Portland Ave Candles was born out of the dream for a better candle-better for you and better for the planet. I was tired of buying candles that didn't last, smelled like nothing, and were covered in black soot. I was tired of paying for a "10-ounce candle" that was only filled with 8 ounces of wax.
From the very beginning, we made a commitment to creating a better candle.
We started with the wax. All of our wax is all natural soy wax produced on American farms, supporting our farmers and stimulating the American economy. Soy wax burns clean. No toxins, carcinogens, or pollutants which means no soot! The wax burns at a cooler temperature making it last 30-50% longer than paraffin candles. We price our candles based upon the ounces of wax we put in, not how much the container could hold if filled to the brim.
Onto the wick. We use a flat, coreless cotton wick braided with thin paper filaments for burn stability. The paper is specially treated to cause the wick to curl, making it virtually self-trimming. This minimizes mushrooming, soot and smoke. The wicks are primed with vegetable wax.
Our candles are scented with high-quality fragrance oils. All of the fragrance oils are phthalate free. We do not use any color dyes in our candles. This not only reduces the price for you, but it also reduces the chemicals in the candle.
If you've looked at our current inventory, you saw the great variety and limited quantities of our containers. When a glass container is sent to a landfill, it can take a million years to decompose! We decided to reuse old glassware, or 100% recycled glass, for all of our containers. We work hard to find unique pieces that you can proudly display in your home. To encourage our customers to join in our efforts to keep glass out of landfills, we will give you 20% off your next candle purchase when you send your containers back to us (see 'Custom Fillings' for more information).
Last but most certainly not least, we searched high and low to find 100% recycled packing materials to ship our candles in. When your candles come in the mail, you won't find bubble wrap, styrofoam peanuts, or plastic bags. Instead, you will find 100% recycled kraft paper, 100% recycled ornament paper shred and a 100% recycled box taped up with eco-friendly water activated tape. After you have received your package, we encourage you to either repurpose or recycled the shipping materials.
We dreamed of a better candle for the people and the planet. That candle is here.