The Great Wax Debate

I have been writing this blog for a while and only came back to it the past few days.
It was going to be a blog about paraffin vrs soy but its come to light that some of the wax most candle makers use is being blended with palm oil. You may have seen the advert about palm that got banned at Christmas

If you have watched it you will know that using palm oil is now a huge thing. It isn’t just in paraffin but also in the eco friendly soy wax. According to our wax supplier ours doesn’t contain palm but we have contacted the manufacturer to confirm( fingers crossed it doesn’t ) but many wax’s do have it and lots of candle makers are now thinking about changing wax .
You might have also seen articles in the media about candles and how bad they are for you.
Paraffin is always taking a bashing with claims is releases toxins, gives of bad smoke and is bad for the environment.
We use paraffin wax in our candles. Paraffin wax is excellent for getting a good hot & cold scent throw, is easy to work with and there isn’t a cure time (can be burnt straight away).
Paraffin is a natural product, it comes from the earth. It’s a by-product of oil and is basically the sludge left over from extracting petrol from crude oil. If it wasn’t used for making wax it would be waste. Paraffin is also approved for use in cosmetics and food and like any other product has to be lab tested to be sure it’s safe.
Paraffin is used by most of the large candle companies including Yankee candle, Jo Malone and almost every candle that you can pick up in the supermarket
There is no scientific evidence that paraffin candles are more harmful than any other type of candle, this is a good article on a emissions study that was carried out for all the types of wax and worth a read if you worry about the “ Toxic air “ the media refer to
So you have probably heard that soy is a better wax because it’s eco-friendly but is it really as eco-friendly as it’s made out to be? Soy plant is a natural product, soy wax is not. The soy plant needs to be transported and processed to be used as wax and needs additives to be able to hold colour and fragrance. Some soy wax even contains paraffin. The soy market has grown greatly in the past 50 years mainly due to its variety of uses and it being marketed as having environmental benefits.
It’s now estimated that soy plantations cover the same area as France, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands combined. The vast scale of land used for soy crops means loss of habitat and deforestation. Most soy is now genetically modified and grown using pesticides (how is that environmentally friendly) Lots of species of animals have lost their home to make way for soy crops.
Soy is however a sustainable crop and we won’t run out if it it also has a lower melting point so less risk of burns if its spilt on the skin it also burns longer than paraffin

We like the way paraffin burns and would rather use a product that would go to waste than something that is gm and endangering rain forests and animals . We have read so many false claims about candles and the types of wax used but also read loads of studies into burning candles.
The media and soy farmers would happily let you believe if you use paraffin your home will be filled with toxins as harmful as fumes from a diesel car and that all your walls will be black soot but really that’s not true at all and there is nothing to back up the claims. Any candle can soot no matter what is made of and it comes down to if the candle has been made properly with the correct wick and if the candle is being burned correctly by the customer.

It’s been a long post but it is something we feel strongly about and we get really annoyed with all the paraffin is bad nonsense and are more annoyed that many wax manufacturers chose to keep the presence of palm in the wax a secret