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CHOOSING THE BEST CANDLE WAX

What is the Best Candle Wax?

Choosing the best candle wax as you can imagine, is an important decision, as it is the largest component in a candle. There are a lot of waxes to choose from, so it can be a bit confusing to a new candle maker.

Choosing Your Candle Wax

So, how do you choose the best candle wax? Below we will outline the most common wax types in the marketplace today, how to use them, and what we believe are the best ones!

We prefer blends that contain a combination of different vegetable waxes (including soy), as well as a small percentage of highly refined paraffin. Some candle makers create their own blends of wax by combining two different waxes, but finding a wax that requires no blending on your part makes your candle making process much easier and more efficient.

A simple guide to help you chose the best candle wax by the Wooden Wick Co.

How to chose the best candle wax? We’re here to guide you though the easy process.

Most Commonly Used Candle Waxes

Paraffin Wax

Paraffin is the world’s most commonly used candle wax. It is removed from petroleum during the refining process. Paraffin is a relatively hard wax and comes in a variety of melting points, which allows it to be used for many different types of candles, including both pillars and container candles.

Developed in the 1850s, paraffin is valued for its opacity, lack of color, lack of odor and consistent burn qualities.

Best Use: with Original Wick .020 thickness
Ease of Use: 4/5
Price: Low
Hardness: 4/5
Fragrance Load Hold: Very Good

Soy Wax

Soy wax is produced by hydrogenating soybean oil into a waxy solid. It is softer, slower burning and less transparent than paraffin. The development of soy wax is credited to the U.S. agribusiness community. It was first commercially used in candles in the late 1990s.

Soy has become very popular in recent years because it is from a renewable source. However, working with 100% soy can have some challenges (as is the case with any natural products).

Common challenges include the ability to hold a very high fragrance load, wax not properly adhering to the glass, or sink holes. Sink holes occur when air pockets are trapped inside a candle and leave pockets or craters beneath the surface of the wax.

Best Use: with Original Booster Wick .040 thickness
Ease of Use: 2/5
Price: Moderate
Hardness: 3/5
Fragrance Load Hold: Good

Beeswax

Beeswax candles have been used for more than 1,000 years. This wax is the substance secreted by honeybees when they construct their honeycombs. The wax is obtained by melting the empty comb in boiling water.

It is stickier than other waxes and its composition varies slightly according to the geographical location and diet of the bees.

Beeswax is a relatively soft wax, but has a high melt point. It is the most expensive of candle waxes, and is valued for its slow burn, golden color and unique aroma. Beeswax is available in yellow or white (bleached) color.

Some websites claim that beeswax candles help to clean the air while they burn by releasing negative ions into the air and neutralizing air contaminants like dust, dirt or other pollutants, however there are no scientific studies to back this information. Regardless, we love beeswax as it is an all natural and sustainable candle wax.

If you are having issues using 100% pure beeswax, you may want to consider adding a small amount of coconut oil to the blend as this will help to lower the melt temperature and increase the wax blend’s ability to hold fragrance.

Best Use: with Original Booster Wick .040 thickness
Ease of Use: 3/5
Price: High
Hardness: 3/5
Fragrance Load Hold: Good

Natural Wax Blends

Now to our real favorite: Natural Wax Blends. Natural wax blends can contain some or all of the waxes mentioned above, including soy, coconut, apricot, beeswax, paraffin, and more!

Two of the best wax blends we have ever worked with include the LAB & CO Virgin Coconut Crème and Coco Apricot Crème. Both waxes are fairly soft, can hold a high amount of fragrance, and are easy to use.

The Virgin Coconut Crème wax is made from a blend of soy and coconut waxes, both which come from renewable sources. The Coco Apricot Crème wax is made from a blend of apricot and coconut wax and contains no soy, unlike a majority of natural wax blends on the market. The coconut in this blend also comes from a renewable source.

These waxes have been blended for specific use, formulated to eliminate problems. These problems include fragrance sweating, wet spots, shrinkage, sink-holes, and frosting and will give the best cold and hot throw.

Not only that, but they work fantastically with our wooden wicks!

Virgin Coconut Crème
Best Use: with Original Booster .030 thickness
Ease of Use: 5/5
Price: Moderate
Hardness: 2/5
Fragrance Load Hold: Excellent

Coco Apricot Crème
Best Use: with Original Booster .020 thickness
Ease of Use: 5/5
Price: Moderate
Hardness: 2/5
Fragrance Load Hold: Excellent


Other Candle Waxes

Coconut Wax

Coconut wax is derived from coconut oil and hydrogenated into a waxy solid similarly to soy wax. This wax is relatively soft, creamy, and has a lower melt point in comparison to soy or beeswax. This wax is becoming more popular in recent years and coconut oil is now commonly used in many food and beauty applications as well.

Palm Wax

Obtained primarily from oil palms grown in Southeast Asia. Palm Wax is a relatively hard, bright-burning wax that can produce complex crystal formations for unusual surface and color patterns.

Stearin Wax

Stearin is derived from animal fats and vegetable oils. This wax is relatively hard and opaque wax that is available in both animal and vegetable versions and used mostly in Europe.

Microcrystalline Wax

Microcrystaline Wax is a petroleum-based wax with a higher melt point than paraffin wax. Microcrystalline wax is generally blended with paraffin to control shrinkage, add texture, increase strength and improve fragrance retention.

General Information on Candle Waxes

Candle waxes each have a distinct melt point (this is the temperature at which the wax becomes liquid) as well as a suggested pouring temperature. You’ll want to know the manufacturer’s suggested pouring temperature prior to making your candles.

While some candle waxes like paraffin are hard, others such as soy wax are much softer and can leave residue on your hands or the surface you are making your candles on.

We always suggest covering the area where you are making your candles with a dropcloth, old towel, or the Sunday newspaper works fine too!

Waxes come in various forms such as slabs, pellets, or flakes. If you are using a wax slab, you may need to cut it down into pieces in order for it to fit properly in your pouring pitcher or wax melter.

Pellets or flakes can easily be transferred with any sort of scooping object. Be sure to never overfill your pouring pitcher as cleaning up melted wax isn’t so easy!

As you can see, there are many candle wax options available- and these are just a few!

Now that we’ve helped you choose the best candle wax, you can get started making amazing candles! Check out our natural wax blends and order a Sample Kit today!

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