Finding the right candle making wax is one of the most important choices you make when getting ready
to start the candle making process. There are a number of products available to choose from, and you
should explore all different forms of candle making wax before making a decision.
The most popular candle making wax in the industry right now is soy wax. There are several reasons
why soy wax is popular. The first is that because it is plant based, it is renewable. Unlike beeswax, it
lacks a natural scent. This makes it perfect as a base for fragrance candles. On that same note, essential
oils mix particularly well with soy, and should be considered for any type of aromatherapy candles. The
wax throws fragrance as well or better than any of the other types. Finally, one of its big advantages is
its relatively high smoke point, which allows the candle to burn without emitting soot nearly as much as
the others. The biggest drawback to this candle making wax is that it tends to be more expensive and
more difficult to find.
Paraffin as candle making wax has become sort of a pariah in the age of soy. Some people have even
referred to it as, “the sludge at the bottom of a barrel of
oil that is bleached and texturized with a chemical called acrolein.” There are, however, advantages to
paraffin. Again, the wax throws fragrance well and the oils mix well since they are both petroleum
based in most cases. Also, it is usually found in various colors if dying is not a possibility in your
process. Lastly, it is extremely common, available in the canning section of most supermarkets, and
therefore inexpensive. This makes it a good beginner’s wax.
Palm wax is candle making wax made from the oil in palm fruit, and may be the next step for candle
manufacturing in the new “green” economy. This wax melts slowly due to its higher melting point, and
creates a longer life for the candle. Environmentally friendly, this product is dripless and produces no
smoke whatsoever. Another good fragrance th