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  • Why Alibals is venturing away from soy wax in candles

    I'm Alex, founder of Alibals. I took a candle-making course back in March 2018 where I learned how to use soy wax to make scented tin candles. I was told soy wax was 'non-toxic', 'non-carcinogenic', 'natural' and 'eco-friendly' in comparison to paraffin (mineral) wax. Paraffin wax is the most common wax used amongst candles as it is a cheap by-product of the refining process of oil production, meaning it comes from a non-sustainable source as it's from fossil fuels. Although some could argue you are preventing waste by using the by-product, I don't believe in supporting an industry which exploits the environment and eco-system. This is why I turned to soy. However, I learned a lot of deforestation was due to the ever-increasing demand for soy which has impacted eco-systems in the Amazon, amongst others. Bio-diversity is vital to keep, not just for the sake of the animals living in these habitats but also due to the importance of carbon dioxide absorption; when you remove mature trees and replace them with young soy plants, less CO2 is absorbed as young soy plants aren't able to capture and hold as much carbon as the trees. This is bad news for climate change. We also need to think about the pesticides used for soy - you may know that around 90% of all soy beans are owned by Bayer (previously Monsanto). This company uses a damaging and potentially cancer-causing weed killer named Roundup, which contains Glyphosate. Learn more about these companies here. The soy wax I have at the moment is produced in England, UK but I am unsure whether the soy beans are grown here too which is why I'm moving away from this wax, which leads me onto my next point. If soy beans or soy waxes are flown thousands of miles to reach us candle-makers in the UK, how can we possibly state it as eco-friendly? A lot of these buzzwords are going around at the moment as people search for more environmentally aware products. As making candles is not directly beneficial to our planet, I label mine as eco-conscious. This is because I am constantly looking for more environmentally conscious ways of delivering my handmade products to you. I have settled upon a rapeseed & coconut blend of wax for my container candles and I've been experimenting with a coconut wax for my pillar candles, although unfortunately, it's quite a soft wax. This means for some of the more intricate candle designs, it's difficult to remove the wax from the silicone moulds without breaking. I've since invested in a vegan & palm oil-free stearic acid which can harden the wax but I am also keeping an eye out on different vegetable waxes which could be used instead. Watch this space!

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  • Candles | Alibals | Scotland

    ESTB alibals 2018 VEGAN FEMINIST ENVIRONMENTALIST ​ AS SEEN IN SOAP ROOM SPRAYS CANDLES WAX MELTS WAX ORNAMENTS New GIFT BOXES Buy Now Have you got something to say? Why not write it on a candle? Have a peek! have your own custom-made candle and choose any scent you like ABOUT ALIBALS Hey! I'm Alex and I'm the owner of Alibals (pronounced Ah-lee-bahls). I created this business with the intent of producing luxury natural candles which don't sacrifice our health or our environment and I have now expanded into natural soap, wax melts and essential oil room sprays. I use recycled paper labels on my products to save the trees and I reuse my tins when they are returned to me. I originally started with sustainable soy wax in my vegan candles but I'm in the process of switching over to a rapeseed and coconut blend of wax which is kinder to the earth. I go plastic-free when I can and I reuse old plastic packaging when I deliver my eco-conscious candles. I'm passionate about natural health and I care deeply for animals, so all my products are vegan too. ALL LABELS USED ARE MADE FROM RECYCLED PAPER FOR SPECIAL REQUESTS & ORDERS Send Thanks for submitting!

  • Ethos | Alibals' Site

    ALIBALS' ETHOS The environment always comes first at Alibals. This is why every aspect of the business tries to reflect this as much as possible, from the wax used to the way the products are packaged. Read on to learn more. The wax used Originally, soy wax was used for all the candles. This is because regular candle wax (paraffin wax) derives from crude oil and the extraction of this liquid fossil fuel can be incredibly damaging to the environment. Soy is said to have a cleaner burn and it's much easier to tidy up if you have a spillage! It is also said soy wax is non-carcinogenic and non-toxic compared to regular paraffin wax but this is up for debate as it doesn't seem to be scientifically proven yet. However, soy is over-farmed at the moment and around 90% of soy beans grown are used with a damaging and potentially cancer-causing weed killer named Roundup, which contains Glyphosate. As to not contribute to this industry, an alternative wax had to be found, which is where the rapeseed & coconut blend comes into play. This wax is blended in Europe (a lot of soy wax is manufactured in America meaning a bigger carbon footprint to transport it here) and consists of only rapeseed and coconut and nothing else. This makes it completely free of paraffin, soy, beeswax, palm and synthetic additives. The natural qualities of this wax mean that sometimes the surface can appear 'frosted' or a bit lumpy. This does not affect the scent throw of the candle or the performance of the flame, but it does mean you have opted for a more eco-friendly candle. zero waste, plastic & packaging From time to time, there will be excess wax which can't be used for our candles anymore. This could be because a batch of wax was accidentally burned or perhaps it's just a wax which has been tried and tested in the past which just didn't work out. Instead of throwing the wax out, wax skull & cat ornaments are created. This means that sometimes the skulls will be scented or coloured because of all the different bits of wax used. Because it's important to reduce, reuse and recycle, second-hand packaging and cardboard boxes will quite often be used to send off the products. Please do reuse any second-hand plastic packaging in your own parcels or, if you don't have anything to send off, make eco-bricks! Find out more about what they are and how to make them here. If you find that there is plastic in any of it, please note that this has just been reused from a previous parcel. Plastic wrapping will never be purchased - even the sticky tape is made from recycled paper! A fantastic website to check out with info on how to live as plastic free as possible is Why use fragrance over essential oils for candles? Originally, the idea of having a fully natural range was most appealing. However, upon learning of how much impact using just essential oils has on the environment, it was decided that going for a mostly synthetic range was the way forward. This is because of how much more land, water and time it takes to manufacture just a tiny drop of essential oil over fragrance (where scientists can produce nature-identical oils without it costing the earth), not to mention the pesticides or herbicides used if the essential oils aren't organic. There is also a risk with pets as burning essential oils can be harmful for them, especially tea tree. That said, it feels right to offer a fully natural option too, so there will be one candle released with a lavender scent which is made from aromatherapy oils. Please always check which oils are safe to burn around pets. However, essential oils are used in the soap range as it was thought best to go natural with something that is cleaning the body. Reusing your tin Tins are welcomed back if you don't wish to reuse them. However, there are lots of way that you can! You can put tealights in them or drill holes in the bottom and use them as little plant pots. Why not get creative? If that isn't your jam, then please either recycle it or return it :)

  • Candle Care | Alibals' Site

    Candle Care This section is where you'll find out more about how to get the most out of your vegan, eco-friendly candles and how to burn them safely. An abbreviated version of this information is on the safety label which comes with your candle. NATURAL WAX​ If you've ever burned your vegan candle and noticed there is a sinkhole or a 'cottage cheese' effect on the wax, don't worry! This can be the sign of the purity of a natural wax, such as the new rapeseed & coconut blend which is being used. It's fairly common after the first or second burn but doesn't always happen. You'll be glad to know it won't affect the safety, scent throw or burn of the happy candle burning! All Candles Make sure your wick is trimmed to 1/4 inch (around 6mm) before lighting. An easy way to trim your wick is with nail clippers. This means your flame will be the correct height for optimum candle burning. Do not burn your candles for more than 4 hours at a time. The reason for this is that carbon will begin to form around the end of the wick, causing the wick to 'mushroom' and for the wick to become unstable. This can lead to your flame becoming too large, your candle smoking and soot to be released into the air around the candle. The effect can happen in a shorter burn but it's recommended to trim it off the 'mushroom' after each burn. Ideally, burn your candle for 3-4 hours at a time as this will help achieve a full melt pool and prevent tunneling, which reduces candle burning time. Keep away from pets, children and draughts. Always burn candle within sight. If the wick is smoking, it could be down to a draught, a long wick or too long a burn time on candle. Extinguish candle and rectify issue before relighting. Tin Candles ​ ​ It is ideal to wait for your candle to reach what's called a 'full melt pool' before extinguishing. This is when the entire top layer of your candle is molten wax. Sometimes this is achieved on the second burn rather than the first. Do not handle tin when candle is lit as it may be hot and molten wax may move and extinguish flame (or burn your hands!). Never burn to the very base of the candle tin. Leave at least 1/2 cm. Once wax has solidified, you can scoop out remaining wax and use as a wax melt. Pillar Candles Candles with a diameter of over 5cm / 2 inches should be burned on a spiked holder or flat dish. Allow wax to solidify before relighting. Always burn upright and secure in or on a heat resistant container – hot wax may drip. If you find a slit has formed where wax is seeping out, this will burn through your candle faster. It looks great and rather spooky, but if you'd rather have the candle for longer, extinguish the candle and use the soft molten wax to cover slit. Wait until the wax has solidified before burning again. As soy and coconut wax burn at a lower temperature than regular paraffin wax, it should be okay to handle. However, if you have extra sensitive skin, wait a few moments for wax to cool. Ensure candles are positioned securely in an upright position. Extinguish candle before flame reaches within 2cm /1 inch of the holder.

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