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Are you looking for natural soy candles? A healthier, more sustainable and cruelty free way to fragrance your home? Then welcome to hulu - your new favourite soy candle brand!
Here at hulu we pride ourselves on our long lasting soy candles that will fill your home with luxurious, relaxing, calming and uplifting fragrances. All of our handpoured soy candles are made with eco friendly soy wax. Soy is natural, biodegradable and renewable.
Environmentally friendly, vegan friendly and cruelty free soy melts and candles.
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Our hand crafted soy wax melts are pure and simple. They are just natural wax packed with fragrance just like our scented candles. No colours or glitter or anything else - it is all about the fragrance! At £3.45 per 100g you will not find better value for money. These eco friendly melts will ooze their scents for over an hour a piece (12 per pack) and the biodegradable wax can then be thrown away. Used paraffin wax will remain in landfill for decades. Soy breaks down in a fraction of the time. What is not to love about natural soy wax candles and melts?
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Are soy candles better? All of of our handmade soy wax candles are made to our high standard and by choosing natural candles you are choosing a sustainable, renewable resource. Each candle is bursting with vibrant and uplifting fragrance. So yes!
Our reed diffusers are made with a vegetable based carrier. They are available in your favorite fragrances from our handmade candle range and come with six high quality reeds each.
We post our soy candles and melts using cardboard and recyclable and biodegradable packing materials. Please recycle the packaging and reuse or even upcycle your soy candle jars and help us to be an environmentally friendly brand.
You can now personalise one of our 20cl soy candles in our most popular fragrances. A thoughtful gift with an added personal touch. These hand poured soy candles will last over 35 hours and are packed with luxury fragrances like 'lime, basil & mandarin' or 'rhubarb & vanilla'.
You can add your message when you choose your fragrance and leave the rest to us.
There are a number of different waxes available for making candles and melts but at hulu we choose to make all of our candles, melts and melt bars with vegan friendly soy wax.
We chose to work with soy because it is a natural product. It is made from the oil of the soy beans. The beans are processed and made into flakes before being pressed to extract the oil. Next a process called hydrogenation changes fatty acids from unsaturated to saturated, altering the melt point and making it solid when cooler. It is then perfect for making candles without the need for paraffin. The leftover husks from the process are not wasted, they are used as nutritious animal feed. The animals then help to fertilise the soybean fields...
As well as the natural advantages of soy it has other key benefits. A soy candle burns much more cleanly. There are many studies and articles about the nasties produced by burning paraffin indoors, its a road that we are just not going to go down at hulu! Soy wax has a lower melting point than paraffin wax resulting in a longer lasting candle for your money. It can be little more difficult when it comes to 'scent throw', or getting the candle to release lots of fragrance while burning, but with good testing we can make an excellent and eco-friendly fragranced candle.
In summary, soy wax is natural, biodegradable and renewable. It is excellent to work with, clean burning and holds lots of fragrance. It is vegan friendly and cruelty free. That is why we love soy wax.
Soy candles create a wonderful ambience. Nothing compares to that glow from a flame and the embrace of a scent that wraps itself around you. It is vital to de-stress and unwind in todays busy modern world and we are all becoming more and more aware of self care and our wellbeing. Enjoying soy candles and bathing are great way to help you relax peacefully in your home.
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We have worked really hard to make your soy candles and there are a few things that you can do to get the most out of them.
The first burn – The first time you light your soy candle let it burn for at least two hours and up to four. You should see the wax melt right to the edges of the container. This is called the 'meltpool'. From there on you can burn them for a couple of hours at a time. If you want to fragrance your home for longer we suggest rotating your candles so each one doesnt burn for too long.
Trim the wick – Trim the wick to a quarter inch or five millimeters before each burn. This will prevent a large flame and excessive sooting, even with soy wax candles and other natural wax candles. If you do not have a wick trimmer then nail clippers are preferable to scissors.
Avoid draughts – Burn your soy candle away from draughts or vents. The flame should stand up quite still which will result in a nice slow and even burn which in turn will result in good fragrance release and a longer lasting candle.
Keep your candles out of reach of children and away from flammable materials like curtains. Never leave a burning candle unattended. See more on our candle safety page.
One of our large amber soy candles burning safely with a great meltpool.
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There is no denying that candles are great for relaxation – whether they are burning in the treatment room at a massage or adorning the edges of your bubble bath, they’re the go-to little self-care tool. The light they provide is a warm and natural glow, not like the harsh artificial light of shops and office spaces that we are used to. The gentle flickering movement is soothing and mesmerising. They are often infused with calming essential oils. And when you close your eyes, the little sporadic crackles can transport you to a soft rug by a grand fireside, or to stargazing in the forest at night beside a blazing campfire.
With these simple sensory pleasures, candles can help create an atmosphere of calm and well-being that can help to reduce anxiety, alleviate stress and encourage a good night’s sleep.
So you are nice and relaxed and in the mood to take things one step further. Many people use candles in visualisation, gratitude rituals and meditation. In fact, there is a whole purification method in certain forms of yoga called Trataka, where staring at the candle flame helps you to quiet the mind, achieve a meditative state, visualise your thoughts – and supposedly bring energy to the third eye to promote physic ability.
Whilst I was doing a little reading around the subject, I came across a lovely piece that linked our love for candles with their traditional, historic and religious associations. Light is the symbol for goodness, purity, life, where darkness has typically been a symbol of fear and death, and so the candle became established as a positive symbol in rituals and traditions in just about every culture across the world.
We burn them to represent life and joy at birthdays and celebrations; we burn them during prayer and worship to represent our faith, our souls, our chosen God; we burn them to remember our lost loved ones through light instead of sorrow; we burn them in vigils to guide lost souls home.
So now, even if we are not actively burning a candle for one of these reasons, we may still feel the comfort and love that is associated with these things and subconsciously rooted within us.
Candles are used in a variety of ways to promote health. Have you tried a Hopi ear candle treatment? A traditional, natural therapy designed to remove toxins and wax from the ear, it is alleged to help reduce stress and tension headaches, as well as aid with conditions such a tinnitus, sinusitis and hayfever.
You can use candles to help realign specific chakras. And of course, all the things I have mentioned above – relaxation, meditation, comfort – are great for your mental health and overall well-being.
Why soy candles are better
That brings me to the type of candles you are using, because if you are burning traditional paraffin wax candles, they are going to undo all your good work – they might be cheap but they are pretty toxic and wont do your lungs (or your paint/wallpaper, whilst we are at it), any good. Beeswax (which is rather expensive!) and soy wax candles are the better choice if you want all the benefits, without the nasties.
Our reed diffusers are made with a vegetable based carrier. They are made using the carrier and fragrance, both of which are vegan friendly. The bottles can be recycled after use making these another eco friendly product. Each diffuser comes with six high quality reeds and if you turn them every now and then these reed diffusers will sit and throw out fragrance for a long time.
They are great in a bathroom or the entrance to your home and compliment our range of soy candles.
Check out the fragrances in the shop.
Check out this great video showing some of our handmade soy candles, soy wax melts, reed diffusers and healthy bath salts in our unique, simple branding.