We get a lot of questions about why we have chosen a plant-based wax so we thought we would help to answer that question and shed some light on the benefits of using our sophisticated blend of rapeseed and coconut wax over other alternative options.
Rapeseed and coconut wax has several advantages from having a better scent throw than other waxes, to it's burn rate tending to be of a higher quality, and slower burning.
Our rapeseed and coconut wax candles are a sustainable, renewable, and eco-friendly alternatives to soy wax or palm wax which is produced through intensive farming techniques. Rapeseed for the wax is grown in Europe and UK whilst the coconut is harvested and grown by small holder farmers in the Philippines or Indonesia. One third of farmers (and their families) in these countries make their living from coconut production. There is absolutely no forest removal in order to plant and farm these coconut trees. As coconuts have more widely been recognised for their sustainability, more farmers are now being trained on sustainable coconut agricultural practices by our supplier.
The Coconut wax aspect of our candles is distinctive in its lower melting point and viscosity compared with other natural waxes, making it ideal for container candles. It also offers a stunningly high degree of whiteness and colour stability. This makes it the perfect blend for BRNT.
Benefits of a rapeseed and coconut wax candles:
- Lovely white colour
- Throws fragrance the best of all plant-based candles
- Has a fantastic even burn
- 100% vegetable and non-toxic
- The best eco-friendly choice - avoids over-farming soy
- Ideal for essential oil fragrance
- Biodegradable, soot-free and vegan
- No soot build up, so it burns cleanly
- A renewable, sustainable resource
We thought it would be only relevant to provide a brief note about beeswax candles that are an alternative to Rapeseed & Coconut wax. We all know that bees are in decline and we need to take better care of them. We also know that there are some amazing properties associated with products produced by bees such as honey and beeswax. I would suggest not buying beeswax candles at this time, because surely there are far better uses for this incredibly powerful natural product than burning it?
If you do decide to buy beeswax candles, know that they are not good for use in scented candles, because they have their own honey-like smell. If you’re going to buy a candle that is mixed with a % of beeswax make sure that the beeswax is ethically sourced. We recommend you look for the beeswax to be ‘certified organic’ by the Soil Association.
Try to avoid paraffin candles
Paraffin candles are cheap because they are a by-product of the petroleum industry. That is pretty much all we have to say that is positive about paraffin wax.
Not only does paraffin emit soot, but also paraffin candles can be damaging to your health. Several university experts across the world have analysed the fumes released by burning candles in lab tests. They found paraffin wax candles gave off low levels of harmful fumes linked to lung cancer and asthma. I (Rhiannon) have asthma and I honestly never even considered that the nasty black dust around my old candle jars could be a catalyst for my asthma flare-ups!
Essential oils only mix properly with plant-based waxes, so if you are buying paraffin wax candles then they are using synthetic fragrance oils, which is also not great for your health or wellbeing.
Paraffin candles also give off black soot and burn so hot that they can burn the skin if spilt. All in all, best to leave them alone.