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Soy Wax Candles vs. Paraffin Candles - Which Should You Choose?

Soy Wax Candles vs. Paraffin Candles - Which Should You Choose?

One of the biggest debates in the candle-making world is between soy wax candles and paraffin candles. While paraffin candles were all the rage for many years, it seems that soy wax candles have taken the candle world by storm, and there are no signs of this slowing down. So, when choosing a candle, you might have questions like:


  • Is paraffin wax safe?
  • What’s the difference between soy and paraffin candles?
  • Which candle is right for me?

Keep reading to discover why Dreamy Gallery Candle Co is team soy wax (and why you should be too!)

What is a Soy Wax Candle?

A soy wax candle is a candle made from biodegradable vegetable soybeans. 

What is a Paraffin Candle?

A paraffin candle is a candle that is created using crude oil and is petroleum-based. 

Soy vs. Paraffin Candles

Let’s look at three significant differences between soy and paraffin candles.  

1. Burn Time 

As soy wax is denser than paraffin and requires more heat, soy wax candles generally burn longer than paraffin candles. This means that you get more time with your soy wax candles to enjoy their scents. For example, our Make Jefa Moves candle burns for 50-60 hours! 

2. Environmentally Friendly 

Since soy wax is made from a renewable resource like soybeans, it makes this an environmentally-friendly choice. On the other hand, paraffin candles are made from petroleum, which is not a renewable resource. In addition, the petroleum used is often combined with other harmful chemicals like synthetic fragrances or dyes. 

3. Cleaner Burn 

Soy wax provides a cleaner burn. When paraffin wax is burned, it releases carcinogens into the air. If paired with a cotton wick, many people report that their candles also release black soot into the air. This can give your candle jar an unsightly burnt look, but it can also affect the walls of your home. 

Are Soy Candles Better Than Paraffin? - Dreamy Gallery Candle Co Says Yes! 

If you ask us what we think, we’ll probably shout from the nearest rooftops that natural soy wax candles are better than paraffin candles. Our candles here at Dreamy Gallery Candle Co are made with 100% domestically grown soy wax mixed with fine fragrance oils and feature wooden wicks. With something for every woman, we’re confident you can find the right candle for you. 

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