Why Rapeseed Wax?
It has taken me countless months of research time to make this decision. I have chosen to create wax melts from rapeseed wax and here are a few reasons why.
Firstly, it is produced only in the UK or Europe, which reduces my carbon footprint!
Did you know that it is illegal to grow GMO crops in Europe? Peace of mind for me.
It is completely sustainable, has no intensive farming or GMO preservation.
Rapeseed Oil is not linked to deforestation.
It is estimated that 90% of all plants grown for soya come form genetically modified stock (GMO). Soy wax producers will quickly tell you that the end result contains no GMO, but that doesn't change where it originates from! Soya also has a bigger carbon footprint than rapeseed.
Rapeseed wax is produced from a beautiful yellow crop that already serves to feed animals. It is completely non-hazardous to both human & animals. It creates no toxins.
True allergies to rapeseed pollen is rare. Rapeseed oil, when pressed or refined does not cause allergic reactions.
Rapeseed oil has not been identified as a common allergen (Ironically soybeans are listed in the top 14 most common allergens)
When rapeseed oil is pressed or refined, it no longer causes allergic reactions, as it does not contain pollen.
My wax is sent to me with a material safety data sheet (MSDS) by my supplier, as should all wax by law.
Rapeseed oil wax shows that there are no hazardous cautions that require labelling under preperation guidance 67/548/EWG and 1999/45/EG (apart from risk of skin burn from hot wax melt- obviously)
Even if the wax is ingested, the MSDS shows simply rinse mouth thoroughly with water.
A UK charity (Anaphylaxis Campaign) which operates for people at risk from severe allergic reactions, has not reported any allergic reactions shown to be triggered by refined vegetable oils including rapeseed oil.
When rapeseed oil goes through the refining process, it typically removes the proteins which are the components of the product that causes allergic reactions.
Please remember this information is based on ingesting rapeseed oil.
When the oil is pressed from rapeseed crop, whatever is left over is used for animal feed or ploughed back into the ground as an excellent fertiliser so there is very little waste.
Rapeseed wax is natural, renewable, sustainable and biodegradable. It burns cleaner, slower and cooler than alternative waxes and has a very high scent retention.
Rapeseed wax produces no carbon when burning so is in effect carbon neutral!
Please make your own judgement and do your own research too, however for me there is no competition.