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WHAT WAX TO USE WHEN CANDLE MAKING: EVERYTHING CANDLE MAKERS NEED TO KNOW ABOUT WAX


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New to candle making? You want to learn everything candle-making from what supplies to use & candle containers to buy? Need to know what waxes should be used for candle making?

If the answer is yes, you’re in the right place.  Here’s everything you need to know about wax from our candle-making expert!

 

What Wax to use when candle making: Everything Candle makers need to know about wax

 

  1. What kind of wax should I use?

Here at General Wax & Candle Co. we carry 10 different types of wax all of which can be used for candle making. It’s important when you begin candle making that you pick not only the right wax for you but the correct wax for the type of candles you are looking to create.

         Step 1: What kind of candle are you making?

        Understand that if you are making taper candles and or pillar candles you may need a specific type of wax. If you are taking a different route and are crafting candles using vessels/glass containers it’s important to know that certain waxes adhere better to container candles.

Once you've chosen the type of candle you will be making and the vessel it will be in you could now narrow down the wax that would be best for your project.

          Step 2: Choose your wax

Keep in mind the vessels and products you will be using for your specific project.

Types of wax

NATURAL (NON-GMO)

AAK A3 100% Soy Wax

AAK A3 Soy Wax Caseaak 5 lb. Soy Wax

This 100% soy wax is mainly used for container candles and adheres well to glass. This Soy Wax is very good to blend with other waxes like low melt paraffin, this will help enhance its quality and can prevent shrinkage or frosting. Our AAK A3 100% Soy Wax comes in the form of flakes with an off white color. This wax is easy to handle and measure, meaning it is great for beginner candle makers.

CARGILL C3 NATUREWAX 100% SOY WAX CONTAINER BLEND

CARGILL C3 NATUREWAX 100% Soy Wax Container 50 lb CaseCargill NatureWax C-3 5lbs Bag

This 100% soy wax from Cargill is considered to be one of our high quality products. When paired with fragrances this wax produces an excellent scent throw and maintains an even burn pool with consistent color retention and adheres well to glass containers. This wax has minimal shrinkage when cooling and comes in flake form with a melt point of 127℉ and a flash point >600℉.

CARGILL C1 SOY BASED CONTAINER CANDLE WAX BLEND

CARGILL C1 NatureWax BoxCargill C1 NatureWax 5lbs Bag

This vegetable blend wax from Elevance is 80% soy wax and 20% Palm wax. With great glass adhesion and excellent scent flow this wax burns evenly with a consistent color retention.

This Cargill c1 soy based container candle wax comes in flake form and is recommended for votives, tarts and cosmetics.

CARGILL C6 COCONUT SOY WAX BLEND

Cargill NatureWax C6 Soy/Coconut Blend Container Wax

Our C6 wax is a blend of soy and coconut wax. With excellent adhesion to glass and great scent flow this wax is designed for container candles and has minimal shrinkage when cooling. C6 wax has a melt point of 127°F and a flash point >600°F.

SPECIALTY WAX

 

MICRO WAX CUBES

Micro Wax Cubes 5lbs    micro-wax-cubes-300x300.jpg

 

This Micro wax cubes serve best as an add on, meaning when added to taper candles it helps with stabilizing the candle. It also helps wax adhere to the walls of containers. This wax serves many purposes as it reduces/ eliminates mottling in pillars without adding much opacity.

Recommended Usage: 2 teaspoons per pound of wax.

SOY & SOY BLEND

SB 1000 SOY BLEND CONTAINER WAX (4 LBS. PACK)

SB 1000 SOY BLEND Container Wax (4 LBS. PACK)

This SB 1000 soy blend container wax is made up of 60% soy wax and a 40% blend of paraffin, UV and an enhancing additive. Like many of our soy waxes, this wax adheres well to glass containers and burns evenly. We recommend using HTP wicks for best burn performance.

COCONUT / ULTRA

ULTRA WAX – COCONUT-SOY BLEND

Ultra Wax - Coconut-Soy Blend

Ultra Wax is our state of the art, smooth Coconut Soy Blend. With great adhesion to glass, this wax leaves a smooth finish on all sides of your jar. With a melting point of approximately 128℉ degrees and pour temperature of 165℉ degrees, Ultra Wax cools with minimal shrinkage.

BEESWAX

100% REFINED BEESWAX

100% REFINED BEESWAX - Case of 24  100% REFINED BEESWAX GWC

Our premium-grade  all-natural, chemical and particle-free. This wax can be used for candle and soap making, batiking fabric, painting in encaustics, and crafting specialty furniture polish. Beeswax has a melting point of 145° F – 149° F and a flash point of 490° F – 525° F.

100% BEESWAX HONEYCOMB SHEETS

100% BEESWAX Honeycomb Sheet (CASE OF 200)100% BEESWAX Honeycomb Sheet (SINGLE)

These unscented, easy-to-roll, 100% beeswax honeycomb sheets require no heat and can easily be cut into designs and appliqués. Great for beginner candle makers, at home projects and even children school projects. These Honeycomb sheets are uniquely textured and rich in color.  Available in singles sheets or in a bulk case of 200 sheets, it is recommended that you use our 1/0 square raw or waxed wick for making rolled honeycomb beeswax candles.

PILLAR & TAPER WAX

140 HOUSE-BLEND PILLAR WAX (4 LBS. PACK)

140-house-blend-pillar-wax-4-lbs-pack-30140 HOUSE-BLEND PILLAR WAX (4 LBS. PACK)

This wax is our own special in-house wax, blended primarily for pillar and taper candles. This wax is our 140 House-Blend Pillar Wax in convenient, manageable and is available in packs of twenty four 1 lb. bricks or in packs of 4x 1 lb.

140 REGULAR PARAFFIN WAX (MOLDING/TAPER WAX)

140 REGULAR PARAFFIN WAX (Molding/Taper Wax)

Our 140 regular paraffin wax has a melting point of 139℉ to 140℉ making it ideal for pouring into metal molds, plastic molds as well as making tapers.

This wax can be used for making free standing candles, as well as floating candles.

Based on the desired effect you're going for you may need additional additives please visit our candle wax additives pages for additional information.

VOTIVE WAX

128 HOUSE BLEND WAX

128 HOUSE BLEND WAX (4 LBS. PACK)128 HOUSE BLEND CONTAINER WAX (4 LBS. PACK)

Our 128 House Blend Wax is a special in-house blend designed for votives, tapers, and jar containers.  It’s important to note when making votive candles using House blend 128, it is necessary to add 1% Vybar 260. This will help harden and shrink the wax, making it more opaque and easier to remove from the mold. The addition of Vybar will also result in an overall smoother candle surface and has the added benefit of accepting more fragrance.

HURRICANE WAX

HURRICANE CANDLE WAX (4 LBS. PACK)160 HURRICANE CANDLE WAX (4 LBS. PACK)

Hurricane Candle Wax is 100% paraffin with a melt point of 160°F. Melting this wax comes with ease with its low melting point. Available in bulk cases of 24x 1lbs as well as in a pack of 4 1 lb. blocks.

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