From the article: Guide to Waxes for Candle Making
Paraffin wax has been used for candles (and hundreds of other applications) for many years. Soy wax is relatively new on the candle making scene (late 1990s). There's a lot of debate about which wax is better for candle making. What's your opinion? Do you prefer one over the other? Do you use both? Do you believe all the hype? Why or why not? Share your opinion.
- Why is no one using bees wax . I'm blending now as 100% bees wax wont maintain an efficiant flame. Any ideas.
- —Guest Rich
To Each Their Own
- Paraffin wax comes from oil, however it is basically the use of a byproduct for another means. As for soot and being toxic and such, much of this is hype. Soot and other issues comes mostly from how the candle is made, and the chemical myth is hype from soy farmers associations. Paraffin holds scent and color much better than soy. Soy may be natural, but it takes chemicals to process it, is harsh on both the soil and water supplies, uses a lot of pesticides, and much of it isn't even grown in the U.S. Although it may burn slightly cleaner than paraffin, its scent and color holding ability doesn't compare to paraffin. In the end I say its to each their own, just don't buy all the propaganda from soy producers, do your own research.
- —Guest Chris
Which wax is better?
- Burning the wrong kind of candle can be hazardous to your health, so follow the following tips for buying safer candles: Read the label and avoid candles that contain chemical ingredients that will be emitted when burned; avoid paraffin candles, which can release carcinogenic compounds into the air when burned and sometimes have lead-based wicks; and look for more natural candles made from beeswax or soy wax. http://altmedicine.about.com/od/consumerreviewsalerts/a/candles.htm
- —Guest pierre
- I love soy wax cause its easy to remove from lft over wax in containers and last quiet awhile when its burning and does'nt make me cough like parafin candles do.
- —Guest Phillipa
Each Has Ups and Downs
- As a candle-lover, I do have to say that I cannot burn soy candles in my home as they inflame the eyes of two of our cats. Have tried multiple brands. Paraffin does not create that issue. As a fledgling candle maker, I have tried both. I have not had good results with essential oils in soy, but no doubt have much to learn about that. Paraffin with essential oils has worked nicely. I won't use palm products for candles or soaps because of the deforestation issue.
- —Guest Janet
- Its to what we like, I love paraffin wax makes great candles and has awesome hot/cold scent throw. I have many buyers who prefer paraffin wax candles over soy, due to many reasons and I have buyers who tell me they haven't had any migraines since burning my candles. The scent last a long time, compare to the soy candles. I choose paraffin for all my candles and scented tarts.
- —Guest Chrissy
If we're going to talk sustainabililty..
- May I direct you to consider that palm wax comes from palm oil. Deforestation for palm oil plantations in Indonesia, Malaysia and Papua New Guinea is ruining the habitat for the orangutan, Sumatran tigers (less than 500 left in the wild) and Sumatran elephants (less than 3000 left in the wild). Please consider this when making your palm wax selection. Some resources for more information: http://www.saynotopalmoil.com/ http://www.orangutan.org.au/palm-oil http://www.palmoilaction.org.au
- —Guest Laura Kate
which is a good wax
- I have used paraffin, soy and feathered palm wax,what I believe is the soy wax is beautiful for tealights small and large, melts and votives, it works well with pillar candles to, but I really like using the soy just for the tealights and and jars and the palm wax is looks so pretty when making pillar candles and votives, even my melts look wonderful, I have found that the burning of palm wax for these products is just great, it holds the fragrance well and burns beautifully, the soy burns so nice in my tealights.
- —Guest carmel
Soy or Paraffin?
- I use strictly soy...I'm from farm country and it supports America's farmers...the kind I use pours smooth tops and is easy to work with. Have not made paraffiin candles so nothing to compare concerning scent throw...
- —Guest Karen Dick
My number one wax choice
- The left over wax from burnt candles. I "buy" my own candles back after being used by customers.
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.
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