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Thursday, 9 December 2010

Soya Wax Candles

As the evenings lengthen and winter draws in my mind turns to simple home comforts to brighten my mood. A scented candle is the perfect home accessory to get you in the cosy Christmas mood,  and they also make lovely gifts.

At Equa we stock a beautiful range of ethical yet luxurious aromatherapy candles by Timothy Han. What makes these candles different is the philosophy behind the Timothy Han brand, which is centred around the concept of “Sustainable Luxury”.

“We do not believe it necessary to sacrifice luxury in order to live responsibly” Timothy Han

The 3 points of difference between these candles and the vast majority if candles you can find on the high street:

- 100% natural and organic pure essential oils

- Organic soy wax free of pesticides

- Unbleached cotton wick

Essential oils

Most scented candles are made from artificial scents which can be overpowering and have a very synthetic smell.  In contrast the Timothy Han candles have a delicate and subtle natural scent that lingers. They use only the highest quality pure essential oils.

An essential oil is the concentrated essence of aromatic plants such as flowers, herbs, fruit, wood etc.. They have been a precious commodity dating back to ancient Egypt.

Extraction of essential oils requires a long and precise distillation process. It can take vast quantities of the raw material to produce a small quantity of essential oil. For example to produce 4 teaspoons of rose oil it can take over 225 pounds of rose petals. The cost of essential oils varies greatly due to the cost and quantity of raw material needed.

Soy Wax

The vast majority of scented candles available are made from petroleum based wax, most commonly paraffin. Even if they are advertised as `natural’ they commonly are a blend vegetable wax and paraffin so be sure to check the ingredients.

Paraffin wax is a heavy hydrocarbon derived from crude oil. Paraffin is known to give off harmful fumes linked to asthma and cancer. Many years of use can be harmful to your health and your home. Paraffin, being made from fossil fuels, is also a limited resource.

The Timothy Han collection is made with 100% organic soy wax. This is an all natural product that is renewable and biodegradable.

Not only does soy wax have better ethical credentials but it burns more slowly than paraffin candles and does not emit black soot.Soy wax is easy to wash out of fabric and does not leave an oily residue like paraffin wax does.

Timothy Han Candles come in two sizes; 190g which comes in a reusable glass and the smaller 57g candle in a tin. The spicy orange and clove blend beautifully evokes memories of Christmas past.

To View Equa's full range of candles click Here >>

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