Common Types of Wax for Candlemaking



When it comes to candle making there are many different options of wax to choose from. I’m only going to highlight the more common ones below and tell you a little bit about their properties.

Paraffin Wax

Paraffin wax is a by-product of petroleum which unfortunately makes it not as eco-friendly as the other options. Paraffin wax is great for making scented candles as they hold fragrance very well. It is also easily dyed and has a consistent appearance unlike soy which can frost. Burning a paraffin wax can leave a soot on the glass which can be a turn off for some.


Beeswax has been used for thousands of years for many different things. Fun fact: The oldest beeswax candle was found in Oberflacht, Germany and was dated back to the 6th/7th century.

Beeswax makes for a great candle wax because of their long burn time and clean burn. They are natural and can leave a faint honey scent odor in the air when they are lit. The cons to using beeswax for candles are that it can be a bit pricey and dying them can be tricky.

Soy Wax

Soy wax is derived from soybean oil. It is entirely renewable, eco friendly, and affordable. This is the wax I choose to utilize for my own candles. They also have a clean and slow burn. Although soy wax has it’s downfalls such as frosting and being a little less yielding with fragrance and dye than paraffin, I believe  the pros outweigh the cons.


I know I haven’t listed all of the types of wax but these are the most common choices. There are a ton of blends out there with a variety of additives to suit your wax working needs. The challenge is finding the right one that works for you!


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