At Cottonwood Home when it comes to choosing our suppliers for soy wax melts, it's important for us to consider how, where and of what they are made. We buy from small batch craft makers who use only natural ingredients and nothing paraffin or petrochemical based* Here is some information on soy wax, using wax melts, and our suppliers.

SOY WAX Is derived from Soy Beans. The wax is a hydrogenated vegetable oil, solid at room temperature, with a low melting point. It produces no toxins or carcinogens during burning and causes less damage if spilt. Because it burns slowly and melts evenly, soy wax is more economical to use. Soy wax melts can burn for 30-50% longer than paraffin based ones. They're easier to fragrance with natural essential oils, because they doesn’t require additional chemical ingredients to mask the aroma of paraffin. Though there are concerns about the global mono-cropping of the beans, soy is nonetheless a renewable resource and in our view remains preferable to paraffin based waxes.

USING SOY WAX MELTS

You use the melts in a very similar way to fragrance oils. Simply place one melt in the dish of your burner, lighting the candle or night light beneath. The wax slowly melts and emits a beautiful scent into the room. Once you finish, blow out the candle or night light and allow the melt to solidify. You can then relight and reuse the melt until all the fragrance has evaporated.

All our soy wax melts are free from phalates, paraffin, palm, beeswax, dyes, synthetic additives, they are not tested on animals and are vegan friendly.

We currently stock ranges from two suppliers -.

CANDLE BRAND

Are locally based in Norfolk. They hand pour their melts in small batches, slowly infusing them with various botanicals and high grade fragrance oils. They then place them in moulds along with dried flowers, petals or fruits until set. All their packaging is recyclable and bio-degradable. Each 80gm bar breaks into six soya wax melts. We currently stock their Botanical Melts in eight fragrance blends;

  • Very Vanilla
  • Lychee & Peony
  • Lily & White Rose
  • Eucalyptus & Lemon
  • Lavender & Clary Sage
  • Norfolk Gin
  • Tropical Fruits
  • Plum & Rhubarb

AGNES & CAT

Are based in Sheffield and hand pour their soy wax melts there They use high quality fragrances and essential oils made in the UK. All the packaging of their soy wax melts is eco-friendly and reyclable. Every 160gm bar breaks into eight pieces They have crafted a unique range of perfumes of which we currently stock six fragrance blends

  • White Fig
  • Tea & Roses
  • Japanese Bloom
  • Seasalt & Moss
  • Fellberry
  • Clementine

THE CASE AGAINST PARAFFIN WAX

Parrafin wax is a by-product of the highly polluting petro-chemical industry. Paraffin based wax when burnt produces a very strong smell and a black soot that settles in and on walls and home furnishings. It is also known to release eleven toxins into the air, two of which are known carcinogens. It has a high temperature burn with all the increased fire, risk of injury and fume headaches when burned that this can produce.