Vegan candles aren’t as easy to make, but it is possible.
The 6 most popular vegan waxes are:
- Soy wax
- Carnauba wax
- Coconut wax
- Candelilla wax
- Bayberry wax
- Palm wax*
I put an asterisk besides palm wax because it’s not considered vegan by all.
Most of these are common beeswax alternatives.
Is Palm Wax Really Vegan?
Palm wax is derived from palm oil, which is the core issue here.
I’ve written a detailed post on why palm oil might not be vegan if you’d like to learn about it.
Long story short: The palm oil industry is responsible for an astounding amount of ecological damage and animal deaths. Even though palm oil is a product of a plant, many vegans won’t eat it.
Some candles use “sustainable” palm oil, but even that palm oil isn’t much (if any) better, it’s essentially just greenwashing.
The coordinator from the Center for Orangutan Protection said this about sustainable palm oil:
Forests are still cleared and orangutans are continually killed…All criteria on sustainable palm oil and certification process are merely public lies.
Other Ingredients In Candles Might Not Be Vegan
Something else to consider if you’re buying candles is that just because a candle might be made with soy wax, doesn’t mean it’s vegan.
Most candles also contain stearic acid, which often comes from animal fat.
And since ingredients aren’t typically listed on candles, you’ll need to contact the manufacturer to check whether the candle is vegan or not. Most vegan candles will say so on the candle itself.