While the candle wax market is dominated by paraffin today, the use of palm based waxes in candle manufacturing can be dated back to the early nineteenth century. During the 1800's palm, a tropical plant had its fruit harvested for oil and processed in West Africa. The oil was imported into Britain and was widely adopted by Price's Patent Candle Company* in their candle production when the uses of beeswax and tallow in candle-making were more prevalent. The discovery of petroleum in 1854 and the subsequent development of paraffin wax from petroleum oil transformed the candle industry. Paraffin wax replaced beeswax, tallow, palm oil and all other sources in large scale to become a dominant material for candle-making. By 1900, less than 50 years after its discovery, paraffin accounted for 90% of all candle manufacturing. Development of the use of palm wax in candle-making stalled until large scale production of palm oil began approximately 20 years ago.
*Price's Candles a company founded by William Wilson and Benjamin Lancaster England in 1830 and is still in business today.
Keep your wicks trimmed!!! We recommend wicks be kept at 1/4 inch. We sell wick trimmers that will trim your candles to the exact length recommended. NEVER leave a candle unattended and keep candles away from children, pets and flammable objects. Always burn candle in fireproof holders. Do not place on a candle warmer.
Palm wax produces a very bright and clean burn resulting in less soot production. When burned and cared for properly these candles will last a very long time. Palm Wax is a hard wax with a higher melt point than the softer paraffin or soy wax candles and will liquefy as it burns.
To avoid tunneling burn approximately 1 hour per inch until the candle has reached across the perimeter. If you get any wax build up use a butter knife and gently carve the wax to get it back on track.
The palm tree produces several clusters of fruits which are known as palm fruit. This fruit is harvested and the bunches are then sent to oil mills so that they can undergo the process of sterilization. This is done to remove all traces of germs and bacteria. Oil is then extracted with the use of specialized machinery and is classified on the basis of hue, color, texture and viscosity. The crystallization appearance occurs after the candle is poured and the wax begins to cool.
The palm wax we use is 100% natural and a renewable resource.
Snohomish Candle Co.