The truth behind every candle is that the major component is made of wax – which makes it equally important to understand what is burning inside your home and how that impacts your home and your health.

There are several different waxes used in candles, generally one at a time. The most common are soy wax, palm wax, beeswax and paraffin. 

When looking at melting temperatures, also consider how this impacts the ability to level the surface of the candle while the candle is lit. This will help with extending the lifespan of your candle.

Here is everything you need to know about different waxes found in candles, and what to look for when shopping for candles in Australia. 

 

Soy Wax

Soy Wax Candle

Soy wax is derived from soybean oil extracted from soybeans which makes it the most sustainable wax available for candles and it is ethically produced. The great thing about soy wax is the versatility and availability around the world.

It does not pose any health concerns and melts at a temperature of 48’C. This makes soy wax candles easy to store, and with a higher melting temperature, it means the longevity of soy wax is slightly better compared to coconut wax.

 

Palm Wax

palm wax

Palm wax is typically sourced from the forests of Malaysia and Indonesia where 84.9% of the world’s palm-based products are farmed and sourced. As palm wax is a by-product of deforestation in the south east asian region, it has the greatest negative environmental impact of all wax varieties. 

It does have one of the highest melting temperatures of 80’C which also means the level of fragrances are higher, and will take longer to fill your home with a scent. Farmed in the multitude of thousands of acres per day, we strongly recommend against purchasing palm wax products.

 

Beeswax

beeswax

Beeswax is found within the hives of honeybees. Beeswax is regarded as sustainable, however with recent global impacts and bees being considered as the most important living beings in the world, we’ve steered clear of supporting beeswax due to the potentially environmental threats.

With a natural honey-like scent and an amber color, they do make for great candles to burn, but the challenge for most candle makers is to mask the honey scent with something different as it can smell overly sweet quite easily.

Beeswax has a melting temperature of 62’C which makes it slightly longer lasting as compared to soy wax and coconut wax. Scientific research has found that burning beeswax releases negative-ions that bind with potential toxins in the air and remove them. Making them great for asthmatics.

 

Paraffin

paraffin wax

Paraffin candles derive from petroleum, making them the cheapest wax available. Known to have a wider scent throw than most, paraffin does have properties including a melting temperature of 37’C that allows it to burn longer, but at the cost of health.

Many researchers have found that burning paraffin releases harmful chemicals including toluene which is not recommended for asthmatics or those sensitive to polluted air. If you’ve found yourself with difficulty breathing while a candle is burning – it’s likely that it is paraffin. 

Paraffin poses a health hazard for those with sensitivities and we recommend against purchasing paraffin candles. You can tell when a candle is paraffin as compared to others as the surface feels denser.

 

Coconut Wax

coconut wax

Coconut wax is relatively new when it comes to candle wax and the art of candle making as compared to the ones previously listed. Similar in properties to soy wax, and ethically sourced, it makes it a great alternative to soy wax candles.

Coconut wax does have a burning temperature of 80’C which does make it longer lasting for the burn duration of your candle, however it does lack in scent throw as compared to soy wax. Coconut wax is slightly more expensive as compared to soy wax, but that doesn’t make it any better (or worse than).

 

Our Pick: Soy Wax

All of our candles are made with soy wax that’s sourced from local distributors. We took careful consideration with our candle wax before we started and our customers love the soy wax scent throw and burning time. Feel free to shop on our store for all of our soy wax and candle care products.

 

 

 

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