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Differences Between Soy Wax Candles & Paraffin Candles

May 05, 2019 Craig Price

Should you choose paraffin or soy wax candles? Paraffin candles are traditional, having been used for many generations. It’s safe to burn, non-toxic and very popular. There’s nothing wrong with using paraffin candles, is there?


We think there is and that soy wax candles provide a far better solution. We’ll explain the differences between soy and paraffin candles to explain why we make only soy candles.


Why You Should Choose Soy Wax Candles Over Paraffin Candles

At first glance, there doesn’t seem to be any glaring differences between a paraffin candle, and one made with soy wax. As with everything, when you look deeper, you start to see the differences.

Features of Soy Wax Candles:

⦁ Vegetable based – derived from soybeans
⦁ Clean burning
⦁ Slow Burning
⦁ 100% natural and safe
⦁ Biodegradable
⦁ Made from a renewable resource
⦁ Holds and emits more fragrance
⦁ Can be cleaned up with soap and water
⦁ Lower melting point - Less risk of burns

Features of Paraffin Candles:

⦁ Petroleum-based
⦁ May emit carcinogen compounds (benzene and toluene)
⦁ Non-biodegradable
⦁ Made from non-renewable resources
⦁ Often wicks contain heavy metals
⦁ Spills are difficult to clean up
⦁ Higher melting point - Potential risk of burns

At Earth Candles, we do not use paraffin wax. Our focus is on using 100% natural soy wax for our candles, which is environmentally friendly and safe to use. We also use repurposed wine and beer bottles as the vessels for our candles along with in-house made lids made from reclaimed pallet timber, again helping to promote sustainability and care for the earth.

Paraffin is a by-product of crude oil. It’s made with the sludge waste which occurs when crude oil is refined into products such as petrol and lubricating oil. As soy wax is made from a renewable resource, we are not helping to deplete our planet of resources or using products which could further damage it.

We ask you to please come with us and take a stand against using products made with paraffin. Soy wax candles all the way!




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