We use a combination of coconut and soy wax in our candles for a number of reasons – they are both plant based and a completely natural renewable resource with the following advantages:
- Clean burning
- Completely free of animal derived substances
- Available in non-GMO
- Paraffin (benzene) free
- Hexane free
- Environmentally sustainable
Common Candle Waxes
Today, the wax choices for candle manufacturing are paraffin, beeswax, soy wax, coconut wax, and some other vegetable waxes.
- Paraffin wax is made from fossil fuels. You've probably heard by now that paraffin is the least environmentally friendly type of wax you can have in your candle. A paraffin candle can release a plume of carcinogenic materials into the air whenever they’re lit as well as leave soot damage behind - even with a properly trimmed wick.
- Soy wax was originally developed as a sustainable solution for candle lovers. It also has a superior scent throw. It is made from vegetable oil, and when grown in an environmentally sound manner is a great candle wax. Unfortunately, it is nearly impossible to get accurate information with respect to the source of most suppliers even though we have been informed by our supplier that our soy is sustainable.
- Palm oil is another clean burning wax that should be sustainable but isn't. Palm oil is worse, however, because it is much more difficult to source sustainable palm wax than it is to source sustainable soy.
- Beeswax is made from melting down honeycombs made by honey bees. They are completely sustainable and natural and are a great choice for candles. However, beeswax isn't ideal for all candles since they don't scent well and have a low melting point, but as far as the environment goes, they are a great choice.
- Coconut wax is another popular choice, This plant-based wax is sustainable, and thanks to the coconut tree's low need for pesticides and fertilizer, it is often ethically grown. It also has a low melting point, so coconut wax mixed with another wax such as soy is the best of both worlds. It also has a superior scent throw.
Our blended candles offer a higher melting point while taking advantage of the longevity of coconut and the stability of soy while offering all the benefits of superior scent throw and excellent burning properties of both. This is why we blend soy and coconut wax in our candles.
The most environmentally sound option for wicks is a wood wick. They not only provide improved ambiance and a clean burn but are much easier to source in an environmentally friendly manner.
We wanted our scents to be the healthiest possible and found the rare supplier in Wisconsin to address that concern. Their scents are Phthalate FREE with no extra solvents from the beginning and so concentrated they burn the best. The less stuff you put in a candle the less soot you get - which means a better quality candle. The more "junk" (additives, scent, dyes, etc) that are used in a candle the more soot that is produced. And since soot is not healthy for lungs or walls we needed to eliminate as much as possible. This was yet another reason to have the most concentrated and best possible scents available.
In our quest to be as environmentally responsible as we can possibly be, we have committed to using recycled packaging materials. While the cost of supplying these products is higher, we believe that in todays concern for the environment, it is what our customers would prefer.