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Coconut Wax - What to Know Candle Series

Pieces of a coconut with P&J Coconut Fragrance Oil against a golden, silky background.

USING COCONUT WAX

If you have followed along in our last four educational posts, you know we discussed the basics of using soy wax, paraffin wax, beeswax, and palm wax in candles. Thus,  for our last post on “What to Know Candle Series”, our P&J Family covers the basics of using coconut wax. Follow along below to learn all about various pros and cons when it comes to using coconut wax in homemade candles. This is especially beneficial to first-time candle makers!

WHAT IS COCONUT WAX

Since it’s earth day, we celebrate by talking about an eco-friendly, non-toxic, plant-based candle wax: coconut! Coconut wax is eco-friendly due to its harvesting process. The wax is obtained through a natural procedure known as hydrogenation which coconut oil is transformed into a wax substance. Specifically, the wax is developed by cold pressing the coconut meat into an oil and is then hydrogenated which takes out the coconut scent as well. Sometimes, the coconut wax is also blended with another plant-based wax like soy. This can make the candle making process a little easier. 

PROS AND CONS

Here are a few pros and cons we found about coconut wax:

PROS
  • It offers a cleaner burn and less smoke when it is lit. 
  • Great for adding fragrance and gives off a strong scent throw.
  • Excellent when creating container candles (ex. with a jar).
  • Easy to add colorant because of its white or cream aesthetic. 
  • All-natural, eco-friendly, vegan, and plant-based. 
  • Burn time is slower which means the candle will last longer. 
  • Easy to pour wax and no need for re-pours. 
  • Does not have frosting or bloom.
CONS
  • A more expensive candle wax.
  • Sometimes mixed with other waxes like soy.
  • If used by itself, it is typically too soft to make a candle and needs another wax. 

TIPS FOR COCONUT WAX

Here are a few tips you should consider if you are a first-time candle maker:

BURN TIME 

This is how long it takes a candle to completely burn.Total burn time depends on the size of the coconut wax candle. For example, an 8oz candle blend of soy and coconut will burn for approximately 40 hours.

CURE

The amount of time a candle needs rest before it is lit to increase scent throw. Typically, it is best to let coconut wax candles cure for at least three days and up to one week.

DYE

The various colorants used in the candle making process. Liquid dyes will give off a lighter or pastel shade in coconut wax. Whereas, dye blocks will produce a darker, more vibrant color.

FRAGRANCE OIL

The scent of the candle! Our general recommendation for a coconut wax blend is 1 to 1.5 ounce of P&J Fragrance Oil per pound of wax.

SCENT THROW

The fragrance emitted from the candle. The bigger the room, the bigger the candle needs to be!

WICKS

A cotton or wood material used to ignite the flame of a candle. We recommend using a cottonwood wick which is both braided and flat.

Let us know if you have used coconut wax before and what your tips are in the comments below!

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