Frequently Asked Questions

Why Natural Soy Wax?

Soy wax is a natural, renewable resource. Soy wax is biodegradable and cleans up with plain soap and water. Soy wax has a lower melting point than paraffin wax and because of this, soy candles will burn slower or longer than paraffin candles. Soy candles are non-toxic, producing insignificant amounts of soot, and releasing no known carcinogens.  

Soy wax is a vegetable wax derived wax from - you guessed it – soybeans. After harvesting, the beans are cleaned, cracked, de-hulled, and rolled into flakes, at which point the oil can be extracted from the flakes and hydrogenated (the leftover flakes are used for animal feed).  The process of hydrogenating the oil alters the melting point of the oil, making it solid at room temperature and suitable for candle use.

Soy is also an excellent carrier of fragrance, without requiring chemical additives to enhance the scent throw and ensuring a well-balanced, true-to-scent candle.

On the other side of the scale, paraffin wax is made by removing the waxy substance from crude oil, a non-renewable resource. Paraffin wax is the most commonly used wax to make candles, largely because it is cheaper and more accessible than soy wax. While soy wax is made from environmentally friendly, renewable resources, paraffin is a by-product of petroleum and thus non-renewable.    

The chemicals released by paraffin wax can interfere with the scent during burning, which kind of defeats the point of lighting a scented candle. You will also notice black soot while burning a paraffin wax candle.

So next time you purchase a natural soy candle from Earthcode, pat yourself on the shoulder for making a smart, environmentally conscious choice!

Why Coco-Soy Wax?

Coco-soy Wax is made up primarily of natural soy bean and blended Coconut wax, also contains a plant based additive which assists in the natural creamy soy finish and is formulated to retain a smooth and even surface, the coconut wax component gives it a showroom look. Fantastic container adhesion which is resistant to frosting, an even wall-to-wall burn pool, fantastic oil absorption resulting in amazing hot and cold scent throw.

We use an all natural vegan-blend of soy wax blended with coconut wax to improve burn quality and increase scent throw, not to mention the amazing glass adhesion qualities. Nobody likes a candle that looks like it has bubbles stuck between the glass and wax.... it also provides a smooth finish, and resists frosting.

A beautiful, creamy soy finish which remains firm.

Why Wooden Wicks?

Wooden wicks can be customized to have a more unique visual effect and design. Wooden wicks are thin strips of wood specifically made for use as a candlewick. They can be made out of a variety of different types of wood and are often created at different widths to best suit the candle it’s being used in. When lit, wooden wicks can give off a pleasant crackling sound similar to that of a fireplace. Many have said that they find the soft crackles and the wider light provided by the flame to be quite relaxing.

Wooden wicks stand nice and proud throughout the burning process, so you'll never have the problem of fishing around for your wick in the melted wax once you get down to the bottom of your candle. They also burn more slowly and evenly, with a wider, lower flame and excellent scent throw.

Wooden wicks are less harmful to the environment than other wicks.

Why Cotton Wicks?

The coreless cotton wick construction combines threads made of the highest-grade ring-spun cotton with paper filaments for extra stability. Cotton wicks are made with cotton fibres that are braided together and in most options, precoated with wax for use in candles.

Cotton wicks burn a tall, high flame, great for illumination.  This type of flame, accelerates the burn of your candle, allowing melt pool to achieved faster but also reduces the overall burn time a little.

 

Why does my candle change colour after burning?

The main contributing factor that leads to the wax colour change (the melt pool), especially after burning and onced cooled down, comes down to fragrance oils in the candle being exposed to high temperatures (burning wick flame) during burn time.

The discoloration in no way affects the quality of your candle and is absolutely normal for this to happen as we do not use any added dyes/ colourants in our products.  

This discoloration can also be avoided by the addition of chemical additives and enhancers, which we do not use to keep the product natural, dye-free and eco-friendly.

Why does my new candle have a wet or frosty look?

These are not flaws in the candles but natural characteristics of pure soy wax and are a testament to the lack of paraffin and additives in the soy candles. None of these characteristics, in any way, affect the scent throw, burning properties and quality of the candles.