Paraffin In Different Languages
Paraffine Parafina Parafin Paraffin Parafín Parafina Parafina Parafin Paraffina パラフィン 파라핀 Paraffine Parafina برافین Парафін Parafino پارافین Parafiini Parabhan पैराफिन Paraffinum Parafinas พาราฟิน نالفین 石蜡
Paraffin derived from petroleum, colorless, odourless, unexpensive, widely available (the straight kind, anyway), easy to manipulate, to proportion and to use, can be used with or without additives tp create different kind of candles.
When you buy wax to make candles, most of the time it is sold by weight and conditionned as wax pellets. Such a conditioning is ideal as it makes it easy for you to store, manipulate and proportion.
If you live in the United States, chances are you’ll never use basic wax because there’s a wide range of pre-blends available, specially formulated for a specific type of candle. But if you’re a beginner, you can learn a lot by playing around with pure paraffin and additives as most european candle makers have to, due to the unavailability of pre-blends in these countries.
Straight wax usually comes with a melting point (MP) of 140°F, which limits its use for “hard” candles like Pillars or Votives.
It comes free of any additive so the odds are great you’ll need to add one or several additives, depending upon the type of candle you’re planning to make.
But let’s start with the beginning: straight paraffin wax is great for the beginner candle maker and will allow you to familiarise yourself with the different additives, their effect when used in different quantities and also with the ideal pouring temperature in such or such case.
Wax is a general term used to refer to the mixture of long-chain lipids forming a protective coating on plant leaves and fruits but also in animals algae, fungi and bacteria. Some waxes are of mineral origin. The various materials named waxes do not form a chemically homogeneous group. All waxes are water-resistant materials made up of various substances including hydrocarbons (normal or branched alkanes and alkanes) .