The Different Types of Candle Wax, and Which One to Choose
Feb 27, 2022
You’re here, which means you are a candle lover just like us, but you also know that not all candles are created equal.
A lot of different ingredients go into making the perfect candle, and the most important ingredient of all is the wax used.
There are many types of candles waxes available on the market now, each boasts its own unique characteristics that contribute to the quality of the candle, and we decided to explore them and give you and ins and outs of what each wax is and help you make a decision for your next candle.
Soy Candle, Beeswax Candle, Coconut Candle and it keeps on going
You have heard about Soy Candles, and the glamorous and very expensive Beeswax candles, but there are many different types of waxes that make each candle unique.
Paraffin wax was the go to type of wax for majority of candle brands, it is in majority of store bought candles (the ones on the cheap side), it is a very inexpensive ingredient as it is a petroleum based product.
Paraffin wax is also referred to as “Mineral Wax”, it is very versatile as it can hold a lot of fragrance oil making it perfect for very strong scented candles.
The downside of it is that it gets a bad rep since it is petroleum based, and it also gives off a lot of black smoke and soot when burning, not to mention it is also not a sustainable option.
Soy Wax is the most common type of wax used by environmentally conscious brands, it is considered mid-range as it is not as cheap as paraffin wax but not so expensive that it breaks the bank (in most cases!), Soy Wax also burns slower than Paraffin Wax making it last on average 25% longer.
Soy wax is also a great vegan candle option and as a bonus, it produces less soot, the downside of Soy Wax is that it does not hold as much fragrance resulting in a more subtle scent throw.
While it is a great environmental option for candle making, there have been a few issues as it is a byproduct of the soybean industry.
Palm Wax is an alternative to soy wax, offering similar environmentally friendly advantages as it comes from Palm trees which is a sustainable and renewable source.
While it is considered a great alternative to soy wax, there are some environmental concerns around the practices used to grow palm trees that produce palm wax, and it contributing to a higher rate of deforestation.
Not to mention, palm wax is very brittle and requires to be blended with other forms of wax to maintain its shape, but it makes for a great wax for pillar candles.
Coconut Wax is another alternative to soy wax as it offers similar properties, but it is more on the expensive side. It is biodegradable and a produce of harvesting coconuts offering a great option for a sustainable brand.
The wax is slow burning and gives the candle a luxurious creamy and shiny look, it also offer a great hot and cold scent throw (Cold throw is when the candle is not lit), and it does not give much soot or black smoke offering a cleaner burn.
The downside of Coconut wax is its low melting point, which means it melts quicker and the candles doesn’t last as long as pure soy wax.
Beeswax is the OG of candle waxes, it has been used in making candles for thousands of years and it still holds its position strong.
While it is not a vegan option since it is a product of bees (even though it is usually harvested ethically), it is a great eco-friendly contender as it is environmentally friendly and sustainable.
Beeswax candles make for great candles as they have a very high melting point, meaning they last the longest and burn a lot hotter, producing a sweet subtle aroma and a bright flame that is similar to the light spectrum produced by the sun, not to mention beeswax produces negative ions which work as a natural air purifier.
But, it is not just as simple as picking a wax
With so many different waxes available on the market these days, and with a great focus on environmentally friendly options, it is now not just about picking a wax, and that’s where wax blends come in.
Wax blends are mixing two different types of wax, mainly Paraffin and Soy or Paraffin and Palm, unfortunately companies that use those types of wax blends still advertise as Soy or Palm wax candles since they are using a 51% mix.
The magic comes when blending different types of wax to get the most characteristics out of each of them and that what we have done here at Pour Toi, we created our own wax blend made out of Soy, Coconut and Beeswax, while it is a very expensive blend, we got the some of the best results, getting a great hot and cold scent throw, long lasting, and with the beeswax we also got the beautiful flame and the air purifying qualities, you can check our beautifully scented candles here