Let’s look at the common types of fuels from which candles are made
Beeswax candles are a very small segment of candles in the natural market segment. Many vegetarians and vegans won’t use it because some bees are killed when the wax is extracted. It’s an excellent candle fuel. Unscented beeswax candles have their own wonderful aroma. However, most manufacturers who add fragrance use bleached beeswax to get the strong natural odor out of the wax. Beeswax does not blend well with essential oils so they tend to have weak aromas. Beeswax is renewable (bees always make new hives but it’s a slow process), and runs the risk of overharvesting and overburdening the bees. The only reliable sources of organic beeswax that we have found come from Hawaii and New Zealand. The wax is 6 times more expensive than palm wax.
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Paraffin is no longer produced in the US with most of it coming from China. Petroleum waxes are derived from crude oil. First the crude oil is subjected to atmospheric pressure distillation. This step removes and separates all of the low boiling point components, such as gases, gasoline, naphtha, kerosene and diesel fuel. The waxy oil left over is dissolved in a solvent blend that typically contains ketones and toluene. The solution is then chilled to about –28 °C, so that the wax precipitates from the oil and can be removed using large rotary drum filters. The wax portion (slack wax) still contains a large amount of oil, up to as much as forty percent. It is dissolved in solvent again, reprecipitated and filtered. More chemical processes are used to remove unsaturated molecules. In my opinion, what you end up with is something that is as polluting as diesel fuel and full of chemical solvents. Furthermore, the cost of all petroleum products (and especially paraffin) is always increasing.
Soy refineries that have an excess of soybeans produce soy wax by “cracking”, hulling, flaking and extracting the oil from the beans using the solvent hexane. It is not by most natural food standards a natural or pure product because it contains synthetic chemical solvents. No European countries bother making wax out of tiny soybeans. Soy refiners can’t certify that their wax is “non-GMO.” The DNA of the soybeans has been modified with DNA from other organisms. Genetically modifying the seeds make the plants more resistant to weed killers. We worry about the people spraying the chemicals. Grains, beans and oils that are GMO either have been or will soon be banned in European Union countries. Soy wax will never be certified organic because it is chemically distilled and then hydrogenated which also introduces synthetic chemicals. Soy is a commercial row crop that does not encourage biodiversity or sequester carbon. All the tillage is not sustainable for the soil.
The same pound of soy oil produces as little as half the amount of soy wax as palm fruit produces palm wax. Soy production takes up about 10 times the amount land to produce the same amount of oil as Palm Trees. Soy wax ends up being about twice the expense of our Palm Wax™.
All the largest manufactures of soy wax now blend in palm wax for cleaner burning, and a better fragrance solubility.
Palm Wax™ is produced from palm fruit. It has many tiny flowers crowded on short branches that develop into a large cluster of oval fruits that are an inch and a half long, black when ripe and red at the base fruits. The outer fleshy portion of the fruit is steamed to soften the fruit, pressed to recover the palm oil, and then distilled to separate out the wax.
Fragrance is the driving force in choosing a candle and the majority of consumers want strong fragrances. The fragrance component of the candle is over 10 times the cost of the wax. We pioneered and patented our Fragrance Balancing Technology™ that enables us to regulate the fragrance evaporation rate ensuring the full fragrance accord is released. This unique optimization ensures that the candle smells strong unlit (on the retailers shelf) and is even stronger completely filling the room when burning (in the consumers homes). Our wax is steam distilled exactly like other pure essential oils and contains similar types of naturally occurring materials. Our 100% pure essential oil fragrances and wax are actually soluble; that is, they easily dissolve in one another. All our jar candles have a strong fragrance throw tested unlit on a candle jar warmer.
Paraffin and soy candle manufacturers can pour between 5% and 8% fragrance because the fragrance oils compete with the wax. A very few paraffin candle manufacturers use synthetic dilutents that allow them to put in up to 12%. We add the highest concentration of pure essential oil in the industry. We have sent competitor candles out to an independent lab to confirm this.
Our Eco Palm Wax™ is sourced from palm oil, a steam distilled essential oil that has therapeutic benefits just like our other naturally occurring essential oil scents. Our wick designer produced the first organic help wick. The scents are all from organic essential oil blends. We use organic compliant fruit and vegetable juice colorants. Our non-GMO organically grown waxes are manually harvested from small fair-trade farms in Brazil. ProForest certifies the sustainability and guarantees that the land has not been established at the expense of the tropical forest. The packaging is compostable. The wood fixtures are made from SmartWood, Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified. For coloring most manufacturers use synthetic aniline dyes. In our organic line we use NOS organic compliant fruit and food colors.
For the person who is sensitive to fragrances we offer unscented and lightly scented candles. We offer the most complete line of all natural candles in the world.
We believe the richest source of healthy products come from pure plant essences which offer the highest grade of virgin vegetable Palm Wax™ combined with purest essential oils. If you believe “you are what you eat” we hope you would be as equally careful about what you breathe. We would like you to try our Palm Wax Candles™ because they: