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Beeswax vs. Other Waxes

Beeswax

Advantages

  • Non-hazardous  
  • Non-carcinogenic
  • Dyes are not tested on animals
  • Solvent free
  • Does not contain hazardous additives such as naphtha or naphthalene
  • We use a minute amount of dye in our candles, less than 0.0125%
  • None of the components in the dye is required to be listed in the California Proposition 65 list of cancer causing agents
  • Can be shipped in all weather conditions because of its high melt point

Disadvantages

  • Considered pricier than other waxes
  • Beeswax can be combined with other waxes to reduce manufacturing costs, be sure to always look for 100% pure beeswax products

Paraffin

Advantages

  • Inexpensive (about 9 times less than beeswax)

Disadvantages

  • Non-Renewable
  • By-product of fossil fuels
  • The equivalent of inhaling exhaust fumes
  • Creates a large amount of black sticky soot
  • Polymers are added to raise the melting point and improve burning qualities
  • Paraffin candles are known to drip
  • Often scented with artificial fragrance
  • Often bleached and dyed with toxic colorants

Soy Wax

Advantages

  • Renewable resource
  • No known toxins in the raw wax 
  • Biodegradable
  • Low melt temprature
  • Non-carcinogenic

Disadvantages

  • Soy products are commonly Genetically Modified, bleached and hydrogenated
  • Aesthetically, soy wax is not pretty and candles often develop bumps and lesions while burning 
  • On the light spectrum, soy candles have a cooler tone 
  • Soy wax goes rancid without preservatives 
  • Some soy wax candles contain additives and hardeners 
  • Toxic pesticides are often used on soy crops 
  • Soy candle makers are limited by the type of candle they can make because the wax is so soft. They are unable to provide customers with pillars, tapers or ornamentals
  • Requires large amounts of agricultural land and processing
  • Often scented with artificial fragrances
  • Soy wax is difficult to ship during hot weather because it will melt
 
 

Palm Wax

Advantages

  • Palm crops require a lower input of fossil fuels compared to soy
  • Palm oil production creates 3,200 kg/hectare per year and soybean production creates only 351 kg/hectare per year
  • Clean burning and soot free 
  • Toxin and carcinogen free 
  • Slow burning 
  • Renewable resource 
  • Not genetically modified

Disadvantages

  • Must be imported (mostly from Malaysia)
  • Pesticides are often used for palm plants