Wax Facts & FAQ's
A Few Words About Wax:
Paraffin Wax is the cheapest and most widely available wax there is - if you buy your candles at a large retail chain, chances are they contain paraffin. The problem is, paraffin is a petroleum product. Crude oil is converted into lubricating oil (for your car, for example) and gasoline. The leftover sludge is processed into paraffin wax. Paraffin has been around for a long time and has many uses in the food and cosmetics industry - probably more than you think. When it burns, it discharges the dangerous chemicals formaldehyde, benzene and ketones, all of which are known cancer-causing agents. And then there's the soot it leaves behind on your candle container, on your walls and in the air. Although you might see some cool looking candles made with paraffin wax, we just don't want to breathe the equivalent of car exhaust fumes in our house if we don't have to - and don't think you should have to either...so we don't use it. In any of our candles. We also use lead-free (and zinc-free) wick and all of our fragrance oils are phthalate free.
We use 100% all natural beeswax (with 100% cotton braided wick)- one of nature's most beautiful products. Beeswax is the purest and most natural wax product available. It is made with a substance that is taken from four pairs of glands on the underside of a worker honey bee's abdomen. Beeswax produces a brighter flame than other waxes and the warm glow closely mimics the light of the sun. It has a naturally sweet honey smell and is smokeless and virtually dripless unless burned near a draft. It has a higher melting point (approx. 145 degrees fahrenheit) than any other wax which makes beeswax candles burn much slower (and so last longer) than other wax types. It's color varies from nearly white to brownish, but most often a shade of yellow, depending on purity and the type of pollen gathered by the bees. Beeswax candles also produce negative ions (which are better than positive ions) which remove the pollution and allergens from the positive ions in your home, and lets them fall harmlessly to the ground leaving you with cleaner air. Negative ions increase the flow of oxygen to your brain and contribute to a biochemical reaction that increases levels of serotonin. In this way they can help to relieve depression and stress, and can even increase your energy. Do you suffer from SAD (seasonal affective disorder)? Light some beeswax candles!
"What's that white dusty looking stuff on my candle?" All 100% beeswax candles will form what is called "bloom". This is a light frosting effect that may look unpleasant but rest assured that it does not affect the way the candles burn or smell and only 100% beeswax will bloom. We like the way it looks but if you don't you can wipe it off with a clean cloth (a balled up nylon works, or a micro-fiber cloth).
Soy is a sustainable and renewable resource and it's production greatly benefits the American agricultural economy. Our soy wax is produced from plants grown in the U.S. with no herbicides or pesticides and is genetically un-altered. Soy wax is non-toxic and burns clean, slow and cool and won't leave soot on your walls. It is bio-degradable and will clean up with hot water and soap - so you can wash out and re-use the container your candle comes in; or send it back to us and we'll re-fill it for you!
Our soy waxes:
•Are 100% vegetable, made with Pure Soybean oil
•Are all natural and biodegradable.
•Are manufactured meeting FDA standards.
•Are Kosher Certified.
•Are NOT tested on animals.
•Contain NO petroleum, paraffin or beeswax products.
•Contain NO pesticides and NO herbicides.
•Contain NO toxic materials.
•Contain NO Genetically Modified Material.
•Are considered GRAS under the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act.
Soy Wax F.A.Q.'s
"Why does my candle look dried out?" Similar to bloom on beeswax, frosting is a natural characteristic of soy. Frosting is a particular crystal growth of vegetable oils, which can cause the candle to look dry but is simply a characteristic of that crystal structure, and has nothing to do with the candle "drying out". Frosting does not effect the scent throw or the burning properties of the candle. You can safely burn a candle with frosting without worry. To minimize frosting, try to keep your candle out of direct sunlight and florescent lighting. Even changes in the weather can cause additional frosting. It is almost impossible to stop 100% soy wax from frosting and is part of the soy experience! It's not a flaw, and is unique to pure soy candles. It is a way that you can tell if your candle is really made with pure, all-natural soy wax. It is just one of the beautiful and natural features of this wonderful wax. And based on some informal, highly unscientific studies, a candle's looks are not nearly as important as smelling good and lasting a long time.
"Why is my candle leaving so much wax on the sides of the container?" A soy container candle burning straight down the center, creating a tunnel, was not allowed to achieve a full melt pool on it's first burn. All natural soy wax has a memory and if a soy candle is extinguished prior to allowing a full melt pool, all subsequent melt pools will not go past the first one. To leave the least amount of wax on the sides of the container, go for the full melt pool on the first burn. Just remember to burn the candle for a minimum of one (1) hour for every inch of it's diameter to get it. All future burns should follow the first one's path.
Palm wax is an all-natural, renewable resource that is obtained from the oil palm tree in Southeast Asia, and is environmentally friendly. 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 our favorite...Palm Wax.
Burning Your Palm Wax Candle Palm wax candles are richly decorated with beautiful surface crystal patterns. Before lighting your candle for the first time, cut the wick to 1/4 inch and trim when necessary to prevent wild flickering or to lower the flame - but a little flicker is okay. It is important to keep the wick centered within the wax pool to obtain the maximum performance from the candle. A nice glow effect occurs as the candle burns down, leaving a wall of wax for the flame to shine through, similar to a hurricane candle. It is important that you establish the wax pool the first time you burn your palm wax candle. In order to make sure this initial wax pool is clearly defined, you will need to burn your candle for a minimum of 1 hour. Always burn your candles out of drafts; 3 - 3 1/2 hours maximum for each use, allowing the candle to cool completely before re-lighting.
Palm Wax F.A.Q.'s
"Why did my candle melt through the side?" You probably let it burn too long at one time. Unfortunately, you can't light a Palm Wax candle and leave it to burn for hours at a time. It has to establish a burn pool and work it's way gradually down the center. It may not seem like it at first, but the entire candle will burn this way, even completely melting the sides as it goes. Of course that means your beautiful, one-of-a-kind candle lasts even longer!