Benefits of Soy Wax vs. Paraffin Wax

Why do we use Soy Wax?

Soy wax is made from Soy Bean oil. The soybean oil is separated from the beans by use of a mechanical press or by using a solvent to extract the oil. 

The primary step in making soy wax is a process called hydrogenation.

One of the most talked about attributes of soy candles is their ability to burn clean. Soy wax burns at a lower temperature, therefore, making the candle last longer than a paraffin candle. 

 Soy wax is a natural product that has these general properties:

  • Non-Toxic - meaning that soy wax is not poisonous.
  • Made of either 100% soybean oil or a combination of other non-soy materials (animal products and/or other vegetable products).
  • Clean-burning fuel source - meaning soy wax meets several requirements under federal regulations that classify it as clean-burning.
  • Colourless - meaning the wax itself does not contain any color and typically appears opaque

Other Benefits of Soy Vs Paraffin Candles

  • Soy wax candles generally burn longer than paraffin candles
  • Soy wax is derived from natural vegetables
  • Soy wax being 100% biodegradable
  • Soy wax spills clean up simply with soap and water
  • Soy wax releases fragrance easier than paraffin candles
  • Soy wax purchases support Canadian farmers

Paraffin waxes are actually petroleum based and are created using crude oil (also known as fossil fuel) which is extracted from the earth. Once extracted, crude oil is sent to refineries where it is then turned into finished products like lubricating oil. It is from the lube oil refining process that paraffin waxes are created.

It has been claimed that paraffin wax releases toxic fumes when burnt, which has contributed to its fall out of favour. In 2009, a study found that paraffin wax emits 11 known toxins while burning, including toluene, benzene, and formaldehyde, which are known carcinogens. In fact, the toxins released from paraffin candles are the same as those found in diesel fuel fumes.

 Paraffin has a flashpoint. If the temperatures go too high the wax could catch on fire.

 The environmental impact of paraffin should also be noted. Crude oil, being the origin of paraffin wax, is considered highly unsustainable, being a non-renewable resource. It has also been the cause of many environmental calamities, in oil spills, damage of natural habitats and climate change.