If you were to walk into your local home furnishing store right now and browse the candle aisle, you would find that there are dozens of candle scents to choose from. What many people are unaware of is that there are just as many wax types available when selecting the perfect candle. But how do you know which wax is right for you?
Even though there are many types of waxes used in candle making, they are all very different.
Each individual wax has its own unique properties that influence the way it looks, smells, and burns. But what is the best candle wax?
What Makes a Good Wax?
It goes without saying that when you buy a candle you expect it to smell good. We all love the sensation we get from walking into a room and immediately getting a whiff of the pleasing aroma of a nice candle. Candles that give off fragrance in this way have what is known as good “scent throw”. Meaning that when the wax melts it distributes its scent over a larger area rather than a small isolated space. Parrafin has been the most popular wax since the 1900s for this very reason. It is cheap to produce, accepts scented oils with ease, and throws scent incredibly well.
However, paraffin is a petroleum product created from the left-overs of refining crude oil. As a result waxes such as these often contain harmful toxins and chemicals that can be released into the air when burned. These carcinogenic chemicals are the same ones that are often found in the lungs of cigarette smokers. Studies show that prolonged burning of artificial candle wax can lead to serious health problems such as lung cancer and emphysema. Not exactly the kind of stuff you want your kids and pets breathing in.
If you are looking for a natural alternative, soy, palm, and beeswax are also quite popular in the candle industry. These options also have great scent throw and won't contaminate the air in your home or office. Natural wax candles also smell great on their own without any added fragrance oils. The problem with waxes such as these is that they are difficult to sustainably harvest. In recent years, inefficient farming methods have had devastating effects on the environment.
So what is the best candle wax? Ideally, you want one that is natural, burns and throws scent well and doesn't have a big impact on the environment. At Migi Cera Candle Co. We have done our research and experimented with many wax types. Our search has led us to what we believe is the perfect Wax. Coconut! This amazing wax takes all of the good things from different waxes without any of the harmful negatives.
Game Changing Candles
We hand pour our candles in San Jose California using only the finest of coconut based wax. Our products are truly changing the game. Give one a try. We promise you won't be disappointed.