When it comes to lighting scented candles, the type of wax plays a crucial role in your aromatherapy self-love. The wax is the fuel that allows the candle to burn, and it affects important factors such as scent throw, burn time, and the potential release of toxins. Selecting the candle made from the right type of wax is essential to enhancing your candle-lighting Zen. If you're seeking a natural, toxin free wax you likely have come across two options: coconut wax and soy wax.
Now, of course both of these plant-based wax options are a great choice for anyone who wants to avoid toxic ingredients, but let's take a closer look at each of them so you can make an informed decision between the two.
DIFFERENT TYPES OF WAX USED IN SCENTED CANDLES
When it comes to scented candles, there are various types of wax available on the market. One of the most widely used is paraffin wax, which is a by-product of petroleum. However, burning paraffin wax releases harmful toxins into the air. Another option is beeswax, which burns clean but has limited scent throw and is not a sustainable choice.
Choosing between Coconut Wax and Soy Wax – Which is Better?
For candle makers who are searching for natural and eco-friendly options, the decision between coconut wax and soy wax can be a tough one. Which is the better choice for candle making, soy or coconut wax?
COMPARING COCONUT WAX AND SOY WAX
When selecting the wax for your scented candle, there are four key factors to consider: burn time, scent throw, clean burn, and sustainability. In this comparison, we will examine soy wax and coconut wax based on these parameters to help you understand why we at Bitches Love Candles always opt for coconut wax.
When purchasing a scented candle, it is expected to have a long burn time and leave a pleasant fragrance in your home. Although soy wax candles do burn slowly, their crumbly texture can make them unattractive and disappointing, especially if you have invested a significant amount of money in the candle.
In contrast, coconut wax candles have one of the longest burn times and provide an even melt pool. The slow and consistent burn ensures that you get your money's worth and the scent of your favorite fragrance lingers in your home for an extended period. A great example of this long burn time is our Relax, B*tch candle, which we guarantee for at least 90 hours, but burns for much, much longer.
The scent throw of a scented candle refers to its ability to spread its fragrance and fill a room with its aroma.
Coconut wax blends well with essential oils, providing a strong scent throw. It can hold up to 12% scent in its wax, making it a great option for both fragrance oils and essential oils. Coconut wax also has a strong hot and cold scent throw, allowing you to smell the fragrance even when the candle is not lit. For example, the aroma of lavender from our coconut wax candle can be distinctly sensed just by opening the jar. If you are searching for a scented candle that can fill your room with a rich fragrance, then coconut wax is the way to go.
While soy wax has a lower melting point and easily releases essential oils, it is not as effective as coconut wax in terms of scent throw. It can hold up to only 10% scent in its wax and its scent throw is not as strong as coconut wax.
When lighting an aromatherapy candle, the goal is to create a relaxing atmosphere, uplift your mood, and enjoy the fragrance. Inhaling soot is definitely not part of the plan. Unfortunately, many scented candles release soot and other harmful toxins into the air when burned. Ideally, you would want a candle that burns cleanly without emitting toxic fumes. This is where coconut wax candles shine.
While soy wax candles produce less soot compared to paraffin wax, coconut wax is the clear winner in terms of clean burning. Coconut wax candles create zero soot particles when lit, ensuring that no carcinogens or toxins are released into your home. This makes coconut wax candles a safer and healthier option for aromatherapy.
SUSTAINABILITY AND ENVIRONMENTAL FRIENDLINESS
Soy wax is a natural and renewable option, but it is not entirely free of drawbacks. The majority of soy agriculture uses genetically modified methods and is produced with high amounts of harmful pesticides and fertilizers. This is why soy is widely available and soy wax is cheaper than coconut wax. However, it is challenging to find and verify 100% non-GMO soy. While soy wax may be natural, it is not sustainable or environmentally friendly.
On the other hand, coconut wax is an eco-friendly option as it does not require any pesticides or fertilizers to grow. Coconuts are organically grown and harvested by hand, making them a more sustainable choice. Additionally, coconuts are non-GMO and have no genetic modifications, unlike soy.
Coconut wax is also made through a natural process called hydrogenation, which involves converting coconut oil into wax. From the growing and harvesting to the manufacturing process, everything about coconut wax is natural. Furthermore, coconuts are a renewable crop, making coconut wax a sustainable, environmentally friendly option and the best wax available for candle making.
PRICE AND SOY WAX BLENDS
Soy wax is widely available and therefore cheaper than coconut wax. This is why some candle makers blend coconut wax with soy wax to reduce the cost and add structure to the wax. Blended soy wax candles are common, but they compromise the clean and natural qualities of coconut wax.
If you are looking for a clean and natural burn and a rich aroma, it is recommended to invest in pure coconut wax, even if it may be more expensive. You will not be disappointed with the results as the premium quality is worth the extra cost.
FINAL THOUGHTS: COCONUT WAX FOR CANDLE MAKING
In conclusion, when comparing coconut wax and soy wax, it is clear that coconut wax is the superior choice for candle making. It is natural, sustainable, and environmentally friendly. Although some candle makers may have different opinions, it is important to consider the challenges of sourcing and using different types of wax. If you want a scented candle that performs well, it should be made with coconut wax.
SCENTED CANDLES ATLANTA
The next time you are looking for a scented candle for your home, office, or for that uplifting aromatherapy session, check out the natural, vibrant and earthy coconut wax candles available at Bitches Love Candles.