Candle Wax Additives

Candle

Candle Making Additives, Candle Wax Additives

Wax

Parrafin

Paraffin is a petroleum by-product. It comes in different grades and melting points. Burning quality is dependent on melting point and oil content.

130F and lower wax is an oily wax that will melt before it burns. Best for container candles. For more information on low melting point recipes,

139 To 143F. Best for general candlemaking and molded candles.

145F. Used primarily for tapers and cut & curl candles. It has good adhesion between layers and burns quicker than the other grades of wax.

Beeswax

Beeswax is an all natural wax. It is a soft wax with a natural scent and does not smoke when it burns. It can be 'sticky' and is not recommended by itself in molded candles. It is a great additive to paraffin, but is costly$$!

Additives

Stearic acid

Stearic acid, or stearine, is a animal fat byproduct, but you can find a vegetable (palm oil based) derivative. Recommended amount is 3tbsp/lb. It makes your colors pastel and creamy. Colors may fade quicker and the wax feel is rather soapy.

Luster crystals

Luster crystals(polyethylene) is a manmade wax polymer. Your colors will come out brighter, your candle will burn longer, and the wax will be opaque. Good for making white candles. I like luster crystals for plastic novelty molds.

Clear Crystals

Clear crystals are another polymer that hardens the wax like luster crystals but makes the wax more transparent for a glowing effect

Snowax

Snowax is another polymer like luster crystals. Colors not as bright and wax not as opaque.

Vybar

Vybar is a polymer additive for scented candles. Color and scent is suspended evenly in the candle. Stronger scent and creamy color.

Hot Melt Glue sticks

Hot melt glue sticks is another additive you can use if you cannot find the above materials. It is similar to snowax and luster crystals in character and makes a strong, "unbreakable" candle. Use 1 part to ten parts wax.

Variations in pouring temperature, additives, scent, color, and type of wax used will produce different results every time. Experiment to discover what you like. Remember, you can always melt the candle down and start over.