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Where does candle wax come from?

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Candle wax comes from a variety of sources, including beeswax, tallow, purified animal fats and paraffin wax. Except for beeswax, these waxes are often refined, melted to a specific melting point and combined with additives to make the desired candle.

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Paraffin wax is a byproduct of crude oil that is refined into gasoline. It is the most common wax used in making candles and the ideal choice for making scented candles. Beeswax, on the other hand, is produced by honeybees. Unlike paraffin wax, beeswax can be made into instant candles without melting by rolling a wick into a pre-made sheet.

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