"Colour is the soul of nature - we participate in that soul when we experience colour." Rudolf Steiner.

Natural plant colour is living colour. Artificial colour is dead colour from petrochemicals- usually called Azo dyes where Azo means dead. Please sign the petitions below about harmful Azo dyes and cruel insect dyes. All WaxFresh products are natural and as Local and Organic as possible. Much of the content is certified organic or biodynamic, or aiming to be organic or biodynamic, or wild harvested. Our Turmeric yellow colouring for instance is available as a certifiable biodynamic or Demeter product. Though most are certifiable organic no products here are currently certified organic- just aiming to be so. There is often a trade-off between local and organic as Local in England rarely means certified organic (though one honourable exception is our Organic Tallow candle). Indeed some organic producers decide that the yearly costs of certification aren't worth the benefits as their customers know they are organic anyway. You can be assured that  WaxFresh ingredients are the best possible- we know many of our suppliers personally, and those we don't we careful vet. This however is not easy for wild harvested ingredients say from Pakistan. We do not use Genetically Modified or unsustainable crops which includes much soya and some palm- these also have a high Carbon Footprint.

All our colourings are oil-based or dispersable in oil or wax. If you want water dispersable colours for dyeing garments then please visit wild-colours.co.uk. The contents are mostly the same whether water or oil dispersable- such as Madder, Alkanet, Weld, Turmeric, Carrot, Woad, Indigo- but the processing is different.

Our blue colouring is English woad and grown to organic principles. It is a pigment, not a dye, as unlike the other plant colourings the woad is preserved as tiny particles in the oil or wax and does not dissolve. We could have used certified organic indigo (and may still do if a Demeter blue is called for), but this country has a fascinating history with woad and it's a privilege to work with it, so in this case Local beats Organic.

Products offered are currently Craft Kits and Raw Colourings. New products will include encaustic beeswax pigments.

Craft kits

Craft kits. Click the picture for candle making kits including our new WigglyWax bendy beeswax kit, and Woad Warrior finger painting kit.

Organic colouring

Raw Colour. Click the picture for max strength plant colours in convenient chip or organic oil forms.

Dye petitions. "Say No to Azo". In Soviet Russia Bug eats You.

Azo dyes are banned in Europe for food colouring cf the Tartrazine scare. But not banned yet in the US and Asia. They will also be banned in textiles. It will happen eventually in cosmetics and candles, so why not bail out now and insist on natural plant colouring? The Azo word comes from the French & Greek AZote, which means No Life- which is appropriate isn't it, once you know about living colours from plants. Most candle colouring in the UK comes from Germany and while the main manufacturer there is still using Azo dyes, one of the other two is dropping them for "organic solvent dyes". These are better but still not safe enough to eat. Sign the petition on Facebook or at .the petitionsite.

 And speaking of good enough to eat, Starbucks has recently spared customers from eating bugs. Yes, Cochineal insects are squished to produce a red dye (70, 000 insects to produce 1 pound of dye). A very good dye, as was mollusc derived purple, but still stomach churning if you think about it. OK four fifths of the worlds' people eat insects knowingly. But unknowingly? Yes it's natural, sustainable, labour intensive and safer than azo. But really, we can do better than that can't we? Sign the No Cochineal Petition.

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