Candle wax - what do we use?

Candle waxes can be divided into two types: vegetable (soy, rapeseed) and mineral (paraffin). Each wax has a whole host of pros and cons, and there's no one grail wax! Prude Candles are made with a blend of three types, and we'll explain why we feel this is ideal.


Paraffin has been used as a candle wax since 1830, and is by far the most popular wax type in use today. It blends well with fragrance oils, producing a much stronger scent throw than vegetable waxes, especially when lit, and is very easy to work with. Paraffin also takes colour dyes well, and it's use in our wax blend gives Prude Candles their distinctive bold appearance.


The use of soy wax in candle making is a relatively recent development and it's inclusion in our blend allows for a slower burn and creamier, more luxurious wax appearance. Soy's marketing as a renewable alternative to paraffin is offset somewhat by it's lower melting point, making a strong scent throw difficult to achieve. 


Sustainably grown in the UK, and exclusively made for use in candles, rapeseed is a natural wax made from the partial hardening of rapeseed oil. In practical terms, rapeseed acts as an excellent middle ground between paraffin and soy. It adds a smooth and creamy finish, and allows for an excellent burn with strong scent throw.

Our blend of paraffin, soy and rapeseed wax can be found in our large candles, small candles and wax melts