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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.

Some hype, Lead wicks, Soot, Etc Etc Etc

I have been making candles for about 14 years now. I have made both paraffin and soy. I have made containers, pillars, votives and tarts. First and foremost I want to say that Lead wicks have not been available in the US for many DECADES. unless you buy a black market, underground candle from some third world country that was smuggled into the states you have not had a leaded wick. There are wicks with other metal cores mostly zinc. Yes, there is alot of hype about soy wax/candles but people have to understand you are not burning soybeans or soy plants you are burning the wax left over after processing. and many companies use chemicals to do that process. Most of the soy wax that claims to be made in the USA is made in here. As far as paraffin candles sooting; if a candle has the correct wick and it is burnt at the correct height it is less likely to soot. But burnt incorrectly ALL candles, paraffin and soy, will soot. As far as the additives not all additives are chemical.
—Guest April

evaporation in wax

I would like to know which wax evaporates I like that fact that there's no wax wasted party lite has a blend and when you burn one of there votives there is never any wax left I love that fact.
—Guest rebecca lewandowski

Wax

Paraffin-can release chemicals bad for health Palm-making it impossible for animals to survive(what we have left of them). Therefore I do not support and haven't tried. Soy-Healthier but everything has its additives and some soy wax has less percent soy than others Pay attention to what you buy down to the percent. Do your research and determine what qualities in a candle are more important. What are you willing to give up to save a forest or help health of your family. Get what you pay for.
—Guest Guest

Novice

Just want to thank everyone for all the information pertaining to the different kinds of waxes in candle making . Being a novice this is the information that I'm looking for. Thanks to all.
—Guest Willie

Best wax

Thanks to everyone for their help and opinions. I'm a novice, so will try both, but as of now I'm leaning towards paraffin because I've heard it gives off more scent.
—Guest JemiJo

Bees wax

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

soy wax

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

Love paraffin

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.
—cqui

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