Paraffin wax is a white or colourless soft solid derivable from petroleum, coal or oil shale that consists of a mixture of hydrocarbon molecules containing between twenty and forty carbon atoms. Used mainly in candle making for its attractive appearance and also used most in scented candle making as a lots of dyes and scent were formulated for paraffin so they are very reliable. The melting point of most paraffin waxes is 130 degrees meaning you need to burn it for a longer time than some natural waxes to get full scent delivery.
Natural waxes are becoming more and more commonly used in candle production. There are many variations of wax including beeswax, soy wax, vegetable wax, coconut oil wax or palm wax to name but a few. All Natural waxes will generally burn cleaner and more soot free than traditional paraffin waxes. They have a different look and do not require a re-pour. “Shrinkage” can form when you pour container (glass) candles which can cause an aesthetic issue for some candle lovers but this is a balancing act. A lot of candle manufacturers will use coloured or frosted glass to overcome this.
The soot issue is a big problem for a lot of candle lovers and this tends to be worse with paraffin wax candles. Always remember to trim your wicks and follow all safety instructions.