easyecotips | You probably like candlelight as much as I do. I love to light candles in my home, especially on dark autumn and winter days. I guess most people do. Yet did you ever give it much thought, how your candles are made? And what ingredient are used to make your candles? I have to admit, I never really did, until Palm Done Right brand partner Way Out Wax launched their organic palm wax candles.
Although my candles burned fast, dripped excessively and released black smoke, I still continued my routine candle buying behavior. When I ran out of supplies, I just bought a new stack of candles rather mindlessly. Working with Way Out Wax and talking to New York based candle makers KEAP, made me dig into the candle industry.
Wax is the largest component of candles. It is the fuel that allows them to burn. The candle sector relies heavily on paraffin wax for candle production. It is widely available, has great production compatibility, and it is cheap. Globally 77% of candles are made using paraffin wax.
Paraffin is a by-product of the petroleum industry, obtained as a solid residue from the fractional distillation of crude oil. Paraffin wax doesn’t burn clean and produces black soot.