Candle Making Newsletter
the En-light-ener, Candlewic's newsletter for the candle making community.
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With Tax Time behind us, it is now Wax Time. In this edition, we feature
an overall summary of the many waxes available in the marketplace. We
also would recommend you check past
editions of the En-Light-ener, specifically our WAX
101 series in which we provided more details about waxes.
Tax Time to Wax Time.
seems that every year the number of waxes to choose from
becomes more expansive. These days the candle maker has an
infinite amount of choices to make when starting out or even
looking at a new wax. During the selection process a basic
decision has to be made between paraffin waxes, natural wax, “hybrid
waxes” and even gels.
each of the above classifications there are many choices
available. Over the past several years we have covered
some of these waxes and topics in the En-Light-ener. But
with the continued introduction of new products it may
be time to explore this topic again.
largest segment of the market right now is paraffin wax
candles. Paraffin waxes are available as a straight
wax or as a blended
wax. A generic definition of straight paraffin would
be a wax that has no additives as part of the product.
For optimum results, most straight waxes will require some
type of additives to be used. A blend, on the other hand,
would generally be a wax that is ready to go for the candle
maker--no other additives are needed except for the scent
and color. A blend and straight paraffin will have their
own strengths and weaknesses. For a more thorough review
of blended wax vs. straight paraffin we encourage you to
visit our March
of 2001 edition of the En-light-ener. Straight waxes
are generally available in melt point range of 120-160
are a plethora of choices to make within the natural
wax category also. These choices include beeswax (yellow
and white), soy wax, vegetable base and even palm-based
products. The yellow beeswax continues to be a popular
choice among candle makers. This product is relatively
easy to use and is a very consistent product. When doing
containers a 100% soy product is the perennial choice.
One of the drawbacks with all soy products has been their
inability to retain large scent loads. Most soy waxes are
capable of holding about 3 - 6% scent.
of the most novel products within the natural waxes category
has to be the new “Design” waxes, which include F
Wax and Q
Wax. These waxes allow candles to be made where each
candle has a unique design and texture.
of the newest categories of waxes to “hit the market” is
referred to by many as hybrids. These waxes, while they
are not always promoted as such, are a combination of paraffin
waxes and natural waxes. These waxes enjoy the benefits
of the low shrinkage the soys offer combined with the positive
scent retention and burning characteristics of paraffin
waxes. Another new category is specialty waxes. Both categories
of waxes typically are formulated to perform well for a
most instances these complex formulations have been designed
for specific application such as the V
Wax. This new wax has been designed specifically as
a one-pour wax for votives. The J-300 has
been specifically designed to achieve “layering” in
made with J-300.
all of the different kinds of waxes and uses, it can be
overwhelming at times to select the best one for your application.
The staff at Candlewic is committed to assisting you in
selecting the best wax for your needs. If you should have
any questions on a particular wax or application we encourage
you to contact us to allow us to assist.
have spent a lot of time around waxes and would like to
offer my general suggestions or comments on the various
waxes that are available. These are just some general observations
and are by no means intended to imply that other waxes
are wrong for the application. One of the truly unique
features of candle making is that every candle maker has
their own propriety blend.
The J-50 continues
to be the most popular choice. This “low shrinkage” wax is
a blend that will produce containers with a creamy look and is capable
of holding a large amount of scent. For a mottled container I would highly
recommend the 2530H.
For a straight paraffin the CF is the best with about ½ - 1% Vybar
made with CBL-141.
The CBL-141 is
one of the best on the market. It is also worth considering the 6228.
For mottled pillars nothing is better than the 4045H
Wax Candles: Containers
125 is the most cost effective soy and is capable
of holding about a 5% scent load.
Wax Candles: Pillars
wax will work best for pillars. It is important to note that no other
Soy waxes should be blended with this product. The Yellow
beeswax is also a very good choice.
wax is by far my favorite. See the January edition of the En-Light-ener
for a project using this wax.