Frequently asked questions

Candle Care


Correct candle care can prolong the life of your candle, ensure an even burn and strong scent throw.

Our top 3 tips to follow are:

  1. When burning your soy candle for the first time allow 2 1/2-3 hours to ensure that the wax pool reaches the edge of the container.
  2. Always trim your wick to 1/4″ before lighting your candle and after each burn.
  3. Always ensure there is at least 1cm of wax remaining at the end of your candle and extinguish if too close to the edge of the container.


More information on how to care for your candles-

  • When burning your soy candle for the first time, it is important to allow the candle to burn for 2 1/2-3 hours.  Soy wax has a “memory” and helps to avoid the candle from “tunneling” down the center and reduce burn time.  By allowing the candle to burn completely to the edge of the container on its first burn (and subsequent burns), you will achieve a longer burn and stronger scent throw.

  • Always trim your wick to 1/4″ before lighting your candle and burn your candle on a level, heat resistant surface.  If the wick begins to have a large flame, starts flickering constantly, or if the wick becomes larger than 1/4″ extinguish the flame completely, allow to cool and re-trim the wick before burning again.  Always keep the wick centered, this is best done after the candle has been extinguished and the wax is still soft.

  • If a ‘mushroom’ appears at the top of the wick, extinguish it, allow to cool and trim the wick to 1/4″ before re-lighting your candle.  

  • Always ensure there is at least 1cm of wax remaining at the end of your candle, burning your candle beyond this point could cause the candle to become dangerously hot.

  • If for some reason you cannot smell the scent of the candle you are burning, leave the room or house for 10 minutes (10+) and let your senses readjust.  When you return you should be able to smell the fragrance. 

  • Our all-natural soy wax melts do not evaporate.  After the scent diminishes, simply discard the hardened melt or pour the soy wax into a lined bin.  Soy wax is bio-degradable; however you should not pour wax down directly down your sink drain as it may clog.

  • Due to Soy wax being bio-degradable, it cleans up with hot soapy water.

  • Extinguish the flame if it becomes too close to the side of your container.

  • All candles are hand-poured so variation in texture and colour of the wax may vary from candle to candle. Soy is a natural wax and can become ‘frosted’ on top over time, especially if subjected to changes in temperature. This doesn’t affect the performance of the candle.
  • Item colors may be different in person based on each shoppers’ computer screen.

What scents are available for custom and wedding orders?

  • Asian Amber
  • Avocado & Mint

  • Australian Bush
  • Black Musk & Pear
  • Black Raspberry
  • Caramel Vanilla
  • Coconut Lime
  • French Vanilla Bourbon
  • Vanilla & Pear
  • Raspberry Vanilla
  • Sugar Cookie
  • Watermelon Lemonade

We will happily work with you for custom fragrances, however this may increase production time. We recommend at least 1 month lead time for wedding orders.

What other fragrances are available?

The following fragrances (& more) are often available in limited editions in our shop. (Alternative fragrances can be sourced upon request)


Australian Bush

Go for a walk through the Australian outback with this authentic fragrance with notes of lemon, pine and eucalyptus.

Avocado & Mint

Pleasantly sweet and fresh, highlighted by citrus notes of mandarin and lemon, floral notes of jasmine and geranium, all lifted by vanilla and light musk.

Black Raspberry

Delicious dark raspberries combine with sun-sweetened blackberries to produce this amazingly strong scent. Smells just like raspberry drop lollies!

Black Musk & Pear

A gorgeous scent brimming with musk and a touch of anjou pear, bergamot, vanilla bean, heliotrope and liquorice.

Blueberry Muffin

This fragrance smells just like a delicious, sweet muffin. Delicious, heady blueberries with hints of vanilla and dripping with melted butter.

Caramel Vanilla

Enriched with sweet and salty buttery caramel, this scent is balanced perfectly with rich, creamy vanilla, coconut and tonka bean.

Champagne & Strawberries

A distinctive combination of ripe strawberries and raspberries with notes of champagne and roses.

Coconut Lime

The ultimate refresher. A tantalising fusion of fresh coconut, and lime and invigorating verbena soothed by luscious vanilla. An irresistible classic.

French Pear

Rich, juicy and meltingly smooth. An amazing pear fragrance.

French Vanilla Bourbon

A refined vanilla fragrance, with the rich scent of vanilla bean, musk and hints of amber, malt and tonka bean.

Japanese Honeysuckle

A sweet flowering vine with one of the most loved floral scents.

Sweet Lemongrass

An invigorating aroma of lemongrass sweetened with a dash of citrus lemon and a hint of lime to create a vibrantly refreshing fragrance.

Hawaiian Honey Blossom

A hint of the tropics is found in this floral accord. A medley of hibiscus flowers, star jasmine and honey are complimented by notes of amber, lily of the valley and just a touch of milky nuances.

Moscato Sangria

Packed full of fruitiness and doused in moscato with top notes of strawberry, pineapple and orange, a heart of cyclamen & cherry blossom and a base of peach nectar, apple & violet.

Musk Sticks

Let the strong aroma invoke your childhood memories of playing and having fun.


A wonderful aroma of freshly sliced pomegranate.

Raspberry & Pear Crumble

Deliciously sweet combination of rasperries, French pear, caramel, vanilla and cinnamon.

Raspberry Vanilla

Sun ripened summer raspberries, juicy and sweet, hints of lemon, green apple and cherry mixed with a strong vanilla.

Sandalwood Vanilla

A unique woody blend with floral and spicy hints. Featuring cedar wood, sandalwood, clove and cinnamon, layered with rosewood, jasmine and lily of the valley and finished with fresh hay, malt and a base of vanilla.

Sex On The Beach

A playful rendition of the classic tropical mixed drink that blends fresh pineapple and orange with tart cranberries. Notes of vodka and peach schnapps give this fragrance its “true to life” scent.

Sugar Cookie

Filling your nose with the homely and delicious scent of fresh baked sugar cookies, as if they were straight from the oven.

Vanilla & Pear

A vanilla base with sweet pear.

Watermelon Lemonade

A little reminder of long hot summer days with this refreshing blend of watermelon, lemon and casaba melon top notes, a heart of marine accords all on a sweet base of blackberry and vanilla bean.


Please Note: Other fragrances availabile upon request.


Australia Collection:


A unique woody blend with floral and spicy hints. Featuring cedar wood, sandalwood, clove and cinnamon, layered with rosewood, jasmine and lily of the valley and finished with fresh hay, malt and vanilla.


It doesn’t come more Aussie than this chocolate treat! Sprinkled with freshly grated coconut and added notes of cocoa, buttermilk and sugar. Yum!

Australian Bush

Go for a walk through the Australian outback with this authentic fragrance with notes of lemon, pine and eucalyptus.

Beachside Christmas

Christmas by the sea, with fresh, clean peppermint and orange top notes, middle notes of musk, cedarleaf and amber with a distinctive ocean accord to bring that fresh sea air feel.


Essential Oil:

Rose Geranium



Lemongrass & Lime

May Chang

Peppermint Eucalyptus


Essential Oil Blends:

Relax – Rose Geranium, Lavender & Cedar wood

Rejuvenate- Lemongrass, Lavender & Sweet Orange

Uplift- Pink Grapefruit, Lime and Sweet Orange

Winter Blend- Sweet Orange and Peppermint Eucalyptus

How long does it take to have a custom candle made?

  • For single orders where you have chosen from our designs please allow up to one week. For unique designs please factor in design and alteration time – please contact us for more information.
  • For large orders (special events, weddings etc ) please allow 2-3 weeks.

Will I receive a proof of my custom design prior to printing?

Yes, with 1 round of alterations being included in the price. Further alterations or change of mind may incur additional charges.

Can I provide my own design for a Candle Label?

Yes, you can upload your own design through our custom candle page or via email if you prefer.

Can I ask for my package to be delivered on a certain day?

For local deliveries within 20km of Ballarat, Yes. Please email us or leave instructions in the ‘Order Notes’, we are unable to gaurantee delivery on your preferred day but will try to accomodate where possible.

What is your Refund Policy?

You may return an item within 30 days of delivery for a full refund, you will be required to cover your own return shipping costs. If 30 days have gone by since your purchase, unfortunately, we can’t offer you a refund or exchange unless the item is faulty.

To be eligible for a return, your item must be unused and in the same condition that you received it (unless faulty). It must also be in the original packaging.

There is no exchange or refund on Custom Printed items for change of mind.

Non-returnable items:

Gift cards
Custom Printed Items (unless deemed to have a major fault)

To complete your return, we require a receipt or proof of purchase.

There are certain situations where only partial refunds are granted (if applicable)
Any item not in its original condition, is damaged or missing parts for reasons not due to our error
Any item that is returned more than 30 days after delivery

Refunds (if applicable)
Once your return is received and inspected, we will send you an email to notify you that we have received your returned item. We will also notify you of the approval or rejection of your refund.
If you are approved, then your refund will be processed, and a credit will automatically be applied to your credit card or original method of payment, within a certain amount of days.

Late or missing refunds (if applicable)
If you haven’t received a refund yet, first check your bank account again.
Then contact your credit card company, it may take some time before your refund is officially posted.
Next, contact your bank. There is often some processing time before a refund is posted.
If you’ve done all of this and you still have not received your refund yet, please contact us at

Exchanges (if applicable)
Products (with the exception of Custom Candles) can be exchanged with proof of purchase if returned in original condition. We will also replace items if they are defective or damaged.  If you need to exchange it for the same item, send us an email at and we will advise of the return address.

If the item was marked as a gift when purchased and shipped directly to you, you’ll receive a gift credit for the value of your return. Once the returned item is received, a gift certificate will be mailed to you.

If the item wasn’t marked as a gift when purchased, or the gift giver had the order shipped to themselves to give to you later, we will send a refund to the gift giver and he will find out about your return.

P.O Box 53 Sebastopol 3356

You will be responsible for paying for your own shipping costs for returning your item (unless faulty).

Shipping costs are non-refundable. If you receive a refund, the cost of return shipping will be deducted from your refund.

Depending on where you live, the time it may take for your exchanged product to reach you may vary.

If you are shipping an item over $75, you should consider using a track-able shipping service or purchasing shipping insurance. We cannot guarantee that we will receive your returned item.

What is your Privacy Policy

Mia & Talbot is committed to providing quality services to you and this policy outlines our ongoing obligations to you in respect of how we manage your Personal Information.

What is Personal Information and why do we collect it?

Personal Information is information or an opinion that identifies an individual. Examples of Personal Information we collect include: names, addresses, email addresses, phone numbers.

When we talk about “Personal Information” in this Privacy Policy, we are talking both about Device Information and Order Information.

This Personal Information is obtained in many ways including;

– correspondence by telephone,by email and information you input via our website

– “Cookies” – data files that are placed on your device or computer and often include an anonymous unique identifier. For more information about cookies, and how to disable cookies, visit
– “Log files” track actions occurring on the Site, and collect data including your IP address, browser type, Internet service provider, referring/exit pages, and date/time stamps.
– “Web beacons”, “tags”, and “pixels” are electronic files used to record information about how you browse the Site.

Additionally, when you make a purchase or attempt to make a purchase through the Site, we collect certain information from you, including your name, billing address, shipping address, payment information (including credit card numbers PayPal information), email address, and phone number. We refer to this information as “Order Information”.

How do we use  your personal Information?

We use the Order Information that we collect generally to fulfill any orders placed through the Site (including processing your payment information, arranging for shipping, and providing you with invoices and/or order confirmations). Additionally, we use this Order Information to:
– Communicate with you;
– Screen our orders for potential risk or fraud; and
– When in line with the preferences you have shared with us, provide you with information or advertising relating to our products or services.

We use the Device Information that we collect to help us screen for potential risk and fraud (in particular, your IP address), and more generally to improve and optimize our Site (for example, by generating analytics about how our customers browse and interact with the Site, and to assess the success of our marketing and advertising campaigns).

We collect your Personal Information for the primary purpose of providing our services to you. You may unsubscribe from our mailing/marketing lists at any time by contacting us in writing at

We will still need to send you essential information, such as invoices and accounts.

 Disclosure of Personal Information

We may share your Personal Information in the following ways

  • We share your Personal Information with third parties to help us use your Personal Information, as described above. For example, we use WordPress to power our online store–you can read more about how WordPress uses your Personal Information here: We also use Google Analytics to help us understand how our customers use the Site — you can read more about how Google uses your Personal Information here: You can also opt-out of Google Analytics here:
  • debt recovery agencies;
  • your representatives or legal advisors;
  • our representatives, legal advisors or other professional advisors;
  • law enforcement or government bodies;

Behavioural Advertising

As described above, we may use your Personal Information to provide you with targeted advertisements or marketing communications we believe may be of interest to you. For more information about how targeted advertising works, you can visit the Network Advertising Initiative’s (“NAI”) educational page at

  • You can opt out of targeted advertising by using the links below:
    – Facebook:
    – Google:
    – Bing:
  • Additionally, you can opt out of some of these services by visiting the Digital Advertising Alliance’s opt-out portal at:

Security of Personal Information

Your Personal Information is stored in a manner that reasonably protects it from misuse and loss and from unauthorized access, modification or disclosure.

When your Personal Information is no longer needed for the purpose for which it was obtained, we will take reasonable steps to destroy or permanently de-identify your Personal Information. However, most of the Personal Information is or will be stored in client files which will be kept by us for a minimum of 7 years.

Access to your Personal Information

You may access the Personal Information we hold about you and to update and/or correct it, subject to certain exceptions. If you wish to access your Personal Information, please contact us in writing.

Mia & Talbot will not charge any fee for your access request.

In order to protect your Personal Information we may require identification from you before releasing the requested information.

Maintaining the Quality of your Personal Information

It is an important to us that your Personal Information is up to date. We  will  take reasonable steps to make sure that your Personal Information is accurate, complete and up-to-date. If you find that the information we have is not up to date or is inaccurate, please advise us as soon as practicable so we can update our records and ensure we can continue to provide quality services to you.

Policy Updates

This Policy may change from time to time and is available on our website.

Privacy Policy Complaints and Enquiries

If you have any queries or complaints about our Privacy Policy please contact us at