The Great Candle Wax Debate:
- It's natural - made from soybeans rather than a petroleum by-product
- It's cheaper - and then they say there are tests that show that soy candles burn longer than paraffin candles (we'll talk more about this one later)
- Soy candle produce less soot (we'll talk about this one later too)
- Soy wax is easier to clean up - it allegedly can be cleaned up with soap and water (though in my experience not very easily)
The Basics of Soy Wax:
In the early 1990s, a man named Michael Richards saw that people, in general, were looking for more natural products - including candles - and set out to develop a cheaper natural alternative to expensive beeswax. He tried many blends of oils, beeswax and vegetable waxes. In the late 1990s, Richards settled on a wax blend that was made mostly with hydrogenated soybean oil. In 2001, Cargill bought the patent for Richard's soy wax process.
What Kind of Candles Does it Make?:
How It's Generally Packaged or Sold:
Suppliers of Paraffin Wax:
The Debate Over Soy Wax vs. Paraffin Wax for Candle Making:
Candle Wax Facts from the National Candle Association:
- All waxes are primarily hydrocarbons, whether of animal, vegetable, or petroleum origin. The chemical composition of all candlemaking waxes is similar, and all candle waxes burn in the same manner.
- No specific type of wax or wax blend is considered "best" for candlemaking. All waxes - when provided in high-quality format - have been shown to burn cleanly, safely and in the same manner.
- No candle wax has ever been shown to be toxic or harmful to human health.
- There is no such thing as a soot-free wax.