What is the best wax for your candle?
Do you look at what wax is in a candle before you decide on buying or do you focus solely on the scent of your candle? I am willing to bet, most do not pay attention to the wax at all. However, we should not only look for the best candle scent, but also the best candle wax.
The wax that is in a candle, has a lot to do with the burn time and scent throw of the candle. If wax plays such a big role, shouldn’t you be looking at what is in your candle?
Below I will explain the different waxes and the best wax to look for in your scented candles.
Most commercially made candles are made with paraffin wax. It is versatile, lacks color, lacks odor, has a great scent throw, and is the cheapest of all the candle waxes. Paraffin wax is easily colored and easily scented, which provides a very pretty and fragrant candle.
Paraffin wax is made by removing the oil from a waxy byproduct of petroleum distillation. Which is the reason that vegetable based waxes are growing in popularity. Dr. Ruhullah Massoudi stated in a study at South Carolina State University in 2009, “The paraffin candles we tested released unwanted chemicals into the air. For a person who lights a candle every day for years or just uses them frequently, inhalation of these dangerous pollutants drifting in the air could contribute to the development of health risks like cancer, common allergies and even asthma,”.
Scented candles are a common household item in my house. I light a candle about 4-5 times a week, for 2-3 hrs at a time. Not only does my place smell good when the candle is lit, but guests can smell it even on the days that I haven’t lit the candles. You see, I have searched for years for the fragrance that best compliments my style and I love my place to smell like this at all times. If I was burning paraffin wax candles as much as I burn candles, I would have a lot more to worry about than just what my house smelled like.
Soy wax is a vegetable wax made from the oil of soybeans. The oil is hydrogenated after extraction. The process converts some of the fatty acids to saturated fatty acids. This alters the melting point of the oil, making it a solid at room temperature.
Soy wax is more expensive than paraffin, but has none of the toxins. It burns cleaner and slower. No black soot is left on the jar, wall, or curtains after burning a candle. Soy wax candles will also last up to 50% longer than a paraffin wax candle.
In my opinion soy wax is the best wax to look for in your scented candles. They give a good scent throw, it is a completely renewable, burns clean, and slow. For this reason, all of MR Candle’s products are made with 100% soy wax. If you are interested in reading more about why we chose to use soy wax, have a look at our post here.
Beeswax is made…well, by bees. It is secreted by wax-producing glands on the honey bee and used to build their hive. Once the honey as been removed, the honeycomb is rendered by boiling in water to separate the wax from the honeycomb. Then the wax is cleaned by filtering out the impurities. When the wax solidifies, you now have beeswax that can be used for your candles.
Beeswax is a great wax for candles. They burn clean, are drip-less, have a natural honey scent when burning, burn bright, and are a renewable resource. Beeswax candles are also a natural ionizer, which reduce indoor pollutants. Why do you not find more beeswax candles? The answer is cost. Beeswax is very expensive. This is due to the amount of energy required from bees to produce the wax. For every 1-2 lbs of wax, bees lose the production of around 6 lbs of honey.
If you are looking for a natural beeswax candle with no additives whatsoever, try Big Moon Beeswax. The best beeswax candle company I have found so far.
Palm Wax is another wax made from natural resources. The wax is derived from the oil palm of Southeast Asia. Palm wax is like soy wax in many ways. It has a good scent throw, burns clean and long.
The only downside and the reason MR Candle doesn’t use palm wax, is that the harvesting of palm wax has been attributed to the deforestation of some of the largest forests in Indonesia. We would love to use this wax in our candles for the shear versatile nature of the wax, but we do not want to help kill the planet while we make candles.
People blend different kind of waxes to get the best properties of both. For example, a paraffin and soy blend will give you the scent throw and easy burning of paraffin wax and the appealing look of a soy candle. Just keep in mind that you acquire the bad with the good. In the above example, you will still get the negative properties of burning a paraffin wax candle.
I hope after seeing all the wax options, with the benefits and negative properties, you have learned why it is important to know what wax is in the scented candle you are looking for. After all, you want the best scented candle, not just the best fragrance.