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Soy Wax vs. Paraffin Wax

Updated: Feb 22, 2022

What is the real difference between soy wax and paraffin wax anyways? Should we really care? Here is a quick run down to keep your home, and all those who inhabit it, healthy!

Soy wax is made from soy beans, a species of legume that is native to East Asia, making the product natural and sustainable. Paraffin wax on the other hand is made from petroleum, made through the removal of the waxy part of crude oil after extracting it from our Earth. This waxy substance is also used in a lot of make-ups on the market, so please beware of the products you are putting on your skin!

Paraffin wax releases substantially more soot and - 11 to be exact - than soy wax, two of which are carcinogenic. However, soy wax can also release chemicals while burning if you have purchased the wax from a company that uses herbicides and pesticides in their farming, please be careful of your supplier and do your research!

With soy wax releasing less soot and toxins into your home's air, it allows for more of the fragrance in your candle to be released and fill your home with more goodness!

Soy wax also lasts longer than paraffin, up to 50%, if used properly by trimming your wick to 0.25" before you light your candle every single time and not letting your candle burn for more than 4 hours at a time! Soy wax also has a lower melting point, which makes it better for burning in cooler temperatures (for all my fellow, perpetually cold, Canadians!).

Blue & Bairn Co. creates soy wax candles with a variety of essential oils, flowers, and natural cotton or wood wicks. Our vintage containers are curated and repurposed from across Alberta and each candle is hand-poured! Buy your special, one-of-a-kind, vintage piece from our shop today and fill your home with good health and good vibes.

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