Soy vs. Paraffin: What's the difference?

April 29, 2016

Soy vs. Paraffin: What's the difference?

As chandlers (No, not the guy from Friends. Look it up.), the question we get asked most frequently is "what is the difference between soy and paraffin wax?" 

It's a great question. And due to the mystery of it all many people think using soy wax is a hipster trick to up-sell the same thing you can find at Wal-Mart for twice the price. It's not. Selling soy candles is about providing a higher quality, safer, more renewable product than the paraffin competition.

Soy wax candle tins and jars

The big difference:

Let's cut to the chase. The major difference between soy and paraffin wax begins with their origins. Paraffin wax is a byproduct of crude oil refinement, while soy wax is made by extracting and hydrogenating the oils of green, renewable soy bean crops.  

Although paraffin wax has a lower price point and easier supply chain access, it also comes with a whole host of negative externalities that we at Burn choose not to support. By producing our candles using the highest quality soy wax in the industry we choose to support our environment, support local soy farmers and encourage our environment to flourish rather than deplete it of resources.

Our wax variety. Greener and Safer:

Let's step down from the environmental soap box for a minute and take a look at some other great reasons our soy wax variety is something you can be proud to use in your home:

It's washable:

Have kids? No worries! Burn's advanced 100% soy wax variety is easily removed with basic soap and water, so you never have to worry about ruining clothing, furniture, flooring or other items. A simple rinse through the sink or washer and you're as good as new.

You're supporting a renewable US made resource:

100% of the soy beans sourced in our wax variety come from established farms inside the continental United States, and since soy is continually producible it's a resource that can be replaced at the same rate it's consumed if not greater. That means more soy wax for our candles and no damage to our ecosystem!

We have a cooler burn pool:

By melting at a lower temperature our wax provides a safer alternative to other soy and paraffin varieties with higher melting points. With a lower melting point we are able to give you the same quality of scent throw without burning a whole in your living room.

It burns cleaner:

Since soy wax is a vegetable oil-based product you never have to worry about the black petro-carbon soot you get with paraffin wax candles. You know what we're talking about.

Now that you've read up on our awesome soy wax candle varieties give them a try. Check out our product page and be sure to pick up a few clean burning, great scented Burn Candle Co. candles today!