With the busy candle season quickly approaching, it’s now a great time to consider which type of candle wax is best suited for your needs. When choosing the right candle wax, you need to put various factors into consideration. That being so, let us take a look at the types of candle wax, and the various types of material commonly used to make candle wax.
Types of Material Used To Make Candle Wax
Throughout the centuries, many different types of materials have been utilized to make wax. From the ancient time, til the 1800’s, wax was usually made from natural raw materials which include, but not limited to;
-Tallow (rendered animal fat).
-Boiled fruit of the cinnamon tree.
-Tree nut extract.
-Spermaceti, among others.
Well, in the ancient times, candle wax was usually made of beeswax and tallow (a by product of beef fat rendering), til the mid 1800’s when the wax started being made from spermaceti and stearin. However, today, most of the candle wax is made from paraffin wax, which is a product of the petroleum refining. Other materials which are commonly used to make candle wax today, include;
-Gel ( a mixture of mineral oil and polymer).
-Beeswax (a by product of honey collection).
-Plant waxes extracted from palm, soybean, carnauba, and bayberry.
Types of Wax
As outlined above, waxes have distinct differences mainly based on where they were derived. Here are some of the more common types of wax in the market today;
Soy wax is basically hydrogenated soybean oil. Soy wax comes in various different blends, and melting points, although the most common types of soy waxes are the container candle blends. Most types of soy waxes are usually made from 100 percent soybean oil. Some other soy waxes are blended with various other vegetable oils (such as coconut), and other waxes (like beeswax and palm). There are also some soy/paraffin blends which capitalize on the various benefits of both of the waxes.
Paraffin wax is another modern type of wax which has a great fragrance, and offers a lot of candle designing possibilities. Unlike many other types of waxes, paraffin waxes are also available fully refined and odorless.
Throughout history, beeswax has been widely used for a variety of applications, including candle making. Beeswax usually has a much higher melting point as compared to most other natural waxes and creates long lasting candles. Beeswax candles are actually more favored by most people since they burn brighter, cleaner, and longer than most other types of candles.
In case you have any questions about choosing the right candle wax, you can always contact us at any given time. We always try to respond to all inquiries in a timely manner.