When choosing which wax is best, we need to think about what our values are and how these relate in choosing our products. Everyone values certain aspects of a product, this may be price, quality of the product or what impact there is on the Earth. People are now considering the impact we have on natural habitats and how the products we buy can either worsen the environmental impact... or we can alleviate it.
What is scent throw?
One of the most important is scent-throw. Scent throw relates to how strong the fragrance smells, this can be both cold and hot. A cold scent-throw relates to how the candle or wax melts smell before they have been burnt. Hot scent-throw relates to how strong the fragrance is when you light the candle or heat the wax melts. The two are interlinked but may not necessarily correlate so be aware; for example, you may find your wax melts have a very strong cold scent-throw but once they have melted the hot scent-throw is not particularly strong.
Beeswax is a great product as it is produced within the UK and Europe, meaning the carbon footprint is low. Beeswax also does not have the toxic capabilities of paraffin wax and it does not require any deforestation. Also, this wax has a great scent-throw, meaning this product gives you great quality whilst be a great contender for an eco-friendly alternative to Paraffin and Soy wax. However, there is one issue- it is not vegan. This product of course requires Bees to produce the wax for us. This did not sit well with us which is why we chose to not use this product.
Rapeseed wax is vegan, has a low carbon footprint and is grown locally- sounds pretty perfect? However, Rapeseed wax is more expensive and it is harder to work with but the benefits out-weigh the cons, or at least is does to us. Rapeseed wax tends to be produced within the UK and Europe so the Carbon footprint is rather low. The Rapeseed plant naturally grows throughout the UK and Europe, meaning deforestation is rather low when growing this plant. Rapeseed oil is also regularly produced from this plant so it does not take too much extra energy to turn the oil into wax. Another huge added benefit- fantastic scent throw, both hot and cold. To us, Rapeseed wax was the obvious choice as it is extremely eco-friendly but also gives our customers the best quality products.
We hope this helps you understand the benefits and negatives both Beeswax and Rapeseed wax so that you can choose the best products for your needs and the needs of our Earth.
Which one will you choose?...