I know that we all believe that paraffin wax is bad for the environment, it creates soot, it’s not a renewable resource, creates a carbon footprint on Earth, and insert everything else you’ve heard here… blah blah blah. Paraffin, soy, and coconut wax all emit soot, while soot is not entirely safe for your lungs, however, it is not dangerous, in fact, the amount of chemicals that soot emits into the air is not large enough to create a significant health hazard to you, to your family, or to your customers. What if I told you that there are pros and cons to paraffin, soy, and coconut blend waxes? Are you looking for the best wax for your candle business but are unsure as to which wax paraffin, soy, coconut blend wax will work best for your candle company? Do you know all there is to know such as the benefits to paraffin, soy, or coconut blend waxes? Well you’re in the right place to learn the truth about paraffin, soy, and coconut blend waxes. You should be informed about which waxes to use so that you can comfortably sell your products based on their benefits and not on the negative aspect of another wax.
In a 2007 study conducted by the Bayreuth Institute of Environmental Research in Germany, the research examined 300 toxic chemicals for the major wax available to candle makers and suppliers, and it was concluded that the level of chemicals released by each type of candle tested would not cause human health problems because of the small amount of chemical emission. Therefore, purchasing a candle made out of paraffin, soy, coconut, palm, or beeswax, that is sold by a reputable candle or soap maker is safe to use in your home.
All wax must pass a rigorous inspection process before being put out in the US market for consumption to the public. And they must also pass a series of tests, meet strict standards, and fulfill certain regulations in order for the wax regardless of it being soy, coconut, paraffin, palm, gel, beeswax, candelilla, or any other product that are to be consumed by people and regulated by the government it MUST BE SAFE FOR US TO USE.
So, if one candle supply store sells one candle wax and not the other is not because it is better produced which sometimes that may be the case, however, it might just mean that the wax manufacturer’s wax is too expensive for the small candle supplier to purchase or the wax manufacturer’s selling criteria has not been met by the small candle supplier.
In order to know which wax you should use for your luxury candle business, you should first know the pros, benefits, and cons of the top waxes in the market. So in this article, I will compare and contrast soy wax vs coconut wax vs paraffin wax and which is best for your luxury candle making line. Because palm wax is not accessible for many people and is not widely used I’m not including palm wax in this article. I’m also not including beeswax in this article because of the controversial way that beeswax is sourced and also because beeswax is not a wax that is consumed worldwide.
Let’s start with the benefits of paraffin because it’s the wax that is widely known and used.
Benefits of paraffin
- Contrary to popular belief paraffin is actually a non-toxic wax and it's widely available. In fact, paraffin is the only wax available in certain parts of the world and that’s the only wax those candle suppliers can sell in their region. So, don’t bash someone for using paraffin wax because that country might only have paraffin as their source for candle making.
- Repels water therefore, it's an excellent liquid barrier plus it is available in different varieties such as pillars, votives, or food-grade paraffin.
- It has a stronger scent throw because it’s less dense than soy meaning paraffin is lighter in weight making it release fragrance easier and quicker.
Household items that contain paraffin
- Crayon manufacturers use food-grade paraffin because kids for some odd reason like to eat crayons so to keep crayons safe for kids they use food-grade paraffin. Not that they want kids to eat crayons but the possibility exists that there might be a chance that the child will eat crayons.
- Used for coatings fruits, candy, and chocolate to give it a shiny finish.
- It is also used in cosmetics for it glide and for that smooth buttery finish, we all love.
- Aids in preserving jams and jellies (food-grade paraffin)
- Helps snow slide off shovels when used prior to shoveling snow.
- Softens hands and feet when applied after a manicure or pedicure.
- Used in lubrication and electrical insulation.
- Excellent material for storing heat.
Let me know in the comments if you used any of these products or how many of these products are you going to eliminate from your home.
In my opinion, it is hard to get away from using paraffin since many things that we don’t think twice about contain some paraffin in them or on them. So, don’t discard paraffin unless in your household you don’t use any of the above-mentioned items or if you’re going to substitute those items for their expensive counterpart.
Knowing about your raw materials is so important because you can better educate yourself first of all and also others. Therefore, your strong selling point shouldn’t be the negative part of a product to entice consumers. Be knowledgeable about what you sell to be above the competition. I use paraffin products and I also use paraffin wax when necessary. I used to follow this small YouTuber and that person was comparing paraffin and coconut wax but instead of approaching the subject matter in an unbiased informative way, all they kept saying was the negative and bashing people who use the paraffin wax. LIKE NO you don’t do that. Let your customers decide. Give them the pros and cons because you’re in a position of influence regardless of how big or small you believe you are. Needless to say, I stopped watching, said YouTuber, and unsubscribed. I need to be able to trust your opinion as a customer but if you can’t provide an unbiased opinion by stating researched facts then Sorry Next!! You've been so canceled.
So, what about coconut wax
I got you!
Did you know that many candle suppliers that sell coconut wax add paraffin to them to increase its scent throw because alone coconut wax wouldn’t perform as close to paraffin and they know that, and that’s why they add paraffin? Another reason why they use paraffin in coconut is that coconut wax alone is very soft and it needs another wax to help support it. So, therefore, they use paraffin wax. Manufacturers also use other waxes such as soy to create a coco-soy blend or a coco-palm wax blend and also a coco-apricot blend.
But coconut wax alone is not ideal for candle making since it is soft therefore, most coconut waxes are a blend with other waxes. You might be one of the many candle creators that might say, “But, Sandra, I don’t use coconut wax blend, I use coco-apricot or virgin coconut or coconut soy wax.” Ha!!! SURPRISE! ALL OF THOSE HAVE PARAFFIN WAX IN THEM. In “minuscule percentages” as one website states but they have paraffin wax in them. And what exactly is a minuscule quantity? Like give me the ingredients or the composition and let me be the judge of minuscule, minute, or tiny or whatever other synonyms they can conjure to say small!
There are suppliers that do provide coconut wax that does not contain paraffin but it doesn’t perform as well as waxes that contain paraffin. However, if your business is centered around holistic living and hot throw is not the primary focus for your business then using waxes without paraffin is your best bet. So this means that you don’t necessarily need to spend too much on coconut wax and using soy works just as well.
So what are the pros and cons of coconut wax?
- Plant-based and eco-friendly.
- Produces less soot.
- Lasts longer because it burns cooler.
- Hot and cold throw is stronger than soy wax.
- Excellent glass adhesion.
- Sustainable product because it’s sourced from farmers, it’s not genetically modified, and it’s not a contributor to deforestation.
- Very low melting point so shipping in warm temperatures will be a challenge.
- Very expensive.
- If you’re labeling your candles as all-natural you’re not entirely being truthful because most coconut wax contains paraffin to harden them.
However, you need far less paraffin wax to harden coconut wax than soy wax, but there’s still paraffin in it.
Read this article to get six websites that offer coconut wax without the addition of paraffin in their ingredients.
SO, WHAT ABOUT SOY WAX!!
Soy wax is by far aside from paraffin, one of the most widely used wax with new candle makers because of its perceived value “no soot.” And it has an environmentally safe property (which is true) for the environment. However, don’t let those two qualities be the only criteria or selling point to entice customers because, to some, it really doesn’t mean too much if your product is not marked properly or appeals to them.
Soy wax actually does emit soot and soy wax is slightly more expensive than paraffin and less expensive than coconut. It’s a happy medium between the two. But just like paraffin and coconut soy also has their benefits and their cons.
Benefits of soy
- Made of soybeans and some have a combination of animal products and plant materials
- Clean burning
- 90% of soybeans are genetically modified (GMO) because deforestation is a major issue now, science has stepped in and made soybeans in a lab to accommodate for the demand for soy.
- Harvested with pesticides. Not all farmers use pesticides or herbicides in their soybean crops however, some farmers do use chemicals so you’re probably will have to purchase organic soy wax and those can be quite expensive and non-existence since the process of making soy wax cancels out the organic portion of the wax.
- Hot and cold throw is low compared to paraffin and to coconut wax.
- It’s a major cause of deforestation because of the increased consumption of soy by people and farmers feeding it to livestock, causing forests to being cleared to grow more soybeans.
In my opinion, You don’t have to start your luxury business with coconut wax but you can create a collection with coconut wax if that’s the angle you’re trying to take. Or introduce any other wax in your business with a collection and give it a fun name and see if that entices customers. And that way you can slowly transition into offering or changing your waxes that way.
I know many candle makers are ashamed of telling people that they’re using paraffin wax because of the negative stigma that people have created around paraffin and I don’t think that’s fair to people who enjoy the hot throw, the cold throw, the ease of use of paraffin, and the versatility it has.
If you’re one of those candle makers that want to use paraffin then use paraffin they’re customers out there for you. There’s an idiom in Spanish that says “Para el gusto se hicieron los colores,” the literal meaning is “For likes, there are colors,” which makes no sense but the equivalent in English is “Different strokes for different folks.” So Don’t feel guilty for liking paraffin. I like paraffin, I’ve used paraffin, and I’ve blended my waxes with paraffin, and I’ve certainly used paraffin products now and in the past.
So, those were my pros and cons to soy, paraffin, and coconut waxes. Let me know what you think in the comments.