What is soy wax?
Soy wax is a vegetable wax made from the oil of soybeans. After harvesting, the beans are cleaned, cracked, de-hulled, and rolled into flakes. The oil is then extracted from the flakes and hydrogenated. The hydrogenation process converts some of the fatty acids in the oil from unsaturated to saturated.
What is paraffin wax?
Paraffin wax is a white or colorless soft solid derivable from petroleum, coal or oil shale, that consists of a mixture of hydrocarbon molecules containing between twenty and forty carbon atoms. ---> Sounds healthy, right?
So, what's the difference?
Let's talk nature...
For starters, soy wax is all-natural baby! Made from soybeans that are grown by local, U.S. farmers (can you believe it, real life people grow this stuff!). Where paraffin wax is made from petroleum, yes, renewable, but healthy? Not so much! Paraffin candles and other petroleum based products omit nasty carcinogenic substances when burnt, who knew!? These pollutants are more likely to cause allergies (burning nose, watery eyes) and poor air quality in your home. Plus (brownie points right here), soy is biodegradable!
It's all about the burn...
The slow burn that is! Did you know that soy wax lasts 40-50% longer than traditional paraffin wax? Soy wax burns cooler which means you get that yummy goodness for longer. So, think of that soy candle as an investment, not an expense! Soy also holds scent better for this reason. The slow burn illuminates scent pockets and allows for a slow fragrance distribution.
A cleaner way of life.
Imagine a Mac Truck with a load of petroleum driving through your living room, and stopping (while leaving the truck running) for a coffee break. This my friends, is what you invite into your home when you chose paraffin. Nummero Uno reason (if you had to pick just one) for buying soy. No black smoke, no soot covered walls, just a slow and clean burn. And bonus points… soy wax is water soluble. You heard it right, it cleans up with mild soap and warm water. No more chipping away at wax on the carpet, or covering that dripped wax with a rug.
We are all guilty of impulse purchasing. The candy bar in the impulse isle or that amazingly scented overpriced pumpkin scented candle at our favorite retail therapy location. We are up for the impulsive purchases here, but do yourself a favor, buy soy!