All our candles are made from 100% Natural Wax, a blend of sustainably sourced organic soy, rapeseed and beeswax we’ve refined over the years. It’s far cheaper - and a lot easier - to use paraffin… so why don’t we use that?
Paraffin is a petroleum by-product of the crude oil industry - the sludge waste left when it’s refined into gasoline - and because it’s a non-renewable resource, is considered unsustainable.
By using our bespoke mixture of organic soy, rapeseed - both harvested from sustainable fields - and beeswax, we make sure every single Parks Candle is the perfectly balanced blend. (using only one of these materials means variations between batches of natural crop can’t be adjusted for, so consistent quality can't be guaranteed)
Paraffin candles can be dyed pretty colours, but when burned emit large amounts of particulate pollutants found in diesel fumes - a major component of air-pollution.
100% natural wax burns cleanly - especially when combined with Coreless Cleanburn® Technology, which also prevents “tunnelling”.
So yes, especially when we first started, it would have been much cheaper and easier to out-source the manufacturing, but from the get-go we chose to develop our own eco-friendly blends and processes.
Many mistakes were made along the way, but over the decades, we came to appreciate that “mistakes” are just part of learning what not to do. You can always improve and because nobody else was manufacturing in 100% natural wax, this was the only way to make sure of our quality, consistency and authenticity at every single stage.
We’re constantly refining techniques and developing new blends in the labs. Ultimately, we’re working towards not using beeswax. We’ve got it down to a tiny little bit, but we’re not quite there yet. We’ll keep you posted…
Words of warning...
Dont’ be fooled - Just because a label says “natural wax” it may actually be up to 80% paraffin. Read the small print.
Beware of scented semantics - Some companies call paraffin “mineral wax.” Sounds nicer, but it’s paraffin.
Pretty? - The easiest way to identify a paraffin candle is the colour: paraffin wax can be coloured; 100% natural wax can’t be dyed, and has that soft, rich, natural creamy surface you’ll see slight variations of colour in. Undyed paraffin has an “ice-rink white