What is paraffin wax?
Paraffin wax or ‘mineral’ wax is derived from petroleum which is drilled out the ground from oil rigs and refined. It is considerably the most popular choice for candle makers.
What are the benefits?
The main benefit of paraffin wax is how easy it is to use! Mineral wax can hold a large amount of fragrance without affecting the burn quality. Vegetable waxes may not hold the same amount of fragrance and can burn poorly if fragrance is loaded too high. Mineral wax is odourless and burns quicker than vegetable wax, this means it has a much better ‘scent throw’ because the fragrance is dispersed much more effectively. Wicking is also more forgiving in mineral wax. If wicked incorrectly, a vegetable wax can burn poorly, create large melt pools and potentially be put out. Mineral wax allows much more room for error in wicking and fragrance loading which makes it the ideal wax for beginners.
Finally – colouring!
Because paraffin wax is a pale white colour, candle dyes dissolve and disperses much easier in molten mineral wax than in vegetable wax. This mean the wax takes to candle dyes much better than vegetable wax resulting in a beautifully even coloured candle. This gives the candle maker much more creative freedom to experiment with colourful candles. You can try our candle dyes here:
The main drawback for paraffin wax is it cannot be marketed as a natural product.
Which wax is best?
We have tried and tested a range of paraffin waxes over the years and we feel we stock the most superior waxes on the market today. Whether you are making container candles, pillar candles, votive candles or wax tarts, we have the perfect paraffin wax for you. Manufactured in the UK, we guarantee the highest quality wax and best performing candles every time.