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Soy wax vs. paraffin wax-Which one is good

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This is the question you ask us most often. What is the best wax for a scented candle? A lot of contradictory information circulates on the net. Here is everything you need to know before buying a scented candle made from one of these waxes.

Soy wax

Soy wax comes from soybean oil. Extraction recipes are the trade secrets of scented candle makers. However, two steps are essential:

1- The soybeans are pressed mechanically to extract the oil.

2- This oil is solidified using a hydrogen solution: This is hydrogenation.

The properties of soy wax are as below:

  • It is nontoxic-means soy wax candles that are not poisonous.
  • Soy wax is made of soybean oil (100%, no blend) or the combination of animal and vegetable products.
  • It is a clean-burning fuel source because soy wax needs to fulfill the federal requirement that classifies it safe for clean burning.
  • Soy wax is colourless and appears opaque.

This wax's qualities are numerous, which is why it is used in most scented candles Jessica Jane: 100% natural constituents, non-toxic, clean combustion, colorless, opaque. Even use soy wax in handmade scented soy candles.

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Paraffin wax

Paraffin wax is made of crude oil. Crude oil is an unrefined petroleum product that is mined from the deep layers of earth. It is the decomposition of fossil fuel that was there thousands of years ago. After the multi-step refining process, a biodegradable product is made that is used in candle making, food, and cosmetics. The properties of paraffin wax are given below: 

  • It is non-toxic means the paraffin wax is not poisonous.
  • It is non-reactive that means this wax doesn’t react or respond during the test and does not create stimuli.
  • Paraffin wax is a great water barrier. That’s why it can repel liquid and water.
  • It is a clean-burning fuel source and meets the requirements of federal regulations in this regard.
  • It is colorless and appears semi-translucent.

This wax offers practically the same advantages as soy wax: Non-toxic, clean combustion, immiscible (does not mix with water), semi-transparent.

So how do you tell them apart?

To differentiate these waxes, there are two real criteria:

The Scent Throw: It depends not only on the quantity of scented oil present in your candle but also on the wax! Paraffin wax is less dense than soy wax. It, therefore, releases its perfumes more easily.

Burning time: This higher density of soy wax requires more heat for its combustion. It, therefore, releases its scents more gradually, and you will enjoy it longer. That’s why people use it to make handmade scented soy candles.

Why people Use Soy Wax over Paraffin Wax 

Most people use soy wax over traditional paraffin wax due to its many benefits for their health, wallet, and nose. Burning the soy wax in the candle form or wax melts is a great option than using traditional paraffin wax for a candle for many good reasons.

Good for Health:

Who doesn’t like the watching candle burn and its calming effects on us? But no one likes the soot covers the curtains and walls and breathing in it. Candle soot contains around eleven toxins that include benzene, toluene, and other chemicals that have a higher risk of cancer for a firefighter. Benzene is used in the waxed furniture. But the Soy candles are safe to use and burn clean.

Soy Wax is Environmentally Friendly

As we mentioned above, soy wax is made of soybeans that are environmentally friendly because they are renewable resources. On the other hand, paraffin wax comes from petroleum, which is a non-renewable resource. If you have kids, pets or you are pregnant; this is a healthy option for you. But don’t use the soy wax blend candle; always read the label 100% soy wax before buying.

Lower Melting Point

Soy wax burns longer because it has a lower melting point (35 percent- 50 percent) as compared to paraffin wax. It means you don’t need to but soy candles as often. It is also a great choice from a safety point of view as it has less risk of burns if you the melted wax spill on your hand accidentally.

Paraffin Wax May Contain Benzene 

Most of the branded candles are made with paraffin wax. As it is derived from petroleum, it releases harmful substances when you burn it. According to a study conducted by South Carolina State University found that when you burn paraffin wax candle it give off the benzene. Benzene is classified as a carcinogen by the American cancer society-means a substance that helps the growth of cancer. In the same study, scientists found that soy wax is safe and doesn’t give off benzene.

Stronger Scents

Soy candles burn cleaner and longer and its scent are more pleasant and musky than the essential oil scents of paraffin. When burning the paraffin wax candles, most of us complain of headaches, and they are likely to blame the strong scent of the candle. In fact, the headaches are due to the toxin that is produced due to a candle burning rather than a strong smell.

All these reasons have shown that from burning cleaner to delivering strong fragrance, there are plenty of reasons that make soy wax the first choice instead of paraffin candles. Do you want to experience the benefit of this clean burn soy wax yourself? Don’t forget to check our scented candles collections made with soy wax in a variety of scents.

So, how do I choose?

Now you have read about the Soy wax vs. paraffin wax, and it is up to you to choose soy or paraffin wax. Although both have benefits, soy wax is preferred to make scented candles. But we talk about personal preference, decide what you like the most. If you want a strong scent, clean-burning, then paraffin might be the way to go. If you want a natural wax comes from a renewable source, clean-burning burns longer with great scent throw; then, you might choose soy wax. Whether you choose paraffin or soy wax, choose the product that is environmentally friendly, safe to use, and perfect for you.



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