Paraffin Candles

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How do I keep homemade paraffin candles from melting in hot weather?

I made 8 beautiful 3 inch pillar candles last year and put them in a fireplace sconce but in hot weather, they all melted and became misshaped. Is there an additive to make them retain their shape even when its 90 – 100 degrees?
I’d like to make homemade candles and have them on display. Since store bought candles don’t soften enough to get lopsided during hot weather, there must be a way…

When I was a kid on an Indiana farm, many years ago:}, my mom made paraffin candles and had the same problem. My grandmother showed her how to add a little beeswax to solve it when making them. As I recall the best way was to dip them in beeswax as a last step though you can mix it initially as well. I don’t remember proportions and such, but beeswax has a much higher melting temperature than paraffin and combining the two for cheaper candles that last longer was common at the time. Hope that helps.

Paraffin Candles
Paraffin Candles

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