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.
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.
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:
- Aloha Bay
- By The Bay Botanicals (Read Avery’s review on Candlefind.com)
- Palm Tree Candle Company
- Candles by Donald (Read Julia’s review on Candlefind.com)
- Carrie’s Curiosities
Have you tried palm wax candles before? What are your thoughts?
Happy candle burning ~