Which wax to choose?
Container or Pillar?
Container Candles Pillar Candles
If you are making candles in containers such as Teacups, Jars, or tins, then ideally you want to buy a specific ‘container blend’ of wax. these are designed to stick to the sides of the container. Because they only shrink a little they can often be ‘one pour’ Pillar candles are candles that are not in a container, and are made using moulds. the wax has to cool and shrink to self-release from the moulds and is very different from container waxes. because it is designed to shrink when cooling, most pillar candles require 2 pours (or 3 for larger candles)
Paraffin wax. Our favourite wax is the Sasol Container Wax (6213), designed to be one pour, extremely easy to use and having a wonderful scent throw and burn properties. It is also excellent for colouring. The wax it too soft to bead or flake, and comes in blocks, which are easy to cut. Melting point 48°C, pour at 50-55°C. Paraffin Wax. Sasol blended wax (6243) is perfect for pillar candles. It is beaded and easy to measure. Excellent colouring properties and fragrance loading. It contains stearin, which does react with latex moulds (slowly). Melting point 57°C, pour at 60-65°C.
Natural Wax. After extensive testing, the best soya container wax we have found is Naturewax C-3. 100% soya and flaked for easy use. Melting point 45°C, pour at 55-65°C. Preheat containers and allow to cool slowly after pouring. Natural Wax. Elite-300 soya pillar blend wax is beaded and extremely easy to use, colouring better than most soya waxes. Ideal for wax melts up to 10% loading. Melting point 55°C, pour at 68°C to 75°C.
Paraffin or Natural?
Paraffin Natural
These waxes are NOT made from paraffin, but are a by-product from oil refining. Paraffin waxes are generally slightly cheaper than soya wax. They are also easier to colour and have a better scent throw. Most factory made candles are made using paraffin wax. Natural waxes are generally denser than paraffin, giving them slightly different properties for candle making. they burn longer, but are harder to wick. Our soya waxes are 100% USA soya. they sometimes have an effect called ‘frosting’ or ‘blooming’, especially when adding dye. this is perfectly natural and cannot be ruled out.
General Tips
Keep to the heating guidelines to avoid discolouration and the need for additional pours. Cooler wax shrinks less
Never heat wax using a direct heat source, superheated wax is flammable
When stirring try not to add air to the wax.
Please refer to our wicking guide for suggestion on the best wick to try.
Our additives may overcome some wicking and fragrance problems.
It is perfectly acceptable to blend different types of wax. This may help overcome difficulties with a specific wax, for example adding a little paraffin wax can help prevent ‘blooming’ in soya wax.

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