Honestly, I started working with soy wax, believing that chemical waxes, such as paraffin, which is a by-product of petroleum, are the best alternative and release harmful chemicals such as toluene and benzene.
However, some doubts arose regarding the sustainability of the soybean production I used in my candles. I had already seen and heard how the production of soy has been extremely altered due to the great demand caused by the boom of the past years (and on the one hand, thankfully!), But taking into account the use of natural resources, deforestation for fields of soybeans, and transport to Europe (with huge CO2 releases), seemed less and less a viable and sustainable solution.
So, I decided to look for a really sustainable alternative from an environmental point of view, since in chemical and health terms, soy will always be better than paraffin.
After research after research, I finally found the solution. Coconuts and rapeseed. Both products were already used to manufacture oils, namely coconut oil and canola oil. Then until they made wax, it was a quick step. Of course, someone had already done it. It was then time to place the dots on the ions and check the sustainability of this wax, from harvest to packaging.
Coconuts are grown sustainably in the Philippines, and rapeseed in the United Kingdom. The two raw materials are then combined and processed in the United Kingdom, and the result is a 100% vegetable wax, like soy, but more sustainable from the point of view of its planting, harvesting, transportation and production.
Benefits? Immense, at least from an environmental point of view. In addition, the curing time is considerably shorter than that of soy, which needs about 2 weeks for the soy and the essence to become one. In my opinion, the aroma that this wax releases is much better than soy, too. Which is fantastic!
Disadvantages? Some. Like everything, this wax is not perfect. It has a low melting point, which makes it a real headache in the summer! There must also be a greater control of the room temperature when we are making our candles, because this wax is very ... let's say it has character, go.
In conclusion, I thought that the advantages outweighed the disadvantages when it comes to this wax, and we went ahead with it. After countless tests, we have recreated our entire product line, and now I can, with a clear conscience, say that candles Nidore they are eco-sustainable candles, and that our process leaves a minimal carbon footprint in the home of all of us, the Planet.
Each of our candles sold comes with a small card on how to take care of your candle, and some trouble-shooting , so that you really experience all the magic of lighting, and enjoying, a 100% natural candle.
Because believe me, it has nothing to do with a normal candle!