If you've ever wondered what goes into our candles, here is a brief summary of the different materials we use, and where we source them from.
Soy wax has become very popular in recent years due to it's low environmental impact. It is a sustainable resource that doesn't damage the eco-system. It can also be grown fast enough to keep up with the rate of consumption.
The soy wax we use in our candles is made with pure soybean oil. It is a 100% vegetable product which is natural and biodegradable. Manufactured to FDA standards, it is kosher certified and not tested on animals. It doesn't contain any palm wax, petroleum, paraffin or beeswax products. It is also free of pesticides, herbicides, toxic materials and genetically modified material.
Old candles, including stubs, drips, mis-shapen and unloved candles are melted down so the wax can be reused. They are seperated by colour, melted down and filtered to remove the debris, leaving it ready to be used again. Waste wax is also recovered and recycled.
We have sourced sustainable palm wax which can be used for custom orders as a cost effective option for pillar candles. Our supplier sources all of their palm wax from members of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil. This organisation was founded by the WWF to develop and define best practices for sustainable palm cultivation and protection of the environment.
We use high quality cosmetic grade fragrance oils that are formulated for use in candles to increase burn quality and safety. Although they are a synthetic product, many do contain a high percentage of essential oils. In general they work better in candles than essential oils as they are formulated for this purpose.
These are natural oils extracted from plants using various methods. Due to their unique characteristics, some work better in candles than others. They can be used for aromatherapy, but pregnant women should exercise caution when using them, and consult with their doctor or LMC first. If you are after a naturally scented candle, take a look at our essentials range.
We use synthetic candle dyes which are formulated so that the candle still burns well without the wick clogging up. We colour some of our candles to extend the range, and use up existing dyes we have accumulated over the years - some which have been inherited from other candle makers. Only a very small percentage of the candle is the dye, but if you are after a natural candle, then choose one of our uncoloured soy candles.
We are on the lookout for natural dyes to include in our range, but in the meantime will use our existing supply to go with our philosophy of using what we have, and diverting waste from landfill.
We use a range of different wicks for our candles, which are all made from natural fibres such as cotton, and don't contain lead or any other harmful materials.