lit fresh mint and lime beeswax and coconut oil essential oil candle

Frequently Asked Questions

We get a lot of questions about our candles and the essential oils we use! Why they aren't as strongly scented as traditional candles, or what brand of essential oils do we use? Here are all the answers and for more info don't hesitate to reach out.

Questions About Our Candles

We want you to have a great experience with your Fontana Candle so we are sharing tips we have discovered to create an optimal burn!

Because Fontana Candles are hand-made from natural ingredients, slight variations are to be expected. Beeswax expands and contracts, resulting in small cracks.
Always store your candle in a cool, dry place at room temperature and keep it away from direct sunlight and high humidity. Be sure to store your candle with the lid on.

The first time you burn your candle is extremely important: allow the candle to burn until the melted wax reaches the edge of the container. This should take between 2 and 3 hours in our 14 oz candle. Burning the candle this length of time will prevent the wax from tunneling on the side of the jar. Candles that have tunneling have severely reduced burn time.

It is also important to limit your burn time to approximately 3 to 4 hours. The wax and container get extremely hot. Please do not touch the container while your candle is burning. As always, burn your candle on a flat, flame retardant surface and never leave it unattended. If your wick becomes unstuck from the bottom of the jar or tin and travels to the edge, please stop burning it immediately. The jar can shatter if this occurs for too long. This typically occurs at the very end of the candle's burn. We recommend burning our tins on a coaster, and not directly on your furniture. The tin lid makes a perfect coaster! Please read the Candle Warning label located on the bottom of the candle.

We have found that the optimal burn for our candles is achieved with a short wick. Our wicks burn best when they are trimmed to approximately 1/4." This will require you to periodically trim the wick. No special tools are needed! This can be done by snapping the burnt ends off with your fingers. If your flame gets larger than 1 ½”, please extinguish the candle and allow it to cool. Once your candle cools, you can trim your wick to approximately ¼” to ½”. Remove the wick trimmings before relighting your candle.

If your candle turns black it’s probably because it was burning in a direct draft, or it was burning for too long. Once it cools and hardens, the scorched wax can be wiped away with a rag or cloth.

Discard your candle once ½ inch of wax is remaining in the jar.

Because we purchase our essential oils in such large quantities, we do not purchase from brands that consumers are familiar with. We use the best natural ingredient suppliers in the United States, and purchase only therapeutic grade oils. We have documents on file for every essential oil that we use that proves their purity. Our suppliers are our proprietary business information, so we can't share their names, but to help win your trust that they are as clean as we claim, we have become the first and only candle to complete the stringent MADE SAFE® certification.

The MADE SAFE® seal confirms that a household product is free of any and all toxins known or suspected to harm human health, animals, or ecosystems. Certified goods have been thoroughly examined by researchers and scientists to ensure they’re made without known behavioral toxins, carcinogens, developmental toxins, endocrine disruptors, flame retardants, heavy metals, neurotoxins, high risk pesticides, reproductive toxins, toxic solvents, or harmful VOCs.

MADE SAFE® additionally screens ingredients for bioaccumulation, environmental persistence, general ecosystem harm, as well as for toxicity to aquatic and terrestrial life. When there is doubt they exercise the precautionary principle, erring on the side of caution. The MADE SAFE® approach flips the current regulatory model of ‘innocent until proven guilty’ on its head. This 360-degree ecosystem assessment makes MADE SAFE® the most rigorous standard in existence.

To read more about our ingredients, we recommend heading over to the Ingredients page on our website: https://fontanacandlecompany.com/pages/ingredients

Essential oils are extremely flammable so we are limited to how much oil we can use to scent our candles. Without the chemicals used in traditional fragrances, it is nearly impossible to make an essential oil candle that is as strong as a fragrance oil candle.

We do market all of our candles as "lightly scented" in relation to the strength of a traditional fragrance oil candle. We added the scent strength indicator to help establish a level of reference for the hot scent throw. Even our "strong" options will smell light in comparison to most fragrance candles. Our hope is the indicator will better assist customer's in selecting the scents that will best meet their expectations.

We believe what you breathe is just as important as what you eat when it comes to your health. Because we use only the simplest and purest ingredients, we are proud to know exactly what we are selling.

We are proud to be the first MadeSafe certified candle! The MADE SAFE® seal confirms that a household product is free of any and all toxins known or suspected to harm human health, animals, or ecosystems. Certified goods have been thoroughly examined by researchers and scientists to ensure they’re made without known behavioral toxins, carcinogens, developmental toxins, endocrine disruptors, flame retardants, heavy metals, neurotoxins, high risk pesticides, reproductive toxins, toxic solvents, or harmful VOCs.

MADE SAFE® additionally screens ingredients for bioaccumulation, environmental persistence, general ecosystem harm, as well as for toxicity to aquatic and terrestrial life. When there is doubt they exercise the precautionary principle, erring on the side of caution. The MADE SAFE® approach flips the current regulatory model of ‘innocent until proven guilty’ on its head. This 360-degree ecosystem assessment makes MADE SAFE® the most rigorous standard in existence.

We often get asked for scent recommendations, which can be tricky since scent is such a personal preference! Sometimes it takes a little trial and error to find your favorite scent. 

We recommend you take these notes into consideration:

+ Familiar Scents: Consider the type of scents you know you like and dislike. You can compare them to the oil scents listed with each candle.

+ Scent Strengths: Our Scent Strength Indicator was designed to help establish a level of reference for the hot scent throw to better assist customer's in selecting the scents that will best meet their expectations. The scent strength can be found on the "Scent" tab of each product.

We do market all of our candles as "lightly scented" in relation to the strength of a traditional fragrance oil candle. Even our "moderate" and "strong" options will smell light in comparison to most fragrance candles. 

+ Product Size: Consider purchasing the smaller of our candles (6 ounce tin) until you know which scents you prefer.

+ Scent Samplers: Consider our scent sampler bundle as it allows you to purchase several scents at a discounted rate which allows you to experience a variety of our scents!

+ Refunds & Exchange Policy: The last piece of information you may find helpful is that we do not offer refunds. All sales are final. However, we want you to be completely satisfied with your purchase.​ If you are unsatisfied with your product, you may exchange it for another product of the same size and price within 7 days of purchase. The buyer is responsible for all shipping costs.​

Used candles and opened oils, cannot be returned or refunded, except in case of product defect. Product defect does not include strength of scent of the product. We clearly state that our products are lightly scented and should not be expected to fill a room with scent.

Our full return & refund policy can be viewed here. We hope this helps!

We love our fur babies here at Fontana, and we are proud that every one of our candles is 100% safe for pets. The concentrations of oils in the candles and wax melts are low enough that they do not cause issues.

Because we do not use any preservatives in our candles, we highly suggest a shelf life of about a year. The candle itself will not expire, but the burn quality does degrade after a year. We only quarantee the burn of a candle up to a year, based on the lot code on your label.

Please recycle or reuse your jars and tins once you are done burning your candle! We are currently not able to process them for reuse, but we have seen them repurposed in many different ways!

Questions About Essentials by Fontana®

Our Essentials line are the exact oils that we use to scent our candles. You can be sure of their purity with their MADE SAFE® certification.

Please contact us at customer@fontanacandlecompany.com and we will send you a new one!

Essential oils generally have a shelf life of a few years, especially when kept in air-tight bottles away from direct sunlight. We have them in dark bottles/frosted bottles to maintain the integrity of the oils. After a few years, they will start losing their potency and effectiveness, but will not go bad or rancid. We do recommend a shelf life of a year for our Home Sprays.

Animals have a higher sensitivity to smell than humans, so we advise you to proceed with caution. Use smaller amounts of oils (1-3 drops) if your pets are in the room, keep the space well ventilated, and keep the door open so your animal can exit easily. Keep an eye on your pet and take note of any changes in behavior. You may also consult your veterinarian.

We do not recommend diffusing these scents around cats:

Allspice Ginger & Vanilla

Cinnamon Orange Clove

Citrus Peel & Pine

Cypress Sage & Patchouli

Fresh Mint & Lime

Geranium

Lemon Orange Blossom

Lemongrass Eucalyptus

Lavender

Palo Santo Grapefruit

Peppermint Twist

Pink Grapefruit

Rosemary Mint

Spiced Latte

Wildflower Citrus

Wintergreen 

We do not recommend diffusing these scents around dogs:

Allspice Ginger & Vanilla

Cinnamon Orange Clove

Citrus Peel & Pine

Cypress Sage & Patchouli

Fresh Mint & Lime

Lemon Orange Blossom

Peppermint Twist

Pink Grapefruit

Rosemary Mint

Spiced Latte

Are your Essentials skin safe?

It is not advised to apply essential oils to the skin undiluted because they are very concentrated. We recommend diluting with a carrier oil, and patch testing before use. Our Cinnamon Orange Clove, Lemon Orange Blossom, and Peppermint Twist may cause sensitivity in some people.

Please note, we are selling these as diffuser blends, as we are not skin care experts!

An ultrasonic oil diffuser is an electronic aromatherapy diffuser that uses water, instead of steam, to break down the essential oil particles and disperse them into the air.

Remove the top of the ultrasonic diffuser and add cool water to the reservoir. Do not let the water level exceed the maximum line on the side. Add 3-5 drops of essential oil to the water and then replace the top on the diffuser. Plug the diffuser in and turn it on to your desired setting.

Always make sure your diffuser is unplugged before cleaning it. Remove the top of the diffuser and pour out excess water. Wipe out the reservoir with a damp cloth and some natural soap. Add a small amount of water and rinse it out well. Drain the water out completely and dry the reservoir thoroughly with a cloth.

Mist: Yes, you can set your diffuser to a continuous mist setting, an intermittent mist setting or a 2-hour mist setting. It automatically shuts off when it runs dry.

Lights: You can change the color of the LED light.

Yes! We do not use animal-testing at any stage of our product development processes, and we are certified cruelty-free by Leaping Bunny!

Questions About Orders & Shipping

Promotion codes are only valid on individual products - they cannot be used on purchases that include gift sets, bundles or scent samplers as those products have already been discounted. Accessories and Gift card purchases are also not eligible for discount codes.

If you wish to use a promotional code when you are also purchasing a gift set, bundle or scent sampler, you will have to split your order into two separate transactions to allow the system to register both discounts individually.

We understand that no one likes to pay for shipping! This is why we always offer free shipping for orders $89 and over shipping to the contiguous United States! We have also introduced $4.50 flat rate shipping for orders $35 - $88.99. This is basically a sale all the time!

Candles are heavy items, and we ship all items with ice packs in the summer. If you live in an extremely warm climate, we will ship with an ice pack year round! The shipping charge helps us make sure we can get our candles to you in tip top shape!

Please note that orders shipping to Canada do not qualify for our shipping promotions.

*To qualify for free or flat rate shipping, the subtotal for your order must meet the minimum requirements after all coupon codes and discounts are applied.

Our Shipping Policy

The website will automatically trigger free shipping when your subtotal with any coupon codes and discounts is $89 and over! If it does not, please email us at customer@fontanacandlecompany.com with your order number. We will get your shipping refunded for you!

*Orders shipping to Canada are not eligible for shipping promotions.

**Gift card purchases do not apply towards the minimum requirements for shipping promotions.

Currently we are only able to ship to the contiguous United States and Canada.

Canadian Orders:

*Orders shipping to Canada are not eligible for free shipping promotions.

**Any customs fee or additional duties that may incur are the responsibility of the receiver. Fontana Candle Co. is not responsible for any damages that occur as a result of packages being held by customs for extended periods.

Once your package is scanned into the shipping carrier's system, Fontana Candle Co. is no longer responsible for lost or stolen packages. Once packages are marked as “delivered” by the carrier, please contact them for further information if your package was not received.

Due to the large volume of lost packages through all shipping carriers, Fontana Candle Co. HIGHLY recommends adding Route protection to your order. We are not responsible for lost or stolen packages that do not have Route Protection.

Fontana Candle Co. is excited to offer Route Protection to our customers!

Route provides protection for shipments that are lost, broken, or stolen. Add Route to your cart at checkout to enable protection. Route automatically selects the amount of insurance needed for your order protection. Please do not change the denomination that Route has selected for your order. If your order is lost or stolen, please submit your claims to Route directly.

Due to the large volume of lost packages through all shipping carriers, Fontana Candle Co. HIGHLY recommends adding Route protection to your order. We are not responsible for lost or stolen packages that do not have Route Protection.

You can open a claim with Route here

Gift messages can be added to your order by clicking on the shopping bag icon in the upper right-hand corner of the screen. Please add your gift message to the "Order note" section in the lower left-hand corner. The gift message will print on the packing slip as a gift note. Our packing slips do not contain any pricing or discount information.

Great things take time! Our candles are hand poured with love from our little pouring team of 5. We hand wick, hand pour, and hand label our candles with each one receiving the utmost attention.

This year we have been experiencing extreme supply chain constraints. It has been difficult to get the supplies we need, and many of our shipments from our suppliers have been delayed.

Please feel free to take advantage of our restock alerts! If an item is out of stock you will notice a button "Notify When Available". This will set an alert to notify you as soon as that item is back in stock on our website. You will be given the option to for your contact preference to be via email or text message.

When we ship from Fontana HQ, we use packing peanuts. The peanuts that we use are both made and purchased locally in our town. They are Biodegradable Packing Peanuts and are made from industrial-grade corn and potato starch produced in the USA. You can go ahead and test them out yourself by placing a few in your sink under some running water!

Sustainability and protecting the environment are very important to us.

To minimize mistakes and errors, we are not able to edit your order after it has been placed. We are only able to cancel your order if our team has not begun processing it for shipment.

As with many other small businesses, we can not afford to offer a complete satisfaction guaranteed refund policy. We have learned over the years that sense of smell is very subjective, and although we really want to, we can’t make everyone happy.

If your candle is defective or damaged in shipping, please let us know and we will make it right!

Our Return & Refund policy

Get your home scenting staples on repeat with our subscriptions! Never run out of your favorite Fontana products again. You can swap, pause, or cancel anytime.

How it works:

Select your favorite products, and the frequency you would like to receive them!

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Want to switch scents for the seasons? No problem! You can swap, pause, or cancel anytime!

Subscriptions

You can access your customer portal through your store account login. If you have not registered an account, you will need to create an account using the same email address used at checkout.

Once your account is registered, you can log in and access your customer portal by clicking on the Manage Subscriptions link.

You can also access your account using a direct link to the customer portal. This link is normally sent in the Subscription Confirmation email when you begin a subscription and the Upcoming Order email

The process to update billing will vary depending on the configuration of the store's platform (Shopify or PayPal). 

Recharge Checkout on Shopify:

To update payment information:

Login to the customer portal.

Click the Payment Methods tab.

Click Add new payment method and enter the payment method details.

Click the Subscriptions tab and click Edit on the subscription to be updated.

Expand the Shipping and Billing section and click Use this shipping and billing pair to select the new payment method.

Return to the Payment Methods tab, expand the old payment method and click Remove payment method.

PayPal Checkout :

If you used PayPal as your payment gateway, you may be able to edit the payment method in your PayPal settings. Otherwise, you need to cancel the subscription and start a new subscription via checkout.

Update shipping address for a specific subscription

You can update the shipping address for a specific subscription:

1. Login to your customer portal.

2. Click on Subscription and scroll down to Shipping Address.

4. Click the arrow to expand.

5. Select one of the other shipping addresses.

Note: This only affects the shipping/delivery address, this does not update billing information related to the method of payment.

Update an existing shipping address

You can update existing shipping addresses from the Shipping tab:

1. Login to your customer portal.

2. Click on Shipping. This will display all shipping addresses on your customer account.

3. Click the link on a specific address will allow you to update it as needed or click on the Add Address button to add an address.

Log in to your customer portal to skip a delivery.

1. Click the Delivery Schedule tab to see all upcoming deliveries for your subscriptions.

2. Click Skip next to the delivery you would like to skip. If you want to unskip a delivery, click Unskip next to the order.

Login to your customer portal to adjust the order date:

1. Click Subscriptions and then click on Edit

2. You will be taken to a page where you can edit the next order date for your subscription. 

3. Once you select the new charge date you can click on the Update next shipment date.

One-time products can be added to your subscription order. Login to your customer portal to add products:

1. Click the Subscriptions tab and select Edit next to the subscription you want to add a product to. 

2. Hover over the product you want to add and select add one-time. This automatically adds the product to your shipment. 

You can also add one-time products using the Add a Product button on the Subscriptions tab.

To manage or delete a one-time product:

1. Click the Delivery schedule tab.

2. Select Manage add-on.

In order to cancel your subscription, you will first need to log in to your account.

1. Login to your customer portal.

2. Click Subscriptions and Edit.

3. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the Cancel Subscription. If required provide a cancellation reason and confirm the cancellation by clicking Proceed.

Private Label & Collaborations

At this time we are not able to offer any custom candles.

If you would like to chat with us about collabs, please email customer@fontanacandlecompany.com with your social handles and any media kits you have.

Our affiliate program is now active on ShareASale! Please follow the link to apply: ShareASale Application

More information about ShareASale

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