Different Types of Wax for Candle Making

There are so many options when it comes to choosing which wax to use for your candles. Some are more natural, while others are more synthetic, while some are a blend in between. Despite having different properties, all of them are great for candles, it’s all based on your preference. Read up on each type of wax so that you can make a more informed decision!

Paraffin Wax

Paraffin wax is one of the most commonly used waxes in candle making. Actually, most of the commercially available candles are made from this type of wax. This type of wax is made from refined petroleum product. Due to this, it tends to be the least expensive and can be used for all different kinds of candles such as pillar and votive candles. Additionally, paraffin wax works really well when it comes to scent throw.

Soy Wax

Soy Wax is one of the newer waxes to the market, having come to the scene in the 90s. It has become extremely popular due to its ‘natural’ component. Most soy waxes are made from 100% soybeans, which is a big selling point for those looking for a more natural option. However, some soy waxes are blended with other vegetable oils or waxes. Additionally, soy wax holds scent really well. All of Stone & Flame’s candles are made from all natural soy wax.

Palm Wax

Palm wax is another natural wax, made by hydrogenating palm oil. This wax holds color and scent really well. It’s quite a firm wax, making it perfect for pillar or votive candles. Once hardened, palm wax tends to have a “feathered” look, adding a unique touch to your candles.


Like soy and palm wax, beeswax is another all natural wax. It is one of the oldest waxes, dating all the way back to Egyptian times. It can be used to make all kinds of candles and is sold in various forms: slabs, pellets, or pre-rolled sheets. Since beeswax is created as a byproduct of the honey-making process, it naturally has a very sweet aroma.

Gel Wax

Gel wax comes last on the list since, technically, it isn’t wax at all. Gel wax is a combination of resin and mineral oil. It functions much like any other wax in that it holds scent and burns down. Gel wax’s big difference is mostly due to its’ look and feel. Due to its transparency, it is frequently used to imitate liquids.

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