Thursday, November 26, 2009

Say Yes To Palm Wax

Traditional candles are made using paraffin wax which is a petroleum based product. This is the reason the candle emits black soot into the air. If you burn these types of candles on a regular basis you should notice a black film on glass in the room, furniture, even the walls and ceiling, and around the interior of a candle jar. Recent studies have shown that breathing this emitted black soot over a period of time could lead to cancer.

What is a candle lover to do, stop burning candles? The answer is no. There are candles available that are made using natural wax. These candles burn cleaner while still providing everything you love about candles (the fragrance, décor, ambiance, and mood they create).

Beeswax comes from the wax produced from honey bees which use the wax to build honeycombs to store honey and pollen. Candles produced from this type of way is usually all natural in that dye and fragrance oils are typically not added to the wax, but the wax and candles are expensive compared to other type of natural wax candles available.

Soy wax is produced from soy bean crops. These candles have a creamy texture and appearance. However, the wax is soft because it has a low melting point which means that shipping could be an issue in certain weather conditions.

Palm wax is made from kernels harvested from palm trees. These kernels have some of the highest concentration of oil which means that more wax can be produced using less energy and space. In addition when the wax dries it is hard making it preferred to use for shipping. However, what makes palm wax more unique compared to the other types of natural wax is the appearance. Palm wax forms crystal structures when cooled. This can create a new look to your rooms décor and become a topic of conversation at gatherings.

We have worked with other types of wax and have come to the conclusion on our own that palm wax makes the best candles, and feel confident that if you try our palm wax candles you will feel the same way too.

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