Soy Wax vs. Paraffin Wax

Now, let’s delve into our preferred type of non-paraffin candles and explore why soy wax stands out as a cleaner alternative to paraffin. It’s important to note that our focus here is specifically on the wax itself. For a deeper dive into safe scents, candles, and the world of fragrance oils and essential oils, we’ve dedicated an entire blog post just to that!

Is Paraffin Wax Toxic?

Let’s shed light on key facts about soy wax and paraffin wax:

  1. Paraffin wax is petroleum-based, meaning it originates from crude oil, which is neither renewable nor environmentally friendly.
  2. Being a petroleum byproduct, burning paraffin releases carcinogens. Many sources draw parallels between the chemicals in burning paraffin and those found in diesel exhaust. Not the most appealing comparison!


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Are Soy Candles Safer than Paraffin Candles?

  1. Soy wax is a plant-based wax, derived from a renewable resource, making it a better choice for the planet. In other words, it’s not just eco-friendly; it’s safer for us too!
  2. Soy wax burns cleaner, devoid of the ‘diesel-fume’ toxins emitted by paraffin candles. Considering that these carcinogens are linked to health issues like asthma and lung cancer, opting for soy wax seems like a no-brainer.
  3. Soy wax burns at a lower temperature than paraffin, reducing the risk of injury in case of mishaps (though it’s crucial to read warning labels and practice safe candle burning).

Other Benefits of Soy Candles Thanks to its lower burning temperature, a soy wax candle can last up to 50% longer than its paraffin counterpart, giving you more value for your candle investment!

Soy candles produce minimal soot compared to paraffin candles, which generate abundant petro carbon soot, causing indoor air pollution and potential staining on walls and ceilings over time.

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Is 100% Soy Wax good?

Soy wax is a 100% natural wax derived from environmentally friendly, renewable resources, whereas paraffin wax is made from petroleum and is non-renewable. Soy wax also burns slower than paraffin wax, meaning you get a candle that lasts longer and is able to reach its wax-imum capacity.

Why is soy wax good for your skin?


Soy wax stands out due to its unique property of being skin-safe, given its origin from soybeans. It’s crucial to use pure, clean soy wax, like the one utilized at Soy Delicious Candles. However, it’s essential to note that not all candle waxes are suitable for skin application. Paraffin wax, being an oil byproduct, cannot be used as a lotion. Explore how your soy wax candle can serve as a skin-friendly lotion in the following discussion.


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Does wax have a shelf life?

Paraffin wax will last almost indefinitely if it is kept in a room temperature environment and if it is kept from getting dirty or dusty. Soy wax has a shelf life of about 2 years when stored properly. We recommend keeping your soy wax in a climate-controlled room; some people will even store their soy wax in plastic containers like a Rubbermaid tub.

Lastly, soy wax is the go-to choice for vegan candles, making soy candles an excellent gift for your vegan friends. So, when you’re seeking a candle that not only lights up your space but also aligns with a cleaner and more sustainable lifestyle, soy wax candles emerge as the clear winner. Light up responsibly and enjoy the many benefits that come with choosing soy over paraffin

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