What Candle Making Wax Should I Use?

Posted on Sunday 7 November 2010

Today, with the developing popularity of candle making, the demand for candle making wax has increased significantly. The passage of time has also contributed to the increase in diversity of candle making from designs to components. People are constantly looking for the “new thing” and because wax is the most important component in candle making, new improvements have been made to make candle making wax become better, more available, and with more range and selection than before.

There’s an old motto that goes this way – “Progress springs from the acknowledgment of your roots”. Let’s get to identify the various waxes that are used to make candles.

One of the first choices that an aspiring candle maker/entrepreneur is going to be faced with is what candle making wax to choose.

Candle wax is generally available in 4 varieties:

* Paraffin Wax
* Soy Wax
* Beeswax
* Gel Wax
* Palm Wax

Paraffin Wax

One of the a large amount flexible and widely used waxes used today is paraffin wax. Paraffin wax is very versatile — has a couple of melt points and can be used for many applications such as containers, pillars and containers.A trip to the local store will tell you that the majority of the candles available out there are based in paraffin. However, you’ll soon learn that paraffin wax is not widely used to all. Paraffin wax is a by-product of crude oil, and eco – friendly folks often identify it as “bad” just because it is a cousin of petroleum. Just because it is related to petroleum doesn’t automatically tag it as toxic.

Soy Wax

This wax kind is a newcomer in the candle making industry, but is already getting a lot of attention. Along with the need for natural products, soy wax was developed in the 1990s as a better option to paraffin, and the costly but eco-friendly beeswax. Similar to paraffin, soy wax comes in a large amount of blends and melting points, though container blends are the a large amount popular soy waxes. A vast majority of the soy waxes are made from pure soybean oil while the others are combined with other vegetable oils and waxes mainly coconut and palm and beeswax respectively.

Beeswax

Beeswax is the grandfather of all candle making waxes. Beeswax candles were first discovered inside the ancient Egyptian pyramids. It was the ancient man’s first plastic and for many years has been primarily used as a modeling material. Bees produce Beeswax as a byproduct of making honey. The bees excrete the wax into “combs” for the purpose of incubating their larvae. The honey blend in this kind of wax enables it to produce a sweet fragrance depending on the type of plants or flowers that the bees ate. Once harvested, the beeswax undergoes filtering and melting several times. Parallel to paraffin, beeswax are available in slabs or blocks.

Gel Wax

In reality, gel wax is not a wax at all, it is an interesting mixture of mineral oil and resin. The Penreco Company owns the patent for this particular wax kind. Gel wax is similar to other wax forms in many ways. It burns, melts, has color and aroma. The only difference is that gel is transparent, making it distinctly unique. In the past, gel wax is generally used to make container candles. Today, wax companies have developed the wax’s strength and resiliency that it can be made as pillars.

Palm Wax

Palm wax is like to soy wax in a number of ways. Both are made from natural oil with palm oil in the case of palm wax. The majority of palm oil that is harvested globally is used as a food component. The rest of them are used to make agricultural and commercial products. Palm wax is also a popular ingredient used to make votives and villars because it is brittle and firm. The transparency of this wax type makes wonderful-looking candles. It can also be blended with soy wax to make it more solid while still successfully maintaining its natural properties.

The availability of different candle making wax offers candle makers with more selections, making it easier for them to choose the medium that will serve them best. A thorough and clear understanding of each will also give way to a higher form of appreciation for the candle making industry and everything else associated with it.

Kim Montgomery is a candle lover and shares that love with many around her. Find out more about secrets and expert tips about candle making tips, and everything you need to know about making your own perfect candles with her popular free ecourse, available at http://www.candlemakingshop-onalbertstreet.com/

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