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Why coconut wax?

Melissa Della Porta

Posted on June 03 2018

Why coconut wax?

Considering the fact that wax is the primary component of a candle and that candles are burned primarily in the home, it is worth knowing the main differences between common candle waxes.

Soy wax has become a popular alternative to paraffin wax in recent years due to its "natural" reputation, however, read on to find out why there is a better alternative.

The low-down on wax

Candles are believed to have been used as early as 5000BC by the Egyptians who dipped papyrus reeds into melted beeswax. Following this, paraffin, palm, soy, and coconut wax slowly emerged.

Beeswax comes from bee hives and possesses a light honey scent and a gorgeous golden colour. Beeswax is very difficult to incorporate scent into and has very poor throw, but makes great unscented candles. 

Paraffin wax is a cheap wax cost-wise and is a direct derivative of petroleum. Being a byproduct of the oil industry, it is not sustainable. Although it has good scent retention and good burning characteristics, it releases harmful chemicals into the air.

Once considered to be a sustainable alternative to paraffin, palm wax became popular very quickly and led to mass deforestation and displacement of animals from their environment. Despite the implementation of the ROSP (Roundtable On Sustainable Palm oil), it is near impossible to determine the true sustainability of palm wax. 

Enter soy wax. Heralded as the natural and vegan alternative to beeswax, paraffin, and palm, soy wax has its share of downfalls including poor cold throw (the smell of an unlit candle) and poor hot throw (the smell once a candle is lit) to limited fragrance usage and overall it is not enjoyable to work with (the endless pouring methods and temperatures and overwhelming vinegar-like smell will have your head spinning). Soybean oil is a main byproduct of the soybean industry led by agricultural giants like Monsanto. Environmental groups have raised concerns such as deforestation and contaminated drinking water caused by excessive pesticides and fertilizers associated with soybean production.

Reading about all the different waxes and their shortcomings, I became frustrated and thought to myself, "There has to be something better!". After a lot of research, I stumbled upon coconut wax. Why was it so hard to find? 

Well, it's expensive. Quite a bit more than any other wax. This makes it difficult to source as the demand is limited. In addition, I wanted a coconut wax that was guaranteed to be paraffin-free. 

So, what are the benefits of coconut wax?

  • organic and eco-friendly
  • non-gmo (genetically-modified coconuts simply do not exist)
  • made from cold-pressed coconut meat, just like coconut oil
  • cool-burning = long lasting candles and superior scent throw
  • cleaner burning than soy
  • creamy white colour and odourless 

Our coconut wax blend contains 90% pure coconut wax and is paraffin-free. Try one of our premium candles and enjoy all the benefits coconut wax offers. Read up on our candle-burning tips here to ensure a long-lasting burn.

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