Paraffin wax is the most common wax available.
Paraffin is used for a number of different types of candles. Some of those types are tapers, floating, moulded or sculpted (when using paraffin of a low melting point), sand or water candles.
Sold in pellet, bead or block form it generally has a melting point between 40-70 degrees C (104-160 degrees F). It most likely will come with stearin added to it. However if it does not you can put this additive in it yourself.
Stearin comes from palm nuts and helps in the release of candles from their moulds. Making the wax shrink as it cools. So it is a helpful and useful additive.
A point to consider, paraffin waxes do not need stearin. However the candles you will produce will burn faster and are less opaque. That said, paraffin candles without stearin do have a lovely translucent quality to them. So it is, whatever you are personally looking for in the outcome that matters.
Colourless and odourless by nature paraffin is a by-product of oil refining.
Mixing paraffin with other waxes like beeswax is a common procedure. This is done to conserve the costs of more expensive waxes. In general, beeswax is a more expensive wax and paraffin can be and is made cheaply. Therefore it is a great wax for mixing with other types of waxes.
However, a word of caution, never use grocery store paraffin in candles. It will not harden enough for you to create taper candles of a good quality. Grocery store paraffin is a much softer wax with a lower melting point.
You got it, it's the cheapest variety available. So always buy the best quality available for candle making purposes. You don't want your efforts all to be for nothing and be disappointed with your candle making results.
So aim for great quality for all your amazing candles you want to make.
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