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Readers Respond: Which wax is better?

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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. :)
—Yggrasils.child

Libby

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

do they make a blend of paraffin and soy

I just can't get a scent throw with soy wax I've tried 2 different kinds and still does'nt work.
—SamUmscheid

soy vs paraffin

With paraffin you can produce a highly fragrant candle each and every time. With soy, you have to do so much trial and error which ends up as money wasted if your efforts are fruitless..
—Guest shay

Do Your Research

Soy wax does produce soot, though noticeably less than paraffin-so don't let the heresay that it doesn't produce ANY soot at all necessarily sway you if you're a paraffin fan. But you should know that paraffin is derived from petroleum, the same stuff we pump into our gas tanks. So no one should be trying to justify its use for burning it in our homes because it's cheaper, burns more evenly, blah blah blah, when there is an alternative. Fossil fuels won't last forever. Scent throw can be improved in soy candles via using fragrance formulated for use in soy, or true essential oils, and basically knowing what you're doing. If you're not getting the throw you want in your soy candles, it's likely you're not using enough FO, using the wrong FO, using the wrong wick size, or otherwise don't know what you're doing. Better chandlers make better candles, it really IS that simple.
—Guest Chandler1

Which Wax is Better

I recently found out that no soy candle wax comes from United States. All the soy grown in US strictly supplies food and drug purposes. “Grow in the US” was one of my marketing strategies used in promoting my candles. I checked with my soy wax supplier and he confirmed this fact… I am disappointed. Perhaps I should grow soy for candle makers. :)
—Stomberg

Soy vs Paraffin

We started our candle company in 2003 making only paraffin candles. We developed a successful line and were happy. We began to experiment with soy in 2004 and with ALOT of trial and error, developed an AWESOME 100% soy candle with an excellent scent throw and burn time. This soy line has made us successful in our area. I personally do not like the chemical aroma or black soot of paraffin. (petroleum)
—MysticFlames

soy or parrafin wax

I prefer soy because it is more natural, however, I do want to make my own blend for better scent throw using soy & parrafin. Does anyone know what % of each works best?
—Guest rue@hickorytech.net

which wax is better

Paraffin wins, no contest. "Old Pro" is right about the Soy hype, I searched the internet for a long time trying to get an unbiased opinion on the best container wax - ended up getting soy first which has very little to NO scent throw, makes an ugly clear container candle as dye dosen't seem to bind very well with it just like the frag. oil. I have read the phrase: "soy burns cleaner and cooler" many times and this is so false. Soybeans are good for some things, but not all things.
—Guest shay

madutchess

I like the paraffin was much better.. it is cheaper to use and the candles seem to burn much more evenly !
—madutchees

BLUEGRASS CANDLES

I HAVE MADE PARA-BLEND CANDLES (J-223)FOR 7 YEARS. ALL MY CUSTOMERS LOVE THEM. JUST STARTED MAKING SOY-BLEND TOO. THE PARA THROW SCENT MUCH BETTER. BUT, ONE OF MY BEST CUSTOMERS SAYS SHE LIKES THE SOY BETTER. I GUESS IT'S WHAT YOU LIKE BETTER. SOY IS SUPPOSED TO BURN CLEANER BUT I HAVEN'T NOTICED MUCH DIFFERENCE.
—Guest SANDIE T

Paraffin wax!

I've never tried anything else so that's what I vote for.
—Guest Jill

johnny

I blend my waxes! I use a 20% soy 80% Vaseline/paraffin blend for container candles. I've had trouble getting scent throw from pure soy candles. I've also had lots of problems with "wet spots" using pure paraffin container blends. Using a soy/paraffin blend I seem to get the best of both. I can get excellent scent throw (both cold and burning). I've also been delighted with a minimum of spotting. I haven't yet tried it with pillars. If anyone has, let me know.
—Guest criolle johnny

Soy vs. Paraffin

You can make pillar candles with soy and they work beautifully. The trick is to use the right wick with the right soy blend. There is some great advice at www.CandleScience.com along with some videos. I've been making container and pillar candles along with soy tarts. They all work great but you have to do your homework. I've never used paraffin. I have always heard that soy is more sustainable, does smoke less (as long as you use the correct wax and wick). Not completely smokeless but smokes less. Plus I've heard that paraffin contains petroleum which I don't like. However, I could always be misinformed and I'll definitely do some research. I've heard of palm wax and they make beautiful candles. However, you have to be careful of the source of the palm wax to be sure you're not contributing to the mass deforestation of the rain forests elsewhere in the world. Anyone tried beeswax for candles?
—Guest Susan

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