Candles are made from many different types of candle wax and contain many different fragrances. There are also blends of wax used in candle making. So, which type of candle wax is best? Is there a best candle wax?
Eco Friendly Candle Wax
Eco-friendly and sustainable products are important to us and that is why we choose soy wax (or other plant-based waxes) and eco-friendly wood or lead-free cotton wicks for our candles. All our soy wax candlesare handmade, and hand poured by us at our FelinFach Studio in Pembrokeshire, Wales, UK. For other Articles in our Candles and Soapery Knowledge Base, click here...
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We are a modern-day candle chandler, hand pouring candles using traditional methods and skills. Our handmade candles are hand poured by us in small batches at our FelinFach Candle Studio, Pembrokeshire, Wales. Our candle wax is made from natural Soy Wax or a Soy and Coconut wax blend and is cruelty free and vegan. We do not use any paraffin waxes. , parabens or additives.
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Different Types of Candle Wax
Beeswax is another eco-friendly, natural 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. Whilst there is some discussion as to whether beeswax is actually vegan friendly, it is a natural candle wax. We believe that it is not vegan friendly.
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. Our coconut wax is 100% plant-based, sustainable, vegan friendly and cruelty free.
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.
Rapeseed wax (also known as Canola Wax) is a natural, sustainable and renewable plant-based or vegetable wax. It has gained popularity with environmentally conscious consumers as a natural and sustainable alternative to traditional candle waxes, such as paraffin wax and even with other plant-based waxes such as soy wax. Derived from the seeds of the rapeseed plant (Brassica napus), rapeseed wax offers a range of unique features and benefits that make it an excellent choice for candles. It is also harvested to make vegetable cooking oil and animal feed. More information, click here...
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. 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. Our soy wax is 100% plant-based, sustainable, vegan friendly and cruelty free.
What Type of Candle Wax is For You?
There is no right or wrong answer to this question and ultimately is matter of personal preference. It will depend on how much you want to spend, how important is a vegan, cruelty free product, what strength of fragrance you prefer, and how eco-conscious you are.
Candle Waxes in FelinFach 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.
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It is always important to treat your 3 wick candles safely and with care. Please note the follow candle care advice...
Never leave a burning candle unattended.
Place candles on a stable surface away from flammable objects.
Keep candles out of reach of children and pets.
Extinguish candles before going to bed or leaving the house.