Our herbal scented wellness candles are botanical delights. Hand poured in the South Hams with super sustainable wax infused with pure essential oils and sprinkled with herbs they lift your spirit, mind and body.
Cockles and Heart founder Shona Duncan says she’s always loved growing herbs and dreamed about turning this passion into her work. The years ticked by and after she was hit by a serious illness in 2017 and recovered, she set up Cockles and Heart with sustainability and wellness at its core.
For Cockles and Heart, sustainability isn’t just hot air. We want to make the best decisions we can and are always be looking to improve our sourcing and the way we do things.
We take a bit of a stand on wax in that we won’t use palm, soya, paraffin or synthetic additives. These materials dominate in the UK candle market, including in some of the most expensive and best selling candle brands. We go into greater detail on wax sourcing in our blog, but to sum it up, we don’t use these waxes because they are either petroleum based or are processed from industrial crops with significant environmental impacts. Instead, we only use natural and sustainably sourced waxes such as coconut, rapeseed and occasionally a little extra virgin beeswax. Not only does our wax blend burn cleaner and longer than the cheaper alternatives, it leaves our conscience clear. Our coconut wax is sustainable and non-GMO, grown by small-scale farmers in developing countries. Supporting these farmers helps fight global poverty. Our rapeseed wax is pesticide-free and comes from a non-GMO crop grown sustainably in the UK and Europe. Pesticide-free means a win for the bees and for us.
We only use natural essential oils to scent our candles – we absolutely never use artificial fragrances and therefore our candles are parabens and phthalate-free. All our oils are selected extremely carefully, tested for purity and subject to rigorous quality control standards by one of the longest established essential oil suppliers in the UK.
For us it all started with the herbs and we sprinkle our candles with a range of herbs that we grow here on our Devon smallholding without chemicals in the old-fashioned way. Depending on the season, we use herbs like yarrow, thyme, oregano, dill and lavender to decorate our candles. As well as complementing our essential oil blends in making our candles smell great, they give them their distinctive look - bringing a little bit of nature to your home.
Our wicks are made from pure long strand cotton and paper with no heavy metals like lead and the waxes we use mean our candles burn very cleanly without sooting.