Types of Wax

Candle making can be fun and rewarding work, but it takes some preparation and research to begin. The first step is deciding what wax you need for your current project based on its properties and the type of candle you are making. Scented candles are not all made of the same quality, so make your candle shine bright with the right wax.

Paraffin Wax

Scented candles

This is the least-expensive type of wax for use in candle making. It can be used to make several types of candles, such as container candles and votive candles. It can also be used for pillar candles and tapers if you want a free-standing candle.

Palm Wax

Palm wax is 100 percent natural, produced by the hydrogenation of palm oils. Palm wax creates textures on candles, like a feathering pattern, that gives candles a unique look on the surface. This wax works well with votive candles and tarts as well as pillars.


This is another wax that is 100 percent natural. It can be used to make nearly every type of candle, including pillars, votives, and tapers. One unique thing about beeswax is that it is also available in sheets.

Gel Wax

Gel candles produce a translucent looking candle that looks amazing when paired with a clear container. Gel wax is actually not wax at all – it is polymer resin and mineral oil blended to form a wax-like substance used for candles. For more fun, use non-flammable objects to add decoration in the gel candle.

Candles offer many opportunities to be unique and add flair to your home. They can also be used as aromatherapy, adding pleasant and calming scents whenever they are lit. Choose a wax that can be used for the type of candle you want and get creative or choose a scent in your favorite store.