What is paraffin wax?
Paraffin wax is derived from petroleum and is a obtained through drilling in oil rigs. Some of the most popular candle brands are made from paraffin wax and is the most popular choice.
What are the benefits?
Paraffin wax generally is very easy to use. It allows much more room for error in wicking and fragrance loading compared to vegetable waxes, which makes it preferable for beginners.
Mineral wax can hold a large amount of fragrance without affecting the burn quality. Also because paraffin wax is odourless, these two factors makes the scent throw slightly better on paraffin candles than vegetable alternatives.
Lastly, because the wax is a pale white colour, they take to candle dyes very easily and you can add much less then vegetable wax.
The main drawback for paraffin wax is it cannot be marketed as a natural product, which is a growing concern for the ethical consumer in todays market.