Saturday, June 11, 2011

Natural Candles - Waxes

Are you new to candlemaking? And you do not know which wax to select? Erica from Bonnie Bath Company has posted her blog an article on Natural Candles - Waxes. The following is a list of some natural waxes that can be used in candle making.

Beeswax – A natural wax formed by bees to incubate their larvae. It has a golden color and a sweet scent. It burns slowly and is stickier and more expensive than paraffin. It comes in slabs, pastilles, and pre-rolled sheets, which can be used to make candles without melting the wax.

Soy – A natural wax developed in more recent years derived from soy beans. It can be purchased in a variety of melting points and blends. It is most often used in container candles. It burns longer than paraffin and comes in the form of easy-to-use flakes.

Palm – A natural wax derived from palm oil. It is firm and brittle and is typically used in pillar candles, and can have a feathery effect that people have come to enjoy in their candles. It comes in blended forms as well.

Bayberry – A natural wax that is made from bayberries with a light, earthy scent that comes in block form. It was used during Colonial times and remains a favorite during the Christmas holidays. It is only used to make hand-dipped tapers.

Of course I have heard of Beeswax, Soy and Palm. Primarily I have used Beeswax and Soy, but never palm. Never heard of Bayberry has anyone used it before?

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