Most of you know that I have made it my personal journey to create CLEAN products because of Lyme Disease... toxic and odd chemicals can set my immune system off and it can be intense to handle.
Working with nearly every kind of wax in the industry, I've discovered one thing: transparency is hard to come-by. Most companies have a "proprietary" formula that they will claim is natural and most definitely is not.
With that said, I purchase RAW materials and create my own "proprietary" formula which I happily share with anyone. (it's nearly 100% soy wax, with a touch of beeswax to elongate the burn time and give it a smooth-looking finish.
Here is a brief overview of each kind of wax pictured:
(pictured left- it's the clear rectangular substance).
Essentially, paraffin wax is made of coal, petroleum, and shale... also known as really not something you should allow inside your home.
This is not a healthy candle to burn- brands still use this inside of their "blends" for cost-effective purposes and a consistent smooth finish.
(pictured 2nd left- the flakes).
Soy wax flakes come from hydrogenated soy beans... Meaning they take Soy Beans, create an oil, add a process involving hydrogen, let it dry, then flake it off into a box that comes to me!
I can trace the soy beans I use back to the very farm it was harvested from :)
(pictured center- it's the yellowish rectangular block).
The use of beeswax can be controversial depending on where you get it. We source from a California farm that does NOT force the bees to produce/moving their hives, etc, but rather, they take the leftover materials from harvesting and create the wax from that!
(pictured right: the odd melting blobs).
I love coconut wax- especially for my body but my gosh it's hard to work with because it's nearly slushy at room temp. Its created from refined coconut oil so you don't actually get the coconut smell, just the delicate consistency. If you would like to make candles with this, just use a blend of beeswax or soy (I would use a soy wax ratio of 8:2).