Lighting a scented candle has become many of our daily routines, moments like taking a hot bath, reading our favorite fiction, or enjoying a family dinner. Like many candle lovers, we spend money on scents and aromas when shopping for candles, and the idea of wax quality just didn’t come across until we decided to create candles on our own. Broadly speaking, wax is the candle's fuel that makes it flammable, and the type of wax influences performance such as burn time, scent throw, and toxins released. For that reason, we chose coconut wax to ensure that our choice of ingredient is in line with our brand philosophy- clean and healthy for both our consumers and the environment.
The Types of Candle Wax Used on the Market
Paraffin wax has been widely used across many brands; it is an inexpensive option and is known for holding a high amount of fragrance and color. However, it originated from petroleum, which is considered highly unsustainable for it is a non-renewable resource. If not properly cared for, a paraffin wax candle can create soot while burning. Another downside for those buying them is that it’s been notorious for burning down fast.
Many brands choose to use soy wax because it is considered much more eco-friendly than paraffin wax, as the wax is made from soybeans. In addition, it emits less soot and burns cleaner and slower compared to paraffin wax, making it a greater value. However, there are growing concerns over deforestation associated with increasing soy demand, and questions are also raised about the fertilizers and pesticides used in the process.
Beeswax is one of the oldest types of candle wax, derived from bees during the honey-making process. Due to the production, beeswax has its own natural honey aroma that can help purify the air, and that’s also why it isn’t often used for scented candles as it affects the mix with other scents.
What is Coconut Wax and How is it Better?
Coconut Wax is an odorless wax with a soft creamy white color, made from coconut oil or cold-pressed coconut meat. It tends to be the most expensive among the options and is considered one of the most eco-friendly, healthy, and well-performed candle wax.
Whenever we lit a scented candle, we wanted to feel relaxed and enjoy that beautiful aroma. Unfortunately, many scented candles not made of coconut wax release black smoke and other potentially harmful toxins in the air when lit. Here are some examples of the candles we burnt in the past; imagine inhaling all those black soot!
With coconut wax candles, there is no need to worry about carcinogens or toxins being released into your space because they create absolutely zero soot particles.
When we buy our favorite scented candle, we hope it will burn for a long time and leave behind that beautiful scent in our home. Paraffin wax candles burn down fast; although soy wax candles burn slowly, they can look less attractive due to their crumble texture. Coconut wax candles burn evenly and have one of the strongest burn times. Slow and even burn time means we are getting a good value from what we spent on our favorite candles.
The scent is one of the main factors that attract people to buy candles, and many prefer a candle’s scent that can linger longer in the air, but not all candles can throw scent for that long. Compared to paraffin and soy wax candles, coconut wax has a much better scent throw since the essential oils, and fragrance oils can blend seamlessly with this wax. According to studies, coconut wax can hold up to 12% of the fragrance infused into them.
Eco-Friendly and Sustainability
Coconut wax is harvested from coconuts - a high-yield and sustainable crop. The extraction is done through hydrogenation- a process by pressing the oil out of the coconut meat. Unlike soy, coconuts are Non-GMO and require no pesticides or any kind of fertilizers to grow. So, from growing to harvesting to manufacturing coconut wax, every step about them is natural, eco-friendly, and sustainable.