Which color wax hurts most?

fizzygato fizzygato
Which color wax hurts most? I have sometimes heard "the lighter color the candle is, the more it hurts." Is that myth? I would kind of think any color of wax should have the same max heat as any other candle, but does the dye really affect it that much?

I have also heard rumors that "Jesus candles" hurt most. Is that true or a myth? Thoughts?
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Mondegreened
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Never done wax play/ never heard of this from anyone
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Total votes: 43
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02/17/2013
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tortilla tortilla
never heard of this before nor have I tried it
02/17/2013
Mitzuki Mitzuki
If I'm not mistaken it's not necessarily the dye that hurts but what the candle is made out of? I've never heard of certain colors hurting more! Interesting!

-keeps track to thread to learn-
02/17/2013
Boyfriend Boyfriend
never heard of this
02/17/2013
tami tami
Quote:
Originally posted by fizzygato
Which color wax hurts most? I have sometimes heard "the lighter color the candle is, the more it hurts." Is that myth? I would kind of think any color of wax should have the same max heat as any other candle, but does the dye really affect ... More
I have heard of it but never tried it might have to though
02/17/2013
ScarletFox ScarletFox
Candles that are made of different colors can raise the melting point of candle, which when raising the melting point makes the wax hotter and there for it would hurt more.

If you are looking to lessen that, its much better to get a Paraffin candle and use a crock pot to melt it down. Then instead create the color you want by melting a crayon down with it. This allows you to have the color with out raising the melting point of the wax.
02/21/2013
big b big b
dont know
02/26/2013
Aishiteru Aishiteru
I haven't heard of it.
02/26/2013
EmuLove EmuLove
I play with wax but never noticed a difference in heat between colors... I may have to pay attention to this next time
02/26/2013
Rory Rory
No pain for me!
02/26/2013
ginnyluvspotter ginnyluvspotter
I didnt know different colors could hurt more
02/26/2013
F1akaLuvsE.F F1akaLuvsE.F
Never played with wax but im super tempted to try it!!!
02/26/2013
falalena falalena
Quote:
Originally posted by fizzygato
Which color wax hurts most? I have sometimes heard "the lighter color the candle is, the more it hurts." Is that myth? I would kind of think any color of wax should have the same max heat as any other candle, but does the dye really affect ... More
never done it, but doubt it matters much.
02/26/2013
MasqueVivi MasqueVivi
I've only done the mildest of play with wax, but I don't think I've ever heard of such a thing before!
02/26/2013
charletnarouh charletnarouh
Depends on the melting point of the wax. One green candle might be higher temp than another green candle. The same brand/type of candle of different colors may have different melting points but if the melting point is the same, the wax should feel the same.
04/30/2013
Gdom Gdom
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Originally posted by ScarletFox
Candles that are made of different colors can raise the melting point of candle, which when raising the melting point makes the wax hotter and there for it would hurt more.

If you are looking to lessen that, its much better to get a Paraffin ... More
This. It's all about melting points, which is determined by what the candle is made of. A particular dye itself has a higher melting point, then adding it to the mix will raise the overall melting point of the candle. As for whether darker dyes tend to raise the melting point more or less than light dyes, I honestly haven't heard of any such correlation (and I don't see why there would be one).
05/16/2013
SydneyScreams SydneyScreams
I play with wax a lot, but never noticed this.

I tend to use parafin wax or the religious candles (they seem to burn not as hot).
05/19/2013
lilswitch lilswitch
Quote:
Originally posted by fizzygato
Which color wax hurts most? I have sometimes heard "the lighter color the candle is, the more it hurts." Is that myth? I would kind of think any color of wax should have the same max heat as any other candle, but does the dye really affect ... More
The kind of wax and how it's processed matters more. Different kinds of waxes have different melting points. This is why most wax play is done with paraffin or soy and almost never beeswax. Additives such as fragrances and color stabilizers tend to increase the melting point. Colors can change the melting point but by very little. This is why you shouldn't use regular household candles (like from Yankee Candle) for wax play.
05/26/2013
SickOnSin SickOnSin
Quote:
Originally posted by fizzygato
Which color wax hurts most? I have sometimes heard "the lighter color the candle is, the more it hurts." Is that myth? I would kind of think any color of wax should have the same max heat as any other candle, but does the dye really affect ... More
It's not the color of the wax that causes the pain, it's the temperature of the wax. Candles can be made of different things. What it's made of determines how hot it gets. Most candles are made from paraffin wax, but you can add stearine to make it burn hotter or mineral oil to make it burn cooler. Bees Wax candles burner hotter than Paraffin wax too.

Color in no way effects how much it hurts. The type of wax used and the distance it falls to your body is what effects the pain level. Think about it the longer it has to drop the longer it has to cool.
06/17/2013
FrustratedFemme FrustratedFemme
I love how all the responses are in the last two.
06/19/2013
Love Bites Love Bites
Quote:
Originally posted by fizzygato
Which color wax hurts most? I have sometimes heard "the lighter color the candle is, the more it hurts." Is that myth? I would kind of think any color of wax should have the same max heat as any other candle, but does the dye really affect ... More
I don't think colors really affect how wax feels. It's about the type of wax, not the color.
07/07/2013
LeeBee LeeBee
The candles I use are black or white, but I've never felt any difference between the two.
08/23/2013
Mondegreened Mondegreened
it really does depend on the type of candle more than the color, but white wax does tend to hurt less. in my experience, dark shades of red are the most painful.

(but really, my favorite thing about dark colors is that they can leave a slight stain on the skin. so pretty! <3)
09/06/2013
HannahPanda HannahPanda
I don't think it makes a difference.
09/06/2013
cmm cmm
A softer wax is usually a bit less dense and will retain its heat less.
09/07/2013
Ziva Ziva
Quote:
Originally posted by fizzygato
Which color wax hurts most? I have sometimes heard "the lighter color the candle is, the more it hurts." Is that myth? I would kind of think any color of wax should have the same max heat as any other candle, but does the dye really affect ... More
If the candles are made from identical wax, the dark color should burn faster, as it would get hotter.
10/23/2013
TheHardOne TheHardOne
I have never tried this, and don't understand why one color would hurt more than another.
11/02/2013
thebest thebest
i don't think it makes a difference
11/30/2013
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