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Paraffin vs. Soy Wax

Here are a few characteristics to help you compare paraffin and soy wax.

Characteristic

Paraffin Wax

Soy Wax

Color after dye

Can be light or dark

Produces pastel (light) colors

Transparency

Somewhat transparent

Opaque

Soot

Black soot – amount depends on additives and wick size

Clear/hardly visible soot

Frosting

No frosting

Frosting – This is a characteristic that will occur more with natural soy wax (blended soy waxes frost less than straight soy waxes)

Wet Spots

Depends on atmospheric changes

Depends on atmospheric changes. Seems to be less noticeable than paraffin candles.

Scent Throw

Ready to burn (and smell) right after the wax cools and hardens. Scent throw will also depend on how much is used, if it is a quality, strong oil, and if the candle is wicked properly.

Soy candles need time to cure for the scent to be “set.” We recommend a minimum of 5-6 days. The scent will usually get stronger over a few weeks. Scent throw will also depend on how much is used, if it is a quality, strong oil, and if the candle is wicked properly.

Types available

Pillar, container, tart, etc.

Pillar, container, tart, etc.

Origin

By-product of petroleum

Made from soy beans

When our customers are deciding on which type of wax to go with, we typically recommend the following when asked for our opinion:

CHOOSE PARAFFIN IF:

- Bright, bold colors are important to you

- The effect of frosting is aesthetically unappealing to you

- You want strongly scented candles without much cure time

CHOOSE SOY IF:

- You like the fact that soy wax comes from soy beans and you are supporting American soybean farmers

- You prefer pastel colors and/or you do not mind frosting (Frosting isn't very noticeable if you do not add dye. Many soy candle makers do not add dye).

- You do not want to see any black soot coming from the wick.