Soy Wax vs. Paraffin Wax: What's The Difference?

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Ah, who doesn’t love a good candle? Sure, all candles smell great but did you know that some may not be as good as they appear? This is the case when it comes to soy candles and paraffin waxes. We’re here today to help explain the differences between the two and inform you about which is the best option. Let’s break them down! 


Soy Candles

Soy candles sound nice and safe, don't they? Soy candles are derived from natural vegetables and the natural wax is soybeans, hence its name! Soy wax is colorless and typically appears opaque. At our shop, our Giving Candles contain botanicals that add a pop of color to the sweetly-scented item.

 What are the two most important things when it comes to candles? How long they burn and how well will you be able to smell it. Soy candles tend to burn longer and release fragrance much easier so you know what that means…more time for you to enjoy the lovely smells of your candle! We like the sound of that.       

Wild Rose Aromatherapy Candle 


Paraffin Waxes

While you may think that candles can do no wrong, think again! Unfortunately, paraffin waxes contain harmful chemicals that are not safe to breathe in. Paraffin is a refined gasoline by-product created using crude oil - which is essentially fossil fuel that’s extracted from the earth. Yikes!

If that’s not scary enough, several carcinogen compounds (aka cancer causing agents) can be found in paraffin candles. If you are in the presence of this type of candle, you are putting your health at risk. Who would’ve thought that candles could be this dangerous!?


So, Which One Is Better?

Well friends, it’s pretty apparent who the winner is here. In the long run, soy candles are the best option. You will not have to worry about inhaling toxic chemicals or other harmful substances burning into the air with these candles. Paraffin waxes may be just another type of candle but, in the end, they are no good for the environment or for your health. We’re sure everyone wants to live a healthier and eco-friendly life minus the drama, right?

Ever notice a black ring at the top of the candle jar? That’s soot that paraffin gives off and it can potentially stain your walls, curtains, and carpets inside your home. Not cool! The nice thing about soy candles is that they burn clean because they are petro-carbon soot free. You’ll never have to worry about this situation occurring in your humble abode. Phew!

Wild Lily Aromatherapy Candle


Lastly, and most importantly, our 100% pure soy wax candles are biodegradable while paraffin wax is not. Saving the environment is key and you’ll certainly be doing your part by burning a soy candle instead of a hazardous paraffin wax. We’re all about helping Mother Nature out!


What Purrfect Sunday Offers

Here at Purrfect Sunday, we’re all about giving you the best of the best! Our soy candles are made with 100% quality American soy wax. The flowers and herbs that are in the candle are sourced from fair trade boutiques from around the globe, as they grow native to those countries. Additionally, our botanicals are au-natural with no preservatives so you can reuse them in a bath or dry them up to use as a bookmark. Upcycling at its finest!

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