We’ve come a long way since the Egyptians invented the first wax candles over 7,000 years ago. Back then, a candle was little more than a papyrus reed dipped in beeswax. While candles weren’t yet at their honeyed best back then, the initial idea formed by Ancient Egyptians gave way to the pursuit of the perfect candle. A pursuit, might we add, that has been going strong for every one of the last 7,000 years.
While the search for the perfect candle hasn’t come to an end, there are better candles than others. Soy, palm, paraffin — they all have their upsides, sure. But the candle wax that has the greatest upside-to-downside ratio? Coconut. Lucky you, that’s the only type of wax we at Center In use in our candles!
You might be thinking, “What makes coconut wax so great?” With so many options to choose from, it’s a valid question. Keep reading to learn more about why coconut wax beats out the competition.
For starters, coconut wax has a very low environmental impact. Whereas other waxes leave behind a large environmental footprint, coconut is a sustainable ingredient to farm and green to extract. Basically, you can enjoy the amazing aroma of your coconut wax candle without feeling guilty about how it came to be in your home. That sounds like reason enough to switch to coconut wax candle, but it gets better.
Slow Burn, Great Aroma
While being kind to nature, coconut wax also burns slowly and cleanly while tossing its aroma well, too. Basically, coconut gives you more proverbial bang for your buck. While other candles burn up their wax in a couple of hours, you can relax knowing that your coconut wax is going to hang in there for a while. Plus, when you’ve got an EG candle, you get the benefit of both coconut wax’s longevity and the aromatherapeutic properties we infuse in our candles.
Waxes We Passed On
Commercial candles, whether inexpensive or luxuriously priced, often containparaffin wax, a by-product of petroleum, coal or shale. This common wax, while easy to manage for its strong scent throw, can emit undesirable toxins which can lead toserious health problems, including brain and lung damage. Needless to say, we passed on this one.
Soy wax and beeswax are common alternatives to paraffin wax, but they have their cons. Soy wax can be finicky to work with, leading to an inconsistent candle from batch to batch. It was also quite limited in the amount of essential oil it was able to hold while maintaining an optimal aroma throw. Beeswax, while often used for natural candles, is not a viable option for our vegan, cruelty-free company.
The Perfect Wax
Made from the meat of the coconut, coconut wax is the perfect choice for retaining more essential oil per candle. It burns cooler than other waxes, which means the therapeutic value of essential oils is better retained.
In the candle world, the term “throw” is used to describe the release of scent from a candle. When we encountered the coconut wax candle, we were highly impressed by both its “cold throw” (aroma from an unlit candle), and its “hot throw” (the aroma when lit).
While pricier than alternative waxes, coconut wax is completely nontoxic and provides a clean burn. We think it's worth it and are sure you will too!
The Bottom Line
The bottom line is that coconut-wax candles are toxin-free, kind to the environment, slow-burning and can really throw an aroma with the best of them. And, remember, coconut wax only gets better when it comes from Center In, as all of our candles offer the benefits of aromatherapy. The world may still be in search of the ideal candle, and we at Center In are in hot pursuit of that goal! Check out some of our favorite coconut-wax candles below.