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Readers Respond: Which wax is better?

Responses: 36


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?

Soy is not pure either sadly

It is so hard to know what wax to use to be more healthy to people and the environment. Soy wax has a serious downfall that many either do not realize or discuss and that is pesticides. Pesticides are poisionous and some are responsible for the ongoing crisis of the killing off of bees. I guess to be sure your soy is healthy and clean you would have to make sure it is organic. I also want to point out that paraffin is used for sealing canning jars. I wonder why-if it is so harmful. Also another issue is fragrance oils--they are not healthy either--still another chemical being let off in the air. It seems customers are fully addicted to high scent throw. So I guess those of us who use either of these types of waxes or fragrance oils are still adding possible toxins to the environment.
—Guest Greenbean


First off no one has given a decent opinion of which wax burns the best.... if you light a candle more than once, the wick won't hold a flame. Trimming a wick???? The container the candle is placed in should be just a small amount bigger so you dont flood the wick. If you light a candle 200 times it won't stay lit. Putting a candle in the refrigerator will make it burn when new....never keep relighting a candle♡♡♡♡.
—Guest oilcanharry

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

Soy Blend

They do make a soy/paraffin blend. It's IGI 6006. Makes a very nice candle!
—Guest Brown County Candles

palm wax

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

Soy joy

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

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