Paraffin vs. Soy Wax Candles: Making Informed Choices

Explore the labels on your candles, and you'll likely encounter paraffin and soy wax varieties. These popular candle waxes differ significantly, impacting both your environment and candle experience.

 

Key Differences:

Soy Wax

Paraffin wax

Sourcing/Availability

Natural and sustainable, derived from easily cultivatable soybeans.

Extracted from crude oil, unsustainable due to finite fossil resources.

Toxicity

Composed of natural elements. Believed to burn cleaner than paraffin.

Burning paraffin candles releases toxic compounds, including cancer-promoting benzene.

Burning Time

Soy wax candles generally burn 30 – 50% longer than its paraffin counterparts.

 

Scent Throw

Soy wax is denser and releases fragrance more slowly

Paraffin candles often have a stronger and more immediate scent throw.

Price

An affordable and natural alternative

Although cost-effective, has associated health and environmental concerns.

 

Conclusion: Opt for Soy wax if sustainability, clean burning and richer fragrance are priorities.

Paraffin may be economical, but its low cost comes with health and environmental drawbacks.

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