In the quest to create the perfectessential oil candle, we encountered a wide array of wax options. Paraffin wax, soy wax, palm, and beeswax are commonly used in candlemaking. After careful consideration, we chose coconut wax because it provided the best aroma throw and still offered a clean burn.
Keep reading to learn more about why coconut wax beats out the competition.
Commercial candles, whether inexpensive or luxuriously priced, often contain paraffin wax, a by-product of petroleum, coal or shale. This common wax, while easy to manage for its strong scent throw, can emit undesirable toxins which can lead toserious health problems, including brain and lung damage. Needless to say, we passed on this one.
Soy wax and beeswax are common alternatives to paraffin wax, but they have their cons. Soy wax can be finicky to work with, leading to an inconsistent candle from batch to batch. It was also quite limited in the amount of essential oil it was able to hold for an optimal aroma throw. Beeswax, while often used for natural candles, is not a viable option for our vegan, cruelty-free company.
Made from the meat of the coconut, coconut wax is the perfect choice for retaining more essential oil per candle. It burns cooler than other waxes, which means the therapeutic value of essential oils can be better retained.
In the candle world, the term “throw” is used to describe the release of scent from a candle. When we encountered the coconut wax candle, we were highly impressed by both its “cold throw” (aroma from an unlit candle), and its “hot throw” (the aroma when lit).
While pricier than the alternative, coconut wax is completely non-toxic and provides a clean burn. We think it's worth it!
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