- Wax for Candle Making
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Wax for Candle Making
We stock two main types of wax: paraffin and soy.
Our paraffin waxes are made in the UK to our specification. Despite the name, paraffin waxes contain no paraffin (otherwise they'd smell horrible). They're made from a by-product of the oil refining industry - a by-product that would otherwise be thrown away - and paraffin wax is used in the vast majority of all the candles made across the globe.
Paraffin waxes have an excellent scent throw and take dye very well - they're the ideal choice for most candle making purposes, especially for beginners.
Use LX wicks with Paraffin wax.
Our paraffin pillar blend is a mix of wax and a hardening agent called stearin - this makes for a longer burn time and easy release from the mould. This wax can be used both for pillar candles and votives.
Our container candle blend is a mix of paraffin and vegetable waxes. It is supplied in easy-to-use beads (unlike some other container waxes which come in big slabs) and makes for a wonderfully creamy, clean burning, container candle. Our favourite wax.
Good quality soy waxes are not available at the moment - we are in close contact with the manufacturer in the US as they develop new blends.
Rapeseed (also known as Canola) wax is an excellent alternative to soy wax for making container candles, with the added environmental credential of being sourced locally.
How to choose
If you're not sure which wax type to choose, ask yourself these questions:
1) Do you want the strongest possible scent throw? If yes - choose paraffin.
2) Do you want deep colours? If yes - choose paraffin
3) Do you want to make white pillar candles? If yes - choose soy PB when available
4) Do you want to make candles to sell? If yes - many of your customers will think that Rapeseed candles are more environmentally friendly and, therefore, more suited to hand made products.