Alternatives to Paraffin Wax

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Parrafin is one of the most common types of wax used to make candles because it is both affordable and widely available. However, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) claims that paraffin wax candles are contributing to the pollution of our indoor air quality. Paraffin wax candles also release a carbon soot when burned, which spreads throughout the home. As a result of these negative qualities, many people are beginning to look for an alternative to paraffin wax for making candles.

Alternative Waxes

Beeswax candles are made from the wax found in beehives. Beeswax tends to be quite manageable, which makes it a popular choice for candles. It has a low melting point, which helps make it pliable. The heat from your hands will soften the beeswax slightly while you are working with it, which makes it easy to roll and shape. However, the beeswax does become sticky. Beeswax can be purchased in a variety of forms, such as flat, honeycomb, blocks and chunks. You should use a candle hardener when making candles with beeswax because this will help the candles hold their shape. One of the most significant benefits of using beeswax for candle making is that it is naturally aromatic, so it is often unnecessary to add an extra fragrance. Unfortunately, beeswax is expensive. Gel candle wax can also be used to make candles, although it results in a different appearance than paraffin wax. Gel candle wax is a combination of processed mineral oils and a gelling agent. This type of wax is clear and has a texture similar to rubber. Gel candle wax is extremely difficult to manage, and you need to be cautious while melting and heating it.

Vegetable Wax

Soy wax is becoming increasingly popular because it is environmentally friendly. Soy wax is made from soybeans and vegetables. It is both a renewable resource and biodegradable. When using soy wax for candle making, it can be melted easily in the microwave. This wax is very soft, so you will need to either use it for a container candle or add a significant amount of candle hardener. Vegetable waxes tend to be a popular choice among consumers who prefer purchasing organic and earth-friendly products. Vegetable waxes such as soybean wax produce a significantly less amount of soot when they are burned. Soybean wax candles will also burn at least 10 to 20 percent longer than a paraffin wax candle.

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