Paraffin wax is one of the most common waxes used for candles which may make you wonder if there’s really a big difference between paraffin wax and soy wax. While they’re both common candle waxes, the differences between them are very real, and there’s a reason why we’ve chosen soy wax for Awuraba candles.
Here are five reasons we prefer soy wax candles.
Soy wax is all natural.
Soy wax is made from soybeans making it a natural wax, while paraffin wax is made from petroleum (yes, the same stuff used to make oil and gas). Not only is soy wax all natural, it’s also sustainable since we can grow more soybeans. Paraffin wax is not sustainable as petroleum cannot be renewed.
Soy wax releases less toxins.
Burning or melting paraffin wax releases 11 known toxins into the air. Because soy wax is a biodegradable wax made from soybeans, which we eat, it does not contain these toxins. Not only is soy wax better for the environment, it’s also better for you, your family and your pets.
wax burns for longer.
Soy wax will
re between 30 percent to 50 percent longer than a paraffin candle (depending on the height and width of the candle, length of the wick, etc.) To maximise how long your soy candle burns, you should trim the candle wick down to ¼ inch before lighting your candle. Don’t burn the candle for more than four hours, as this can cause the wax to overheat.
Soy wax has a stronger scent throw.
Due to the lack of toxins released into the air, soy wax candles have a stronger scent throw than paraffin wax candles. The chemicals released by paraffin wax can interfere with the scent during burning.
When it comes to candles, you can’t go wrong with soy wax. Shop our collection of soy wax candles today!