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Palm Wax - What to Know Candle Series

Lit white candles on a white background with P&J Trading fragrance oil bottles laying next to the candles.

USING PALM WAX

Within the past few months, we discussed the basics of using soy wax, paraffin wax, and beeswax in candles. Thus, as we continue our third “What to Know Candle Series”, our P&J Family wants to cover the use of palm wax. Follow along below to read all about the various benefits and drawbacks when it comes to using palm wax in homemade candles. 

WHAT IS PALM WAX

Palm wax, otherwise known as carnauba wax, derives from a carnauba tree in areas of Brazil. In its purest form, the palm wax are hard flakes with a yellow and brown color tone. The wax is obtained through the process of collecting leaves from the carnauba tree, drying them out, pressing them to loosen wax, then refining and bleaching the wax. Palm wax is used in various ways throughout the world. It can produce a shiny finish on products like automobiles, instruments, candies, or floors. The wax is also widely used in skin-care products such as lipstick or foundation because of its hypoallergenic properties. 

However, there are a few downsides to palm wax and the current environment. Some countries are behind in creating ethical standards regarding farming eco-friendly palm oil. Several farmers across the world are known to have allowed palm productions to ravage the local environment, creating deforestation. Thus, some candle makers today have decided to stay away from palm wax because of the negative environmental impact. 

PROS AND CONS

Here are a few benefits and drawbacks of palm wax:

PROS
  • Palm is a hard wax and does well in pillar and votive candles. 
  • It naturally creates feathering and crystallization patterns if you want this design. 
  • This wax holds fragrance oil and color well. 
  • Palm wax is an all-natural, plant-based wax. 
  • Burns for a longer period of time unlike other waxes like paraffin.
CONS
  • One of the more expensive types of candle wax. 
  • Shrinkage can occur if the wax cools too fast when it is poured.
  • Controversial environmental impact of deforestation. 
  • The wax must cool very slowly for the proper crystallization to form and hold.
  • If using a container, palm wax can sometimes leave a thin layer of unmelted wax around the rim.

TIPS FOR PALM WAX

Here are a few tips you should consider if you are new to the candle making world: 

BURN TIME 

This is how long it takes a candle to completely burn.Total burn time depends on the size of the palm wax candle. However, if you were to consistently burn the candle, it would take about 36 hours until it was gone.

CRYSTALLIZATION

Crystallization is a natural occurrence when making palm wax candles and is a design preference. Unlike in soy candles, which is undesirable in most circumstances. 

CURE

The amount of time a candle needs rest before it is lit to increase scent throw. For best results, we recommend letting your palm candle sit for at least 48 hours before being lit.

DYE

The various colorants used in the candle making process. The easiest way to add color when making a palm wax candle is through dye blocks. 

FRAGRANCE OIL

The scent of the candle! Our general recommendation is 0.5 ounces of P&J Fragrance Oil per pound of palm wax. The fragrance is most accurately measured by weight, but you can also use a tablespoon to measure. 

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. For palm wax, we found it is best to use a cotton wick.

If you use this wax for your candles, comment your tips below!

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