What The Health: Candle Wax

On my journey to starting my candle company, I took step after step to ensure that I am going to be putting a product of quality on the market. The first thing I had to learn to understand is that there are many different types of waxes to choose from when looking into candle making. I’m not referring to the way one smells better than the other but in the way that the type of wax screams everything you need to know about the quality of said candle. Did you know that the type of wax used in a candle has cons that contribute to health issues? Sounds crazy but it’s true. Let’s compare brands that we know and love and the wax that they use to the candles that will premiere at A Love That Burns Candle Company!

Bath and Body Works & Yankee Candle

These two popular candle companies use refined paraffin wax as the base wax to most of their candles. (BBW does offer some Soy-Blend options but they mainly make their money on paraffin wax.)

Paraffin Wax Facts:

  • Paraffin waxes are petroleum based and are created using crude oil (also known as fossil fuel) which is extracted from the earth. Once extracted, crude oil is sent to refineries where it is then turned into finished products like lubricating oil and can be applied all over the body during spa treatments to soften the skin.

  • Paraffin wax candles also produce soot – that black stuff caused from the flickering flame. “When soot is airborne in large amounts, it is subject to inhalation. The particles can potentially penetrate the deepest areas of the lung and the lower respiratory tract.

  • It is used in crayons, candles and cosmetics. It is also used as a waterproof coating on matches and wood. Plus, it is a great lubricator for skis, surfboards and bullets.

Soy Wax Facts:

  • Soy wax candles are made from the oil of soybeans, so it is a vegetable wax. Soy wax is a renewable resource. Most of the world’s soybeans are primarily grown in the midwest states by local farmers (so every soy wax candle you purchase you’re helping a small farmer).

  • Soy candles typically last up to 30 - 50% longer than a paraffin candle of the same size. The reason behind the longevity of soy candles is the slower burning time and cooler burning temperature of the soybean-based wax. You may pay more for a soy candle initially, but the longer-lasting burn means you won't have to buy new candles as often.

  • Scented soy candles distribute more fragrance - The incorporation of soybean oil lowers the melting point of the candle, this translates into cooler burning candles and faster scents dispersion.

  • Soy wax is also biodegradable, making it an investment that benefits the environment. =)

While paraffin wax candles won't kill you, the overall benefits of soy candles are unmatched. If you want to try your luck with soy candles, you should be one of the first follow A Love That Burns Candle Co. on Instagram! (linked) Some giveaways should be happening very soon and the earlier you are to follow, the better! 😉


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