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  • January 03, 2024 5 min read

    Introduction

    In recent years, growing environmental concerns are leading consumers to more eco-friendly and sustainable lifestyle choices. This trend is evident in many different consumer choices, including the candle industry. Soy candles with wood wicks have emerged as a popular choice for those seeking a more sustainable and cleaner-burning alternative to traditional paraffin wax candles. In this article, we will explore the reasons behind the surge in popularity of soy candles with wood wicks, their environmental benefits and consumer preferences in both the UK and the USA.

    Modern Day Candle Chandler and Candle Making Tutor

    A Candle Chandler is a "maker and seller of wax candles and also soap".  A chandlery was originally the office in a wealthy medieval household responsible for wax, candles and soaps as well as the room in which the candles were kept. 

    We are an experienced modern-day candle chandler. We hand pour eco-friendly candles made from sustainable and renewable plant-based candle waxes, principally soy wax. Wherever safety considerationns allow, we use wood wicks in our candles for that sound and light ambience! All our candles are shipped in plastic free, recyclable packaging and carbon neutral shipping.

    We are also candle making tutors for our candle making workshops, designed for complete beginners and those with some experience.

     

      

     

    Soy Candles vs. Paraffin Candles

    Before considering the specifics of soy candles with wood wicks, it is essential to understand why they are gaining traction over their paraffin counterparts. Paraffin wax, derived from petroleum, has long been the 'go to' wax in the candle industry. However, its production and combustion contribute to environmental problems, releasing harmful pollutants into the air.

    In contrast, soy candles are made from soybean oil, a renewable resource that is biodegradable and can be sustainably sourced. This eco-friendly alternative not only supports the agricultural industry but also reduces the carbon footprint associated with candle production. A recent study conducted by the UK-based Carbon Trust found that soy candles emit 90% less carbon dioxide compared to paraffin candles (source: Carbon Trust, 2022).

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    Wood Wicks - A Natural Touch

    While soy wax addresses the sustainability aspect, wood wicks enhance the appeal of soy candles with their unique aesthetic characteristics. Traditionally, candles feature cotton wicks, but wood wicks offer a distinct crackling sound reminiscent of a burning log fire, adding to the cosy ambience in any setting.

    Wood wicks are typically made from sustainably sourced materials, such as cherry, cedar, or birch. This aligns with the eco-conscious mindset of consumers who prioritise products that minimise environmental impact. The experience of a wood wick burning in a soy candle, sound, fragrance and light in harmony, has become a key selling point for consumers.

    Consumer Trends in the UK

    The United Kingdom has seen a notable surge in the popularity of soy candles with wood wicks, reflecting a broader trend towards sustainable living. According to a market research report by Mintel, the sales of eco-friendly candles in the UK increased by 20% in recent years, with soy candles leading the charge (source: Mintel, 2023). This shift is indicative of consumers actively seeking pr unioducts that align with their environmental values.

    The appeal of wood wicks in the UK market is also evident in the rising demand for artisanal and handcrafted candles. Consumers are increasingly drawn to unique, high-quality products, and the combination of soy wax and wood wicks satisfies these preferences. Local candle makers have capitalised on this trend, creating bespoke soy candles with wood wicks to cater to the growing demand for sustainable and artisanal products.

    Environmental Impact in the USA

    Across the Atlantic, the United States is experiencing a similar trend towards environmentally friendly candles. The Candle Association of America reports that the market share of soy candles in the USA has grown by 15% in the last two years, outpacing the overall candle market growth (source: Candle Association of America, 2023). This growth is indicative of a shift in consumer behaviour towards products that prioritize sustainability and natural ingredients.

    In the USA, the environmental impact of candles has been a subject of concern, especially given the size of the candle market. A study by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) found that the production of paraffin candles contributes to indoor air pollution, emitting toxins such as benzene and toluene (source: EPA, 2022). As a result, environmentally conscious consumers are turning to soy candles with wood wicks as a healthier and more sustainable alternative.

    Supporting Local Economies

    Beyond the environmental benefits, the surge in popularity of soy candles with wood wicks has also contributed to the growth of local economies. In both the UK and the USA, small-scale candle makers are thriving, producing hand-poured soy candles with carefully selected wood wicks. The emphasis on craftsmanship and sustainability has allowed these local businesses to carve a niche in the market, offering consumers a unique and ethically produced alternative to mass-produced candles.

    Conclusion

    As consumers in the UK and the USA become increasingly environmentally conscious, the demand for sustainable alternatives in everyday products continues to grow. Soy candles with wood wicks represent a shining example of how consumer preferences are steering the market towards eco-friendly options. The unique combination of soy wax and wood wicks not only provides a cleaner and more sustainable choice but also offers a sensory experience that resonates with those seeking a connection to nature in their homes. As this trend gains momentum, it is evident that the future of the candle industry is being shaped by a commitment to both environmental responsibility and consumer well-being.

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    Candle Safety - Safety First

    It is always important to treat your candles safely and with care. Please note the follow candle safety advice... 

    • Never leave a burning candle unattended.
    • Place candles on a stable surface away from flammable objects.
    • Keep candles out of reach of children and pets.
    • Extinguish candles before going to bed or leaving the house.
    • Do not place candles too close together.

    More information on Candle Safety and Care, click here...

     

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    Last updated 3rd January 2024

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