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We are a Vegan company, customers and attendees purchase and come along to the workshops for that very reason. Although candle components might not contain animal ingredients they might have been tested on animals. You can check out the PETA site to search and find out more information to make a more informed decision when choosing a company to buy or work with.

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Beeswax

One of the primary reasons your candle might not be vegan is if it contains beeswax. Beeswax is a natural wax produced by honeybees to build their honeycombs. While beeswax is valued for its pleasant ( I’m not a huge fan of the fragrance, it is an acquired scent) aroma and clean burn, it is not considered vegan-friendly as some claim is is animal exploitation. I am a beekeeper myself so appreciate how on a larger scale the bees can be exploited. Harvesting beeswax involves the removal of wax from honeycombs, which disrupts bees’ natural habitat and behaviour.

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Animal-Derived Fragrances

Some candles may contain fragrance oils derived from animal sources or tested on animals, making them non-vegan. Fragrance oils can be composed of various ingredients, including animal-derived musks or other animal products, which may conflict with vegan principles.


Candle additives

Stearic Acid: Another ingredient commonly found in candles, especially those made with paraffin wax, is stearic acid or stearin is a hardener and adds opacity and sheen. Although it’s not always clear whether stearic acid in candles comes from animal (beef tallow) or plant sources, some vegans choose to avoid candles containing this ingredient due to its potential animal origin. Most stearin is plant derived from the Palm plant which has it’s own issues (a blog for another time me thinks ) it contributes to deforestation destroying the habitat of already endangered species like the Orangutan, pygmy elephant and Sumatran rhino of which there is reputed to be only 30+ left in the wild. Candle colours can also be tested on animals so make sure you purchase dye that hasn’t been tested on animals.

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Wicks

While less common, some candles may contain wicks made from materials such as silk as seen HERE or other animal-derived fibres, which are not vegan-friendly.

I hope this has given you a small insight to making and enjoying Vegan candles. If you’d like to learn to make your own candles join my Candle Making Made Easy online training today or come along to one of my many in person candle workshops in Fife, Scotland.

Happy Making!

Jo x

Images courtesy of: Marija Zavic, Bianca Ackerm & Travis Grossen.

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