What is the best candle wax? 80 Candle Makers Opinions


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There are a few factors to consider when finding the best candle wax. The type of wax, the fragrance, and the colour can all play a role in making your final decision. There are six main types of wax: paraffin, beeswax, soy, coconut, rapeseed, and palm. Each type has its own unique properties that can make it better or worse for certain types of candles.

According to our survey of over 80 candle makers, IGI 4630 is the best candle wax on the market. This paraffin wax provides a great hot throw and is easy to work with. In second place is GB464, a soy wax that is the perfect alternative to IGI 4630.

In this article, we will review the opinions of more than 80 candle makers we surveyed to answer the question of the best candle wax. Read on to see our analysis and which candle waxes are some of the best on the market. This includes the runners-up and the best of each wax type. Let’s dive in!

What are the different types of candle wax?

Paraffin Wax

Paraffin wax is the most popular type of wax for candles. It is made from petroleum and has a high melting point, so it is ideal for making candles that will last a long time. Paraffin wax is also very easy to find and is usually less expensive than other types of wax. You can find everything you need to know about paraffin wax with our guide.

Beeswax

Beeswax is another popular type of wax for candles. It is made from the beeswax that covers the honeycombs in beehives. Beeswax is a natural product and is considered to be eco-friendly. It also has a low melting point, so it is ideal for making candles that will burn quickly. We provide a detailed review of beeswax in our beeswax guide.

Soy Wax

Soy wax is made from soybeans and is a renewable resource. Soy wax is also biodegradable, so it is considered to be eco-friendly. Soy wax has a low melting point and a creamy texture, making it ideal for making candles that are soft and have a smooth texture. Our soy wax guide has conducted an in-depth review of soy wax.

Coconut Wax

Coconut wax is made from the oil of coconuts. It has a high melting point and a firm texture, making it ideal for making candles that will last a long time. Coconut wax is also considered to be eco-friendly. You can learn more about coconut wax in our ultimate guide to coconut wax.

Rapeseed Wax

Rapeseed wax is made from the rapeseed plant. It is a renewable resource and is biodegradable. Rapeseed wax has a high melting point and a creamy texture, making it ideal for making candles that are soft and have a smooth texture. We have covered rapeseed wax in-depth in our ultimate guide to rapeseed wax – check it out.

Palm Wax

Palm wax is made from the oil of palm trees. It is renewable and biodegradable. Palm wax has a low melting point and a firm texture, making it ideal for making candles that will burn quickly. Our guide on palm wax will provide further details on using this type of wax, including the benefits and drawbacks.

What is the best candle wax?

According to our survey of over 80 candle makers, the best candle wax on the market is IGI 4630, paraffin wax. You can see the top ten waxes in the table below.

RankCandle WaxType of WaxNumber of Users
1IGI 4630Paraffin12
2GB 464Soy 11
3IGI R2322A Glass GlowPalm6
4Calumet 5961Paraffin Blend5
4IGI 6006 Parasoy5
4Soy C3Soy5
5Clarus 3022Parasoy4
5Sky Organics BeeswaxBeeswax4
5IGI 4625Paraffin Blend4
6Millennium Soy WaxSoy3

Our analysis of 80 candle makers answers

To answer this pressing question, we asked 80 candle makers their opinions on what the best candle wax is during their testing. The results were interesting, with many participants picking from various waxes as their go-to choice. You can see the analysis below.

What is the best Paraffin Wax for candles?

According to the 80 participants in the survey, IGI 4630 is the best paraffin wax on the market. This is followed by Calumet 5961 as the second favourite in the survey. This is a paraffin blend and not purely paraffin. We have listed the top choices for paraffin and paraffin blends below.

Remember, even if the wax has one vote, it was still identified as a top performer among our participants. There are many wax blends on the market, so to make it into this list is an achievement.

RankCandle WaxType of WaxNumber of Users
1IGI 4630Paraffin12
2Calumet 5961Paraffin Blend5
3IGI 4625Paraffin Blend4
4CBL125Paraffin Blend3
4IGI 4627Paraffin Blend3
5IGI 1239Paraffin2
6CBL 141Paraffin1
6IGI 1260Paraffin1
6IGI 4636 (J50)Paraffin1
6IGI 4786 & BeeswaxParaffin1

What is the best Soy Wax for candles?

According to the 80 participants in the survey, GB 464 is the best soy wax on the market. In joint second place, we have Soy C3 and IGI 6006, with 5 participants voting for these as their go-to waxes when producing candles for the best finished product. You can see the runners-up and rankings in the table below.

RankCandle WaxType of WaxNumber of Users
1GB 464Soy11
2IGI 6006 Parasoy5
2Soy C3Soy5
3Clarus 3022Parasoy4
4Millennium Soy WaxSoy3
5GB 444Soy2
5IGI 6006Parasoy1
5KY ParasoyParasoy1

What is the best Coconut Wax for candles?

Our 80 participants identified Mould Master Coconut as their favourite coconut blend wax. This is wax that is a blend of rapeseed and coconut. You can review the wax’s properties in this article’s properties section.

What is the best Beeswax for candles?

Our 80 participants identified Sky Organics Beeswax as their favourite candle-making beeswax. The runner-up wax was Too Get White Beeswax, which waxes a close second in the survey.

RankCandle WaxType of WaxNumber of Users
1Sky Organics BeeswaxBeeswax4
2Too Get White BeeswaxBeeswax3

What is the best Palm Wax for candles?

According to our 80 candle makers, IGI R2322A Glass Glow was their favourite palm wax that they use to make beautiful candles that wow their friends and customers. You can look at the wax’s properties in the properties section of this article.

What is the best Rapeseed Wax for candles?

Our 80 participants identified Mould Master Rapeseed as their favourite Rapeseed blend wax. This is wax that is a blend of rapeseed and coconut. You can review the wax’s properties in this article’s properties section.

What are the properties of the most used candle waxes?

Below you will find a table of the properties of the candle waxes in our survey. This includes:

  • The melting, pouring, fragrance, and colour temperatures.
  • The candles use.
  • The number of required pours.
  • The fragrance load.
  • The suggested wicks for each wax.

What can the candle waxes be used for?

Candle WaxNumber Of UsersType of WaxUse
IGI 463012ParaffinContainer, Tea Light
GB 46411SoyContainer, Tea Light
IGI R2322A Glass Glow6PalmContainer, Tea Light
Calumet 59615Paraffin BlendContainer, Tea Light
IGI 6006 5ParasoyContainer, Tea Light
Soy C35SoyContainer, Tea Light, Wax Melts, Votives
Clarus 30224ParasoyContainer, Tea Light
IGI 46254Paraffin BlendPillar, Votive
CBL1253Paraffin BlendContainer, Tea Light
Millennium Soy Wax3SoyContainer, Tea Light
IGI 46273Paraffin BlendContainer, Tea Light
IGI 12392ParaffinPillar, Votive, Wax Melts, Sculpture
CBL 1411ParaffinVotive, Pillar, Wax Melts
GB 4442SoyContainer, Tea Light
IGI 12601ParaffinVotive, Sculpture
IGI 60061ParasoyContainer, Tea Light
IGI 4636 (J50)1ParaffinContainer, Tea Light
KY Parasoy1ParasoyVotive, Wax Melts
IGI 4786 & Beeswax1ParaffinContainer, Tea Light
Mould Master Coconut3CoconutWax Melts, Tea Light
Sky Organics Beeswax4BeeswaxContainer, Tea Light, Wax Melts, Votives

What is the best wax for pillar candles?

Based upon our analysis of 80 candle makers, the best candle wax for pillar candles is IGI 4625 which is a paraffin wax blend.

What is the best wax for container candles?

Based upon our analysis of 80 candle makers, the best candle wax for container candles is IGI 4630 which is a paraffin wax.

What is the best wax for tea lights?

Based upon our analysis of 80 candle makers, the best candle wax for container candles is IGI 4630, a paraffin wax.

What is the best wax for votive candles?

Based upon our analysis of 80 candle makers, the best candle wax for pillar candles is IGI 4625 which is a paraffin wax blend.

What is the best wax for wax melts?

Based upon our analysis of 80 candle makers, the best candle wax for pillar candles is Soy C3 which is a paraffin wax blend.

What are the melting and temperatures for these waxes?

Candle WaxMelting PointColour TemperatureFragrance TemperaturePouring Temperature
IGI 4630120185185160 – 180
GB 464113 – 119185185130 – 140
IGI R2322A Glass Glow150 – 160200200200 – 205
Calumet 5961138185185155
IGI 6006 133185185165 – 175
Soy C3124 – 130185185140 – 150
Clarus 3022125 -140185185165 – 175
CBL125128 – 130180 – 185155 – 160155
IGI 4625131185185175 – 185
Millennium Soy Wax130160160115
IGI 4627125185185175 – 185
IGI 1239138185185180
CBL 141144185185175 – 185
GB 444119 – 125185185135
IGI 1260163185185180
IGI 6006133185185165 – 185
IGI 4636 (J50)128170170150 – 160
KY Parasoy132160 -175160 -175150 – 160
IGI 4786 & Beeswax124200200180 – 190
Mould Master Coconut167113 – 149113 – 149113 – 149
Sky Organics Beeswax145130 – 140130 – 140130 – 140

Recommended wicks, number of pours and fragrance loads

Candle WaxNumber of Pours (up to 24oz)Fragrance Load (%)Suggested Wicks
IGI 463010.08 – 0.10Zinc Core, Paper Core, CD, Hemp
GB 46410.1CD, ECO
IGI R2322A Glass Glow10.03CSN
Calumet 596110.08CD
IGI 6006 10.1CD, ECO
Soy C310.1CD, ECO
Clarus 302210.1Paper Core
CBL12510.08Zinc Core, LX, RRD, CD, HTP
IGI 462520.06 – 0.08LX
Millennium Soy Wax10.12ECO, HTP, RRD, W1700
IGI 462710.12LX
IGI 123920.03LX
CBL 14120.06 – 0.08LX
GB 44410.1CD, ECO
IGI 126020.06LX
IGI 600610.1CD, ECO
IGI 4636 (J50)10.06 – 0.1CD, ECO
KY Parasoy20.1Zinc Core, Wood, CD
IGI 4786 & Beeswax10.15Zinc Core
Mould Master Coconut10.15ECO
Sky Organics Beeswax10.09 – 0.11Square Braid

What type of wax is the best for candles?

According to the answers from the 80 participants, Paraffin Wax is the best wax for candle making. Based on the analysis, we can rank the best candle waxes in the order below. Our ranking below is not indicative of personal preference; people will have personal preferences. However, according to our sample, the rankings below are the most used and preferred waxes in the sample surveyed.

Choosing Your Favourite Wax

There are many different types of candle wax available on the market. The best wax for your candles will depend on several factors, including:

  • The type of wick you are using.
  • The scent you want to add to your candles.
  • The colour you want your candles to be.
  • The type of container you are using.
  • The type of wax you are using.

We suggest you read our article about the difference between container waxes and pillar waxes and how this is important for the candle you want to make. All waxes are not suitable in all scenarios, especially when you want to make tarts and pillar candles. Container waxes will not work for these projects.

The best type of wax for candles is ultimately up to the individual candle maker. Different types of wax will produce different results, so it is essential to experiment with them to see what works best for you.

How to test your candle wax choice?

The best way to test your wax choice is to make a small batch of candles. This will allow you to see how the wax burns, smells, and looks in the finished product. Once you have decided on a particular wax, you can move on to making larger batches of candles.

You can review our article on conducting a proper burn test to ensure that you are testing your candles correctly. This will allow you to ensure that each test uses the same variables and that the results are accurate and fair between different wax types.

Choosing Your Fragrance

Once you have decided on the type of wax, the next step is to choose a fragrance. Many different types of fragrance oils can be used to scent candles. The most popular scents for candles are citrus, floral, and woodsy.

When choosing a fragrance oil, it is essential to choose one compatible with the type of wax you are using. Not all fragrance oils will work with all kinds of wax.

In our article on the subject, you can learn more about choosing the right fragrance oil for your candles.

Choosing Your Wick Types

The type of wick you use will also impact the performance of your candles. Different wicks work better with different kinds of wax.

For example, zinc core wicks are not recommended for use with soy wax. This is because they can cause the candles to produce soot. Cotton wicks, on the other hand, work well with soy wax and are the preferred type of wick for soy candles.

When choosing a wick, you need to take into account the following factors:

  • The type of wax you are using.
  • The type of container you are using.
  • The size of the candle.

In our article on the subject, you can learn more about choosing the right wick for your candles.

Choosing Your Candles Colour

The last step in choosing the best candle wax is to decide on a colour. Candle wax can be dyed with natural or synthetic dyes. The most popular colours for candles are white, pink, and blue.

When choosing a colour for your candles, you need to take into account the following factors:

  • The type of wax you are using.
  • The type of container you are using.
  • Your preferred appearance of the candle.
  • The message behind the colour of your candle colour.

You can learn more about choosing the right colour for your candles in our article.

Final Thoughts

The best candle wax is ultimately up to the individual candle maker. Different types of wax will produce different results, so it is essential to experiment with them to see what works best for you. According to our 80 participants, the best candle wax is IGI 4630. If you want to avoid paraffin wax, you can use GB464, Sky Organics White Beeswax, Mould Master Coconut, or IGI R2322A Glass Glow.

Your choice will come down to your personal preferences with the different wax types. We suggest you check out our ultimate guides to each wax type so you can get a feel for each of the waxes before you choose.

What is your favourite wax? Let us know by contacting us. If you want to get involved in our following survey, get in touch, and we will add you to our email list.

As always, happy candle-making!

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