The North West based company produce scented candles manufactured from various different kinds of wax.
Wax used from scented candles can include paraffin, a by-product of petroleum, stearin, from palm waxes, and beeswax, which is by-product of honey.
Other waxes, which can be used for scented candles, might include gel (mineral oil and resin mixed together), some plant waxes (which can be from plants including palm, carnauba, bayberry or soybean), tallow (rarely used since the discovery of cheaper materials) and spermaceti (from the head of a Sperm Whale.
Melt candles hand pours its candles so every part of them is fragranced and use high quality materials – sourced from long-established, specialist providers without using synthetic ingredients.
A basic production method of scented candles involves melting fuel using controlled heating and pouring the liquid into a mould. The wick is immersed, a number of times, into the liquid to create a dipped tapered candle.
Fragrance oils, essential oils and/or dye are then added to the scented candles mix. Fragrance oils are usually derived from essential aromatherapy oils. A couple of drops per 100ml are used, although this might vary.
Decorative features, such as dried rose, orange or cinnamon shaving can then be added – making for much more interesting handmade candles.
There are conflicting opinions about which kind of wax to use in scented candles. Advocates of soy wax say that the material is biodegradable. Soybeans are also genetically modified specifically for scented candles.
Paraffin wax is also a biodegradable material. Natural waxes, for scented candles, have a neutral carbon footprint because carbon dioxide is removed from the air to produce the natural wax and burning would not result in a net increase.
For more information visit http://themeltco.com.