Types of Candle Wax
Often, here at Natures Garden, we are asked about the different types of candle wax that we carry. For beginners, it can be difficult to know which wax to use and when to use. From pillar wax to container wax or granulated waxes or wax in flake form, below, we will talk about all of the waxes that Natures Garden carries, what to use them for, and what for they come in.
Types of Candle Wax: Container Wax vs. Pillar Wax
Before we begin looking closely at the different types of candle waxes, we would like to talk about the difference between a container wax and pillar wax. You might wonder why you would even need two types of wax. Well, there are differences in the two types.
Container Wax vs. Pillar Wax: Container Wax
So, first we will talk about a container wax. Container waxes are created specifically for container candles. When creating a container candle, it is important that your candle wax adheres to your container. If the wax doesn’t adhere properly to your jar, your candles will end up looking like they have wet spots. While, yes, this can still happen with containers, it inevitable when you use pillar wax in a container. This is why you will find container waxes to be softer. Container waxes can come in many forms. It can come in flake form, granulated form, and even slab form. Natures Garden carries the following container waxes; Joy Wax, WOW Wax, palm wax, several types of soy wax, and gel wax.
Container Wax vs. Pillar Wax: Pillar Wax
Next, let’s take a look at pillar wax. Pillar waxes are created to be a harder wax. This is important because a harder wax will release more easily from your candle molds. This makes pillar waxes perfect to use when creating both pillar candles as well as wax melts.
Types of Candle Wax: Soy Waxes
First, we will talk about the three soy waxes that Natures Garden carries. We carry three types of soy wax. Soy wax will give you a clean burn. All three soy waxes are Golden Brand waxes. They all come in flake form. They should all be used only for container candles as the setup wax will be too soft for tarts. However, if you really want to use them for wax melts, you can add stearic acid to help harden the wax a bit. Below, we will take a closer look at all three of these waxes.
Soy Waxes: NG 100% Soy Wax
We will start by looking at NG 100% Soy Wax. This wax is a pure soy wax that does not contain any additives and is kosher. It is also known as Golden Brands 415 Soy Wax. As I said before, it should be used for container candles. It will be too soft to use for your pillar candles. Next, we will talk about a few things you should know about straight soy wax. Soy wax can have a rougher finish and issues with frosting. This is just the nature of soy wax. There can also be more of an issue with glass adhesion. So, when working with soy wax, it is very important to warm your jars before pouring the candle wax into them. In addition, it can be harder to get a really strong scent throw with soy wax, when compared with paraffin. Since there can be some issues with frosting, scent throw, and glass adhesion with a straight soy wax, Golden Brands has created a couple of other natural soy waxes to help with some of these issues.
Soy Waxes: Golden Foods Soy Wax 444
So, the first natural and kosher soy wax is the Golden Foods Soy Wax 444. This soy candle wax has soy based additives to help with some the issues that you can have with the 415 soy wax. This particular container candle wax has a higher melt point. Since it has a higher melt point, the candle wax will retain a higher fragrance load. The melt point of the 444 soy wax has a melt point of 119-125 degrees Fahrenheit.
Soy Waxes: Golden Brands Soy Wax 464
Now, we will take a closer look at the Golden Brands Soy Wax 464. So, this soy wax, like the 415 and 444, is still natural and kosher. However, this wax contains soy based additives that will help with glass adhesion. The reason this soy wax will adhere better to your jars is because the melt point is lower. The melt point of the 464 candle wax is 113-119 degrees Fahrenheit.
Types of Candle Wax: WOW Wax
Next, we will talk about Natures Garden’s WOW Wax. This candle wax comes in a slab form. However, it is very soft. In fact, it is so soft that you can cut it with a butter knife. This candle wax is a single pour wax comprised of mainly paraffin wax. Paraffin wax will give you the best scent throw compared to other candle waxes along with a nice creamy finish without the frosting that you can get from soy wax. It is used for container candles.
Types of Candle Wax: Joy Wax
Our next container wax is Natures Garden’s Joy Wax. Joy wax is a combination of soy wax, food grade paraffin, vegetable waxes and other proprietary ingredients. It, like our WOW Wax, comes in slab form. It, too, is soft enough to cut with a butter knife. This is my personal go to wax for container candles. Since it is made of both paraffin and soy, I think of it as the best of both worlds. It has soy in the wax, which will give you a cleaner burn compared to a straight paraffin. In addition, it has paraffin in the wax. This will give you a nice creamy finish along with a better scent throw when compared to a straight soy wax.
Types of Candle Wax: Gel Wax
Now, we will take a look at our next container wax, gel wax. Natures Garden carries Penreco’s patented medium density gel wax. Gel wax sets up to look, well, like gel. Gel wax is a transparent, rubbery compound composed of mineral oil and polymer resin. So, it really does create a truly unique candle. You can use embeds and micas with this candle wax.
However, there are a few differences when compared to other container waxes. First, the flash point of the fragrance oil being used needs to be at least 170 degrees Fahrenheit. In addition, you need to check for solubility. Basically, you want to make sure that the oil will mix properly with the gel wax. You will want to test the fragrance oil in mineral oil. You can easily do this by mixing the your fragrance oil with mineral oil. So, first, ensure that the flash point is 170 degrees Fahrenheit or higher. If it is, it may be able to be used in gel wax. However, you need to test it in mineral oil. Simply mix the fragrance oil 50/50 with mineral oil. Once you mix the fragrance oil, check for any separation, cloudiness, or striations. If none of these are present, it should do well in gel wax.
Types of Candle Wax: Palm Wax
Next, we will look at palm wax. Natures Garden’s palm wax come only from sustainable sources. We are pleased to affirm that the palm oil used by our company originates from reputable plantation companies who are members of the Malaysian Palm Oil Association (MPOA). MPOA, together with many other stakeholders, has pioneered the establishment of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). You can read more about this in the description of the palm waxes on our website. Palm wax is another unique wax that has a crystal-like finish to it. It is a beautiful wax. We carry it in both a pillar wax form and a container wax. Both types of wax are a granulated wax so, it is very easy to work with.
Palm Wax: Container Wax
First, our palm container wax. This wax can be used for container candles. So, if you are using a jar, you want to use this wax. Once your candle sets up, it will have a crystaline finish. It truly creates a stunning natural container candle.
Palm Wax: Pillar Wax
Finally, we have our palm pillar wax. You can use palm pillar wax when creating homemade pillar candles. The pillar wax will easily release from your candle mold. The palm pillar wax can also be used to create natural wax melts. They will also have the same crystal effect as the container wax. This is my go to wax for both pillar candles and wax melts due to the crystals that appear on the finished candles and melts.
Types of Candle Wax: Pillar of Bliss Candle Wax
Let’s look at Natures Garden’s Pillar of Bliss candle wax. This pillar wax is a blend, containing more than 50% soy wax. However, it also includes paraffin. So, this wax, like the Joy Wax, will have a smooth and creamy finish. You can use Pillar of Bliss candle wax for both your pillars and wax melts. It has excellent cold and hot throw. It also comes in a granulated form. In addition to using it for pillar candles, it can be used to create granulated container candles. These types of candles are popular for projects with children and adults alike. You can even create granulated candles without melting your candle wax.
Types of Candle Wax: Beeswax
Now, we will talk about beeswax. Beeswax comes from the bee hive and is filtered. In addition, our beeswax is naturally bleached by the sunlight. It can be used to create homemade candles. This wax can even be used to make a rolled beeswax candle. We have even used it in candles like our zebra print candle to create the zebra stripes in a soy wax candle. It comes in a pellet form. You can also use white beeswax in cosmetic recipes as well.
If you are looking for recipes or ideas on how to use each candle wax Natures Garden carries, click the link to each wax. Above the picture on our website, you will find a green recipe tab with a variety of tutorials for each type of wax. Once you create your candles, show off your creations! Tag us on social media. You can find us on Instagram and Twitter @ngscents. Or post your pictures on our Facebook page!