Palm wax is an all-natural, renewable resource that is obtained from the oil palm in Southeast Asia. Due to its environmentally friendly attributes, palm wax offers a whole new choice for candle makers who market sustainable or renewable resource based extensions to their candle lines. It has been grown as a commercial crop in well managed and regulated estates since the early 1900’s. The oil palm produces fruit in bunches which are harvested, and sent to palm oil mills where the oils are extracted, sterilized, clarified and purified into crude palm oil. The crude oil is then sent to palm oil refineries where it is processed further into products such as cooking oil, shortening, cocoa butter substitutes, non-dairy creamers, soaps, and of course everybody’s favorite – Palm Wax.
The palm oil trees are left to grow for over 25 years while only the fruit bunches are harvested by hand with sharp hook type tools. Then the fruit is transported to refineries where the fruit is pressed, steamed and spun in centrifuges to separated husks and extract the oils – no harsh chemicals are needed to refine the oil, just water in the form of steam is needed. Byproducts like the husks are reused and turned either into electricity or turned into pulp to make paper and mulch.
Materials like wicks, fragrance oils and the like also play a key role in having a great performing candle. Lead wicks are outlawed in the USA but many over seas production facilities still use them. Lead core wicks notably produce soot and release toxic chemicals where over time can create upper respiratory health concerns. When it comes to scents it is important to learn if the candles you choose to burn contain candle grade fragrance oils or essential oils or other types of oils not safe for candles. Many candle makers proudly share they use essential oils to scent their candles. This is a no-no because essential oils are meant to be used for skin contact not to be burned. Essential oils are very flammable! When subjected to a flame or high heat the chemical make up changes causing explosions and large flames. Additionally breathing in essential oils that are used in candles also causes bronchial issues and allergic reactions or worse. The same results can happen with candles that do not use candle safe fragrance oils too as some oils are only good for certain types of waxes used in various candle types.
I use 100% palm wax sourced from RSPO certified plantations in Malaysia, high grade fragrance oils specific for natural waxes, and 100% cotton core wicks which are made in the USA. I guarantee all of my candles and if anyone has any issues whatsoever, they can get a full refund!