Wax melt myth busting SOY vs PARAFFIN - Dayas Essence

Wax melt myth busting SOY vs PARAFFIN

First, let’s talk about these two waxes and how they are made:

SOY / SOYA WAXES

Soy waxes are made from soybean oil and can contain other non-soy materials. The soybean oil is separated from the beans by use of a mechanical press or by using a solvent to extract the oil. The primary step in making soy wax is a process called hydrogenation. Basically, the soybean oil is treated with a hydrogen solution that causes the oil to solidify and create wax. Every manufacturer has a different process and most of them keep their “recipes” very secretive but the process starts out the same for all of them.

Soy wax is a natural product that has these general properties:

 Non-Toxic – meaning that soy wax is not poisonous.

Made of either 100% soybean oil or a combination of other non-soy materials (animal products and/or other vegetable products).

Clean-burning fuel source – meaning soy wax meets several requirements under federal regulations that classify it as clean-burning.

Colourless  – meaning the wax itself does not contain any colour and typically appears opaque.

 PARAFFIN WAX

Paraffin waxes are actually petroleum-based and are created using crude oil (also known as fossil fuel) which is extracted from the earth. On a molecular level, crude oil is a mixture of hydrocarbons that were created from the decomposition of plants and animals that lived underwater many years ago. Once extracted, crude oil is sent to refineries where it is then turned into finished products like lubricating oil. It is from the lube oil refining process that paraffin waxes are created.

Paraffin wax is a natural product that has these general properties:

Non-Toxic – meaning that paraffin wax is not poisonous.

Non-Reactive – meaning that during certain lab tests, the wax did not respond or react to certain stimuli.

Excellent water barrier – paraffin wax is very good at repelling water and other liquids.

Clean-burning fuel source – meaning paraffin wax meets several requirements under federal regulations that classify it as clean-burning.

Colourless – meaning the wax itself does not contain any colour and typically appears semi-translucent.

 BOTH paraffin wax and soy wax can create soot depending on how the candle is made and how it is burning. While the soot is not good for your respiratory system it is, generally, not dangerous; it is the chemicals that the candle is emitting that may be hazardous to your health.

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