Which candle is best? What makes a candle, a luxury candle? After all, a candle is a candle. Not quite. Beginning with the prime ingredient: the wax. There's debate around wax types and its impact on the environment and you.
I choose to make soy candles, sustainably sourced from 100% U.S. natural soy. Why? I believe in the superior quality of U.S. soy. I also trust that the soy wax I receive is exactly that, 100% pure soy wax, no additives, which can be toxic. It's more expensive, especially now during times of inflation, supply chain issues, and recession jitters. Still, I won't cut corners, especially on quality, because of an old fashioned value called integrity. I believe your home is your sanctuary and I respect it.
I also love how clean soy wax burns. Soy candles are stunningly gorgeous. I forego colorants, instead choosing its natural, silken, creamy white to shine. Soy wax also minimally soots. And with proper care, you can extend the life of these beauties by regularly trimming your wicks with a candle wick trimmer like our sleek trimmer that is as functional, as it is a beautiful, decorative add to your coffee table or nightstand.
While we're partial to soy wax, different candle waxes are in the market. Continue reading our list of the main types of candles wax.
Different Types of Candle Wax
Paraffin Wax Candles
The most commonly used candle material is paraffin. A petroleum byproduct, it has a high melting point. This ensures the strength and rigidity needed for votives and tall pillar candles. Many candle scents and dyes are formulated specifically for paraffin. When used with it, fragrances and colors are stronger and more vibrant.
Palm Wax Candles
Palm wax is thicker than other waxes, making it more sustainable than paraffin and soy. It's also biodegradable for eco-friendly disposal. What makes up palm wax? The fatty acids that are separated from palm oil under extreme temperatures.
While burning, natural beeswax candles reduce pollutants that cause asthma and allergies, helping clean the air. They also burn cleaner and longer than paraffin and soy candles.
Bayberry Wax Candles
Usually combined with beeswax to make a more rigid candle, bayberry is a plant-based, eco-friendly wax. With a refreshing, natural aroma, it's used for holiday candles.
Liquid Wax Candles
These candles burn without producing smoke and soot because they are made with various oils, including mineral or paraffin oil. They're a clean alternative to traditional candles since the wax evaporates.
Soy Wax Candles
As mentioned, I prefer soy! Soy candles don't contain pollutants nor do they produce petrol-carbon soot like other materials. The wax also lasts 30-50% longer because it burns cooler than other candles.