A Wax Candle - What is the wax made of?

Wax Candles

Candles are made from many different types of candle wax and contain many different types of fragrances. There are also blends of wax used in candle making. So, which type of candle wax is better? At Felinfach, all our candles are handmade from eco-friendly, renewable and sustainable sources. Here we list some of the most popular candle waxes and which wax we use in Felinfach and why.

Wax candles - what types of wax are used in wax candles

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Chandlery - Handmade Candles, Reed Diffusers, Wax melts

A Chandlery? - "a handmade maker and seller of tallow, wax candles, and also usually soap". A chandlery was originally the office in a wealthy medieval household responsible for wax, candles and soaps as well as the room in which the candles were kept.



Soy Wax

Soy wax is an eco-friendly, sustainable candle wax and is a by-product of the soybean industry. Soybeans are plants that are grown each year and soy wax is a renewable product derived from soybeans. We check where our soy plants are grown to ensure that they have not been harvested at the expense of say rain forests. Soy wax has a lower melting temperature than paraffin wax and as a result, it burns more cleanly, evenly and for a longer period of time. When blended with natural fragrance oils, soy wax has beautiful aromas. 

Coconut Wax

Coconut wax is a colourless and odourless wax often mixed with soy wax. A coconut and soy wax blend works well together for holding the aroma. Coconut and soy wax is also a 100% natural and fully biodegradable wax that is almost smokeless and soot-free resulting in a clean burning candle. These wax candles will emit almost zero carcinogens into your home.


Beeswax is another eco-friendly and probably one of the oldest forms of candle wax. Beeswax is made by bees during the honey making process. It is characterised as a harder wax than others and is often used unscented as it has a honey scent of its own. Beeswax is good for pillar candles.

Paraffin Wax

Paraffin wax is the most widely used candle wax as it is relatively inexpensive and it can hold a high amount of fragrance and colour. It also comes in various melt points, making it suitable for making different types of candles from containers to pillars. Paraffin wax is however made from a by-product of the petroleum oil industry, it is not considered eco-friendly and if you don’t look after the candle wick, it can create a sooty burn. 

FelinFach Wax Candles

Currently, we use either soy wax or a soy and coconut wax blend for our handmade candles, depending on the fragrances used in each candle. We ensure that our soybeans are harvested from renewable sustainable sources.

We do not use paraffin wax in any of our candles. Whilst Paraffin wax is a lower cost wax compared to others candle waxes. It is not an eco-friendly, renewable candle wax. It also can burn quite sooty if you don’t take proper care of the candle wicks.


About FelinFach

Welsh Blankets - Hand woven in in Wales in limited numbers Wool Throws - Hand woven in Wales Chandlery - Handmade Candles, Reed diffusers, tealights and wax melts - hand poured in Wales  Craft Courses - Natural Dyeing Gift Cards - By Post or by Email Welsh Tartan Scarves Sheepskin Rugs

Our company is located in Pembrokeshire, Wales. Our ethos is defined in the three words,   NATURAL TRADITIONAL HANDMADE.

We are a proud supporter of the Campaign for WoolAll Things Wales, Global Welsh and Red Dragon America.

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Last update 22nd January 2023

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