Why chose our candles over name brand?
We use 100% soy wax vs paraffin wax as soy wax burns slower (and thus lasts longer). The soy wax we use is actually hydrogenated soybean oil. Which means that it is soybean oil that has hydrogen added to it which allows it to be a solid at room temperature. This version of soybean oil is added to many food products on the market today. It is also used in cosmetics (there's nothing bad about it being applied to you topically) and it is a quick and great moisture barrier for cracked and dry skin. Soy wax is made from natural vegetables (i.e. the soybean plant) and is biodegradable.
Paraffin wax is actually a gasoline by-product and is NOT safe for our environment in any form. Paraffin wax is not biodegradable either. When paraffin wax is burned it releases highly toxic benzene and toluene (both are known carcinogens). The wax we buy is from pesticide-free, non-GMO soy plants and thus is a clean, renewable choice. It is also a great option for vegan lifestyle folks!
We do use beeswax also. Beeswax is a 100% clean and renewable source of wax but the decline of the bee population makes beeswax expensive and the thought of bee "farms" being used only to produce wax is a little less on the sustainable side. Beeswax is a harder wax and thus typically used in non-container candles like pillars and voltives. Beeswax burns slow like soy but does not burns as cleanly due to it's hardness and bio-matter existing in the wax. We only have used the wax made from our very own beehives that were no longer using the old comb (wax).
We use hemp wicks that are dipped / coated in soy wax. Hemp fiber is far less commercialized as compared to cotton fiber. Hemp burns hotter and thus allows us to use "thinner" wicking and keeps any "mushrooming" at a minimum. That still doesn't mean that fire will not cause smoke. I see this when a person is not caring for their candle by trimming the wick to 1/4" before each use and allowing for the wax to melt all the way across before killing the candle. You can get a small smoke plume with even wood wicks if you are not caring for candles. 100% hemp wicks do not contain any lead or zinc. Lead wicks were used to make a candle burn better but doctors soon realized the lead "vaporized" and we were inhaling it (small scale lead poisoning). Think of lead paint but much more toxic as it entered the lungs faster.
Our scents are free of parabens and Phthalates (both are carcinogenic). Studies have shown that parabens can mimic the hormone estrogen in the body when we are exposed to it. Inhaling the parabens is just as bad as applying them to our bodies. Checking the labels of ALL your products used in your household can help save lives. This includes cosmetics, candles, perfumes, cleaning products, etc. Phalates disrupte our endocrine system also thus causing issues with development, reproduction, and even cancer.
As for our labels, we use 100% post consumer recycled paper with biodegradable adhesive (its cornstarch!) Helping the recycling industry allows for more advocation to recycle and reuse to help slow the pollution of the planet. As for the adhesive, why expose ourselves to another petroleum by-product when we can make glue ourselves from another veggie.
We are also arborists with an unlimited supply of wood. Our wax is melted using a wood burning stove right here in our shop. The ashes are added to our garden and to our compost.
We set out to create healthy and affordable candles to be enjoyed by all. We take our work very seriously and spend countless hours researching and learning about new items and new ways to keep our products at the top of the list for sustainability, health, and enjoyment.