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 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 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!