Paraffin Wax Candles

Pillar Candles

Paraffin Wax

  • A white or colorless soft solid derived from petroleum, coal, or oil shale. It is made of saturated hydrocarbons.
  • Melting point between 47°C and 64°C (116°F and 147°F). Low melting point makes it easy to work with.
  • Odorless and tasteless. Chemically inert and non-toxic.
  • Used for making candles, wax paper, polishes, lubricants, crayons, cosmetics, and so on.

Paraffin Candles

  • Candles made from paraffin wax became popular in the late 1800s as a cheaper alternative to beeswax and tallow candles.
  • Paraffin wax revolutionized the candle-making industry because it burned clearly and consistently, and was inexpensive to manufacture.
  • Paraffin candles are made by adding color and fragrance to purified paraffin wax and pouring it into a wick-holding mold.
  • The wick is usually made of braided cotton to provide a sustainable flame. The wick draws up the liquid wax via capillary action during burning.
  • Downsides are a lack of aromas when unscented, and petroleum origins. But paraffin remains the most widely used candle wax today due to cost efficiency.
  • So in summary, versatile and inexpensive paraffin wax revolutionized candle-making by allowing mass production of low-cost candles with a consistent burn.

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