What Is the Most Organic Candle? A Study of Paraffin Alternatives

Updated: Sep 28

An overview of all the materials you can use to make candles, both at home and on an industrial scale. Find over 15 potential DIY projects and small scale organic candle production



IN THIS POST:
  • An Overview of all the material you can use to create candles

  • A Brief Summary of each available candle making material

  • A Profile of all the candle making material that we could find

  • Links of Interest if you want to learn more about DIY organic candle making







AN OVERVIEW

A list of candle making materials


First of all, all materials are organic (except maybe one that we could find). The level of processing is different. Here is a table of all the materials that we could find. This is an ongoing project so feel free to add ideas in the comment section.

Plant-Based

Paraffin

Soy

Coconut oil

Rapeseed

Walnuts

Cinnamon

Of Animal Origin

Beeswax

Regular Tallow

Stearin

Game Tallow

Game Stearin?

Duck fat - the edible candle

Yak Butter

Fish Oil

"Candlefish"

Whale

Spermaceti


Other

Industrial Grease



A SUMMARY

If i'd had to come up with a tagline for each wax making ingredient


Probably better than soy?



Paraffin Wax

The devil


Soy Wax

Better than paraffin but not ideal either


Coconut Wax

Probably better than soy?


Rapeseed Wax

Probably better than soy?


Walnuts

A surprise


Cinnamon

The devil


Beeswax

The devil


Tallow

Better than paraffin but not ideal either


Stearin

Probably better than soy?


Game Tallow

Probably better than soy?


Game Stearin?

Probably better than soy?


Tibetan Yak Yak Butter

A surprise


Common Yak Butter

The devil


Fish Oil

The devil


Duck Fat

Better than paraffin but not ideal either


"Candlefish"

Probably better than soy?


Whale

Probably better than soy?


Spermaceti,

A surprise


Industrial Grease

The devil



A SUMMARY

If i'd had to come up with a tagline for each candle making ingredient