Frequently asked questions
Why are natural rapeseed/coconut candles better for me and the environment?
Natural rapeseed/coconut wax is 100% GM (GMO) free and no pesticides or herbicides are used at any stage in its cultivation.
Both Rapeseed and Coconut oils/wax are, of course, a renewable source and the waxes are both naturally bio-degradable, making it an extremely eco-friendly, renewable, sustainable product. Both have a significant, reduced carbon footprint.
Rapeseed wax comes from the oil that is harvested from the plant - it is completely sustainable, with no issues of intensive farming or GMO presence. This renewable material has been developed to produce high quality candle blends. Hardened from rapeseed oil, these ‘greener’ alternatives offer superb fragrance retention, scent throw and extended burn times.
Coconut wax is the purest, most eco-friendly and luxurious wax used today. It burns slowly and cleanly, and throws scent very well. Unfortunately, coconut wax is extremely soft and cannot be used alone, or it will result in a very unstable/soft candle and melt. Coconut wax must be combined with a firmer wax, such as rapeseed wax, in order to create the perfect candle.
Rapeseed/Coconut wax burns far cleaner than paraffin wax, which is made from crude oil, and far cleaner than soy wax.
Both have no petrol-carbon soot unlike paraffin wax, which can blacken walls, cause respiratory problems as well as release toxic carcinogens into the air.
And even though soy wax is a natural, renewable and biodegradable wax that burns slowly and cleanly, it’s not the most sustainable one. There are many concerns regarding the massive soybean industry, like deforestation and the use of pesticides and fertilisers.
There are no colourants or dyes in our naturally scented candles or wild botanical wax melts.
They are all white, or light cream in colour, with a smooth, luxurious and clean finish. No other chemicals or artificial additives are added to myindividually handmade, naturally scented candles or wild botanical wax melts.
Our wicks are also 100% natural and eco-friendly.
The natural rapeseed/coconut wax we use has the following benefits:
It is 100% vegetable, made from pure rapeseed oil and coconut oil.
It burns longer and more cleanly than paraffin and soy wax without soot build up
It is reassuringly natural, biodegradable and free from pesticides and herbicides
It is easy to clean up with soap and hot water, eliminating the need for solvents
It is not subject to animal testing
It is a renewable, sustainable resource
Why are paraffin wax candles so dangerous?
Paraffin wax was discovered in the mid-1800s, and since then, it’s been a major cornerstone of the candle making industry.
Many candles that you find today on the market are made of paraffin wax. Unfortunately, it’s not the safest compound to be inhaling as it burns, nor is it safe for the environment.
Paraffin is derived from petroleum and made up of straight-chain hydrocarbons, which combusts to produce a dark soot that permeates the air we breathe, whilst getting into linens, staining walls, and leads to respiratory problems.
Candles made of paraffin wax also contain hidden dangers in the form of additives, or chemicals added to the wax in order to make the resulting candles look, smell, and burn better. These additives are derived from a petroleum called microcrystalline, which helps improve the texture of wax, as well as polyethylene produced from natural gas that creates that glossy finish you see on paraffin wax candles.
Some of the most compelling research found regarding paraffin wax candles include:
Daily use of paraffin candles over the years may contribute to the development of health problems in adults. In one study, researchers at South Carolina State University found that long-term exposure to certain types of candles can lead to poor air quality and pose health problems to a home’s inhabitants.
Paraffin candles release unhealthy chemicals such as alkanes, alkenes, and toluene, all of which are toxic to humans and the air we breathe. Inhaling these compounds over a long period of time can increase the risk of developing chronic conditions such as common allergies, asthma, bronchitis and even certain types of cancer.
And while paraffin candles are popular in homes, restaurants, hotels, and more, they pose hidden dangers to our health and the environment with long-term exposure.
Are natural rapeseed/coconut candles vegan?
So many types of candles use animal products. Beeswax comes from the hives of bees, tallow comes from the fat of animals, and some wax comes from whales or dolphins.
Where do you source your natural scents from?
Our hand-poured candles are infused with natural fragrances from varying wild flora found in the Scottish Highlands, capturing the changing seasons - Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter - each season will bring an array of delightful and tantalising fragrances for the senses.
We use no chemicals, additives, perfumes, artificial fragrances, essential or synthetic oils.
Do natural rapeseed/coconut wax candles burn longer?
Not only do natural rapeseed/coconut wax candles provide a cleaner and longer burn - they also provide a long-lasting and even scent through out the time they burn. Hardened from rapeseed and coconut oil, these ‘greener’ alternatives offer superb fragrance retention, scent throw and extended burn times.
Are parrafin wax candles healthy?
No, they are not. They're not healthy for the environment or you.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, paraffin wax candles are the leading cause of indoor air pollution.
Paraffin wax is part of the organic material in the petroleum sludge left over from oil and gas production. The wax is treated, bleached and processed into a solid material and used to make a variety of things, including candles.
Paraffin candles can emit trace amounts of chemicals such as formaldehyde, acetaldehyde, acetone,benzene, toulene and naphthalene - all of which are toxic when inhaled.
Paraffin candles produce black smoke and soot, which are the product of the petroleum-based paraffin wax. A 2009 study confirmed that even unscented, non-pigmented paraffin candles using no dyes still released pollutants into the air.
Many have potentially toxic metal wicks and are scented with synthetic fragrances. Stabilsers are often added to the paraffin wax to control the way the candle burns.
These types of candles do more harm than good for indoor air quality and should be avoided.
Do your candles and wild botanical wax melts have any fragrance?
Our candles and wild botanical wax melts are made with 100% natural rapeseed/coconut wax and are naturally scented from the wild flora found in the Scottish Highlands. Whilst many candles are artifically scented to produce a strong fragrance by using chemical additives, essential oils, or perfumes/artificial fragrances, our candles and wax melts have a subtle and delicate scent that permeates while burning, drawing from the natural oils of the flora.
What size candles do you create?
We use unique, recycled glass jars, which means our sizes will vary from the smallest at 30cl to the largest at 85cl.