Waxing Lyrical

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Candles.  Most people seem to love them. They come in all sorts of colours, shapes and aromas,  floating candles and now Candle Melts.  Until recently, I don’t think that anyone gave much thought to what they were made from, they just looked pretty and smelled nice, for most of the time. My own experience wasn’t good, burning one on my mantlepiece, it left a sooty mark right up the wall.

Paraffin Wax candles are the most commonly burned candles worldwide yet are the most unhealthy.  Just like smoking cigarettes, it is only in recent years that we have taken notice of what we are inhaling. I mean, who knew that paraffin candles, when burned, release eleven known toxins, two of which are carcinogenic. Paraffin is an inexpensive sludge waste product of the petroleum industry that has been bleached, then texturised with acrolyn, a known carcinogenic product. Fortunately for us all, other types of candle wax have been discovered in recent years. Soy Wax is probably the next most popular candle, as well as beeswax.  The story goes that a group of University students in the U.S. developed a birthday candle using soy bean oil. Little did they know quite how much of a revolution they were making in the candle world!

If the candles you are using do not say that they are produced from soy, rapeseed or beeswax, you can assume that they are made from petroleum based ingredients.  Any producer of natural candles is proud of that fact and will have it clearly published with their candles. Since candle companies aren’t required to list the exact ingredients used in their products, it’s impossible to know for sure whether there are any toxins present in a Yankee Candle,

The most popular alternative to Paraffin appears to be Soy.. Almost all soy nowadays is genetically-modified, either on purpose or because it has become contaminated by nearby farms that are using GMO seed. I sometimes wonder if using soy is just giving a nod to Monsanto, whose evils I will refrain from ranting about. That having been said, I don’t think there is any physical harm from using soy candles made from GMO soy, but I would generally prefer to put my money into supporting local beekeepers above soy farming.

For all the above reasons we at Skindulge are making our candles from Rapeseed Wax. Rapeseed is a completely natural and sustainable material. It has superior green credentials with no issues of intensive farming, deforestation or GMO presence. It has been grown in the UK & Europe for hundreds of years as animal feed and as a waste crop to protect and improve soil for future crops. I have listed below some reasons why I consider Rapeseed Wax candles to be the best product ………… but that is only my opinion !

Rapeseed Candles can last up to 50% longer than paraffin candles.

Wax spills are easy to clean.  It is very difficult to remove paraffin wax from furniture or textiles.  Rapeseed wax spills can be easily cleaned up with hot soapy water.

Rapeseed Candles produce less soot.  Soot should be avoided because it is very unhealthy and can eventually mark or stain furniture and walls. They produce about 90% less soot than paraffin candles.

Rapeseed Candles distribute more fragrance. The incorporation of Rapeseed Oil lowers the melting point of the candle which means cooler burning candles and faster scent dispersion.  The lower melting point of Rapeseed results in a liquid wax pool around the candle wick. It is from this liquid wax pool that the essential oils evaporate into the atmosphere.



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