Friday, August 01, 2008

Mighty Palm Wax

I've been putting some palm wax candles in my Etsy shop recently. They're a great candle to have around because guess what? They don't get soft in the summer heat. You know how paraffin, soy, and beeswax gets soft and/or sticky when it's hot, even if you're not burning it? Doesn't happen with palm wax. The surface stays dry and hard. It's a great candle to ship to another location in the summer, because no matter how long it sits in the back of the UPS or US Postal Service truck, it's not going to soften and lose it's shape.

I'm probably giving paraffin, soy, and beeswax a bad name now. Please know that it takes pretty intense temperatures for a paraffin pillar to soften and lose its shape. Beeswax might develop a bit of stickiness to its surface, but certainly won't start melting until it's well over 150 degrees. But palm wax has such a unique surface and consistency. You can have them in a west window in Arizona and it won't soften or sweat. And the feathered surface designs are just intriguing. They're simply wonderful summer candles.

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