What Makes Our Candles Different
What Makes Our Candles Different
Let's begin by defining the nature of our candles. Our candles are produced ethically in small batches using environmentally friendly materials and packaging. Our candles are vegan and cruelty-free, and made without the use of parabens, phthalates, petroleum, or carcinogenic ingredients. We also make use of 100% soy candle that is harvested from sustainable crops from the USA. But what exactly is soy and why does it matter?
Soy wax is derived from soybeans (shocking, right?). They do this by taking cleaned cracked, cracked, and dehulled soybeans, and then rolling them into pieces. After that, the oil can be extracted and hydrogenated. Additionally the remaining flakes can be used as animal feed! This process alters the melting point so that it is hard at room temperature, and ideal for candles. If being natural, renewable and biodegradable as well as vegan were not enough, soy wax generally has the longest burning time and has no indoor air pollution.
What do you think of other waxes? Well, there are three different waxes which are frequently used in candles, these include paraffin wax, beeswax and coconut wax. Let's discuss these three. Paraffin is, perhaps the most widely used wax for candles especially scent-laden candles because it has a great scent throw. So, why are increasing numbers of companies switching to alternative waxes? It's because it's not renewable! Paraffin wax comes from coal, petroleum, or oil and is carcinogen! We care about the planet, and our customer's health, here at Brand & Iron, so environmentally sustainable, renewable and ethically-sourced ingredients are essential.
Beeswax is an extremely popular natural wax that works very well for candles generally. Be aware that beeswax comes with strong, natural aroma that doesn't blend well with other scents. However, the most important thing is that beeswax is made with bees (obviously) and is a candle manufacturer that is vegan, that makes it entirely unattainable.
The final thing to consider is that coconut is a wax. Apart from the high price tag, it's challenging to find truly pure coconut wax. This is due to how soft coconut wax is. Due to its low melting point, many coconut waxes are a blend with one or more of the waxes mentioned above. This isn't a problem but due to insufficient transparency of manufacturers and the tricky language that they employ, it's almost impossible to determine exactly what is in the mix, let alone if they are mixed at all in the first place. We'd like to ensure the purity and renewable, vegan, and ethical candle, so we choose to use soy wax.
We don't stop at using soy wax to make a safe and renewable candle. We use a lead and vancouver candle company zinc-free cotton candle wick which is toxin-free and easier to work with, and requires less care than a wooden wick. What else can we do to differentiate our candles? We take our values right down to our packaging. Yes, the packing peanuts we use are also biodegradable; in fact, all of our packaging is recyclable. We also encourage the customers we serve to recycle or reuse empty candle vessels. We'll go over some of our favourite methods of doing this in the coming month, so be sure to subscribe to our newsletter via email to stay informed.