Don’t we all love candles? By lighting a few candles, you can bring a cozy atmosphere to any boring room.
Making candles yourself is now easier than it has ever been before due to readily available candle making starter kits. They are easily customised to fit your exact style. Depending on the wax used for candle making, you have different options open to you.
So in today’s article, we will go over the best wax for candles, such that you can choose the best candle wax for your next project!
Different Types of Wax
There are many different methods to make candles and many different types of candle wax can be used.
Some of the most popular options are soy wax, paraffin wax, palm wax and beeswax. Some lesser known options include gel wax, stearin wax and microcrystalline wax.
Even though they can look similar from the outside, every single candle wax type is a little different from the other.
The main thing to keep in mind is that the melting point of candle wax can different a lot. For example, beeswax has a higher melting point than most other natural waxes.
Additionally, some waxes naturally have some color to them. So you don’t always need to use candle dye to give some color to your candles.
The beeswax is created by bees in their hive to make honey or incubate their larvae.
It has a naturally has a faintly sweet smell to it since it normally has some honey mixed in. Although the exact fragrance depends on the flowers and plants that the bees have access to. But if you don’t like the natural smell, you can always use special candle frangrance oils.
The beeswax you buy in the store has normally been melted and filtered several times. They are either sold as blocks, slabs or pastilles that can be melted into candles. Or as Sheets that can be made into candles without any heating.
Beeswax is pretty soft and has a high melting point compared to other candle waxes. Although beeswax has good performance overall, the high price has made it less popular over time.
Paraffin Wax Candles
Paraffin wax has been one of the main waxes used to make candles due to its versatility. They come in many different melting points and can be used to make many different candles such as pillars, containers, and votives.
Paraffin is relatively hard, has no color or odor and burns pretty consistent. Actually, most of the candles you find in stores nowadays are made from paraffin wax.
Paraffin wax is made out of some of the by-products found in the oil refining process. Since these by-products would normally be thrown away, it is pretty cheap to make paraffin wax.
Although there seems to be no health risk associated with candles made out of paraffin wax, some people choose not to buy petroleum-based products.
Soy Wax Candles
Sometimes other vegetable oils or waxes are mixed in as well, such as vegetable oil or palm wax. As long as at least 51% is soy, it can be classified as soy wax.
The melting point of soy candle wax depends on the exact processing method and the blend. Normally the temperature is indicated somewhere on the package.
Candles made from soy wax are a good alternative to the synthetic wax derived from petroleum for people that prefer natural candles but can’t afford the more expensive beeswax for candle making.
Compared to paraffin wax, soy wax is pretty soft and less transparent. Moreover, soy wax candles last a lot longer since they burn slowly.
Palm Wax Candles
Palm wax is similar to soy wax in that they are both made out of natural oils. Although most of the worldwide production of palm oil is used in the food industry, a small amount is kept separate every year for us candle making enthusiasts.
The palm wax is relatively brittle and burns very bright compared to other types of candle wax. You can clearly see this in candles made out of 100% palm oil since they display a crystalline or feathered pattern.
Sometimes a small amount of soy wax can be mixed in to make the palm wax stronger and more sturdy.