"So," you may be thinking, "cosmetics and food can contain palm... that must be it, right?" Unfortunately not; there are other places palm can creep in, including (sadly) biofuel, and... candles.
Here is where Wicknwax comes along. We're unsure at the moment on the orangutan situation in some of their other products such as soaps, due to the common "hidden palm" problem, but Wicknwax has stepped in with their palm-free wax tarts and candles. The patchouli and sandalwood in their wax tarts and candles should be rainforest-friendly due to them being synthetic, and I've also been informed that any soy used is from Germany, so it shouldn't endanger the Amazon either. Wicknwax only use that soy and refined, purified paraffin wax for these kind of products.
|A collection of the Wicknwax prizes available in this competition. More to come for next time...|
Wicknwax's gorgeous smelling, handpoured donations include a banana smoothie candle (which will be for another competition), and some wax tarts that you can either melt in an oil burner, or use as drawer scenters - they work excellently that way. At the moment I'm having problems using my Wicknwax bits because they look too pretty to melt!
The first prize winner will be treated to a man of the forest... no, wait, that's what orangutan more or less means in Malay language! What you actually get, is a browny-orange gingerbread man shaped tart, scented with, well, take a guess, and a blue, slightly floral-looking Witches Brew scented tart - a patchouli mix. I've also popped in a few jungle green coloured, apple pie scented heart tarts from my order, because everyone should be green at heart! Unwrapped and from a distance the prizes look a bit like a ginger-coloured man hiding amongst the rainforest foilage.
The second prize winner will start their Wicknwax collection with a bright pink tart that again to me looks a bit like a flower, but is actually scented like scrummy raspberry brûlée. No matter how delicious that sounds, it's not to eat!
You can find out more about Wicknwax on my "Thanks/Links" page.