'Which wax should I use?' and 'What's the best candle wax?' These are common questions we hear from candle makers.
While there isn't one simple answer for selecting the right wax, there are many good choices available for your candle making—and we're here to help you understand the different options!
With numerous types of candle wax available, selecting the best wax for your project comes down to these considerations:
The type of candle you're making. A pillar candle requires a different wax than a container candle!
Preference around using natural wax. Some makers choose eco-friendly options like soy or beeswax, while others prioritize the strongest hot throw that's possible with paraffin wax.
The color and texture you're seeking. Looking for bold colors in your candles? Want to make candles with a frost-free finish? Your wax selection affects these aesthetics.
Particular burn quality and fragrance throw. A slow-burning wax like soy, with its lower melting point, offers a clean burn. Though paraffin wax can emit soot, it's prized for its superior hot throw.
For beginning candle makers, we recommend starting with soy wax—Golden Brands 464 to be exact—because of its high performance and all-around ease of use. However, with some testing you may find other waxes better meet your unique needs. Please check out our candle wax guide to get a breakdown of which wax to use to make your candles.
And if you have candle wax questions after looking through this guide, please contact our helpful Support Team for more assistance.