The Cosy Owl sources only the highest quality premium candle wax to ensure our products provide you with the perfect reliable materials to make your ideal candle. There are a variety of different types of waxes from which candles can be made. These varieties stem from two main sources, natural and mineral, and both comprise of many different qualities and facets.
Different types of wax
Natural waxes, such as vegetable wax and soy wax, have a light and creamy colour to them whilst producing a slight plant-like fragrance when burnt. Made from natural oils, such as those from the rapeseed plant and the soya bean, these waxes are a sustainable alternative to more popular paraffin waxes as they are 100% natural in origin. Soy wax is a particularly popular natural wax as its' scent throw is far stronger than rapeseed waxes and is far less likely to trigger allergies than other forms of wax.
Mineral waxes, of which paraffin is the most widely used, are made from petroleum and benefit from a very clean, odourless burn when in its purest state. White in colour and very easy to manipulate into different shapes and sizes, paraffin wax can also be used to make the more unusual but visually stunning, gel wax which is a translucent mix of mineral wax and polymer resin. All mineral based waxes have a very long burn and are known for their extremely good scent throw, making them one of the most popular choices for candle making.