COCONUT WAX

Non Toxic - Eco Friendly - Long Burn Time - Highly Scented

Our coconut wax is a natural, biodegradable, renewable product made from the meat and oil of organic coconuts. Coconuts are considered a sustainable crop (high yield and crop renewal per acre). We feel it's very important to use products that have the least amount of negative impact on our planet. Coconut wax burns slowly, cleanly, and throws scent extremely well. It also lasts 50% longer than soy wax!

WHY WE CHOOSE NOT TO USE OTHER WAXES:

Paraffin Wax

Paraffin wax may be very low cost and known for its wonderful burning and scent properties, but as a product of the oil industry it is the very definition of unsustainable.

Further recent studies have shown that burning paraffin candles indoors can create unhealthy airborne chemicals. Two of them, benzene and toluene, are highly toxic and are known carcinogens.

 

Paraffin wax is the most popular type of wax. BUT that's only because it's the cheapest and most people don't know it's toxic. 

Soy Wax

Soy wax seems to be all the rage right now because it is a better choice than paraffin wax. However, it doesn’t have ideal burn qualities; it burns slowly, but it has trouble throwing fragrances and can also look unsightly. Also many times even though the candle will say "natural soy wax" it will be a blend of soy and paraffin wax. 

 

It is cheap though, due to the fact that soybean oil is a byproduct of the huge soybean industry led by agricultural giants such as Monsanto. Environmentally-minded groups like the WWF have raised concerns about deforestation associated with the burgeoning soy demand. And more fears surround the risk of monoculture farming and the unhealthy amounts of pesticides and fertilizers used to grow soybeans in masses and the contamination of drinking waters that occur as a result.

Palm Wax

Palm Wax was initially heralded as the holy grail of the candle industry. With a pleasant, aesthetic, ‘feathered’ effect, and a similar burn quality as that of paraffin, palm wax was once viewed as the sustainable solution to paraffin use. However, a 2009 investigation by the Economist (“The other oil spill”) discovered that, even with the creation of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), deforestation practices were rampant and endangering many species of animals as demand for palm wax skyrocketed. Even today, it’s considered almost impossible to source truly sustainable palm oil products. We choose not to use palm wax and contribute to the cutting down of the rainforest. 

Beeswax

Beeswax comes from the hives of honeybees. It has a characteristically honey-like scent, and a golden color. This makes it wonderful as a standalone candle wax, but challenging to incorporate into scented candles. Bleached (white) beeswax is available, but presents issues with ‘scent trapping’—leading to sadly scented candles with very little scent throw. Also our bee friends have been having a hard time as of lately with colony collapse disorder, so better to leave the bees alone and let them continue to pollinate flowers without being bothered. 

The difference between a clean burning candle and one that's not is clear. 
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