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About Candle Wax

What’s the definition of wax?

Wax is a time-honored substance. Waxes used to make candles are generally made from various fats, oils and waxy substances extracted from animals, insects, plants and rocks.

Generally speaking, a substance that can be considered as a wax needs to have the following characteristics:

  • Solid at room temperature; liquid at high temperature.
  • Structurally mainly hydrocarbons,not soluble in water.
  • Smooth texture; can be used for polishing with light pressure.
  • Low toxicity; low reactivity and low odor.
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What’s the wax application?

There are many different uses for wax oil, and it is used in a wide variety of applications including packaging, coatings, cosmetics, food, adhesives, inks, castings, crayons, chewing gum, polishes, and of course candles.

As far as our current data is concerned, the wax used for candle making products accounts for a very large proportion.

Development of candle wax

Ancient Egyptians and early Romans relied primarily on tallow, which was extracted from animals.

“A tallow candle, better, must be half suet and half tallow;”

In China, beeswax was used for candles as early as the Tang Dynasty. In early Japan, tree nut extracts were used to make candle wax.

Beeswax was introduced to Europe in the Middle Ages, but was rarely used in homes due to its high price.

New candle wax depend on the availability of raw materials, the ease and economy of processing the raw materials into waxes suitable for candle use, and the desirability of the wax compared to other available candle waxes.

Tallow was the typical everyday candle wax used in Europe and the Americas until the 18th century, when the whaling industry spurred the development of spermaceti, a clean-burning, low-odor wax derived from sperm whale head oil.

Sperm remained the main candle wax until the mid-1800s, when stearin and then paraffin were developed. Stearic wax, based on stearic acid extracted from animal fatty acids, is widely used in Europe. Paraffin was developed after chemists found a way to remove natural waxy substances from petroleum during the refining process, and it became the standard candle wax in the Western Hemisphere.

During the second half of the 20th century, several synthetic and chemically synthesized waxes, including gels, were used primarily for specialty candle applications. In the candle market in the late 1990s, two plant-based candle waxes – soy and palm – were developed for commercial use in the candle market by hydrogenating soybean oil and palm oil respectively.

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Some common candle wax

Paraffin wax is by far the most widely used candle wax in the world today. Beeswax is also used globally, albeit in much smaller quantities. Stearin candle wax is largely restricted to European use. Soy waxes, carnauba waxes, gels, synthetic waxes, and synthetic waxes are now also used in candles, as are various wax blends and custom wax formulations.

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All waxes are primarily hydrocarbons, whether the wax comes from animals, plants or petroleum. All waxes used to make candles are chemically similar, and all candles burn the same way.

An estimated 1 billion pounds of wax are used in candles sold in the United States each year.

Candles are the second largest wax use in North America after packaging and packaging coatings.

Paraffin wax is the most commonly used candle wax today. Beeswax, soy wax, carnauba wax, gelatin and synthetic waxes are also used in candle making for the US market, as are mixtures of waxes.

The wax burns with a yellow flame due to the presence of carbon.

There is no specific type of wax or wax mixture that is considered the “best” for making candles. All candle waxes – when offered in high quality format – have been proven to burn cleanly and safely in the same way.

No candle wax has been proven to be toxic or harmful to human health.

There is no such thing as smokeless wax. All organic compounds release some carbon (soot) when they burn due to incomplete combustion. Soot is primarily a factor in wick length and flame interference.


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