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Clear Wax Candles vs. Gel Candles
By Lisa Robbin
In the last five years a new type of clear candle has emerged - freestanding
resin-based (aka clear wax) candles. Using a base of mineral oil, the candle
uses a patented resin as the stabilizer, creating a candle that outshines
both traditional paraffin and gel candles. It requires no container like
gel candles, burns longer than paraffin and holds more fragrance than both.
The flame burns down through the inside of the candle as light radiates through
the candle's side wall. These resin-based candles can be made in any traditional
paraffin shape, with no bubbles. This lends them more decorative appeal than
gel candles and more durability than paraffin candles.
A handful of manufacturers have embraced this new technology, but many large
manufacturers have avoided gel candles altogether. Candlemakers site the
dangers of gel candles as a reason for not offering the clear freestanding
candles. Resin-based candles have unfairly been lumped into this category.
Gel candle safety concerns while valid, revolve mostly around containers
and embeds, of which resin-based candles have none. As a result, clear wax
candles are a much sought after commodity in places like eBay and other online
Imagine a candle you can see through - with no bubbles. There are no seascapes
or flammable embeds in these candles - just pure clear color and sheer fragrance.
This is the resin-based candle reality. Elegant and refined, but unpretentious
for the decorator. The Oprah Magazine even featured clear wax candles in
the O List a few years ago as an alternative to shorter burning paraffin
counterparts. Resin based candles actually cost less per burning hour than
most paraffin candles and don't pose the safety risks of gel candles.
Whether in front of a mirror or alone in the darkness, the colorful radiance
of clear wax, resin-based candles is something you have to see to believe.
When you stand on one side of a candle and look through to the other, the
difference becomes clear.
Lisa Robbin is the Director of Product Development for
the giving candle, the maker of Heavenly Gems
resin-based clear candles. Lisa writes articles on all things candle related
in an effort to educate consumers about making the most out of their candle
purchases. You can email her directly at