To each their own...
- There isn't any one answer.Yes, paraffin comes from oil, and oil isn't going to last this planet forever.However it is a by product and so I have no problem using it for that reason.Are the same people who unequivocally bash paraffin also living lives that are free of the plastics, rubber, solvents, paints, acrylic fibers etc that are also made from petroleum??I think not. Soy is another issue.Those who say it is a sustainable product don't seem to take into account the millions of gallons of gasoline and diesel fuel needed to produce soybeans on the massive level needed for food/oil and then take into account the energy heavy process to extract the oil and additives to make the soy wax; well, then you may see things in a different way.Paraffin comes from the refining of that gasoline that is then used to grow and transport the soybeans.Add to it the natural gas that is needed to produce the fertilizers and pesticides to grow the soybeans.In the end we use what works for us individual
- —Guest CandleMaker
- They do make a soy/paraffin blend. It's IGI 6006. Makes a very nice candle!
- —Guest Brown County Candles
- I like palm wax. I would like to learn how to work with it and get a different look when it hardens.
- —Guest Svetlana
Reclaimed wax - a third alternative?
- I buy a lot of 'reclaimed' wax from Twee 'T's on ebay. It's left over after the candle making process so is definitly recycling a waste product. It has all the benefits of paraffin but I know it's not ruining the planet quite so much.
- —Guest Pat
Natural Wax - It's A Choice
- I agree that there are many slanted statements regarding paraffin candles. If, however, a candle maker is using these statements to push an alternate candle made of different wax, than possibly they are not doing their customer's justice. I personally choose to focus my business around natural wax candles. My choice came from my love of candles, burning paraffin candles always triggered my migraines, and because of the black soot that always liked to attach itself to the blinds and walls. Again, this is a personal choice. I know many candle maker's that produce very lovely paraffin candles and because I feel customers should have a choice, when that is what they are looking for, I gladly refer them to these candle maker's. Regardless of what wax a candle is made from, it's the freedom of choice that should be the focus. No one wins when false statements are made.
Grown in the US of A. Not?
- Soy vs Paraffin. Stomberg. I recently found out that no soy candle wax comes from United States. I checked with my soy wax supplier and he confirmed this fact… I am disappointed. From the NGI Web site, ECO wax info. Their "values" page We respect other people and we respect the land. NGI nurtures this heritage by using U.S. grown soybeans and turning them into environmentally friendly EcoSoya® waxes. So who is telling the truth? Anyway both fuels are processed hydrocarbons, both produce almost the same amounts of soot, one visible the other almost invisible etc etc. Would be interesting to see the true carbon footprints for the manufacture of both wax types
- —Guest Cape Candlemaker
didn't know paraffin was a by-product...
- Everything i've read says soy is the most sustainable way to go - however I did not know paraffin was a by-product that would just go to waste otherwise soooo...seems the most responsible route would be paraffin until the day a new source was necessary. I only say this because that is what is most important to me. At least either way you're doing the right thing :)
- —Guest el
Paraffin is a winner
- Burning bright in the outdoors and a formula suited to wind resistance. Paraffin is the winnder every time. www.decktimecandles.com
Paraffin is the way to go (at this time)
- At this time, there is only one company who holds that patent to convert soybeans to candle wax. They use GMO seedstock + toxic chemicals in the growing of the soy - much of which is now cultivated in Brazil and severely affecting the rainforest and our global eco-system. They are also known to be amongst the worst corporate polluters. It takes more energy to create wax from soybeans that to refine paraffin wax. There are companies working to develop more responsible materials, but at this time paraffin wax is the most responsible choice
- —Guest CA Chandler
I prefer soy
- I have been using EcoSoya CB Xcel and found it is GREAT for my glass jar candles. Bloom is not a problem, as I experienced with EcoSoya CB Advanced. I use 10% fragrance oil by weight in our candles, and they are quite fragrant. The CB Xcel takes dye really well, too. I use mostly FO's from Candlescience, Lone Star, and Aztec. Any candle will smoke if the wick is left too long and it's in a draft, but the soy glass jars burn clean all the way down as long as those 2 tips are followed. It's important to stir for a full 2 minutes when adding FO so it binds properly with the soy wax. Maybe some candlemakers are not doing this??? I made paraffin candles back in the 70's and I would not go back to it after discovering EcoSoya waxes. I use only cotton wicks, as well. It is important to me that the soybeans are an easily renewable resource. Soy can be tricky to work with to get that nearly perfect finished candle, but with testing it can be done! I love EcoSoya Pillar Blend, too.
- —Guest Guest Deb
- I love Soy wax candles. I make and sell my own candles using Candlescience Golden Brand 464 with their awesome fragrance oils! Try the mistletoe and pumpkin souffle the throw is magnificent! Try it for yourself and follow their tutoring instructions and watch and smell the results.
- —Guest Cater-2-You
- I have been a candle maker for years, I prefer a Soy blend with cotton seed. Everyone has their favorites but I must agree that you are going to have some soot with any candle but using the correct wick can decrease some sooting and how you burn it is very important too. Always trimming wicks between burns helps a lot and I have found using cotton wicks with soy gives the flame a great boost for a good clean burn.
- —Guest rustic
Yes for SOY
- I have tried several different kinds of waxes during the past four years, and my favorite is the ECOSOYA ADVANCED. I have never had any problems with burning it, and to me it holds the scent well. My customers love my soy candles, and I love the fact that it is GREEN candle.
- —Guest Country Chandler
On the "paraffin is evil" debate...
- Specifically in reference to the comment by "chandler1"... the best chandler in the world is still at the mercy of the wax that s/he uses (nice ad hominem attack, there, by the way... never an honorable way to conduct an argument, nor a valid one). Some soy blends are better than others. The EcoSoy brand is my favorite... I find its scent throw equal to that of paraffin, and I do find that it burns nicer. Paraffin is a *biproduct* of fossil fuels, which is to say that, whether or not we make candles out of it, it's still produced in the refining process. Under the waste-not, want-not set of beliefs, we're better to burn it as fuel rather than let it take up landfill, which is at a premium as it is. I'm a fan of taking the good with the evil; fossil fuel production is a major environmental issue, but while we're dependent on the fuels, we may as well use the leavings rather than let them go to waste. I find a nice blend is 50/50, myself. Brighter flame than with pure soy. :)
- i just using soy wax to make melts and i havent had any problem with the scent throw,but can anyone help me once i have burnt them in the burner they are stuck in there has anyone got any advise stopping them sticking in your burner.
- —Guest Libby