-5

If I visit your brick and mortar, will I be able to see the candle making process? Yes! Our in-house candle making studio is located at our brick and mortar location. Customers can enjoy shopping our collection of artisan-made goods while also watching Slow North candles come to life.