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Why We Use Coconut Wax In our Candles

Why We Use Coconut Wax in Our Essential Oil Candles

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.

WAXES WE PASSED ON

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.

THE PERFECT WAX!

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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4 Responses

Edens Garden

January 24, 2019

Hi Angie! That’s a wonderful idea, and one I will pass along to our development team. Thank you for your suggestion!

Edens Garden

January 24, 2019

Hi Anna! Here is an article on why essential oil candles are better than commercial candles: http://bit.ly/2FY5oQL

Also, here is a video on how to make your own candles: http://bit.ly/2U8Q4EO

Angie

January 24, 2019

Thx! I would love it if you would please sell coconut wax. It doesn’t seem to be widely available, from the little I’ve seen thus far.

Anna

January 24, 2019

Ive read that using essentials oils in candles is not good either, what is your take on this? I thought that using essentials oils was better than using synthetic parfums. Can you tell us how we can make our own candles at home using essential oils??

best,

Anna