Let's start with the characteristics of our candles. Our candles are produced ethically in small batches with eco-friendly components and packaging. Our candles are cruelty-free, vegan, and made without the use of parabens, phthalates and petroleum or carcinogenic ingredients. We also make use of 100% soy wax that is sourced from sustainable plants in the USA. But what is soy wax, and why is it so important?
Soy wax is derived from soybeans (shocking you, isn't it?). They do this by taking cleaned cracked, cracked soybeans, and then rolling them into flake. At this point, the oil can be removed and then hydrogenated. In addition the remaining flakes are able to be used for animal feed! This process alters the melting point which makes it solid at room temperature and suitable for candles. If being renewable, natural, biodegradable, and vegan wasn't enough, then soy wax typically has the longest burning time and does not emit indoor air pollution.
What is the other kind of wax? There are three different waxes which are frequently used in candles, these are; paraffin wax, beeswax, as well as coconut wax. Let's discuss these. Paraffin is, in fact, the most used wax for candles especially scented candles, because it is a wonderful scent throw. What is the reason why more and more companies turning to alternate waxes? Because they aren't renewable! Paraffin wax comes from coal, petroleum or oil, and is carcinogen! We care about the environment and the health of our customers, we are here Brand & Iron, so renewable, sustainable and ethically-sourced ingredients are required.
Beeswax is is a well-known natural wax that works extremely well with candles in general. But, it has a strong natural scent, which doesn't mix well in conjunction with scents. However, the most important thing is that beeswax is created from bees (obviously), and as an organic candle company that candles makes it entirely out of the question.
Finally, there the final ingredient is the coconut oil. In addition to the price tag, it's challenging to get genuinely authentic coconut oil. This is mostly due to how soft coconut wax is. Since it has such a lower melting point most coconut waxes are blended, including one of the above mentioned waxes. This isn't a problem but due to the lack of transparency by manufacturers and the tricky language that they employ, it's almost impossible to discern which waxes are mixed, let alone the reason why they're mixed at all in the first place. We're committed to providing the purity and renewable, vegan, and ethical candle, therefore we choose to use soy wax.
It's not just about using soy-based wax to make an eco-friendly and sustainable candle. We make use of a lead- and zinc-free cotton wick which is toxin-free and easier to use and requires less maintenance than an wick made of wood. What else makes our candles different? Our commitment to our beliefs extends down to the packaging. This is why all of our packaging peanuts can be biodegradable. in actual fact, all of our packaging is recyclable. We also love encouraging clients to use or recycle their candle vessels. We'll be going over some of our top ways to do that next month, so make sure to join our newsletter via email to stay informed.