Choosing a Candle Based on Wax Type

Choosing a Candle Based on Wax Type

Marcia Prentice
May 18, 2010

As we linger in our favorite design store we pause at the candle section enjoying the aroma of the variety of scented candles. We tend to purchase candles based on their color and scent; however, candles can also vary greatly in price and wax type. We personally favor more natural candles to fit within our home so we did a little research on the different types of wax available:


Paraffin Wax is the most prevalent type of wax used in candles; however, many green activists would argue that because the wax is a by-product of crude oil it does not burn as clean as other candle waxes. Paraffin wax candles can be container candles, votives, or pillars.

Soy Wax is an alternative candle wax made from soy beans that provides a more natural solution. It burns cleaner than paraffin wax and is less expensive than beeswax. Soy wax candles are made from either 100% soybean oil or a blend of soy and other vegetable oils or waxes. Soy candles are generally container candles in jars, cups, or glasses.

Beeswax was the historical wax for candle making with its wax derived from honeybees. It is a natural wax, but more expensive than paraffin and soy wax. Various types of candles can be made from beeswax including votives, pillars, and container candles.

Bayberry Wax is a natural wax product that is valued for its quality and distinctive scent. It is an expensive wax and is less common than the other listed candle wax types. It is typically used for taper candles and in a traditional setting.

What is your favorite type of candle?

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