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What is the Difference Between Soy Wax and Paraffin Wax?

Nov. 19, 2020

As a Scented Candle Manufacturer, share with you.


90%-95% of scented candles are wax. Therefore, the wax used in the candle has a great contribution to the aroma, aroma, longevity and eco-friendliness of the candle. But what is a premium wax?


Most scented candles on the market today are made of paraffin. why is it like this? First, it is by far the cheapest and most readily available wax on the market. Waxes are also the most effective in maintaining and distributing fragrance, so they can contain a stronger fragrance ratio and still produce the fragrance effect of the entire room.

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What is paraffin?

However, although it sounds like the perfect wax for scented candles, paraffin wax is not all of it. This is because paraffin is made using petroleum by-products, which actually means that it is a toxic waste. Before melting the wax into a candle jar, it goes through a refining process. In this process, the dirty wax is mixed with various chemicals and changes color there. After this process, although wax is made of substances harmful to the human body, it is still recognized as "safe" and "non-toxic". Although the wax is not consumed, the smoke is produced directly from the fuel that the flame uses to sustain life, in this case crude oil and bleach.

It is usually surprising that paraffin wax does not emit an unpleasant smell. This is because it is either covered by the fragrance or by other chemicals added to the wax to mask the smell. Although there is no evidence that igniting paraffins under proper use can cause serious health problems, they often contribute to breathing difficulties and dizziness, which can cause other problems. There has not been a lot of research on the effects of paraffin wax on the human body, so I think it is best to stay away from them.

Scented paraffin candles are usually inexpensive and low-quality packaging. As a result, they often appeal to the mainstream mass market. Some of the more expensive paraffin candles are usually larger in size, but this does not mean that they last longer than other waxes, because paraffin wax is one of the fastest burning waxes on the market.

Soy wax

The second most commonly used wax is vegetable soy wax. Made from soybeans, the quality of wax is much better than natural paraffin. This is because it is a natural, clean burning, renewable and environmentally friendly substance. Soy wax can also be in organic form. It also has a longer burning time than paraffin wax and its closely related palm wax.

For the above reasons, soy wax is often seen in higher quality candles. Although soybean wax is more expensive than paraffin wax, it is safer and better for your breathing and living environment.

It is important to understand that all wax manufacturing methods are different, just because it points to the use of soy wax in the candle does not mean that other waxes or chemicals are not mixed with the wax. We recommend using soy wax as a good substitute for paraffin wax.

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