why do we call them eco?
well according to the oxford english dictionary it means habitat or environment. with this in mind we decided to do the following:
we do not use clam shell plastic that on average weighs 12 grams, instead we use little biodegradable sleeves that are 0.3 microns which are far less than a gram! it’s the same sleeve that is used for food, pasta etc. they are packaged in heavily recycled card that is normally used for cardboard boxes. packaging can look pretty but we would rather not have to make you pay for a pretty box that you are going to throw away anyway.
we buy our tins, packaging, oils from the uk to reduce import carbon footprints
we use Coconut wax so the tree remains, unlike soy candles that have forests destroyed for soy fields. we blend with rapeseed wax as it comes from the UK and is heavily regulated against using bee harming pesticides. bees pollinate over 70% of the worlds food.
We use Coconut and Rapeseed Wax which is Soy Free. (Soy contributes to deforestation and is widely Genetically Modified). Palm Free. Paraffin Free. Bee harming Pesticide Free. Sustainable.
Our Tins are made in Hull. Our Wicks are Zinc and Lead Free and made of cotton thread. Our Candles will not tip, even if left for more than 2 hours. Our labels are bleach free.
Our melts are sleeved in a bio degradable 30 micron sleeve. We HATE clam shell single use plastic and don’t use it. Never have never will. It is then placed in a recycled kraft card sleeve and will last with no fragrance reduction for about a year. Or More. The sleeves are also manufactured in Nottingham.
Our Oils are a UK supplier, all products are made by Matty himself. Fully insured. All Oils supplied have IFRA Certification from our supplier.
All Products are Vegan Friendly.
Our oils are Fragrance Oils and the reasons are explained below
Fragrance Oils & Essential Oils
We get asked a lot if we use Essential Oils because of their natural origin. We use both. The majority are synthetic Fragrance oils but we also use premium essential oils.
All of our ingredients are not only on our products on the “CLP” label but also under every product on the website. If you stumble across a company that doesn’t put their ingredients on the website, ask yourself why? It’s now law. If you buy from a website, THAT point, is the point of sale and required.
Before we decide which is ‘better’, let us look at the International Regulatory body that has the trusted authority on fragrance regulation and its use for us ‘humans’.
The IFRA or The International Fragrance Association Standards – form the basis for the globally accepted and recognized risk management system for the safe use of fragrance ingredients and are part of the IFRA Code of Practice. This is the self-regulating system of the industry, based on risk assessments carried out by an independent Expert Panel.
You must always be careful when using essential oils as some are toxic.
The following oils are on their (IFRA) list of BANNED oils for their properties, toxicity, sensitizing effect etc.
|Cade oil crude||Carcinogenic|
|Fig leaf absolute||Sensitizer|
|Horseradish oil||Toxic and irritant|
|Mustard oil||Toxic and irritant|
|Peru balsam||Sensitizer (distilled oil is allowed)|
|Savin oil||Toxic and sensitizer although Juniper phoenicea oil is allowed|
They have also restricted but not banned the following oils
|Angelica root oil||Phototoxic|
|Bitter orange oil||Phototoxic|
|Targets oil and absolute||Phototoxic|
|Oak moss absolute and resinoid||Sensitizer|
|Tree moss absolute||Sensitizer|
Although fragrance oils tend to get a bad rap because they’re not “natural,” the good ones are thoroughly tested and scientifically approved to be safe for use not just in candles, but also in topical bath & body products like soaps and lotions.
EVERY SINGLE FRAGRANCE OIL that Matty’s uses has a ‘Conformity Certificate’ held by the supplier from the IFRA. Furthermore and always available is the SDS Sheet.
All of our fragrances are Vegan Friendly, as is our wax. Soy Free, Palm Free, Free from Bee harming Pesticides and our wax is GMO free, free from Genetic Modifications.
There are essential oils that we do use in our fragrances. These have been rigorously tested and have IFRA certificates and the SDS sheets. This means that they are safe to use.
Safe, certified Fragrance Oils and Essential oils every time.