Before I explain the answer to the question, Bougee Girl Candles are a luxury, natural, healthy candle, 50% Pure Beeswax, 50% Pure Coconut Wax! Most candles makers don’t use pure coconut wax! We do! Our Pure Coconut Candle Wax is made from cold-pressed Coconut meat, the same way  Coconut Oil is extracted. It then goes through a hydrogenation process, where coconut oil is transformed into a creamy white colored wax!  Our Prices are much LOWER, than traditional luxury candles (by the way check out the ingredients of those so call luxury natural candles, you may be surprised)  because we sell  wholesale and that allows us to sell to the public below premium price!

You may have noticed that some candles are way more expensive than others. So you probably find yourself asking, “What’s in this candle that makes it cost more?” Well, the truth is the quality of the products used, their additives or other ingredients, and other materials are huge factors in candle cost.

Let’s investigate.

The most common type of candle wax used in candles is paraffin wax. So many of the candles you run across in stores are made from paraffin.  Paraffin candles are preferred by a lot of people simply because they’re easily available and come in a wide range of scents. They also happen to be one of the cheapest forms of candle wax on the market. On the other hand, there are also natural alternative waxes.  Soy wax, beeswax, and palm wax are the most commonly used natural waxes, some of which have been used in the oldest candle making dated centuries ago. These waxes are both more environment-friendly and better in quality. However, they aren’t as easy to get your hands on, and they undergo a pretty meticulous process just to get a small amount of wax. And this, my friends, is one of the main reasons why candles made of natural wax are way more expensive.

You may be thinking by now, “Why should I buy natural candles priced two or three times the price of paraffin wax candles?”

Good question.

I’ve got you covered. Let’s get to know these waxes just a little better so you can see for yourself why natural candles have a higher value and, oftentimes, a larger price tag.

The oldest known ingredient in candle making history, beeswax is naturally produced by bees. It’s a by-product of honey. According to an article (Beeswax Production, Harvesting, Processing and Products, , it takes six to eight pounds of honey just to produce a pound of wax. No wonder why beeswax is the most expensive candle wax used today! And, since beeswax is a by-product of honey, it has a natural sweet fragrance, but did you know that it has been reported that a beeswax candle was found in one of the pyramids of Egypt? This just goes to show how ancient this wax is.

Getting to Know the Wax

Paraffin Wax This wax is a by-product of refined crude oil. A chemical process produces this oil-based petroleum by-product that is easily available and very cheap. Though there are health and environmental risks known for using paraffin wax, paraffin candles dominate candle production around the world.

Soy wax,  as the name suggests, is made from soy beans. Since beeswax is very expensive, candle manufacturers looked for a cheaper natural alternative to beeswax. It was then, that in 1992 Michael Richards invented soy wax as a natural alternative to paraffin and a cheaper substitute to beeswax. The biggest advantage of soy is that it is a completely renewable resource.

Palm Wax Similar to soy wax, palm is a natural wax made from palm oil which is widely used in different industries, including soap, agricultural products and food. Palm wax is very hard. Usually, candle manufacturers blend palm wax with soy wax to make the soy wax harder. Though palm is available worldwide, harvesting the wax is more complex compared to soy wax, making it more expensive than soy wax.

Bees Wax The oldest known ingredient in candle making history, beeswax is naturally produced by bees. It’s a by-product of honey. According to an article (Beeswax Production, Harvesting, Processing and Products, Coggshall and Morse. Wicwas Press. 1984-06-01), it takes six to eight pounds of honey just to produce a pound of wax. No wonder why beeswax is the most expensive candle wax used today! And, since beeswax is a by-product of honey, it has a natural sweet fragrance, but did you know that it has been reported that a beeswax candle was found in one of the pyramids of Egypt? This just goes to show how ancient this wax is.

The Bottom Line

Which is better? Natural candles are arguably better in so many ways. You’ll have a better candle burning experience when you use natural candles. You might find these candles expensive but the benefits make them worth every penny you spend. With that more expensive price tag you experience better scent quality that can easily fill a room, a candle that lasts longer compared to paraffin candles, plus, a safer alternative that is better for you and the environment. So, the next time you go out to shop for a new candle, don’t just look at the price, look at the quality of the candle where you get your money’s worth.

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