Which wax blend is the best for your candle?
Sustainability, healthy, fairtrade and quality...
we tell you all about it!
No matter that we want to perfume our home or for decoration, scented candles represent today a certain way of life for a lot of us.
But in the today world, when our environment and our health are in the center of our concerns, it is key to focus on the components of scented candles.
A lot of candles are claiming to be ‘natural’, with a very good marketing communication around it.
Today we have the choice between different types of waxes:
- Animal: this is bee wax, but it is incompatible with a vegan consumption. Also, the exploration of bees and the bad treatment they receive for more profit is becoming more and more current.
- Mineral: paraffin. It is obtained by treating petroleum residues. It is not harmful for our health (we can find it in a lot of cosmetics). However, it can become bad if it is very unexpensive, quality is key.
- Vegetable: They are various like soy, sunflower, rapeseed, and also the controversial palm oil (that rhyms with deforestation) and coconut oil (with exploiting the monkeys that gather the coconuts).
But are all of these natural and vegetables waxes really sustainable for the planet?
ON FIRE FOR SOY PRODUCTION
does not always mean it is good
for our Earth, or… for your health!
The biggest soy producing countries are Brazil, the United States and China, where it is grown intensively, causing deforestation, land pollution and disease, not to mention the exploitation of farmers who are often exposed to pesticides that are very harmful to their health. We must also add to this the suffering of the fauna, with animals deprived of their natural habitat.
In 2018, Brazil has become the 1st exporter of soy in the world! However, today, many large Brazilian landowners are accused of burning the Amazon rainforest to convert the lung of the planet into farmland ... and mostly for soy.
France is today the 3rd European importer, and the 8th worldwide, of Brazilian soybeans! This is due to its immense production, at a low cost, notably thanks to the absence of customs duties with Europe.
What about the carbon footprint? Indeed, the transport of this soybean from Brazil is done by boat, and this mode of transport is extremely polluting: if maritime transport were a country, it would be the eighth largest emitter in the European Union!
However, there is a glimmer of hope: France has adopted a stimulus plan to increase its own production capacity for legumes such as soybeans... by 2030.
Is the so-called European soybean really so?
Soy is of course produced in Europe, but in smaller quantities. We would also like to alert you to the dishonesty of certain suppliers who indicate their soybeans as European (usually said to be German soybeans), when in fact they were grown on the other side of the world but were simply processed into wax (hydrogenation process) in Germany! Of course, this falsely local wax is much cheaper.
In the end, many candle manufacturers choose these waxes (knowingly or unknowingly) and offer products with misleading origins to their customers.
Our l’Aurore candles
We wish to be transparent with our customers and assure you a candle with high quality, in accordance with our values.
Our L'Aurore candles contain neither paraffine nor palm oil, and our wax is composed only of sunflower wax (grown in France and Benelux) and walnut of Grenoble (where is our workshop). This mixture took us months of work to develop but it seemed essential to us to offer you the most respectful wax possible, while keeping an excellent burning quality.
Obviously, our candles do not contain any GMO, pesticides or chemical preservatives (which are endocrine disruptors). They are also all refillable with our refills, but also with our "Bougie Bag" (which also allows you to refill any 180g candle, from any brand).
TOGETHER, LET'S CHANGE THE GAME, AND IMPROVE OUR CONSUMPTION PATTERNS TO PRESERVE OUR BEAUTIFUL PLANET.
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