I only listed 3 types of natural candle waxes in the last post! So here are three more, and some more DIY tips too! Although, there are actually way more waxes to pick and choose from, so although this is an overview make sure to do tons of your own research. I really think that natural candle supplies, especially the waxes, are really awesome. If you love mother nature, you should keep reading!
Beeswax: It's obviously made from bees, but it's also one of the oldest and widely used natural candle waxes! It's been used for hundreds of years by different cultures. It was used mostly by the wealthy and the churches because it was really expensive. But it's still considered to be an awesome luxury candle wax today too! It's totally natural, and if it's pure it shouldn't bring any toxins into the air when you burn it. There's no reason for pure natural beeswax to have toxins since it's taken directly from the hive. So it can be a really good environmentally friendly choice. And like other waxes it's supposed to burn slowly and also produce only a little or barely any soot or smoke. And if you buy sheets of wax, you can just cut a strip off and roll it around a wick for a really quick and fast DIY natural candle. Lastly it usually has a faint honey or floral aroma!
But one con of natural beeswax is that it may not hold scents really well, so you may want to mix it with other waxes to get what you want. And it can get pricey depending on what you buy.
Palm wax: Palm wax is technically a natural plant based wax, that's made from palm oil. It can have a higher melting point than soft paraffin, but it comes in different melting points too. The biggest con for palm wax is that it's promoted as being environmentally friendly, but it's been said that palm wax candles can also has a lot of additives like how paraffin candles can. It can be heavily refined depending on where you buy it from. So it may not automatically be an environmentally friendly or natural choice.
A major pro of palm wax is that the candles can be gorgeous. They usually have a crystalline look, like sparkles stuck inside the wax, and can also look marbled and cool and shimmery. If you're interested in DIY, palm wax can be harder to work with than other natural and synthetic waxes, since it can be so thick. But the results can look awesome, and pouring the wax at different temperatures or using different colors can make the wax crystallize differently. Another pro is that when it burns it's supposed to leave way less soot in comparison to other waxes and it has a long burning time. It should also be biodegradable since it's made from natural oil. So be sure to keep this beautiful and artistic wax in your supplies!
Soy wax: Soy wax is another wax option, that's an alternative to synthetic candle waxes. Except that a lot of the time, soy wax is actually mixed with other oils. So if you get pure soy wax, then you may be getting wax that's 100% soy. Otherwise soy candles can be mixed and blended with other oils or waxes like natural beeswax or synthetic paraffin. It can still be counted as a soy candle if more than half of the wax is made from soy oil. But a pro of soy is that if you buy the 100% soy, it's supposed to be totally toxin and additive free. Or if you DIY, soy wax is supposed to have lots of different melting points for the candles you can make too. And they can be great for DIY also because soy wax can be melted in the microwave, and it can be easier to clean up than other candle waxes.
So when you look into getting natural candle supplies, maybe check these top 3 out! I think soy wax sounds the most interesting.