QUAERITUR: What sort of candles can be blessed at Candlemas?

From a reader:

If I bring personal candles to the EF mass on Candlemass, must they be made of beeswax? Can they be entirely made of non-beeswax (paraffin)?
Not sure if the old regulations about things like this still apply to the EF.

We had a really good discussion about candles and what they can be made of HERE.

Given that discussion, and based even on the modern rules, my opinion is that it is far better for the candles to be wax candles, at least in part.  That is certainly the case for anything to be used in church.  I suppose it could be less strictly applied to candles not for use in church.

Still… let those candles be wax candles if at all possible.

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