Have you seen those lovely candles with the gorgeous feathery pattern or crystalline effect on them? Any layman would assume these candles to be the great work by a highly skilled artist. But to break the news to you, these candles are perhaps the easiest to make. All thanks to the wax popularly known as ‘Palm Wax’. Organic in nature, palm wax has been scoring high in popularity over the years as an eco-friendly wax for candle making. Made from Palm berries, the wax is not just natural, biodegradable and sustainable, but also offers a crystallized effect on the candle body.
Derived from palm fruits produced mostly in Southeast Asia, the process of creating wax begins after harvesting when the nuts are refined in palm mills to separate seeds from the soft outer body. The outer extracts are then steamed and hard-pressed to release oil, followed by a distilling process which finally transforms the oil to wax. There is no chemical or synthetic interference in the entire process of Palm wax production.
This natural wax is also loved by the candle makers due to its hardness and greater melting point that results into an incredible performance, in terms of both illumination and life. In simple words, candles made from Palm wax burn brightly and slowly, emitting the perfect golden glow. What else could a candle lover ask for? If that’s not enough, with a dry and smooth finish, these candles can withstand greater summer heat without melting or getting soft. The high contraction also makes it easier to remove the candles from molds. It is also an ideal wax for those who have just discovered their love for candle making. It allows you the freedom to experiment due to its creamy hue which accepts the color-dye easily and holds the scent really well. It can be manipulated easily and produces a huge range of surface patterns including rich solid colors and intricate crystalline designs.
Primary uses in candle making:
The sturdy nature of the wax makes it suitable for all sorts of applications from votives to container candles to pillars. No additives are required to hold and bind the candle in case of this natural wax except for fragrance and coloring which is a matter of personal choice. Due to its distinctive crystalline appearance, palm wax is an ideal choice for candles with a feathering pattern.
When it comes to the wax extracted from palm nuts, achieving the crystal formation or solid smooth surface is also fairly easy with the help of pouring temperature (199- 203 F is the ideal) and slow cooling. You can adjust these two basic aspects and discover a plethora of lovely crystal formations. Similarly, for coloring the wax, follow the simple rule and add lighter to darker shades to discover a whole new world of hues that you can fill your candle dreams with. And that’s what sets palm wax apart from the rest of its candle wax comrades.
Different types and melting point:
You can mold your candle ideas from the following types of wax made of palm oil.
• Glass Glow: A popular form of the wax, Glass Glow is a container wax that can give a marble effect to the candle and turns translucent while burning, leading to a gorgeous glow. Also admired for an excellent fragrance throw, Glass Glow is easy to manipulate and work with. It is a one pour wax that comes in granular form and results into excellent layered candles.
• Starburst Votive and Pillar Wax: Capable of delivering a starburst pattern and most preferred for votive and pillar candles, Stardust is also easy to work with due to it granular form. It has an incredible fragrance throw and works well with color dyes to produce rich shades.
• Feather Blend: Similar to the other two types of the wax, the feather blend—a pillar wax— is also available in a granular form and is easy to manipulate. It can also be blended with Stardust for a unique result.
Palm wax has a melting point of approximately 140 degrees Fahrenheit which is higher than the melting points for soft paraffin or soy wax.
Maximum recommended fragrance capacity:
The large crystal molecular structure of the wax absorbs more fragrance and release smoothly when lit. It accepts both essential oil and fragrance oils well. Although, the ideal fragrance load is 5-6% for a delicate scent of the candle without sweating, some fragrances can be pushed to higher levels, but again it is a matter of your choice.
All of this is precisely the reason why this green wax in the past few decades has risen as a preferred choice for those who love making candles but are skeptical about paraffin and its petroleum origins. With palm wax you can let your imagination and creativity soar and keep creating beautiful candles.