As I said in the introduction, the wax formulas used to make tealight candles are among the simplest of all formulas.
The most basic formula is of course plain paraffin but I personally don't like the shiny, dirty white aspect of it. It's much better to combine it with simple (but efficient) additives.
Here are a few wax formulas that work well with tealight candles. Remember: these are just starting points, don't hesitate to experiment with your very own variations !
- 100% paraffin wax with a melting point of 135°F (the drugstore-grade)
the most basic formula; can be coloured and scented but in this last case, you'd better use the formula #2 or #3.
variation on formula #1, to be used if you want to add scent your tealight candles. Adding Vybar helps bind the fragrance oil to the paraffin.
for colored tealight candles. Stearic acid, by modifying the crystalline structure of paraffin, will make it less shiny and nicer to look at.
beeswax gives your tealight candles a very natural shade and scent that is appreciated by many people.
adding beeswax to paraffin combines the best of both waxes : the scent and the smooth color of beeswax and the lower price of paraffin wax.
Technically speaking, tealight candles are nothing more than very small container candles so you can also use any container wax formula for your tealights.
It works fine and will avoid a second pour to fill the sink hole that might appear during the cooling process (tealights are so small that you probably won't have to deal with sink holes).
Why not use candle gel to make your next batch of tealight candles? Gel makes great tealights when it's colored and poured in translucent, polycarbonate tealight cups !