Eco Palm Wax™ with organic palm wax. All scented pillar candles contain only 100% pure essential oils. Essential Oils marked with an asterisk (*) are certified organic. Unwrap label before lighting. Click on any photo to enlarge.
Read about what makes our Eco Palm Wax Pillar Candles unique, how they are produced, and why they are superior to soy and beeswax pillars.
2¼" wide by 3½" tall - scented
2¼" wide by 5" tall - unscented
Our Eco Palm Wax PillarsAt our fair trade factory in Indonesia, we use solar hot water to melt the palm wax to 158° F. This liquid is then hand poured into a mold to produce a pillar candle. Hand poured pillar candles tend to be denser than machine made pillar candles because less air is injected into the pillar candle mold.
A pillar candle typically produces about 13 lumens of visible light and 40 watts of heat, although this can vary depending primarily on the characteristics of the candle wick. For comparison, a 40 watt incandescent light bulb produces approximately 500 lumens for the same amount of power. A modern candle typically burns at a rate of about 0.1 g/min, releasing heat of about 77 watts, plus or minus about 9 watts. The luminous efficacy is about 0.17 lumens per watt (luminous efficacy of a source), about a 100 times lower than an incandescent light bulb.
There are differing opinions about which kind of wax in a pillar candle is the "most natural." Some manufactures of soy wax pillar candles claim that only their soy wax is biodegradable. However, paraffin, beeswax and palm wax used in pillar candles are also biodegradable. Some soy candle retailers also claim that soy candles burn cleaner, whereas any type of candle wax (paraffin, soy, palm or beeswax) can be made to burn clean. It's more a matter of how the candle is engineered than the type of wax used. If the wick is the right size and you don't clog it up with too much dye or fragrance, it will burn clean.
Soy wax producers have adopted the convention that they can call any candle a soy candle if it contains more than 25% soy wax. There is no government regulation.
Soy is chemically distilled using hexane to make soy oil. It is then hydrogenated to make a soft wax like material for container candles. The chemical processing disqualifies it from ever becoming certified as organic. 100% soy wax cannot be made hard enough to make a pillar or taper so no one has been able to produce a clean burning efficient 100% soy wax pillar. Manufactures of soy candle pillars have to add 75% paraffin, palm or beeswax to pour a pillar candle.
Beeswax and palm wax are the only commercial non-synthetic candle waxes. Some manufactures of beeswax pillar candles claim beeswax gives off healthy negative ions. No scientific studies have been done, but the common assumption is that all lit candles give off about the same amount of negative ions.
Ghosting or candle soot is produced when a candle does not burn the wax fuel completely. Soot can be a concern to those who frequently burn a candle indoors, because it can stain walls and furniture. Usually trimming pillar candle wick to about 6 millimeters (¼ inch) or shorter will keep smoking to a minimum. A flickering flame in a draft will also produce more smoke. Pillar candles should be burned in an area free from drafts. Thinner pillar candles are more likely to recover as soon as the draft is removed; the wax that dripped down off the candle will be consumed and should not create a wax puddle. Flickering is more likely to occur in a jar candle if the jar opening is too narrow and not enough air circulates around the wick which will cause it to cough smoke. Pillar candles tend to be less likely to create candle soot than jar candles.
We do not source palm oil from Sumatra or Borneo (Indonesia). The palm tree farms we source from in Malaysia have signed an international agreement to only expand on existing agricultural land. Palm growers, Agropalma in Brazil and Daabon in Colombia, are USDA organic certified. EcoSocial's fair trade independent seal guarantees that these farms promote sustainable human, social and environmental development. Ancient GMO free perennial palm trees require no tilling of the soil and are grown without any pesticides or insecticides and require little water. Minimal machinery encourages more rural employment. Palm produces 10 times more oil per acre than soy.
All soy wax is produced in the Midwestern United States from GMO seed. Most transgenic soy is engineered by Monsanto to resist their own herbicide, Roundup®. All soy crops are commercially farmed using heavy equipment that compacts our soils. Soil is a mix of minerals from the earth's crust, a bit of living matter, and decayed plant mass. Pure prairie builds this matter: the richest of virgin soils in the Midwest once ran to 10 feet deep and were about 10 percent organic. What's left of those soils now typically contains less than half that amount of organic matter. Particularly high rates of erosion and massive soil nutrient depletion accompany soy production, especially in areas where long cycles of crop rotation are not implemented.
Eco Palm Wax™ is a steam distilled essential oil that has therapeutic benefits just like our other naturally occurring essential oil scents. Gas chromatography-mass spectroscopy (GC-MS) analysis guarantees our therapeutic grade essential oils have not been adulterated or changed in any way from their natural first distillation. Our 100% natural scents are vacuum distilled directly from the botanical extracts of fruits, nuts, bark, leaf, and essential oils.
Eco Palm Wax™ contains no synthetic petrochemical additives. The chemical compatibility of Eco Palm Wax™ allows higher scent concentrations compared with beeswax, paraffin, or soy candles. Natural scents release better in palm wax because of their similar chemical structure and have a stronger 'hot throw' compared with soy wax or other vegetable wax blends.
Aloha Bay® candle dyes are 100% REACH compliant certifying that they contain no aromatic solvents like toluene, xylene, benzene, ethyl benzene and naphtha. Non-aniline candle dyes offer excellent color stability; the shade and consistency is more intense, crisp, clear and bright; and they are less likely to fade than aniline dyes.
Aloha Bay palm wax pillar candles are vegan (made without beeswax) and contain no soy or paraffin. They are made with fair trade certified 100% Eco Palm Wax™. The wood fixtures for Aloha Bay's Chakra pillar candles are made from Rainforest Alliance certified SmartWood™.