When it comes to candle wax, there are lots of options out there, and when we began the process of researching what ingredients we wanted in our wax, we were shocked to discover how many of our favorite brands were still using paraffin as their main ingredient. We’re talking about some of the most luxurious and widely popular brands on the market, ones you probably have in your home right now.
Super cheap to produce, paraffin is a fossil fuel derived from petroleum and is widely believed to be toxic to burn. It’s also extremely unsustainable. A study presented by the American Chemical Society found that frequently lighting a paraffin candle in a space with poor ventilation could aggravate asthma or irritate the respiratory tract.
Needless to say, we swiftly retired some former favorite candles and began our search for a cleaner and safer alternative. After months and months of research, consulting experts in the field, and testing (and testing some more), we landed on our special non-toxic coconut-soy wax blend.
Coconut wax was appealing for us from the get-go — coconut oil is an ingredient we know, love, and trust that is obtained via a simple extraction process. Our founder also spent half her childhood in Hawaii, which made things feel a little more serendipitous. Most importantly though, it burns evenly and throws scent impeccably. Despite these qualities, coconut wax has been largely overlooked by the candle industry because it is twice as expensive per pound as many other available wax types, but to us, the extra expense is well worth it.
On its own, coconut wax is a touch too soft, so we’ve blended it with soy wax and a touch of RSPO Certified Sustainable palm wax to create the dream composition we have now, which is smooth, even, and slow-burning so you can kick back and take good care for a good long while.