Why Coconut Wax?

Octavia Candles have redefined the meaning of ‘Eco chic’ with an innovative, clean-burning candle made from food grade certified coconut oil. Our hand crafted candles provide a clean burn that doesn’t collect soot, and is truly ecologically responsible. The purity of coconut oil allows the fragrance of the Essential Oils to burn true, releasing a natural perfume without distortion. Coconuts are a sustainable crop, Organic by nature, coconut oil comes from its raw material, the coconut flesh. Production is sustainable and free from toxins, the use of pesticides and the need for deforestation. Coconut wax is made by cold pressing the oil out of the meat of the coconut. The oil then sustains hydrogenation and is turned into coconut wax with a beautiful, creamy white consistency.

Soy wax doesn’t have ideal burn qualities; it burns slowly, but it has trouble throwing scent and can also look unsightly with its characteristic crumbly texture. Due to the fact that soybean oil is a by-product of the huge soybean industry, concerns have been raised about deforestation associated with increasing soy demand.There is also reason to be concerned about unhealthy amounts of pesticides and fertilizers used to grow soybeans en masse. It is a cheap wax.

Paraffin wax may be very low cost and known for its strong burning and scent properties, but as a product of the oil industry it is the very definition of unsustainable. In addition, they are notorious fast burners. When paraffin candles burn, they emit black soot and toxic fumes—similar in chemistry to diesel exhaust—containing poisonous chemicals such as benzene, toluene, naphthalene, tri-decane, tetra-decane, penta-decane, and hexadecane.

Palm wax scores higher than many other wax sources regarding its burning properties. However, palm oil is grown and harvested in an unsustainable and destructive manner, wreaking havoc on local ecosystems, communities, and the climate.