The Scoop on Palm Candles

Palm wax candles are notably beautiful and often very easily identifiable – they have a distinctive crystalline pattern. Palm wax can be used to make container candles, pillar candles, and even wax tarts (melts). This type of wax is also very receptive to color, so the various dyes often cling to the crystals and make very vibrant, stunning candles.

Photo Credit: Candles by Donald

Photo Credit: Candles by Donald

Palm wax is an all-natural wax that is obtained from palm oil trees. It is environmentally friendly as it is a sustainable and renewable resource, harvested in Southeast Asia. The wax is actually created from the berries of the palm tree. The trees bear bunches of fruit, with each bunch weighing up to 55 pounds. Each fruit bunch contains thousands of tiny fruits (or berries). There is a seed within each berry and that is where the oil is actually extracted to eventually create palm wax. The tree itself never has to be harmed or removed to make palm wax.

Palm wax has a very high melting point, which is seen as very beneficial to many chandlers and candle lovers alike. These candles don’t tend to melt when being shipped or exposed to extremely high temperatures during the hot summer months. Also, because of this high melting point, these candles tend to burn slower – making your candle last longer! Palm wax candles are known for having a very bright flame, which helps contribute to ambiance.

It is more expensive to obtain palm wax (as compared to paraffin or soy), so these candles tend to be a bit pricier ounce per ounce. Those who make palm wax candles do state that this type of wax tends to “hold” fragrance better because of the crystals, hence leading to a more fragrant candle. Many find the cold throw fragrance a lot more subtle than they might be used to with paraffin candles.

A beautiful palm wax candle scented in Sweet Orange & Chili Pepper. Photo credit: Curious Carrie

A beautiful palm wax candle scented in Sweet Orange & Chili Pepper. Photo credit: Curious Carrie

The RSPO (Round Table on Sustainable Palm Oil) was founded by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) to help develop best practices for responsible palm tree cultivation and to deter deforestation. It is important if purchasing palm wax candles to learn about the company and how/where they obtain their palm wax.

Interesting in purchasing palm wax candles? Here are just some of the places you can go:

Have you tried palm wax candles before? What are your thoughts?

Happy candle burning ~


Author: Andrea

Andrea is the voice behind Candle Scoop. She is a long-standing member of Candlefind and loves all things scented. While she enjoys scents across the spectrum, she is a die-hard bakery and fresh-scent fan. She enjoys rooting out bargains and candle discounts, but she won't hesitate to pamper herself with a luxury brand. When not writing or talking about candles, she enjoys spectator sports and playing with her pups. Andrea would love to hear from you, so don't hesitate to contact!

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  1. I make my candles with soy wax but would love to give palm wax a try. Definitely going on the wish list!

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  2. I’ve never tried palm wax. I am not opposed to try it either. I have heard about it but never really sought out any candles or melts made of it. Thank you for listing several companies that do make candles made from palm wax. I am going to check out some of there web pages.

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    • If you do try some palm wax candles or melts, please be sure to let us know what you think. 🙂

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  3. I haven’t tried them before, but that color looks gorgeous! I will have to check out some of the vendors you listed and see what’s what! Thanks!

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    • Good idea, Amy. I haven’t bought many palm wax candles/melts, so I’m going to explore these products a bit more.

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  4. Hi, I have found a couple of places that sale palm wax and I do not know if it was just the one vendor but I had a “melt” that lasted for days and I have never had that happen before and the scent was wonderful. (Not sure whether to mention company but it was PinkT Candles. I am looking for more companies to try this wonderful wax. I love the candles they are beautiful. Thank you for your reviews for these products.

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