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Candle Wax Facts

Updated: Jul 28, 2021

Contrary to popular belief... It seems all wax's might be equals to each other, just grown, or produced in different ways:

  • Prior to the 19th century, a “wax” candle typically referred to a beeswax candle.

  • All waxes are primarily hydrocarbons, whether the wax is of animal, vegetable, or petroleum origin. The chemical composition of all waxes used for candle-making is similar, and all candle waxes burn in the same manner.

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

  • Candles account for the second largest use of waxes in North America, after packaging and package coatings.

  • Paraffin is the most commonly used candle wax today. Beeswax, soy wax, palm wax, gels, and synthesized waxes are also used in candle-making for the U.S. market, as are blends of waxes.

  • Waxes burn with a yellow flame due to the presence of carbon.

  • No specific type of wax or wax blend is considered “best” for candlemaking. All candle waxes – when provided in high-quality format – have been shown to burn cleanly, safely and in the same manner.

  • No candle wax has ever been shown to be toxic or harmful to human health.

  • There is no such thing as a soot-free wax. All organic compounds when burned will emit some carbon (soot) due to incomplete combustion. Sooting is primarily a factor of wick length and flame disturbance.

  • Reputable candle manufacturers use only high-quality waxes in their formulations.

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