Here are the major differences between the two types of wax.
- Was discovered in 1850.
- It is a natural product derived from the components of decayed animal and plant material.
- Made by removing the waxy substance from crude oil.
- Most popular kind of wax used in candle making.
- Easy to use.
- It is a non-toxic, colorless, clean-burning fuel.
- Has a clearly defined large crystal structure and a melt point usually between 120-160 degrees.
- Tends to be hard and brittle.
- Was discovered in 1991 as an alternative to paraffin wax.
- It is a natural, renewable, non-toxic and biodegradable wax.
- It is a hydrogenated form of soybean oil.
- It is available in flake form and has an off-white appearance.
- Soy wax has a lower melting point than paraffin.
- Commercial soy wax blends tend to be softer than paraffin and will melt in warm weather.
- Burns longer and at a cooler temperature than paraffin wax.