Paraffin Wax, Flammability and the Hidden Sweat Shops

Posted by Kirsty Morrison on

We've all read the news about the dangers of using skincare products containing paraffin due the the layers of the product building up (invisibly) on clothing and bedding which then become highly flammable. Paraffin is used principally because it's a cheap base for skin creams, however even some of the most costly cult skincare products use this as a key ingredient. The MHRA (Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency) are now suggesting warnings of flammability be placed on skincare products containing paraffin. However the MHRA are partially funded by the pharmaceutical industry which does in our view place them between a rock and a hard place when it comes to motivation to enforce this.

To reassure you, all Zing products, skincare and otherwise are entirely free of any petrochemical based ingredients which includes paraffin.

Now we know that there is a myriad of dangers to one's health in burning a paraffin wax based candle. but did you know that the making of paraffin wax candles and wax melts are rarely undertaken in house by the well known high street candle brands? Paraffin wax candle making is hazardous not only in terms of toxicity of fumes but also given the super high temperatures these candles are made at making the melting wax highly volatile. Who is making these candles and being exposed to these dangers? Well it's likely to be really low paid workers overseas. That's why you will rarely see the founder of our best known home fragrancing brands making a candle her or himself. So if we we want to make sure our choices are ethical, then the consumer needs to start asking questions of the brand as to provenance of ingredients and how and where a product is made. Clothing made cheaply overseas in sweat shops is surely only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the exploitation of vulnerable groups of individuals here and overseas. 

We believe that Zing is one of the very few skincare and home fragrancing brands to operate an open door workshop so you can walk in any time of the day un announced to see what we are putting into our products. The ingredients we use are all sourced from nature. We do not outsource production at any level.

Also the fact that we offer a refill service on all products presented in glassware demonstrates the fact that we make our own products. Brands that outsource production to save money and keep themselves nice and safe from harmful and inflammable chemicals will never be in a position to offer refills.

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