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What’s the Difference Between Soy and Regular Candles?

If you enjoy burning candles, or are currently looking to purchase new candles, you may have seen options for both regular and soy candles. However, you may not know what the difference is between the two types of candles or why soy candles seem to be more expensive. This article will explain the main differences between regular and soy candles, so you can make an informed decision when purchasing your next candle. 

Soy vs. Regular Wax

Soy wax comes from soybean oil, but it might have other materials, such as essential oils, added, as well. The soybean oil has been treated with a solution of hydrogen to solidify the oil and make a wax from it. In general, it’s nontoxic and does not naturally have a color.

On the other hand, paraffin wax is based on petroleum and is made from crude oil, or fossil fuel. Once the fossil fuel is extracted, it then goes to refineries and is turned into different products. The paraffin wax comes from this process and has to meet some federal regulations before being sold. Paraffin wax candles are not toxic, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they are healthier than soy candles.

Why You Might Prefer a Soy Candle 

The main reason that so many people like soy candles better is because they tend to be more natural. Since they are made from soybean oil, which is a vegetable oil, they do not increase the CO2 levels in the environment. In addition, you don’t need to burn chemicals to get their scent.

The wax is naturally biodegradable, meaning it is easier to remove from surfaces, like fabric, more so than paraffin wax if you spill your candle. These candles are not toxic, and there is little to no soot released. Also, soy wax burns about 50 percent longer than paraffin wax does. So, although soy candles are more expensive up front, they have a longer burn time than regular candles. 

In addition, there is almost no wax leftover once you have gone through the candle. The reason for this is that soy burns slower since the melting point is lower. You will enjoy the fact that the aroma is cleaner and stronger than what paraffin candles have. The pool of wax around the wick is larger, which means that there are more essential oils to evaporate to your home or patio.

Choose Soy Candles Today 

Soy candles are a fantastic way to improve the scent in your home. They make great decorations for your home, as well. If you’re interested in learning more about soy candles or are interested in shopping online for soy candles, Wick and Wicked has you covered. Visit or online store or contact us today!