Let’s start with what our candles are. Our candles are ethically produced in small batches using sustainable ingredients and packaging. All of our candles are cruelty-free, vegan, and made without the use of parabens, phthalates, petroleum, or carcinogenic components. We also use 100% soy wax which is harvested from sustainable crops in the USA. But what is soy wax, and why does it matter?
Soy wax is derived from soybeans (shocking, right?). They do this by taking cleaned, cracked, dehulled soybeans and rolling them into flakes. At this point, the oil can be extracted and hydrogenated. As a bonus, the leftover flakes can be used for animal feed! This process alters the melting point making it solid at room temperature and perfect for candles. If being natural, renewable, biodegradable, and vegan weren’t enough, soy wax generally has the longest burn time and has no indoor air pollution.
What about other waxes? Well, there are three other waxes commonly used in candles, these are; paraffin wax, beeswax, and coconut wax. Let’s talk about them. Paraffin wax has been, arguably, the most used wax for candles especially scented candles, because it has a great scent throw. So, why are more and more companies turning to alternate waxes? Because it’s not renewable! Paraffin wax comes from petroleum, coal, or oil and is a carcinogen! We care about the environment, and our customer’s health, here at Brand & Iron, so renewable, sustainable, and ethically sourced ingredients are a must.
Beeswax is a popular naturally sourced wax that works very well for candles in general. However, beeswax has a strong natural scent, which doesn’t mix well with other scents. But more importantly, beeswax is made by bees (obviously), and as a vegan candle company, that makes it entirely out of the question.
Lastly is coconut wax. Aside from the hefty price tag, it’s challenging to get genuinely pure coconut wax. This is primarily because of how soft coconut wax is. Because it has such a low melting point, most coconut waxes are a blend, including one of the waxes mentioned above. While this in itself is not a problem, but due to the lack of transparency from manufacturers and the tricky language they use, it’s nearly impossible to know what the wax is mixed with, let alone if they are mixed in the first place. We want to guarantee a pure, vegan, renewable, 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 zinc-free cotton wick, which is toxin-free and easier to use, and requires less maintenance than a wooden wick. What else makes our candles different? We take our values right down to the packaging. That’s right; even our packing peanuts are biodegradable; in fact, all our packing is recyclable. We also love to encourage our customers to reuse or recycle empty candle vessels. We’ll be going over some of our favorite ways to do that next month, so be sure to sign up for our email newsletter to stay up to date.