Wax Guide - CandleScience

'Which wax should I use?' is a common question candle makers ask. Considerations for choosing candle wax include: the importance of natural, the type of candle you're making, the type of wicks or containers you want to use, the color and texture, and the burn quality.

For most purposes, we recommend Golden Brands 464 because of its high performance and all-around ease of use. However, with some testing you may find other waxes may better meet your specific needs. Please check out our candle wax guide to get a breakdown of which wax to use to make your candles.

Natural Soy Wax

Product
Use
Description
Form
Max Fragrance
Melt Point
Pour Temp
Rec. Wick Series
Golden Brands 464 Containers, Tealights Our best selling wax. Contains a soy-based additive to reduce frosting and improve jar adhesion and scent throw. Very user-friendly for first-time candle-makers!
Flake
2oz./lb. or 12%
115-119℉
135℉
ECO
Golden Brands 444 Containers, Tealights Includes soy-based additives to reduce frosting, but not as much as GB 464. Has a higher melt point than 464, which allows for holding shape better in warm weather.
Flake
2oz./lb. or 12%
121-125℉
135℉
ECO
Golden Brands 415 Containers, Tealights Soy wax with no additives. Blends well with all waxes. Not intended to be used independently.
Flake
2oz./lb. or 12%
121-125℉
95℉ (+/- 5°)
ECO
Golden Wax Melt and Tart Soy Wax Melts and Tarts Our recommended soy wax for melts and tarts. Has excellent scent throw, exhibits vibrant colors, and easy mold release.
Flake
2oz./lb. or 12%
120℉-125℉
160℉ (+/- 5°)
For Melts Only
Ecosoya Q210 Soy Wax Containers, Tealights Approved for cosmetic applications like massage candles. Great glass adhesion and color retention.
Pastilles
2oz./lb. or 12%
115-119℉
170℉ (+/- 5°)
LX
Ecosoya Q220 Soy Wax Containers, Tealights, Clamshells Multi-use wax for candles and tarts. Great color retention. Requires higher fragrance load for good scent throw.
Pastilles
2oz./lb. or 12%
117℉
170℉ (+/- 5°)
LX
Ecosoya Q230 Soy Wax Pillars, Tarts, Votives, Wax Melts Versatile wax that can be used in a variety of applications just by adjusting pour temperature. Great for soy pillars.
Pastilles
2oz./lb. or 12%
120℉
175℉ (+/- 5°)
LX
Ecosoya PB
Pillars, Tarts, Votives For melts, tarts, votives and pillars. Makes a smooth and creamy structural candle.
Flake
1oz./lb. or 6%
128℉
140℉ (+/- 5°)
LX
Ecosoya CB 135
(Discontinued)
Containers, Tealights Approved for cosmetic applications like massage candles. Good scent throw and glass adhesion.
Flake
1.5oz./lb. or 9%
122℉
125℉ (+/- 5°)
ECO
Ecosoya CB Advanced
Containers, Tealights Resistant to frosting and retains color consistently. Lighter scent throw than other options.
Flake
1.5oz./lb. or 9%
111℉
125℉ (+/-5)℉
ECO

Soy / Paraffin Blend Wax

Product
Use
Description
Form
Max Fragrance
Melt Point
Pour Temp
Rec. Wick Series
IGI 6006 Containers, Tealights This wax blend combines the fragrance throw and easy burning of paraffin, with the appealing look and usability of soy.
Soft Slab
1 2/3oz./lb. or 10%
133℉
170℉ (+/-5℉)
ECO

Paraffin Wax

Product
Use
Description
Form
Max Fragrance
Melt Point
Pour Temp
Rec. Wick Series
IGI 4630 Containers, Tealights We recommend this paraffin wax because of its exceptional hot and cold throw, good single-pour properties and good jar adhesion. Smooth and slightly glossy appearance.
Soft Slab
1 2/3oz./lb. or 10%
119℉
170℉ (+/- 5°)
LX
IGI 4627 Containers, Tealights Very soft wax that holds the most fragrance of any of the paraffin waxes we carry. Excellent cold and hot throw. Good single-pour properties and good glass adhesion. Smooth and glossy appearance.
Very Soft Block-
2oz./lb. or 12%
125℉
180℉ (+/-5℉)
LX
IGI 4633 (J223) Containers, Tealights Excellent hot and cold throw. A soft, creamy-looking, multiple-pour wax. Works best with pre-heated containers.
Soft Slab
1 1/3oz./lb. or 8%
120-128℉
150℉ (+/-5℉)
LX
IGI 1343 Pillars, Votives and Tarts Versatile and fully refined with an attractive translucent look. Not as brittle as some paraffin wax. Good mold release
Hard Slab
1/2oz./lb. or 3%
138℉
185℉ (+/- 5°)
LX
IGI 4625 Pillars, Votives and Tarts A top performing pre-blended pillar and votive wax. Accepts dyes and colors well and has good mold release.
Hard Slab
1oz./lb. or 6%
142℉
180℉ (+/-5℉
LX
IGI 4794 Votives and Tarts A softer pillar wax that gives better hot and cold throw. Good mold release and a smooth, opaque appearance.
Hard Slab
1oz./lb. or 6%
128℉
175℉ (+/- 5°)
LX

Beeswax

Product
Use
Description
Form
Max Fragrance
Melt Point
Pour Temp
Beeswax Containers, Tealights, Pillars, Votives Pure beeswax is available in white or yellow colors. Beeswax can be a challenging wax to work with and isn't generally recommended for first-time candle makers. Finding a wick to work is difficult.
Pellets / Pastilles
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144℉
175℉ (+/-5℉)

*The information and recommendations of this candle wax guide are based on our testing and experience.