Cool, crisp autumn nights replace summer nights. If you are like us, you will pull out your blanket and light some candles to keep the chill away. Candle making is a special way to expand your soap or cosmetic line and to bring your favorite fragrances to your home. We will discuss the various waxes and other additives available for candle makers today, as well as their specific uses.

Candle types

Before you start your candle-making adventure, you should decide what type of candle you want to make. Is it a container candle? A candle that is placed in a container or another container? Will it be a votive or a pillar candle? There are some simple guidelines you can follow once you have decided what type of pillar to make.

Container candles

The most common type of candle is the container candle. You can choose a one-pour or oneā€“pour wax for this type. These waxes are simple to use and have a reduced shrinkage, which is why they are called single-pour or one-pour. You can heat the wax to its melting point and add fragrance to your liking. Container candles are usually made from wax that is a little softer to prevent shrinkage. This can affect the final product’s aesthetic. There are many options for container candle waxes. These include paraffin, soy, palm, and beeswax. You must choose a suitable container before pouring your candle. This will ensure that the container does not melt or get burned.

Votive Candles

Votive candles are very popular. These candles are made in molds, which makes them more difficult to remove. You may be able to achieve the desired result in one pour depending on which wax you use. However, it may take several hours depending on how much shrinkage you have. Paraffin, soy wax, beeswax, and palm are all popular votive candle waxes.

Pillar Candles

Pillar candles can be used to light up on their own. To make a strong candle, you’ll need to use a heavier wax. Pillar candles are made in molds, just like votive candles. After pouring, you will need to remove some wax shrinkage. Many pillar candles require several pours to be completed. Paraffin, palm, and beeswax are the most popular pillar candle waxes. Votives can also use blends. Because of its soft nature, it is difficult to make a pillar candle that burns evenly with soy wax. But, soy wax can be mixed with other waxes such as beeswax or paraffin.

How to Choose Your Wax

Your preference will play a large part in your decision about wax. What are you looking to achieve the best result? Paraffin wax is still considered superior to soy wax in terms of the scent throw of candles. Paraffin wax is still highly valued for its natural properties and many uses. Let’s look at some of the most well-known waxes available today.

Paraffin Wax

Paraffin wax is a by-product of a crude oil refinery. Paraffin wax is a by-product of the crude oil refinery process. It is the most widely used candle-making wax. Paraffin wax is an affordable option that offers a long-lasting scent throw and easy dyeing. This makes it appealing to candle makers. Because of its low cost and ease of use, Paraffin wax is a great choice, to begin with.

Soy wax

Soy wax is made from soybeans, and specifically the oil of soybeans. The oil is obtained from soybeans, and then hydrogenated. This converts some fatty acids from unsaturated to saturated form. Soy is a renewable resource and candle manufacturers love its eco-friendly appeal. Soy candles are also more efficient and last longer, which makes them attractive to consumers. Although it is more costly and more difficult to smell, the benefits of using a biodegradable product that is environmentally responsible are well worth the extra cost.


Beeswax may be a bit more expensive than other waxes, but it has its advantages. Beeswax candles are one of the best waxes available. They have a longer burn time and are also more natural. Non-toxic, beeswax candles are also safe for the environment. Many candle makers even claim that beeswax candles can act as an air purifier. There are a few disadvantages to burning beeswax candles. Usually, candle makers and buyers prefer cheaper options because of the high cost of the wax.

Palm Wax

Many opinions are divided about palm wax and how it is used. Many people agree palm wax has many marketable benefits such as increased hardness and smoothness. However, some are wary of palm wax because of unfair trade practices. No matter what your opinion, buyers expect fair-trade products that are responsibly sourced. Make sure you do their research about the company that you plan to purchase it from.

Wax Additives

You can add additives to your candles to make them stand out from the rest. This will give your customers additional benefits and ensure that you are selling a high-quality product.