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7 reasons why soy wax is better than paraffin wax

7 reasons why soy wax is better than paraffin wax

Why Soy Wax?

If you haven’t yet had the chance to burn a soy wax candle as opposed to a traditional paraffin one, you could be missing out on some brilliant benefits for both your nose and your health. People have often stated that soy wax is more expensive than paraffin wax, which is evidently true however, research proves that burning soy wax either as a wax melt or in candle form is much better option for the environment, better for the home, better for the family and creates a better performing product – which is pertinent to us.

Deemed a relatively new type of candle wax. It was discovered in 1991 by a man named Michael Richards, who at the time was searching for a cheaper alternative to beeswax. During this time, there was a demand for natural wax products, but beeswax was an expensive alternative. After several experiments had taken place using many different types of vegetable waxes, by 1996 he finally developed a method of using soy beans to produce an affordable, natural wax product. Making it 100% natural, 100% renewable and 100% environmentally friendly.  In contrast paraffin wax is a bi-product of the refinery process for petroleum oil and is therefore non-renewable and non-environmentally friendly.

So let’s find out a bit more about soy wax below.

 #1. Soy Wax is Natural

Derived from the soybean, soy wax is a hydrogenated vegetable oil that solidifies at room temperature. Soy wax contains nothing artificial, making it a better alternative to traditional paraffin wax, which is made from petroleum oil and produces harmful by-products when burned or melted.


#2. Soy Wax Produces a Cleaner Burn

Unlike paraffin wax, which gives off black soot when burned, soy wax burns cleaner. Since paraffin wax is petroleum-based, burning it produces a black soot that can potentially stain curtains, walls, and carpets inside the home. As a vegetable-based wax, soy wax does not give off any harmful by-products that might cause damage.


#3. Soy Wax Does Not Release Toxins into the Air

Soy wax is a healthier alternative to paraffin wax in that it does not release dangerous carcinogens into the air when melted like paraffin wax does. Burning and/or melting paraffin releases at least 11 known toxins—two of which are carcinogens—into the air.


#4. Soy Wax is Environmentally Friendly

Since soy wax is made from soybeans, it is friendly to the environment because soybeans are a renewable resource. Paraffin wax comes from petroleum, which is not a renewable resource. This is especially important if you are pregnant, have kids, or have pets, because it’s the safest option health-wise. You want to avoid wax blends or candles that don’t state the exact breakdown of ingredients.


#5. Soy Wax has a Lower Melting Point

From a safety standpoint, soy wax is the better choice because it has a lower melting point than paraffin wax.


#6. Soy Wax is Cheaper

While soy wax is sometimes more expensive to purchase than paraffin wax melts, it lasts up to 50 percent longer and is more cost-effective in the long run. Making it even more cost-effective is the fact that soy wax burns more evenly, so less wax is left clinging to the sides of the glass as waste.


#7. Soy Wax Scents are Stronger

Because soy wax burns cleaner than paraffin wax, the scent from its essential oils is more pleasant and stronger-smelling than the chemical scents added to paraffin. It’s common to hear people complain of headaches when paraffin candles burn, but in general, this isn’t due to the scent of the wax but rather the toxins it releases into the air. Soy wax offers many benefits over paraffin wax—some of which most people don’t even realise.


From delivering stronger scents to being healthier to burn, there are many reasons to use soy wax melts and candles instead of paraffin ones. If you would like to experience the benefits of soy wax yourself, be sure to visit the Imọlẹ Candles Shop, where you’ll find soy wax candles available in a variety of delightful scents.