WHY SOY WAX?
As part of our transparency series we are answering some of our most frequently asked questions…. Like this:
Ash, do you use all natural soy wax?
We want to be transparent on all levels of our product and why we reached the decisions we did in the process… So here is my answer…
Wax is the largest component of candles, so it’s worth looking into; particularly considering that you burn them in your home and/or work space.
While paraffin has been the cheap wax of choice for many years, soy wax has recently taken over… And for good reason give its ‘all natural’ credentials.
Paraffin wax was initially thought to be the holy grail within the candle industry.. Parrafin wax is still widely used because of it’s low cost and has good scent throw.. However, the main issues with paraffin wax is since it is derived from petroleum, it is therefore not sustainable and produces soot when burning.. Despite these issues it is the wax of choice for all of our cheaper chain store sold candles, as well as the choice for one of the largest Australian based candle companies.. It is unfortunately still commonly used and will remain so whilst it is so cheap to buy.. I would suggest that if a candle company do not tell you what wax they use, it is likely to be paraffin wax.
Soy wax on the other hand.. is sustainable, and clean burning.. It burns at a lower temperature and therefor lasts longer than a parrafin wax candle. Soy wax is expensive but we think it is well worth the cost!
There are many other waxes including beeswax (which provides a beautiful honey scent but is not great for scented candles). Coconut wax which is equally as sustainable as soy wax but is quite new to the candle making market.. We are watching some of the debates on this type of wax before we start any testing ourselves..
We have always used 100% natural soy wax in our candles.. You can be assured we are constantly reviewing new research and conducting ongoing testing in regards to all of our products to ensure they are sustainable, eco friendly and put simply the best products we can be using...