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Candles 101

Fragrance Oils


We use oils that include natural components and essential oils.  We also precisely measure our oils to ensure that each candle that we make has the maximum amount of fragrance oil possible to give you the largest scent throw possible.  

Scent throw is pretty simple, as it is what it sounds like.  Cold throw and warm throw differ, so be aware that when you smell an unlit candle, the lit fragrance will likely change.



After extensive testing and research, we only use USA grown soy wax.  We chose this over other options as soy does not emit harmful chemicals when burned, and does not produce soot.  



We do burn tests all the time!  Really, not such a bad job.  Yes, we have the best smelling farmhouse in Montana!  Our wick selection is based on burn rate, canister size, and scent throw.  All are sized specifically to each container.  At last count, we stock and use over a dozen different wicks in our candles.

Fragrance "Notes"

If you look through our fragrance page, you will see that we have created "scent collages" for each of our signature fragrances.  In the notes, you will see "top", "middle", and "base".  Here's what that means:

  • Top Note - This is the initial impression the fragrance makes when you first smell one of our candles. 

  • Middle Note - This is the heart of the fragrance. It can take 10 to 20 minutes for the middle notes to fully develop. When you are burning a candle, the middle notes are the most prominent.

  • Base Note - The base notes are what give a candle lasting qualities. It is the scent that lingers even after the candle is extinguished.

Burn Time and burn tips


  • Burn time will vary by container, wax and oil content, wax type, and wick.  As a general rule, our candles burn 4-5 hours per wick for every ounce of wax.

  • plan the first burn to be 2-4 hours long (not longer than 4 hours).  This allows the candle to establish a properly sized "melt pool".

  • We tell our customers to be sure that at the end of the first burn, the candle must be "wall to wall" with a shimmering pool.  Blowing it out before this will lead to tunneling and an incomplete burn.

Candle Safety

Please follow these simple rules when burning any candle:

  • Trim wick to one quarter of an inch before lighting

  • burn within sight of responsible adult

  • keep candles away from flammable objects, children and animals

  • keep candles free of any foreign materials, including matches and wick trimmings

  • only burn on a level, fire resistant surface

  • Do not burn for more than 4 hours at a time

  • Stop use when one quarter of an inch of wax remains

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