What Is The Difference Between Soy Wax and Paraffin Wax?

October 26, 2019

What Is The Difference Between Soy Wax and Paraffin Wax?

Both Soy and Paraffin wax are great ways of making candles. But to understand the difference between both waxes, we must first find out what Soy (used in the Re+New+All Candle Collection), and Paraffin Waxes are. 

Soy Wax:

Soy wax is a vegetable wax which is derived from the oil of soybeans; it is primarily used in candles.

Initially, the beans for Soy wax are harvested, these beans then are cleaned, cracked, dehulled, and turned into flakes. It is from these flakes that the oil is extracted and later on is hydrogenated. It is the hydrogenation process that enables this wax to be solid at room temperature and a very quality good wax.

Soy Wax is increasingly becoming the favorite oil for using candles both in the U.S and worldwide, therefore, the plantation of SoyBean is increased every year so that the maximum number of Soy wax is produced.

Candles with soy wax last a very long time and are easy to light up. Soy wax is an all-natural product; it melts in a good way is eco-friendly. Additionally, soy wax is completely renewable.

Paraffin Wax:

Paraffin wax is a white or a colorless soft and solid type of wax. It is made with saturated hydrocarbons and is a byproduct of the crude oil purification process.  Paraffin waxes are petroleum-based and are created using crude oil, as said above.

Paraffin wax is usually non-poisonous, nonreactive and is an excellent water barrier.

Paraffin wax was first discovered in the mid-1800s, and ever since that time, it has become a cornerstone of the candle making industry. Most of the candles that you find today are made of paraffin wax, but unfortunately, it is not the safest compound to be inhaling as it burns harmful substances in its soot.

So What’s the difference between soy and paraffin wax?

Both Paraffin and Soywax are used in candle making industries. Both have their merits and demerits. Therefore we decided to make up a guide comparing both their differences.

One of the most important characters of soy candles is their ability to burn clean. It is perfect for those who rarely burn scented candles in their homes; a clean burn to candle users might not mean that much, but to candle users who use candles frequently, it does matter. People who are bothered by the black left around the jar tops and the gray, sooty residue soot which is left behind on walls and other surfaces, a candle that produces a considerably less or no soot at all is an amazing breakthrough.

Why do paraffin candles produce soot while soy candles don't?

Soot is the solid particle that occurs because of the incomplete combustion of carbon-containing fuels, primarily because of petroleum-based fuels. This soot is not found in Soy Wax and therefore is considered more attractive by people. The Lower soot levels help maintain pure air quality and also reduces home maintenance problems that are associated with the deposits of soot. This Soy Wax has given consumers the ability to light up clean-burning candles.

What should you have burning in your home?

Even though paraffin wax is a great wax in itself for many things, still, what would you have burning in your house is an entirely different question.

Well, we would like to recommend you to use Soy Wax. Why not paraffin?

Paraffin wax has many harmful effects and they also pollute the air. Some of the carcinogenic compounds (cancer-causing) are found in paraffin candles. All of them have virtually been considered "toxic air agents" by various environmental agencies. Soot particles being very small can penetrate deep into the areas of lungs. Thus people with respiratory diseases can be at high risk from these.

Other Benefits Of Soy Wax:

  • Soy wax candles generally burn for a much longer time than paraffin candles.
  • Soy wax is naturally derived from vegetables, while paraffin is a refined by-product of gasoline.
  • Soy wax is 100% biodegradable, while paraffin is not.
  • Soy wax can easily be cleaned up with soap and water, while paraffin wax spills are very time consuming and extremely difficult to clean up completely.
  • Soy wax tends to release fragrances easier than that of paraffin candles.
  • Soy wax contains nothing artificial as compared to paraffin wax, which makes it a much better alternative for using candles. Paraffin wax is made from petroleum-based products, which make it a little harmful.


We hope that our guide on differences between paraffin and soy wax was informative enough to help you make the right choice! It is very important to have a good quality of wax if you love to burn candles because wax burning renders a lot to your overall health.

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