Paraffin wax is the most popular wax for candle making. You have probably heard the terms "straight paraffin wax" and "blended paraffin wax". A straight paraffin wax is just that, a simple wax with a melt point of somewhere between 125 - 200 degrees. Most candle crafters do not use a straight paraffin wax for their candles because the wax is too difficult to regulate and control. If you were to use a straight paraffin wax you will have to use additives in order for your candles to hold and bind the fragrance oil and dye with the wax. If you don't use a binding agent with a straight paraffin wax the dye and fragrance oil will seep from the wax. You would also need an additive to help produce a scent throw. The bad thing is that the additives you use would vary each time you made candles because straight paraffin wax is usually unstable and it is not manufactured the same each time. A formula that might work fine one time may not work at all the next time.
Blended paraffin wax is the choice of candle makers all over the world. Blended paraffin waxes are just that, waxes that are blended with all the necessary additives in it, ready to make candles. There is no guessing as to what type of additives you need to make the candle properly. However, there are many types and many grades of blended waxes. We have chosen to offer the finest blended waxes available, our waxes come from manufacturers that regulate their products very close while maintaining the highest regard for consistency and quality. You will always get a quality wax that will work properly for your candles. A good blended wax is key to offering a quality candle. When used with a quality fragrance oil, blended paraffin wax will create the strongest scented candle of all the waxes on the market.
I am often asked, "Can I use my votive wax to make pillar and container candles?" In short, the answer is "no". I'll explain why. The three types of waxes we are talking about, votive, pillar, and container have all been formulated differently. Pillar wax is much harder than votive wax and votive wax is much harder than container wax. Some problems you will encounter if you try to use votive or pillar wax for your containers is that your candle will rattle in the jar or container. Votive wax (and pillar wax) are formulated to release from a mold, so if you try to make container candles from either of these waxes, it will pull from the sides of the jar and rattle around. If you try to make pillar candles from votive wax your wax will not be strong enough to hold the side walls of the pillar candle once it begins burning. You will probably have candles that leak from the sides. This has the potential to harm furniture, carpet and many other things. By the same token, you can't use container wax to make pillar or votive candles. The container wax is much too soft, and it is formulated to adhere to the sides of the container or jar, so you wouldn't be able to release it from a votive or pillar mold. However, with all that said, there is one wax that you can use for 2 types of candles. We don't recommend it, but you can use pillar wax to make both pillar candles and votive candles. But be aware that the harder the wax you use, the less scent throw you are going to have. You can't use as big of a wick on a votive as you can on a pillar so you won't get a great scent throw if you use pillar wax for your votives. I'm hoping you understand by now that each of the blended waxes are formulated for their own seperate and unique use. We will give you a general description of each of our quality paraffin waxes below.
When making a candle most wax will shrink as it hardens, causing a void, or hole in the middle of the candle. In order to cover this up it takes a second pouring to fill that hole and make the top of the candle level. We offer four types of container waxes, a container wax that requires a repour, our one pour wax, a paraffin/soy blend wax and even a container candle wax that is manufactured especially for layered candles.
Our one pour wax is just what it says, it is a wax that has been formulated especially for container candles and does not require a second pour. All four of these container waxes are blended waxes and will achieve fantastic results. It is just a matter of personal preference as to which wax is will achieve the results you desire. Some people just love the one pour wax while others swear by the straight container wax or the paraffin/soy blend. I always suggest that you try a little of each wax to see which one you're going to like best.