Blended Versus Non-Blended Waxes

Over the last several years, there is continued discussion among candle makers on what is best for their operation in selecting the proper wax or waxes. In each operation there are many factors for the candle maker to determine prior to selecting the appropriate wax. While there are strong arguments for blended waxes and straight waxes, it all boils down to what each individual candle maker is comfortable using. The information below is provided in an effort to help you make the determination.

Blended Waxes
Many people prefer to purchase blended waxes for several reasons:

  1. The number of raw materials needed to be purchased can be minimized.
  2. Both the time involved in preparing wax blends and the potential to error are greatly reduced.
  3. Continuity between lots should be much better since large batches are usually prepared by the person who blends the wax.

Why some people prefer to avoid blended waxes:

  1. There is generally an upcharge for blended waxes since another agency is doing the blending.
  2. The blended wax may not work in all applications the candle maker is attempting to achieve.
  3. Since the components of the blended wax are not known, the candle maker may have difficultly troubleshooting when problems arise.
  4. It is sometimes difficult to price shop blended waxes since each wax manufacturer uses a different blend.

Candlewic offers the following blended waxes:
CBL-129 This blended wax is good for containers
CBL-141 This blended wax is good for votives and pillars.
J-50 A blended wax developed specifically for containers and is a low shrinkage product.

Non-Blended Waxes
Conversely, some people prefer to prepare their own wax blends for the following reasons:

  1. A skilled candle maker can adjust waxes and additives to give the exact qualities required for each candle type.
  2. By purchasing waxes and additives separately, the candle maker is usually able to save money by not needing all of the additives that a blended wax may add.
  3. Control and performance of the candle can be achieved by closely monitoring all of the components used in the manufacturing process.

Why some people avoid straight paraffins (non-blended waxes):

  1. Many companies are not set up for melting the additives.
  2. Blended waxes can be easier to use for the candle maker just starting.
  3. There is more room for error by an employee making the blended wax formulas.

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