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Regenerative Palm Wax: Some Frequently Asked Questions

We’re incredibly excited to announce the launch of our ecologically restorative palm wax.


This wax was developed in partnership with Natural Habitats, which supports the growth and production of organic oil palms in Ecuador. They are pioneers in implementing farming methods that regenerate and sustain healthy, diverse ecosystems. Their farms have gained the most stringent certifications associated with healthy farming practices — from organic and Fair Trade to Non-GMO and Fair for Life (the highest bar of Fair Trade certification).

 


Lush palm farms in Ecuador; Natural Habitats


With this change, you might have some questions or notice some changes with your candles. We've included a short set of questions and answers below for those curious about what to expect.

Can you tell me more about how palm oil can be farmed regeneratively?

We know this is a critical concern and have researched this topic thoroughly to provide a rigorous answer. This story covers the palm oil industry's past, present, and future. We hope this story answers all your questions, but feel free to reach out if you think of more.

Can you tell me more about Natural Habitats?

Absolutely! This story covers how we came to know Natural Habitats and how they work to create regenerative outcomes with their farmers.

Will the new wax affect the candles in any way?

As of July 2022, we entered a period of accelerated experimentation that will allow us to fine-tune aesthetics and further improve burn quality and burn time. In short, the performance of the candles will be similar to the old coconut wax candles. The main difference is in the way the candle looks aesthetically.

Here are some differences you may notice as we transition from coconut wax to palm wax:


Candle Performance:

  • Burns similarly to the coconut wax. One distinction you may notice is that the candles are more likely to have some remaining wax on the side of the glass after the first 2-3 hour burn, giving the impression that the candle will tunnel. However, on subsequent burns, we find the melt pool eventually reaches the edge, and the remaining wax evens out.

  • Throws scent beautifully, so you shouldn’t notice any change in the scent power of our candles. (If you do, please get in touch!)

  • No more melting in transit! 😅 Due to the wax’s much higher melt point, we’re incredibly excited that candles melting in summer shipping (mainly to hot places like Arizona) will be a thing of the past!

As always, we suggest using good candle care to ensure you get the best burn possible. You can do this by:

  • Trimming the wick to 3/8” before burning to help ensure a smaller, safer flame. The width of your littlest finger is a good guide to the correct length.

  • The first time you burn your candle, burn it for 2-3 hours. This will not only maximize the fragrance throw but also help avoid “tunneling” — where the candle burns down the middle, leaving wax around the edges.



 

Candle Appearance:

You might notice some slight cosmetic differences:

  • The higher melt point means the wax is harder and has a less oily consistency.

  • You might notice slight surface cracks and a different way of adhering to the sides of the glass. You might also notice the surface of the candles appears more irregular between burns than the coconut wax. None of these differences impact the performance of the candle. Nonetheless, we are working to optimize these aspects further.

     
    Send us some feedback at TheLab@KeapBK.com about your palm wax candle experience, and we’ll share some candle credit with you as a thank you!

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