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What is the difference between beeswax candles and soy candles?

What is the difference between beeswax and soy candles? Many candle lovers often get confused when it gets to the bottom of the real differences between soy, paraffin, palm and beeswax candles? Which one is better health wise? Which one is safer? Why is there such a tremendous difference in price between candles?

Nowadays people get more and more concerned about the environment and wonder which candles are better for our ecology system? We have created a bullet form list with pros and cons summarizing all the differences between all the different types of candle waxes. This way your choice of which candle to buy would be much easier!

Beeswax candles

Pros

  • Non-hazardous
  • Non-carcinogenic
  • Dyes are not tested on animals
  • Solvent free
  • Does not contain hazardous additives such as naphtha or naphthalene
  • We use a minute amount of dye in our candles, less than 0.0125%
  • None of the components in the dye is required to be listed in the California Proposition 65 list of cancer causing agents
  • Can be shipped in all weather conditions because of its high melt point

Cons

  • Considered pricier than other waxes
  • Beeswax can be combined with other waxes to reduce manufacturing costs, be sure to always look for 100% pure beeswax products

Soy wax candles

Pros

  • Renewable resource
  • No known toxins in the raw wax
  • Biodegradable
  • Low melt temperature
  • Non-carcinogenic

Cons

  • Soy products are commonly Genetically Modified, bleached and hydrogenated
  • Aesthetically, soy wax is not pretty and candles often develop bumps and lesions while burning
  • On the light spectrum, soy candles have a cooler tone
  • Soy wax goes rancid without preservatives
  • Some soy wax candles contain additives and hardeners
  • Toxic pesticides are often used on soy crops
  • Soy candle makers are limited by the type of candle they can make because the wax is so soft. They are unable to provide customers with pillars, tapers or ornamentals
  • Requires large amounts of agricultural land and processing
  • Often scented with artificial fragrances
  • Soy wax is difficult to ship during hot weather because it will melt

How about other waxes?

Paraffin wax candles

Pros

  • Inexpensive (about 9 times less than beeswax)

Cons

  • Non-Renewable
  • By-product of fossil fuels
  • The equivalent of inhaling exhaust fumes
  • Creates a large amount of black sticky soot
  • Polymers are added to raise the melting point and improve burning qualities
  • Paraffin candles are known to drip
  • Often scented with artificial fragrance
  • Often bleached and dyed with toxic colourants

Palm wax candles

Pros

  • Palm crops require a lower input of fossil fuels compared to soy
  • Palm oil production creates 3,200 kg/hectare per year and soybean production creates only 351 kg/hectare per year
  • Clean burning and soot free
  • Toxin and carcinogen free
  • Slow burning
  • Renewable resource
  • Not genetically modified

Cons

  • Must be imported (mostly from Malaysia)
  • Pesticides are often used for palm plants
  • some animals are being misplaced of their natural habitat due to palm tree felling