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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). Alibals is a vegan eco-conscious business based in Scotland. It was created with the intent of producing luxury natural wax candles which don't sacrifice our health or our environment. The range has been expanded into natural essential oil soap, wax melts and essential oil room sprays. Because the environment comes first, recycled paper labels are used, packaging is reused when possible and only the most environmentally sound wax is worked with. I aim to be as zero-waste as possible so any wax which is no longer able to be used in candles is made into wax ornaments. Alibals’ candle range includes a theme of feminism, veganism and inclusivity; there are a variety of different shaped torso candles to promote body positivity, some novelty & political slogan tin candles and a selection of candles which support different charities through sales of them. ALL LABELS USED ARE MADE FROM RECYCLED PAPER FOR SPECIAL REQUESTS & ORDERS Send Thanks for submitting! NEW GLASS CANDLES SHOP NOW

  • Wax Ornaments | Alibals' Site

    < Shop All WAX ORNAMENTS Because I aim to have as little waste as possible, my wax ornaments are made completely of reused wax, deemed unfit for a candle (it may be the wax from a melt once the scent has burned off), but it is perfect for an ornament. This is one of the ways I prevent waste :) Quick View Recycled Wax Skull & Cat Ornaments Regular Price £8.00 Sale Price £7.00

  • Shipping & Returns | Alibals' Site

    SHIPPING POLICY All items are securely wrapped using mostly second-hand packaging and recycled paper tape. Any plastic used in wrapping has been reused or recycle, never bought. We will aim to have your package sent off within 1-2 working days, normally. However, during December, please allow one extra day for dispatch. RETURN POLICY The United Kingdom’s Distance Selling Regulations 2000 provide you with a right to cancel your order for products at any time up to the end of the seventh working day following the day after the day on which you received the products. If you wish to cancel your order, please email us: with details of your cancellation. If you have already received the products, please carefully repackage and return them to us at ​ Alibals 2/2 59 Calder St Glasgow G42 7RS Until you have returned the products to us, you must take reasonable care of them to ensure there is no damage caused. We will credit the price of the cancelled products once we have received and checked that they are in a re-saleable condition. We will not refund any postage costs incurred.

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