What Makes Our Candles Different
What Makes Our Candles Different
Let's begin by defining what our candles are. Our candles are produced ethically in small batches with sustainable ingredients and packaging. All of our candles are cruelty-free, vegan and are made without the use of parabens, phthalates or petroleum ingredients. We also make use of 100% soy wax that comes from sustainable agricultural crops within the USA. But what exactly is soy and why is it important?
Soy wax originates from soybeans (shocking isn't it?). They accomplish this by taking clean, cracked, dehulled soybeans and rolling them into flakes. The oil is taken out and the hydrogen is then produced. In addition the flakes that remain can be used for animal feed! This process alters the melting point so that it is hard at room temperature, and ideal for candles. If being natural, renewable, biodegradable, and vegan were not enough, soy wax typically has the longest burn time and is free of indoor air pollution.
What do you think of other waxes? Well, there are three other waxes commonly used in candles. These include paraffin wax, beeswax, as well as coconut wax. Let's discuss them. Paraffin 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 coal, petroleum, or oil, and is a candle wholesale carcinogen! We are concerned about the environment, and our customer's health, we are here Brand & Iron, so renewable, sustainable and ethically sourced products are a must.
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 in conjunction with scents. But more importantly, beeswax is produced from bees (obviously) and, as a vegan candle company, that makes it entirely impossible to make.
The final thing to consider the final ingredient is that coconut is a wax. Aside from the hefty cost, it's difficult to find truly 100% pure coconut. This is due to the softness of coconut wax. Since it has such a lower melting point many coconut waxes blend which includes one of the waxes mentioned above. While this in itself isn't a problem because of its lack of transparency of manufacturers and the complicated language they employ, it's almost impossible to discern exactly what is in the mix, and even the reason why they're mixed in the first instance. We'd like to ensure the purity sustainable, vegan, renewable and sustainable candle, which is why we use soy wax.
We don't stop at using soy-based wax to make the most sustainable and safe candle. We make use of a lead- and zinc-free cotton wick which is toxin-free and easier to work with, and requires less care than an wick 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 favorite methods of doing this in the coming month, so be sure to subscribe to our newsletter via email to stay up to date.