[Quyen] Day 24: Wax On, Wax Off, a la Coconut

Aug 12, 2013

Ecopique 30 Day Organic Challenge Candles

I recently came across coconut wax candles from Stone Candles based out of Santa Monica, CA. My first thought was, “Can I eat them too?” Although I wasn’t sure how delectable a melted pillar would be anyhow. While talking to the owner (a family business, this is), I learned that coconut wax not only provides the cleanest burn available, but is also highly fragrant. Their Wooden Eco Wick also doesn’t smoke at all and releases fragrance very effectively.

Now, apparently there are many wax options that go into candle making. There doesn’t seem to be a consensus about which type is the best, because there are many preferences – eco/green, scent, and so forth. Here’s the general lay-down, building off of one of Patty’s earlier posts:

  • Beeswax: Clean burning and purify the air, however tend to be more expensive
  • Paraffin: Used to make many candles today, and a by-product of petroleum (i.e. non-renewable, oh boy)
  • Coconut: Cleanest burn available and highly fragrant
  • Palm: Longest burning natural wax and also one of the most difficult to work with, and therefore more expensive
  • Soy: Made from hydrogenated soy bean oil
  • Gel: Actually not wax at all but a combination of mineral oil and resin (and quite dangerous as candles have been known to explode!)

Apparently wax should not be the main or only factor when considering candle purchases though. The wick, dyes, and other items and processes used in creating the candle can just be as important. I looked up Bath and Body Works candles, which are the ones that I use the most (probably because they’ve been gifted the most — great holiday marketing they have), and it looks like theirs are made from a blend of vegetable wax. I guess I’m ok, but I should remember not to do things like use them to burn paper indoors anymore. Kind of defeats the purpose of helping my lungs, doesn’t it? =)

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