What Kind of Wax Do We Use?

What kind of wax do you use in your candles?

This a common question we’ve been getting lately, and we're here to address it! At Jules + Gem Hawaii, we use a luxurious virgin coconut soy container wax, which is simply a vegan blend of natural soy and coconut.  We love its creamy white appearance, exceptional adhesion and ability to provide an excellent fragrance throw–both warm and cold (we explain more about this later!). This wax is gluten-free, toxin-free, paraben-free, phthalate-free, and is derived from renewable sources. The entire blend utilizes only FDA-approved waxes.

Every type of wax has different characteristics and behaves differently when burned. Here’s what you need to know:

Soy Wax

A popular wax made from the soy plant.
Why we like it! 
  • Good hot and cold throw.
  • Great for container candles.
Why we don't like about it!
  • Colors as it ages and is more difficult to work with.  
  • Has a natural frosting finish especially over time.

Paraffin Wax

A popular wax for container candles made from petroleum.  

Why we like it! 

  • Easy to use and doesn’t frost.
  • More attractive than soy wax.
  • Good for hot and cold throw.
  • Great for pillar waxes because of how rigid the wax is.  

Why we don't like it!

  • Has a translucent color.
  • Although research supports that it burns clean, it’s still produced from petroleum.
Coconut Wax Blend
A wax made from coconuts, of course, and what we use at Jules + Gem Hawaii!

What we LOVE about it:

  • Beautiful texture!  
  • Creamy appearance adds an elegant finish to the candle.  
  • Burns longer.
  • Has an excellent hot throw!

Other Frequently Asked Questions

What is a hot throw?

Refers to how well the fragrance smells while the candle is burning.

What is a cold throw?

Refers to how well the fragrance smells while the candle is not burning.  

Do our candles burn clean?

Most natural waxes are considered to burn clean.  It is up to the candlemaker to add materials that produce a candle that will ultimately burn clean. For instance, if the candlemaker adds unnatural additives to create a unique color or a better fragrance throw, the candle may not burn clean. We're proud to say that at Jules + Gem Hawaii, we only use all-natural ingredients to our products. Happy clean burning! 

1 comment

  • Darlene BUrgess

    Love this info, Lana. Having asthma & allergies, I have often wondered if candle burning has a negative effect on my lungs. Your educational info makes me thankful that you care about my health & that you do what you do!
    Love, Dar🌺

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