Soy Wax vs. Paraffin Wax

Soy Wax vs. Paraffin Wax


If you look at the labels on the candles in your house, you'll probably see that some are made of soy wax and some are made of paraffin wax. You may be wondering if there is really much of a difference between the two types of wax. We chose soy wax for our SoulKey candles because, although they are both typical candle waxes, there are significant differences between the two.

Soy wax is all natural.

Paraffin wax is made from petroleum (yep, the same petroleum used to make oil and gas), whereas soy wax is made from soybeans. Paraffin wax, which was discovered in 1850, is produced by extracting the waxy material from crude oil. Soy wax is a hydrogenated version of soybean oil that was found in 1991 as a substitute for paraffin wax. Because more soybeans may be grown, soy wax is sustainable in addition to being entirely natural. Due to the unrenewable nature of fossil fuels, paraffin wax is not sustainable.

Less soot is released by soy wax.

All candles release some soot, although under identical circumstances (wick length, draft, etc.), a paraffin candle will release more soot than a soy candle. This soot can discolor the candle container and occasionally land on your furnishings, walls, and drapes as well. This is more likely to happen if there is an abundance of air movement in your home, which disperses the soot. You can see a difference in soot if you light a paraffin and a soy candle next to one another.

Soy wax = less toxins

There are other emissions from paraffin wax besides soot. Eleven recognized toxins, including two carcinogens, are released into the air when paraffin wax is burned or melted. Any material or agent that encourages cancer is considered a carcinogen. These poisons and carcinogens are absent from soy wax since it is a biodegradable wax derived from soybeans, which humans eat. Soy wax is not only better for the environment, but it is also healthier for you, your loved ones, and your animals.

Soy wax has a lower melting point

The larger, more distinct crystal structure of paraffin wax allows it to melt at a greater temperature, between 120 and 160°F (49 and 71°C). Compared to that, soy wax has a lower melting point, which makes it simpler to burn in colder climates or throughout the winter. This lower point also lessens the possibility that you could burn yourself in the event that something goes wrong or the candle tips over. If you reside in an extremely hot place where temperatures reach the lower end of the range, soy wax may melt on its own. Paraffin wax also has a tendency to be harder and more brittle due to its crystal structure, whereas soy wax is softer and more malleable.

Soy wax has a longer burn time

When all else is equal, soy wax will burn between thirty and fifty percent longer than paraffin wax. Once more, this is dependent on the candle's height and width, wick length, and other elements. Before relighting, trim the candle wick to ⅛ to ¼ inch to enhance the length of time your sox candle burns. In order to prevent the wax from overheating, don't burn the candle for longer than four hours. After the wax melts, keep the candle out of the way of drafts and recenter the wick if it moves.

Soy wax has a stronger fragrance hold

Soy wax candles smell better than paraffin wax candles because they discharge less pollutants and soot into the air. Kind of negates the purpose of lighting a candle—paraffin wax releases compounds that can interfere with the aroma while it burns. Because candles cannot have additional perfumes added to them (too much fragrance oil will destroy the wax), it is crucial to have a clean burn that brings out the best of the scent. In the end, you're probably burning the candle more for its aroma than for light.

You just can't go wrong with soy wax for candles. Browse our selection of soy wax candles now to find your new best friend.

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