Coconut Wax is a colourless & odourless wax produced by processing coconut meat or coconut oil. It is often blended with other natural waxes to produce a desired texture or aroma (Apricot Wax, Rapeseed Wax, Olive Wax). Coconut Wax is considered as one of the best and healthiest types of wax to make candles because it doesn't produce as much soot as the other types of wax. Coconut Wax excel when compared to any other wax in terms of clean- burning and are non-toxic. Here are some of the Pros & Cons of Coconut Wax Candles:
Pro: CLEANER BURN - A coconut wax candle is an example of a clean burning candle. It is non toxic and releases non damaging fumes when burned. It also produces no soot and smoke meaning the surfaces around the area where you burn candle will be kept clean.
Pro: SLOW & EVEN BURN- Coconut wax is among the slowest waxes to burn. It has been tested to have a 60% higher burn time than paraffin wax. Because it burns slowly, the candle last longer for the same volume of wax. Its even burn ensures that you are getting the most bang out for your money by burning the candle in its entirety instead of leaving wax stuck to the sides.
Pro: EXCELLENT AT THROWING SCENT - A coconut wax candles ability to throw scent well means that it can easily fill up a room with the desired scent for long periods. Not only is it able to throw scent well when burned, but it also has the same abilities at rest. A coconut wax candles cold throw really well almost as if it was lit.
Pro: SUSTAINABILITY- Coconut Wax is more sustainable than soy, paraffin and palm wax. Coconut wax is produced through an all natural process called hydrogenation, in which it transforms coconut oil into wax then cleaned, filtered, and transformed into an all natural, completely biodegradable wax. Coconut is a renewable and high yield crop which means a fewer coconuts are needed to produce a sizable amount of wax. Making Coconut Wax one of the most eco-friendly and sustainable products on the market.
Pros: IT'S NON GMO ( Genetically Modified Organism) PRODUCT- with most these days fruit & veg over the years has been somewhat genetically modified but the coconuts are one of the very few left that have remained untouched. Nothing is added when producing coconut wax.
Pros: NOT ASSOCIATED WITH DEFORESTATION- Many other type of waxes require mass production which unfortunately destroys the environment and leads to natural decline. Paraffin Wax & Palm Wax are particularly known for their unsustainable production process.
Cons: HIGH PRICE - Due to lack of mass production, coconut wax are significantly more expensive than paraffin, soy and beeswax. Paraffin Wax are by product of crude oil which is more easily accessible and therefore cheaper. Coconut Wax is traditionally more expensive and prices can sometimes fluctuate.
Cons: LOW MELTING POINT - These candles have relatively low melting points which could potentially be problematic when shipping and storing in warmer areas. These candle should diligently keep in cool dry areas, away from the sun or direct light.
Cons: DIFFICULT TO FIND PURE - Due to its high prices and low melting point, it is difficult to find a 100% pure coconut wax candles. Most candles branded as "Coconut Wax" are blended with a mixture of other natural waxes depends on the maker. Here in Marchwood Candles we use either of the 3 Blends: Coconut-Soy Blend (Container Candle); Coconut- Apricot Blend (Container Candle) ; Coconut - Rapeseed Blend (Wax Melt). We do a 100% Coconut Wax Candle on a much higher prices than our Coconut Blend, Soy Candles. Please do check the label for details upon purchase.
Cons: LIMITED CANDLE SIZES AND TYPES- As coconut wax has a low melting point which means that it melts relatively quickly in hot temperatures. This can cause other issues too such as limiting the type of candles and size of candles that can be produced. This means that there are certain limitations when it comes to creating different shaped and sized candles.
FUN FACTS: A life span of a coconut tree is 60 - 80 years. It is known as the "Three generation tree" because it can provide and support a farmer, his children and his grandchildren. Amazing isn't it.
Farmers grow the coconut trees on their land, they do not use pesticides or herbicides and there is no need for giant tractors because the farmers harvest the coconuts by hand.
Coconut Wax emits NO SMOKE and is SOOT- FREE. Coconut Wax Candles are an eco- friendly option for Vegans who prefer not to buy Beeswax.
Do Coconut Wax Candles smells like coconut? The answer is NO. Unscented coconut candles will smell like nothing.
When burning a candle please keep in mind the size of the room you wish to place the candle in. The bigger the room the bigger the candle should be if you wish to fill the room with its scent.
Other Types of Waxes:
Paraffin Wax - Paraffin wax is by far one of the most commonly used waxes when it comes to making candles. This is mainly because it is cheaper to produce. It also holds a high amount of fragrance and colour so many different types of candles can be produced using it. It isn't regarded as very environmentally friendly. The process to produce paraffin has an array of negative environmental effects and it isn't a clean burner. You will have to be careful about where you burn this candle as it produces a large amount of soot. This can damage the surface and leave a nasty black wax.
Soy Wax - Another popular Wax used to create candles. It is made from Soybeans which makes it fairly environmentally friendly too. The only issue is that soybeans are associated with deforestation and require a large number of pesticides to grow. A great Pro to Soy Wax is that it's a slow burner and blends well with Coconut wax. Unfortunately if you love a well scented candle then this wax isn't ideal as it doesn't hold aromas well.
Pam Wax - Palm wax is obtained from Palm Oil and was once thought of as an environmentally friendly however it actually isn't. Due to the popular global demand for palm oil, it has resulted in the mass production of this product which leads to unsustainable production process. Palm wax produces a relatively firm was that is also brittle. Same burn quality as paraffin.
Beeswax - The oldest type of wax used to produce candles. It is harvested from bees during their honey-making process. This means that it is eco-friendly and natural too. It is harder and more solid. So you can create a variety of shaped candles using it. The wax also has the ability to throw a sweet scent through out your home.
When Coconut Wax and Beeswax are blended, you'll be gifted with an amazing candle that throws scent well, burns relatively slow, cleans the air (beeswax) clean burning and soot free (beeswax & coconut wax)
Now you can tell that Coconut wax is best and eco-friendly with a quality burn and scent throw are unmatched. If you're all about saving the environment, then this candle is definitely for you. There may be a few Cons in owning a coconut wax candle, however the pros outweigh these.
We hope you try out our different range of Coconut Wax candle to see what all the hype is about and compare to any of the candles using a different wax. We hope you learn something from this blog.
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