What are Palm Wax and Soy Wax Candles? How are They Different from Paraffin Candles?

Palm wax and soy wax candles are both organic waxes made from renewable resources making them much more environmentally-friendly than paraffin wax candles. Candles of the Light™ is committed to providing you with high-quality eco-friendly candles and therefor only make palm wax and soy wax candles for your enjoyment.

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What is Palm Wax?

Palm wax is a 100% natural wax that is made from palm berries. Palm wax is a sustainable resource, biodegradable and natural. There are a number unique characteristics relative to palm wax, these include:

  • palm wax is an incredible hard wax and has a higher melt point than the softer paraffin wax and soy wax candles; palm wax has a melt point of approximately 140 degrees Farenheit which allow palm wax candles to burn more slowly and more brightly
  • palm wax, when properly utilized, creates a distinctive crystalline or feathering pattern
  • palm wax's large crystal molecular structure allows it to absorb a greater level of fragrance and release it smoothly

Where Does Palm Wax Come From?

Palm wax is derived from harvested palm fruit. The harvest palm fruit is then refined in palm mills and the seed is removed from the fruit which leaves a soft, fleshy outer-level. This soft outer-level is steamed and pressed to extract palm oil, distilled, and wax is recovered. From start to finish no chemicals are utilized to create palm wax.

Aside from Palm Wax Candles, What are the Other Uses of Palm Wax?

Palm wax has a number of every day uses aside from use in the creation of wonderful palm wax candles. Palm wax production has skyrocketed in recent years as consumers have become increasingly eco-conscious. Some other palm wax usages include:

  • palm wax can be used as a cooking ingredient
  • palm was can be used as cooking oil
  • palm wax is used in cosmetics
  • soap is often made from palm wax
  • palm wax can be used in biodiesel

What is Soy Wax?

Soy wax is a processed form of soybean oil created after the soybeans are harvested, cleaned, cracked and hulls are removed. The de-hulled soybeans are formed into flakes and then the oil is extracted from the flakes.

As a vegetable wax, soy wax is a 100% renewable and in candle form it burns cleanly and slowly. The majority of soy wax is from American-grown soy beans in the midwest.

A Side-by-Side Comparison of Palm Wax, Soy Wax, and Paraffin Wax

Palm wax and soy wax are extremely different from the more commonly used paraffin wax found in today's candle market. But for those interested in a more environmentally friendly alternative, Candles of the Light™ offers a large assortment of palm wax and soy wax candles.

  Palm Wax Soy Wax Paraffin Wax
Is it a natural and renewable resource? Yes Yes No
Does it produce minimal soot? Yes No No
Is it toxin/carcinogen-free? Yes No No
Is it an odorless wax Yes No No
What chemicals are used to refine the wax? None Hexane acetone, ethylene, acrylic acid, benzene, toluene, & more
What is it made from? Palm Fruit Soy Beans Petroleum (gasoline, diesel fuel, kerosene)
Is the wax biodegradable? Yes Yes No