• Amy Crossland

5 Mistakes to Avoid When Buying a Candle

Updated: Mar 25

Hi Guys. Amy here from Aubrey Bay. I'm passionate about beautiful products in the home that are not only elegant but also healthy, vegan-friendly and cruelty-free. I've always loved candles and so I decided to create my UK candle company, Aubrey Bay.

Here are my 5 mistakes to avoid when buying a candle and hopefully this helps a little when you come to buying your next one.

1. Avoid Parrafin Candles Where Possible

There are lots of clean-burning candles out there (think soy wax, bees' wax or vegetable waxes) and some not so clean-burning ones.

Parrafin candles tend to be the ones people have in their homes the most, but they are also one of the most toxic.

Paraffin wax is a byproduct of the oil purification process. Through a dewaxing process that crude oil undergoes, paraffin wax is extracted and then processed further for use in products such as candles.

When paraffin candles are burned, they release harmful toxins such as toluene and benzene.

The draw is they can be cheaper, but this comes at a health price.

2. Not Buying Local

Candles can come from many places around the world.

Often they are mass-produced in factories in China. The carbon footprint to get these candles across the globe to our homes is therefore high.

Buying local helps support small business, helps UK supply chains and reduces our carbon footprint.

3. Buying Cheap

When we buy cheap candles, most often we meet some of the problems mentioned earlier in the post. The candle tends to be mass-produced and made with cheap, harmful materials.

Spending a little money on a candle means that you should be getting a cleaner burning candle which has been given the due care and attention to burn beautifully and produce an amazing scent.

4. Buying Candles in Non Environmental Packaging

Lots of products we buy can come delivered to our door packaged in a box that is wrapped in sellotape, and when we open the box, the product is wrapped in oodles of plastic.

For example, bubble wrap is made from plastic materials that are not biodegradable and have adverse effects on the environment.

In the UK, it's estimated that five million tonnes of plastic is used every year, nearly half of which is packaging.

Finding a candle brand that thinks about its packaging is easier said than done.

5. Not Checking Out a Company's About Page

A website can be a great place to weigh up whether a company commits to ethical and sustainability policies.

In the UK, there are several companies who promote ethical product policies. A good example is Lush.

Lush not only has sweet-smelling products but they commit to minimising packaging and supporting selected sustainability groups.

Often these companies publish how they are working on their eco-credentials in easily accessible areas on their website such as their ‘about page’.

Candles, Aubrey Bay and What we're Doing

At Aubrey Bay, we think all of the above are super important. We hand-pour each and every one of our candles.

We make sure the wicks are trimmed, the ingredients are vegan-friendly and very importantly cruelty-free.

If you want to read more on the reasons to buy cruelty-free products you can check out a post I've written on this topic previously. It's a really great read and highlights what we are doing well and not so well when it comes to cruelty-free products

On packaging, all of ours is 100% recyclable and our supply chain is based right here in the UK.

We love making healthier candles by using soy wax which burns cleaner and longer than paraffin waxes.

And they smell pretty amazing, too!

And that's my post on 5 mistakes to avoid when buying candles in the UK. We'd love if you wanted to come by our site and check it out or even visit our blog where we have some helpful posts of candles and ethical purchasing.

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