Our amber jars use 100% (uncertified) organic coconut wax. It is hugely sustainable and a very easy crop to harvest. It's properties as a candle wax are amazing - the scent throw on a hot and cold candle is very noticeable and people love that what our candles smell like cold - they will also smell like when burning.
As for our decor candles, we have recently made the swap from soy wax to certified RSPO palm wax (listed as a vegetable wax). We took great consideration in making this decision and there were multiple reasons why we did. To get better insight into our decision making, here is a copy and paste of our Instagram post we made concerning our decision:
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This is potentially going to be a long post, so bear with! I have come to the decision to be using RSPO certified palm wax for my pillar candles. I know that palm does not have a good name in the industry due to major deforestation and the very unethical and unsustainable practice of cropping it. The reason for the switch is that we are very limited here with what we can get from our suppliers and the soy that I am after to trial again is 8 weeks away. However, I have had no luck with my current soy mix and I wanted a work around. This was a big decision because of course I like to promote the ethical and natural side of my products - of which palm is on par with being as natural and having as excellent as properties as my coconut wax. But what has made the decision for me is that by using palm that is RSPO certified, it means it's coming via regulations and standards for its farming and planting. It can be traced and therefore the standard is much higher than that of even my soy or coconut wax. I cannot trace where my soy comes from. I don't know how it's being farmed. I do know that it requires more water and work to crop it and we know it's a massive alternative to meat and dairy products, so there's huge farming of it. So the assumption that soy wax is environmentally better than palm just by virtue of it's name, to me, does not tell the whole story. I know that there will people who feel strongly about the use of palm however, I am comfortable with my decision given that it's regulated more highly than any of my other products and I value the certification that it has. I also know other candle makers who use it under the name 'vegetable wax' and do not list it specifically as palm or who use paraffin who do not disclose this. This is me being very transparent and I feel a responsibility to disclose that. I will be listing my candles as 'vegetable' wax with a link on my website to information about palm. I will also be trialling my new wax when it comes and if it suffices, I will make the switch and advise you. I hope you all understand. Feel free to PM if you would like to discuss further xx
We realise this decision isn't for everyone but we believe in transparency. We are constantly on the look out for a better solution and if we can find a soy product that meets those standards, we will.
For more information on RSPO certification we looked at a few websites, but here's a good one we found on 'Save the Orangutang: https://savetheorangutan.org/what-is-rspo/.
Thanks for taking the time to read!
POSTED 1 JULY 2021