We only use Soy wax, but before we list all its great qualities, let us first explain why we won't use anything else....
Most candles and melts you see available to you in shops are made from paraffin wax, Yankee included. Paraffin wax, (a petroleum by-product), is created during the process of refining crude oil into gasoline. It is not a very eco-friendly product at all. Manufacturing it pollutes tons of water and creates huge messes to refine it into petroleum from crude oil. When heated, paraffin wax releases the toxins acetaldehyde, formaldehyde, toluene, benzene and acrolein into the air, all of which have been proven to increase your risk for cancer. In fact few people are aware that burning several paraffin wax candles at one time actually exceeds the Environmental Protection Agency’s standards for indoor pollution. Quite scary when you think about it! The really sad thing is, most companies favour using paraffin wax because it is really cheap, so it maximises their profits. Other disadvantages of paraffin wax is that the petroleum it comes from is a non-renewable resource, so every time you light a candle or melt made from it, you are basically setting fire to something we have limited quantities of. Also unlike Soy wax, paraffin wax does not bio-degrade, so it's going to be in our landfills for a really long time! Of all the waxes available, it burns the hottest and fastest which makes it less safe, and produces the most soot. Lastly, if you've ever spilt paraffin wax, you'll know that it never ends well. Trying to remove it from carpets and fabric is a nightmare and most of the time the only way to successfully do this is to use a specialist chemical cleaner designed to dissolve paraffin, which unfortunately will state that the ingredients used to do this contain carcinogenics.
Whilst beeswax is a lot eco-friendlier than paraffin by far, is non toxic and produces negative ions, which helps remove air pollution, we still do not feel comfortable using it. Beeswax is the most expensive wax for making candles and melts, the reason for this is because It takes about 10 pounds of honey to produce one pound of beeswax. Taking this wax to use for human benefits contributes to the loss of bees, which greatly impacts agriculture.
The environmental impacts of using any palm products is devastating. Deforestation and slave labour are just two of the major concerns. The palm industry is linked to other major issues such as habitat degradation, climate change, animal cruelty and indigenous rights abuses in the countries where it is produced, as the land and forests must be cleared for the development of the oil palm plantations. According to the World Wildlife Fund, an area the equivalent size of 300 football fields of rainforest is cleared each hour to make way for palm oil production. This large-scale deforestation is pushing many species to extinction, and findings show that if nothing changes species like the orangutan could become extinct in the wild within the next 5-10 years, and Sumatran tigers less than 3 years. We will never use palm wax in any of our products, and will only ever use small amounts of palm oil if it is guaranteed from a reputable and sustainable source! This sadly can't be said for other companies. Always be aware of candles and melts that state they are "paraffin free" but made from a "vegetable base...", if it was soy they would say, but instead they use this term to cover the fact they are more than likely using palm wax.
So ask us again why we only use soy...?
All EcoSoya soy waxes:
Are 100% vegetable, made with Pure Soybean oil
Are all NATURAL and biodegradable.
Are manufactured meeting FDA standards.
Are NOT tested on animals.
Contain NO animal products.
Contain NO palm wax.
Contain NO petroleum, paraffin or beeswax products.
Contain NO pesticides and NO herbicides
Contain NO toxic materials.
Contain NO Genetically Modified Material
Other benefits of using our Soy wax melts include...
Soy wax can be removed with basic soap and water, so if you have an accident with hot wax, you don’t have to worry about ruining clothing, furniture or other items.
They're Non Toxic!
Because soy contains no toxic materials, our wax melts are completely safe for use around children and pets. All EcoSoya wax is Kosher cerftified, which means it has had to adhere to a strict policy of laws including cleanliness, purity and quality!
They're Environmentally Friendly!
By using soy wax melts you are choosing to support the environment. Soy promotes growth, while paraffin causes depletion. When you use soy wax, you’re encouraging plants to be grown, farm communities to flourish, and the Earth to be renewed. Soy is a resource that can be replaced at a rate comparable or faster to the rate of consumption and is continually producible without damaging the ecosystem.
Since soybeans are vegetables, soy wax is naturally biodegradable. It is also compostable, so any of our used wax melts could be grated down and thrown in your compost bin, though we have no comparison for how long it would take them to break down.
Great for "scenterior" decorating!
EcoSoya wax burns at a cooler temperature to other types of waxes. This means the consistency of the wax allows for candles and melts to have a strong and pure scent throw, which helps create great results with the desired scent for any environment!
Glitter is fabulous! It can make anything look good, just a touch of sparkle can add glamour and glitz to anything, everybody loves it. But the sad thing about glitter is... its not very eco-friendly. Glitter doesn't decompose.
Invented in 1934 by Henry Rushmann, his company Meadowbrook was one of the first companies to begin producing modern glitter, or glitter that is made from a layer of plastic and a layer of metal compounds for shine. As a result of the layering process, the tiny pieces are made even more resistant to decomposition than regular plastic. Plastic can take 10-20 years to decompose, whereas aluminium (used in glitter) can take a whopping 80-200 years. Worse still, just like the microbeads found in some cosmetic products, its affecting our marine life. Glitter, just like the beads, is too small to be filtered out by water treatment plants, so it ends up in lakes and rivers, being mistaken by aquatic life for food, and being eaten by unsuspecting fish. Scientists are currently conducting more studies to determine just how harmful that mistake can be. Now you may think we're going a bit over the top, it's just a bit of glitter, but when you think about it, that first batch of glitter ever made, way back when in the 1930's, is still on this earth somewhere today and could well be until the year 2134, long after you and your children are dead... How much glitter has been made since!?! It kind of takes the whole sparkle out of it...
Don't worry, We've found a solution!
Thanks to the wonderful people at RonaldBritton, our prayers have been answered. Most commercially available glitters are based on PET film and have minimal biodegradability. Bio-glitter is based on a biodegradable film that is certified compostable. The biodegradable element of the glitter is derived from sustainable sources, does not contain genetically modified materials or materials obtained from genetically modified organisms. It is both marine and waste water biodegradeable and suitable for anaerobic digestion. The Bio-Glitter's we use in our jelly soaps are approved for cosmetic use, dermatalogically tested, and non-toxic. What does that all mean? It means we can do our bit to save the world and still look fabulous doing it dahlings!
Our Fragrances Oils
All of our fragrance oils are sourced from reputable companies only, specialising in Phthalate free and Paraben free oils.
What are Phthalates?
Phthalates are chemical plasticizers that have been widely used since the 1950s to soften plastics that would otherwise be brittle and crack when bent. Because phthalates are not chemically bound to the plastics they're added to, they're continuously released into the air or food or liquid. Both because of their ubiquitous usage and because they are not listed on product labels, phthalates are next to impossible to avoid. They are in household items (vinyl flooring), personal care products (hair care, body wash, some cosmetics), household cleaners, and food. Even for those who either avoid these products or buy phthalate-free variations, phthalates lurk in unexpected places. People are constantly exposed to phthalates, and most exposure may be through diet, which is believed to be the main source, through fatty foods such as milk, butter, and meats. Spices are another surprising source of phthalate exposure. Are Phthalates dangerous? This is being debated and the evidence available so far is based on animal studies, and no extensive, conclusive human study has been conducted. Studies suggest there is a potential for phthalates to impact birth outcomes, including gestational age and birth weight, and fertility (lower sperm production). In studies of rodents exposed to certain phthalates, high doses have been shown to change hormone levels and cause birth defects.
Whilst the fragrances oils we use in our different products can either be natural essential oils, synthetic/artificially made, or a combination of both we still like to ensure they pose the least possible risk to our customers. We adhere to a strict usage policy regarding fragrance percentages for each individual scent, and comply with UK CLP labelling laws for fragrance oils. If you are worried about any of the ingredients used in our fragrance oils, or have any allergies, please feel free to request a copy of their Material Safety Data Sheet using our contact page.
Our Soap Ingredients
All of our soaps are vegetable based and contain only ingredients that have not been tested on animals, and do not contain any animal derivatives. We work hard to make sure that non of our soaps contain any known skin irritants or potentially harmful ingredients such as Parabens, Sulfates or Dyes, so your skin gets the best possible care and is kinder to those suffering from Eczema and Psoriasis.
What are Parabens?
Parabens have been widely used in products to prevent bacteria growth since the 1950s and about 85% of cosmetics have them. Parabens have a long history of safe use, and that’s why they’re commonplace but in the 1990s, parabens were deemed xenoestrogens―agents that mimic estrogen in the body. As a result, experts in many countries are recommending limits on paraben levels in cosmetic products. What’s more, watchdog organizations worry that if parabens can be stored in the body, over time they could have a cumulative effect and pose a health risk. Other studies have shown parabens to have a very weak estrogenic effect and currently, the amount of parabens in any product is typically quite small. Are Parabens dangerous? The World Health Organization consider the chemicals safe at low levels and say there’s reason to be mindful, but no reason to have an all consuming concern about these chemicals. That being said, Parabens are endocrine disruptive chemicals which are absorbed into the bloodstream and affect many of our body's natural functions. Endocrine disruption can lead to many health problems such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease, thyroid disease, sexual dysfunction, infertility, and numerous other hormone-related disorders. Parabens have also been linked to breast cancer in several studies.
What are Sulfates?
Sulfates - are aggressive detergents made of sulfur-containing mineral salts, and the most common being Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES). First introduced in 1930's, they revolutionized the health and beauty industry as they were powerful and inexpensive. They are responsible for the foaming lather we’ve come to associate with being clean. But now that it’s one of the most common chemicals used in our households, we are beginning to understand that sulfates have an impact on our health, beauty and environment. Thanks to the people at SmartKleanBlog who composed this informative list, below are just some of the reasons we don't use sulfates and why we suggest you shouldn't either!
They are a known skin irritant. When cosmetic companies need to test the healing properties of a lotion, they need to irritate the skin first. What do they use to do this? SLS, of course. If you have dandruff, dermatitis, canker sores, or other irritated tissues or skin, it could be due to SLS.
They pollute our groundwater. It is toxic to fish and other aquatic animals and has the potential for bioaccumulation (meaning it accumulates in the bodies of the fish.) It also is undetected in many municipal water filters, getting into the tap water that you drink.
They are actually a pesticide and herbicide. It is commonly used to kill plants and insects. Makers of SLS recently petitioned to have SLS listed as an approved pesticide for organic farming. The application was denied because of its polluting properties and environmental damage.
They emit toxic fumes when heated. Toxic Sodium Oxides and Sulfur Oxides are released when SLS is heated. Makes a hot shower or relaxing bath with a soap or shower gel containing SLS seem not quite as nice…
They have corrosive properties. According to the American College of Toxicity, this includes corrosion of the fats and proteins that make up skin and muscle. SLS can be found in garage floor cleaners, engine de-greasers, and car wash soaps.
Long-term permeation of the body’s tissues. A study from the University of Georgia Medicine showed that SLS had the power to permeate (spread throughout) the eyes, brain, heart, and liver.
It’s an eye irritant. It was shown to cause cataracts in adults, and is proven to inhibit the proper formation of eyes in small children.
Nitrate and other solvent contamination. Toxic solvents, including carcinogenic (cancer causing) nitrates are used in the manufacturing of SLS, traces of which can remain in the product.
Manufacturing process is highly polluting, emitting cancer-causing volatile organic compounds, sulfur compounds, and air particulates.
It helps other chemicals get into your body. SLS is a penetration enhancer, meaning that its molecules are so small they’re able to cross the membranes of your body’s cells. Once cells are compromised, they become more vulnerable to other toxic chemicals that may be with the SLS.
Sulfates can be hard to avoid as they are found in a large sum of hygiene and beauty products, but the good news is we are sulfate free! All our soaps use a high glycerin content to create that lathery, soapy clean feeling without the use of SLS and SLES! Whilst using a bar of soap in this day and age is considered outdated, the reason we focus on bar soap instead of liquid handwashe's and shower gels is because soap doesn't spoil, therefore lacks the need for preservatives such as harmful parabens. Also soaps are solid, so therefore do not need to be packaged in wasteful plastics, they can be easily wrapped or packaged in more Eco-friendlier ways such as recycled paper, PLA wrapping and/or card, which also means they can be stored easier too!
If you are worried about any of the ingredients used in our soaps, or have any allergies, please feel free to request a copy of their Material Safety Data Sheet using our contact page.
We don't have any! When we first started out, we had big dreams of making wax melts and soaps all the colours of the rainbow, but the more research we did into the different ways of dying our products, the more we grew unsatisfied that we would be providing a safer, less harmful and more environmentally friendly product. Here are just some of the reasons we chose not to use dyes...
...In our wax melts
Candle dye flakes and blocks are easy to use, easy to get hold of and won't cost you an arm and a leg. They can be added in small quantities to wax giving a reliable and consistent colouring, and most candle makers probably use this method, BUT.... why don't we use them? They are paraffin based. Paraffin wax is a petrochemical product made from crude oil, a bi-product of the refining process to make gasoline. By adding this to our wax melts, even just a few little flakes, we would no longer be able to call them eco-friendly. Not to mention that burning paraffin is bad for your health as it can contain formaldehyde. Click here to find out why we don't like paraffin wax! Liquid candle dyes are mostly synthetic and are today made with aniline. Aniline is a toxic organic compound. Since liquid dyes aren't rated by the FDA, manufacturers don't have to release their list of ingredients and many chemicals are typically used to create the colors. By adding liquid dye to our wax melts, we'd literally be playing russian roulette with whether they would actually be safe or not!
...In our soaps
Your skin is your body’s biggest organ, working hard every day to rid your body of toxins, as well as protecting you from chemicals in the environment. When you add artificial colors to the toxic load, you’re making your skin work overtime! Artificial colors do make soaps more attractive, but are they dangerous? Derived from petroleum, acetone, and tar, studies have shown that unsafe colors in personal care products add health risks to our lives every day. Some contain impurities like lead acetate, which is toxic to the nervous system and some commonly-used colors and dyes are allergens, irritants, and some are known carcinogens. Some side effects of artificial colors include:
reproductive organ disruption
So why take the risk when you don't have to? Our soaps are made as natural as possible, and all have their own distinguishing shade to them, depending on what ingredients are used. Our customers aren't buying our soaps because of how they look, they're buying them because of their benefits, lack of irritants and for how they make them feel. Making a soap in the colour of your choice does not make the soap work any better, it doesn't make you cleaner, it just makes it more aesthetically pleasing.
We are, without a doubt, 100% dedicated to eco-friendly packaging, and you just can't have an eco-friendly product without it! All of our products are packaged using materials that are plastic free, recycled, biodegradable and compostable! All of which are widely accepted for recycling afterwards, and some even have other uses around the home!
It may shock you to learn that even though they look like plastic, our pots are actually made from plants! Our eco-melts (as if they weren't eco friendly enough), are packaged in100% plant-based PLA and recycled sugarcane! They contains 79% less embodied carbon than plastic, 99% less carbon than polystyrene and are certified compostable. Made completely from renewable resources, they are safe, non-toxic and widely accepted for food waste recycling.
Paper, card and wrapping
All of our soap bars are either wrapped with 100% recycled paper or clear plant based PLA, and then packaged in either soap boxes made from recycled card or bands made from seed paper. Any leaflets or care guides we print off are made using 100% recycled printing paper, and our thank you cards are always made with recycled card and supporting local charities. Our stickers and labels are eco friendly too! Printed using recycled paper, our self-adhesive labels are coated with a water-based permanent adhesive, which is made from renewable sources and also completely compostable. Our business cards were made for us by the lovely people at Banana Print. They are made from 350gsm uncoated recycled card, which combined with their cute small square size, far less materials have been used, meaning they have barely any impact on the environment at all!
Our brown bags used for local delivery orders and stall events are made from 100% recycled paper, making them both sustainable, biodegradable, and re-usable. We only use jute twine, which is a long, soft, shiny vegetable fiber that can be spun into coarse, strong threads. This sturdy, natural organic fiber, is the most Eco-friendly, biodegradable and recyclable natural fiber in the world. It also plays a vital role in the livelihood of millions of marginal rural peoples lives.
If you have bought any of our products that come wrapped with seed paper, you can plant the paper in your garden and help to save our declining butterflies and bees!
How to Plant - The paper can be torn into smaller sheets if necessary. Place the seed paper on top of a pot of compost (peat-free if possible!) and water it well. Spring and summer (after all risk of frost is gone) are the best times of year for planting so that you can have the flowers through summer. Place the pot somewhere warm and light to aid germination and keep the paper moist – it is vital to successful germination not to let the paper dry out! The paper can be planted directly into your garden, but its at a higher risk of slugs and mice eating the seeds/seedlings. Once the seedlings are a decent size, you can plant the whole lot in the garden in spring or summer time, or divide up into pots and grow on until bigger before planting in the garden.
Postal boxes and packing materials
Thanks to the people at StorePAK, our Eco-friendly postal boxes used for delivering our products straight to your door, are made from 100% recycled corrugated board. We also use their bubble wrap in emergencies too as it is biodegradable. They are fully committed to sourcing and using recycled materials, recyclable materials and bio-degradable raw materials wherever possible, so we intend to stick with them! When packing our postal boxes to make sure there is no damage during delivery, we use recycled tissue paper, recycled paper and even packing noodles from our own personal orders, so every time we get a materials or ingredients delivery, any packing of any kind is then kept and re-used for our postal orders! Not only does this keep costs low, but it reduces the amount wastage in the world.