Paraffin wax is the most widely used and is easy to work with. Vegetable waxes offer a more natural alternative, but are slightly harder to work with. Both can produce beautiful clean-burning candles if correctly made. If you are serious about candle making and have the time and money, it is worth experimenting with wax blending.
Candle Wax Guide 'Which wax should I use?' is a common question candle makers ask. Considerations for choosing candle wax include: the importance of natural, the type of candle you're making, the type of wicks or containers you want to use, the color and texture, and the burn quality.
Buy sugar bowls or tea cups at a thrift store or discount store. Compare prices between buying the wax at Michael's using a 40% off coupon or buying parafin wax from the hardware store. Since wax is usually sold in 2 -4 pound bricks, you could go in on this purchase with a friend.