Soy Vs. Paraffin Wax: What's the Difference and Why Does it Matter?

Candles have the power to spark memories and evoke new ones; and while many consider fragrance or style when purchasing a new candle, choosing between soy and paraffin wax is also important decision.

Soy vs. Paraffin: What You Should Know

Over the past few years, a debate has ignited over whether to choose soy or paraffin wax candles and while its nothing to…dare we say…get fired up over, there are a few key differences that can influence which candles you choose to use in your homes.   

Paraffin wax candles are most commonly found in large discount stores- and while they may be slightly cheaper, their potential harmful effects can have you paying the price down the road. A refined gasoline by-product, paraffin wax emits carcinogens when burning and releases the same toxins found in diesel fuel fumes. Due to the release of these toxins, those with allergies, asthma, or other chemical sensitivities are more susceptible to adverse reactions when subject to inhalation around a burning paraffin candle. In addition to safety concerns, they also release a dark soot that can stain walls and furniture. Enter soy candles...

Why Sea Oats Uses 100% USA Soy Wax

In an effort to protect both the environment and our customers, Sea Oats uses 100% USA soy wax as a natural alternative to paraffin. Since launching two years ago, we’ve continued to prioritize ways we can reduce our environmental impact as well as give back to our community and planet. This is why our wax is made from soybeans which are biodegradable and renewable. It also gives us the opportunity to support American farmers.

When lit, our soy wax candles produce a clean burn so you won’t have to worry about soot staining your home. Bonus? They last up to 50% longer than those made out of paraffin wax so while your candles burn, you won’t feel like your money is too. Producing nearly 90% less soot and burning at a much lower temperature, soy wax is safer than paraffin.  

Whether to deliver an aesthetic or set the mood, candles are an accessory to invite experience and capture nostalgia. As a candle company, we light up over getting to play a part in the memories our customers take with them as well as the impact they leave behind.

Old flames don’t have to die hard. Whether you’re new to soy wax candles or have been enjoying them for years, we invite you to explore our signature candle line and find your favorite scent. 

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