Paraffin Wax for Candles!
Paraffin wax is the most common and widely used wax for candle-making. It is a synthetic product made from petroleum, coal or shale oil, and is extremely versatile for candles.
What is paraffin wax made of?
Paraffin wax is made from a by-product of the oil refining industry: it can be made from petroleum, coal or shale oil.
That’s why it’s also called “petroleum wax”.
The specifics of paraffin wax
Price (per kg): €9 (US$10.5).
Texture: solid at room temperature.
Melting temperature: between 46 and 68 °C (115 and 154 °F).
Boiling point: above 370 °C (698 °F).
Why is paraffin wax used for candles?
Paraffin wax is a very easy and affordable wax used for candle making.
Its solid texture at room temperature and transparent colour are perfect for making versatile types of candles like:
- Pillar candles
- Container candles
- Votive candles
- Tealight candles
- Taper candles
- Tart candles
Candles made with paraffin wax burn slightly quicker than the ones made from other waxes and have a translucent appearance when uncoloured.
Unfortunately, paraffin wax is not very eco-friendly and can be toxic when burnt. So watch out when you buy or make candles!