Paraffin Wax vs. Soy Wax

The Paraffin Wax vs Soy Wax debate for candles is a hot topic! With sustainability on the rise, consumers are digging into the ingredients and manufacturing process to make more conscious choices.

When we first launched The Wandering Bee, we were super stoked about crafting candles that are not just good for your well-being, but also for Mother Earth. So when it came to picking the perfect wax for our candles, we dove headfirst into the wild world of candle wax's pros and cons. We discovered a BUNCH of fascinating and eye-opening intel. It became crystal clear that no candle wax is absolutely flawless, but some are definitely superior to others.

So let's put the two trendiest candle waxes head to head and see who comes out on top!

Paraffin Wax vs. Soy Wax, FIGHT.

Paraffin Wax

  • Non-Renewable as it is a petroleum by-product
  • Emits harmful gases when burnt
  • Emits CO2
  • Not biodegradable
  • Emits black soot
  • Has carcinogen compounds
  • Doesn't burn down completely
  • Blended with chemicals to release fragrance
  • Supports the oil industry

Soy Wax

  • Renewable as it is made from soy beans which is a renewable resource
  • 100% Non-Toxic
  • Doesn't emit CO2
  • Biodegradable
  • Has a clean burn 
  • Burns down completely
  • Diffuses aroma naturally
  • Burns 25% to 50% slower than Paraffin
  • Supports the farmer

This is just a handful of reasons as to why it was a no-brainer that we stayed clear of Paraffin Wax and chose to use Soy Wax for our candles. 

Our customers love The Wandering Bee candles because they strike the perfect balance between scent strength and no chemical-y after smell (we have no nasties here). Plus, it's a win-win knowing our candles are eco-friendly and 100% safe.

If you want to know more about the difference between the two waxes or compare them to the many other waxes on the market, have a little google and I'm sure you'll find out lots of insightful information like we did.

Bee x

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