Why Vegetable Wax?

Palm wax is a relatively new product, it is a renewable resource, non-GMO, and entirely free of petroleum products.
How? Palm Oil, the main ingredient, is derived from the fruit bunches of the oil palm. The oil is heated under high pressure to separate
the glycerin from the fatty acids. Next, the fatty acid component is combined with oxygen and distilled to create a flaked, hard, white wax, which has a beautiful crystalline structure. No harmful solvents or catalysts are necessary. And to clarify, soy wax, has also become a popular alternative to paraffin, but is generally only found in containers due to its extremely low melt point. It also carries the same
clean-burning properties, but beware, soy isn't always just soy and more than 75% of soy is from GMO seed.

Why NOT Paraffin Wax?

There are three main reasons to avoid buying petroleum (paraffin) based candles:
~ Paraffin smoke/exhaust contains many carcinogenic toxins and contributes to indoor air pollution
~ Petroleum is not a renewable resource
~ Burning paraffin often produces black soot that coats your walls, furniture, electronics, and appliances
Paraffin candles contain up to 11 carcinogenic compounds. These compounds have been deemed 'toxic air contaminants' by the
State of California. An air quality researcher, David Krause, has documented evidence that candle soot particles contain many of the
same compounds given off from burning diesel fuel. The soot from these materials can contain carcinogens, neurotoxins, and
reproductive toxins. Testing and air chamber analysis by the Environmental Protection Agency has found the following compounds in a random group of over 30 candles tested:

Carbon disulfide
2- Butanone
1, 1, 1-Trichloroethane
Carbon tetrachloride
Carbon Black (soot) Particulate Matter <2.5 microns
Lead (Inorganic Airborne Contaminant)

Health hazards are created when paraffin (petroleum-based wax) is mixed with synthetic fragrance (some not even meant for
combustion), and then compounded with chemical fixatives, synthetic glosses, and wire core wicks. Health problems have been more evident in the past ten or so years due to the increased popularity of scented candles. Hundreds of thousands of dollars of home and furniture damage have been reported, causing a battle with insurance companies and candle retailers.

In the Nov/Dec 2000 edition of the Emagazine, in an article titled, 'The Inside Scoop,' Kathleen O'Neil writes that a recent study of
residents in both residential and an industrial areas found chemical levels in the subjects' bodies indicating they had received doses of pollutants in their homes five to 70 times higher than the highest outdoor levels. Burning candles are listed in the article as contributing
their share of indoor pollution.

Unfortunately candle ingredients are not required to be listed, so most of the population is unaware, but awareness is growing. Worse, labels are often worded in such a way that some consumers think they are buying healthy, aromatherapy candles, when in reality the candle is mostly a petroleum wax, synthetic scent, synthetic fixatives, with a pinch of plant essential oil added. Even if a candle is labeled as being made of beeswax, often there is paraffin as well. Wicks that have a metal, or zinc core, often contain small amounts of lead as well. Always look for very specific labeling by the manufacturer.

How does the Ascents Candle Company fit into all this?

Our candles are made with 100% palm based vegetable wax with no harmful additives. We only use pure essential oils and never add
any artificial fragrances. The pigments are the purest powder form, eco-friendly, and contain no petroleum solvents. The wicks are pure cotton, wire-free, and are coated with vegetable wax, not paraffin.

Breathe Easier with Ascents