Let's start with what our candles are. Our candles are made ethically in small batches using sustainable materials and packaging. All of our candles are vegan, cruelty-free and free of the use of phthalates, parabens, petroleum, or carcinogenic components. We also use 100% soy wax which is sourced from sustainable plants from the USA. What exactly is soy wax, and why is it important?
Soy wax originates from soybeans (shocking, right?). They do this by taking cleaned, cracked, dehulled soybeans and rolling them into flake. The oil is removed and then hydrogenated. In addition, the leftover flakes can be used for animal feed! The process alters the melting temperature which makes it stable at room temperature and perfect for candles. If being natural, renewable and biodegradable as well as vegan wasn't enough, then soy wax generally has the longest burn time , and is free of indoor air pollution.
What do you think of other waxes? Well, there are three different waxes which are frequently employed in candles. They are; paraffin wax, beeswax, as well as coconut wax. Let's discuss these. Paraffin wax is, perhaps the most popular wax for candles especially fragranced candles, as it has a great scent throw. What is the reason why increasing numbers of companies switching to other waxes? It's because it's not renewable! Paraffin wax originates from petroleum, coal, or oil, and is a carcinogen! We are concerned about the environment, and our customer's health, we are here Brand & Iron, so renewable, sustainable and ethically-sourced ingredients are required.
Beeswax is an extremely popular organically sourced wax that performs very well for candles in general. Be aware that beeswax comes with a strong natural scent, that doesn't blend well when mixed with different scents. But more importantly, beeswax is created by bees (obviously) and is a candle manufacturer that is vegan, that's out of the question.
Lastly lastly, there is the coconut oil. In addition to the cost, it's also difficult to get genuinely pure coconut wax. This is primarily because of how soft coconut wax is. Due to its very low melting temperature, the majority of coconut waxes are blended with one or more of the mentioned waxes. This isn't a problem however, due to insufficient transparency by manufacturers and the jargon that they employ, it's almost impossible to determine which waxes are mixed, let alone if they are mixed in the first place. We want to guarantee the purity and renewable, vegan, and ethical candle, therefore we make use of soy wax.
We don't stop at using soy wax to make a safe and renewable candle. We also use a lead-free and zinc-free cotton wick that is a non-toxic wick and easy to use, and requires less care than an wick candles made of wood. What else can we do to differentiate our candles? Our commitment to our beliefs extends all the way to the packaging. That's right; the packing peanuts we use are also biodegradable. in fact, all our packaging is recyclable. We also encourage our customers to reuse or recycle old candle vessels. We'll go over some of our favourite methods to accomplish this next month, so be sure to subscribe to our email newsletter to stay informed.