What is the difference between soy and paraffin wax?

Here are the major differences between the two types of wax.

Paraffin 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.

Soy Wax

  • 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.
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