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Coconut and Rapeseed wax - is it eco-friendly?


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. More people are starting to think about the impact we have on our own planet and how the products we buy can either worsen the environmental impact... or we can alleviate it. 
 
What is scent-throw? 
B 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. 
 
Coconut wax
Coconut wax does not have the toxic capabilities of paraffin and is not associated with deforestation. Therefore, in terms of this wax being eco-friendly it is definitely a top contender. The only problem... we live in the UK and coconuts do not naturally occur here so the carbon footprint is quite high. Nevertheless, Coconut wax has a great scent-throw, making this a great wax for providing you with great Quality. 
 
Rapeseed wax
Rapeseed wax, the answer to all of our prayers when we were doing our research. It was really important that our values of being eco-friendly, being vegan and offering high quality products to our customers were all met. Now, Rapeseed wax is more expensive and it 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. Also, 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. 
 
For wax melts, often companies will combine the two waxes together as moulds tend to be firmer if both are used.
Both waxes are not the cheapest of options but this is due to how high quality the wax is.
We hope this helps you understand the benefits and negatives both Coconut 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?...