I thought it might be a good idea to go through some of my ingredient and packaging choices and give you a clearer understanding as to why I choose what it use.
My melts are made from a blend of coconut & rapeseed waxes. Rapeseed is commonly grown in the UK and mixed with coconut gives a really great wax for making wax melts. I choose to avoid soy for these as, whilst soy is still a plant based wax, the amount of soy we humans (and the animals we feed as livestock) consume is ridiculous. It takes a lot of water and a lot of land (which in turn means deforestation). Now, don't get me wrong, I don't think it's soy that is the problem here, it's the amount we humans consume everything we lay our hands on. I also use a blend that includes soy when i make candles so I'm not adverse to soy, I'll just try to find an alternative where I can and I'll try to reduce my consumption of it.
A lot of soap makers really like palm oil and animal fats in their soaps. There's no denying that they make great soaps. But, I wanted to be able to make soaps that are suitable for most of the population to use, hence why they are plant based (I also don't find the idea of rendering my own lard and tallow very appealing). I don't want to contribute to the demand of animal fat or palm oils. Palm oil of course has the reputation, just as with soy, of high deforestation rates. There are companies and organisations out there that claim to grow and harvest palm oil in a responsible way but I'm either not convinced that they are telling the whole story or they don't currently ship to the UK in a way that is cost effective or planet friendly just yet. And, for now, I'm very happy with my base recipe using olive oil, coconut oil & shea butter.
My packing is all recyclable and where possible is made from recycled materials too. I realise that not everyone has access to a compost bin and I don't think it's very fair when the big companies use packaging that isn't easy for the end user to dispose of. All that happens here is it ends up either in landfill or gets incorrectly popped into the recycling which can actually contaminate whole lorry loads of recycling and result in it being sent to landfill anyway. Or the end user ends up saving all of this packaging up at home until they can get to or find somewhere that will deal with the packaging. Yes, the councils and companies just need to get on a do a better job with this but for now I want to make it easy for you to dispose of it all in as planet friendly a way as possible.