Candles – making an informed choice

There are many types of candles on the market today.

We aim to provide you with information, based on our experience, allowing you to make informed choices about our products and your purchases.

When we first started making candles, we spent a lot of time and money researching and trialling many different types of waxes, dyes, fragrances and wicks as well as jars and containers.  All of which were good quality products from reputable suppliers.

Do you know that the wick is the engine in the candle?

Are you aware that wax has a memory?

Sounds strange, I know!  Visit our blog page to find out more
We settled on the idea that glass containers complete the relaxing candle experience, as you not only capture the fragrance but you get the entire ambience by seeing the candle burn.  As the candle burns down the butterfly and ladybird in our logo become like stain glass windows and give an all-round pleasing effect.

Initially, we introduced a range of paraffin wax candles, simply because, in our experience, they give the best scent throw and have the best colour retention.  This is why we get such vibrant colours.

Paraffin wax is what it is…… a by-product of petroleum, coal or oil.  It is, by its nature, the wax that gives the best scent throw with the least fragrance load, leaving it a more cost-effective candle.   We invest a lot of time and effort into wicking the candles effectively to minimise any potential to soot.  If you read our blog you’ll get some insight as to why this is so important.

Soya wax is a natural vegetable wax.  Over the past few years, we have trialled many different soya waxes, none of which gave a satisfactory scent throw, UNTIL NOW!  We didn’t give up and continued trialling various soya waxes that became available, and “voila”, resulting in a finished product. In our experience, soya wax requires a greater fragrance load than paraffin wax, leaving the finished product slightly more expensive.  As a result of our extensive trialling, testing and persistence Oona Soya Candles have a decent scent throw.  Some of our soya wax candles are fragranced with cosmetic grade fragrance oil (as used in perfumes, soaps etc).  You will see when shopping on our website that we have introduced a range of 100% natural candles, these are made from soya wax and essential oils. 

Beeswax is also a natural wax.  It’s amazing to think that such tiny little creatures create such an amazing product.  Beeswax, like honey, is known for its health benefits.  Some of our customers have suggested that burning a beeswax candle eliminates their headaches.  Burning a beeswax candle emits negative ions into the atmosphere pushing all the positive ions (created by everyday products) to the ground, allowing them to be vacuumed.  Beeswax has a distinctive sweet and slightly woody fragrance.

In summary,

– paraffin wax candles will offer the best scent throw and are the most affortable Oona Candles Paraffin wax range

– soya wax candles will give a decent scent throw but are more expensive because they require a much greater fragrance load Oona Candles Soya Wax Range

– beeswax is a natural wax with a higher melting point than soya or paraffin.  Beeswax is well known for it’s healing properties.  By it’s nature it doesn’t have great adhesion to glass, so it may appear a little frosted, in places.  This isn’t a defect in the candle, simply the nature of the wax.  Available on our website, both scented with essential oils and unscented. Oona Candles Beeswax Range

If you have any queries before making your purchase please don’t hesitate to contact us we will be more than happy to advise and guide you.


Related Links

British Candlemakers Federation

National Candle Association