Stennah & Hope 2 days ago
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We were drawn to write the burning issues for several reasons:

    1. The number of candle manufacturers who don’t have a clear understanding of natural waxes.
    2. The increasing amount of cheap imports from various parts of the world with low-quality fragrance and wax.
    3. How dangerous a badly made candle can be.
    4. The increasing amount of candle brands in the UK market and the wider world.

60% of our business comes from leading brands who are dissatisfied with their existing supplier. The standard line we get approached with normally starts with “our candles are not performing well” and “it’s one of our biggest sellers.”
And that's how we get to ‘The burning issue’, which we will break down into three parts, starting with the main ingredient of a candle where it all begins and where it all ends:
The Wax
So let’s talk about wax….natural wax, petroleum wax, beeswax, palm wax, coconut, soy wax...
The list goes on, but the key is whether a candle can truly claim the label natural or be a product of contrived manufacturing from non-natural sources. Before we go any further about this I think it is important to look at the primary sources between Soy/Natural wax versus v Petroleum/Mineral wax. We will examine the pros and cons of both Soy/natural & Petroleum wax candles.
Petroleum also known as Parrafin is the most common wax to create candles with today. If you purchase a candle that isn't marked as soy, natural, beeswax or any other special blend of wax, chances are that you have purchased a candle that is made from a paraffin blend of wax.
Petroleum is a heavy hydrocarbon that comes from crude oil. Petroleum waxes are produced by refining or separating the waxes of crude mineral oils. Obtained from the ground, crude oil is a compositionally varied product, consisting of a mixture of hydrocarbons. Another name for crude oil is a fossil fuel.
Crude oil is transported to refineries where it is manufactured into finished products by a complex process. One of the many products derived from refining is lubricating oil. It is from the lube oil refining process that petroleum waxes are derived. There are three general categories of petroleum wax that are obtained from lube oil refining. They include paraffin, microcrystalline and petrolatum. That’s what you have in your lip balm.

Soy wax is the new wax on the candle making scene, despite being around since the early ’90s and was developed as an alternative to petroleum and the expensive beeswax.
You may have heard stories recently about the benefits of soy wax, or about how paraffin wax is unhealthy or not good for you. In this article, we will examine the myths and rumours and give you the straight facts on both soy and paraffin wax candles and allow you to see what the truth and fuss are all about.
Soy wax is a vegetable wax made from the oil of soybeans. After harvesting, the beans are cleaned, cracked, de-hulled, and rolled into flakes. The oil is then extracted from the flakes and hydrogenated (a process that changes a liquid oil into a solid or hydrogenated fat). The hydrogenation process converts some of the fatty acids in the oil from unsaturated to saturated.
This process dramatically alters the melting point of the oil, making it a solid at room temperature. The leftover bean husks are commonly used as animal feed. The U.S. grows the vast majority of the world's soybeans, primarily in Illinois, Iowa, and Indiana. 
So now that you know how both Soy and Paraffin candles are made, let's take a look at some of the advantages and disadvantages of both types. 
But you'll have to hang on until Pt 2


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