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Choices of Candle-Making Wax

Understanding Each

This writing will cover the growing popularity of candle-making and the various wax choices now available and with better and more diversity than ever before. Who isn’t looking for the latest and newest in everything from fashion, to travel, to the hottest business venture?


Most of today’s wax used in candles is refined from petroleum like paraffin. This is the type of wax that is in most candles. Paraffin wax is readily available and inexpensive.


Typical Palm Wax CandleOther types of waxes are natural and refined from vegetable or plant materials like soy, palm, or bayberry. A natural wax growing in popularity is soy based wax. It is processed by hydrogenating soybeans which makes them suitable for candles. Soy wax is a renewable resource that is eco-friendly. The best part about soy wax is that the majority of soybeans are grown right here in the United States.


Palm wax is also natural and a renewable resource. Unfortunately with the growing popularity of palm wax, countries like Indonesia and Malaysia are clearing out vast area of rainforest in order to plant palm plantations. This is devastating to ecosystems and compromises the populations of endangered animals like orangutans, rhinoceroses and the Sumatran tiger. Thankfully, the WWFN, World Wide Fund for Nature stepped in. This organization was founded to develop and define the best practices for sustainable palm cultivation. New products now on the market should show “eco-friendly” on the label.


And then there’s beeswax. Candles made from beeswax, palm, and bayberry were offered by companies in the past. Recently there has been a new and growing interest in making candles out of these natural products. One of the more popular natural waxes is beeswax. Available in yellow or white, the cost can be expensive. Yet candle makers are drawn to its pleasant fragrance and the burning characteristics it contains; a hardy product.


Gel candles are also a new kind of way to make candles. It is a clear, rubbery texture but works the same as wax and is available in three different densities. The density of the gel that the candle requires depends upon what you are planning to make and how much fragrance you are planning to use. Low density gel is best for candles with a 0-3% fragrance load. And, low density can be poured at a lower temperature.


The medium density gel works well with candles that have a 3-5% fragrance load. It is probably the most popular gel wax to work with. High density gel is better for candles with a heavier fragrance load.


With all of this diversity, candle makers are able to pick the wax that works well for the market they are targeting. Understanding each wax is of prime importance in business – they are able to fully experience every inch of the candle making market and get double or triple the fulfillment both in sales and repeat customers.


Esther Smith, author

Candle-making as a business is no fad – it has grown and continues to grow in popularity with new and different ways to market the product.


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