We are a Scottish company based in the heart of Scotland near the mystical Kelpies offering homemade and hand poured candles using the highest quality ingredients available in small batches. All of our candles and melts are made from natural soy wax, offering an environmentally sustainable and biodegradable option that is healthy for you to burn in your homes.
Our candles are vegan friendly. We use only high quality raw materials, many of which are sourced locally, and we add only what is needed to keep them as natural as possible. Our packaging is as eco friendly as possible with our range being packed in recycled packaging, and thought has gone into making sure the packing can also be recycled. As each candle is made individually with the help of the faeries, who can be quite mischievous I might add, they may have small differences, but this just adds to their charm.
What is Soy Wax?
Soy wax is a vegetable wax made from the oil of soy beans. It is natural, renewable and environmentally friendly as it burns clean and is sustainable. It is 100% biodegradable. After harvesting the soy beans, they are cleaned, de-hulled and rolled into flakes allowing the oil to be extracted and hydrogenated. This changes some of the fatty acids from unsaturated to saturated which in turn changes the melting point of the oil allowing it to be solid at room temperature. In addition, the leftover husks do not go to waste, as they are used in animal feed.
There are many differing opinions about paraffin wax, but Faerie Fire believe that soy wax is a healthier alternative. Paraffin wax is a bi-product of the refinery process for petroleum oil and is non renewable. When paraffin is burned it releases carbon soot as a result of incomplete combustion of carbon containing fuel. These carbon particles are released into the air that you breath in your home. This is not found in natural waxes including soy wax. Lower soot levels help maintain purer air quality. The introduction of soy wax into the candle industry has enabled the clean burning of candles and has introduced a growing new market for farmers. Although soy burns with minimal soot, there are other reasons a candle might give off soot such as burning for too long, not trimming the wick or leaving the candle in a draught. The only truly soot free flame comes from a natural gas flame. You can relax in the knowledge that any soot coming from a soy candle comes from the wick (we only use those made from paper and cotton), fragrance or dye.
Yes, you might find soy wax more expensive than paraffin wax, but we believe the benefits to your health and the environment far outweigh the cost difference. Moving forward in the 21st century, we believe that soy wax and indeed other natural waxes will become the wax of choice. Soy also has the added value of a lower melting point which in turn allows for longer burning times and an even scent throw which is always a benefit!