Rapeseed wax candles

Rapeseed wax candles

Corpo Sancto scented and unscented candles are made from rapeseed wax, derived from UK and EU produced rapeseed.

Corpo Sancto candles have unusual fragrances

Many candles are made from waxes derived from environmentally-damaging sources. European rapeseed, on the other hand, is a renewable crop that grows widely throughout the UK and on the Continent in spring/summer and doesn't require intensive cultivation. 

It can be hard to know the most eco-friendly wax for go for when it comes to (scented) candles. The consensus is that paraffin wax should be avoided - it's derived from petrochemicals - but there are growing concerns about soya wax, which is the favoured by many more expensive brands. But soya plantations in the Far East cause deforestation and growing soya for wax and bio-diesel takes away land that could be used for food.

Brighton-based Corpo Sancto says it's done research into the issue and found that the most sustainable wax to use for candles is rapeseed wax. It's derived from a plant that grows yearly and prolifically throughout northern Europe (all those lovely yellow fields in summer), it doesn't degrade the land or require forests to be chopped down, and all of the plant can be used - rapeseed oil for cooking, wax for candles and leftover bits of the plant can be used for compost or animal feed.

The company has switched to producing all of its candles from rapeseed wax and it uses wooden wicks instead of cotton ones.

It offers unusual scents, such as coffee and bread, biker jacket and log fire, as well as more conventional delicacies such as wild fig and green tea & lemongrass.

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