Coconut wax has a bright and white colour. If you’re into colorful candles, it’s natural colour means that you can easily dye the wax and create various coloured candles depending on your needs. Made from a sustainable, easily renewable crop it works well with essential oils and fragrance oils. It’s Vegan and lends well with other waxes.
Candles made from coconut wax burn the cleanest compared to other types of wax. They produce less soot so you don’t have to worry about keeping surfaces clean.
If you love your scented candles? Coconut candle waxes are perfect for those who enjoy using their candles for aromatherapy. They have a superior scent throw which means you can produce long lasting and strongly scented candles using this wax. You can also enjoy your candles longer because coconut wax burns slower than other waxes and it can blend perfectly with other natural, harder waxes. This is the reason why it is usually seen in wax blends and why it is widely used in candle making.
Coconut wax candles are the most eco-friendly type of candle to produce. They are non-toxic and burn cleaner because as mentioned previously, coconut wax emits no smoke and is soot-free. However, natural waxes on the market even when labeled as Soy wax or Coconut wax are actually blended with paraffin.
Now that you know all about Coconut Wax, let’s take a look at the other types of wax that you might have heard of when making candles. The most popular ones used for candle making are soy wax, paraffin wax, palm wax, and beeswax. There are many factors to why candle makers use these types of wax and each one has their pros and cons. The right choice of wax really depends on what you value more. Some candle makers value affordability and availability, while others are more concerned with the ability to hold scent and the physical appearance or finish it gives to a candle.
Soy wax is made from soybean oil and is known to have good burn quality. It is cheap and produces minimal soot but it looks crumbly and has a more subtle scent. Soy wax is commonly used to make container candles and is usually blended with other types of wax.
Paraffin wax is derived from petroleum and is relatively cheaper than coconut wax. Most commercially available candles are made from paraffin wax because it comes in different melting points which means it can be used for various types of candles like pillars, container candles and so on.
Candles made of paraffin wax can hold a stronger scent but it burns quickly so you will have to buy more candles often. Of all the types of wax mentioned in this article, this is the least environmentally friendly so if you’re eco-conscious, you’re probably one of the people who’d stay away from this kind of wax.
Palm wax is obtained from palm oil and was once believed to be a sustainable option. This would have been true if it was only possible to produce its products 100% organically but because of the high global demand of the various products in the palm industry, a lot of the palm oil available in the market is produced either unnaturally or unsustainably.
Palm wax produces a very firm and almost brittle kind of wax which is perfect for pillar and votive candles. It has the same burn quality as paraffin wax and has high contraction which means that de-molding it is easy.
Beeswax is harvested from beehives, melted and filtered several times, and then rolled out or turned into blocks. It is the oldest type of wax used in candle making –dating back to the time of ancient Egyptians and ancient Romans. It can be quite expensive because it is the purest kind of wax. It has low yield and, like coconut wax, it is usually derived naturally and organically. Beeswax candles have a better burn quality than paraffin wax and it burns brighter, hotter and cleaner too!
Pure beeswax is a natural air purifiers that actually clean your air of odors and produce negative ions which means that adding scent can be challenging. But since it has a naturally sweet scent due to the honey it was infused with, this shouldn’t be a problem. It also has a natural golden color which means that coloring it may also be a challenge so if you want those vibrant colors, you might want to consider a blend.