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What's The Difference Between Soy and Paraffin Wax?

When it comes to choosing the perfect wax for your candles, the debate often revolves around paraffin versus soy wax. While paraffin wax does have its advantages, soy wax is commonly regarded as a healthier alternative when burning candles. 

Let's start with paraffin wax. It's widely available, inexpensive, and disperses fragrance effectively. However, paraffin is derived from petroleum, emitting potentially harmful chemicals like benzene and toluene when burned. Additionally, it's not biodegradable, contributing to environmental concerns.

On the other hand, soy wax is a natural, renewable resource made from soybean oil. It burns cleaner, producing less soot and toxins, which can be particularly beneficial for individuals with respiratory sensitivities. Soy candles also have a longer burning time and tend to retain fragrances better. However, soy wax can be more expensive than paraffin and may not always have the same scent throw.

Gold Canyon uses high quality soy wax for a more environmentally friendly burn. Our candles are soot free, and we don’t add the harmful chemicals that can be found in paraffin wax, which means you can have peace of mind burning Gold Canyon candles around your pets and kids.

In conclusion, while both paraffin and soy wax have their merits, soy wax emerges as the healthier option due to its natural composition and cleaner burn. If you prioritize sustainability and health, soy wax candles are the way to go.


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