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Natural Wax Melts. Is Soy Wax Really Better Than Paraffin?

By Erika Terteliene September 24, 2019

The short answer is YES all natural wax melts are better than paraffin wax.

The choice between natural wax and paraffin melts isn’t always obvious - even if you’ve used both types, but there’s actually a lot to weigh up. Each has specific qualities - from fragrance performance to eco-friendliness. 

One of the most common waxes today and has many uses (did you know it can be used for protecting ice-rinks?), you’ll find many candles made from paraffin. Paraffin wax is made from the sludge waste left by crude oil when refined into gasoline, so although lauded for its versatility, we now know it’s also toxic when lit because of the carcinogens created. 

Many scented Wax Melts made from paraffin also feature heavy metals such as lead. Even a few hours of burning can create high levels of airborne heavy metals considered hazardous to children; low-level exposure has been shown to cause hypertension, neurobehavioral changes and several other problems. Likewise, since many candles of this kind feature artificial scents and dyes, they release other harmful chemicals.

NATURAL WAX CANDLES – A SAFER ALTERNATIVE

How do natural wax melts differ from the paraffin variety?

A relatively new melt-making wax, soy wax was developed in the early 1990s as an alternative to both paraffin and beeswax, which can be quite expensive. More environmentally friendly than paraffin, it burns at a slower rate, produces less soot and tends to be cheaper than the majority of other waxes.

The scent produced by soy wax melts is also much subtler. The fragrances contained within this variety of candle aren’t as heavy or overpowering, which makes it an excellent choice for people who prefer softer, gentler scents.

IF SOY WAX IS SO GREAT COMPARED TO PARAFFIN, WHY DOESN'T EVERYONE SHIFT TO SOY WAX?

Ah, this is where the unpleasantness of economics comes into play.  Paraffin is cheaper to buy and easier for melt makers to work with.  That means that melt makers can make melts faster and more cheaply with Paraffin than with Soy. Since Paraffin lasts indefinitely, (please note that I not say that fragrance lasts indefinitely), the big boys here in the EU and China can make a bazillion melts which can last for years in storage. 

Now you know the differences in melts type, you can set the mood using other means with one of Charlotte’s Scents many natural Wax Melts. A safer, more eco-friendly option, none of our products use paraffin, petroleum or palm wax, or use crops raised with synthetic fertilisers, pesticides or inorganic hormones.

We stand by our use of 100% natural wax for its myriad benefits, and the peace of mind they bring when used in the home. 

 


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