Paraffin vs Soy Candles

Along with making the 8 oz. Black Walnut Jelly Jar Candle Ring, I’ve decided to offer Paraffin and Soy Candles for free with the purchase of my Black Walnut Shell Ring candle holder.

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Working with both waxes, makes it obvious the differences of paraffin vs soy candles. They both have good points and difficulties. The soy candles turn out very opaque and creamy smooth, and are easy for a beginner to use because it comes in a bag of wax flakes, which makes it easy to measure out just what you need. Sometimes depending on the wax used, it is hard to achieve hot and cold scent (or through). Most soy waxes have a lower melting point and do not shrink when cooling so your candles only require one pour. Soy wax is made from Soybeans and is grown in the United States.

Paraffin wax has a typically very strong scent through, but is harder to work with because it comes in 1lb. “bricks” to 10 lb. slabs. The slabs can be very hard to break into smaller pieces to fit into the melting pot. Most paraffin has a higher melting point and shrinks as it cools. This can create a large hole in your container candle as much as 40%! This requires a second pouring to fill the hole created by the shrinkage of the first pour. The good side of all this shrinking is that it is easier to release from molds, to create pillar and votive candles. Paraffin is also more translucent which makes a glowing affect while burning. It is also easier to achieve bright dark colors with paraffin which hold even after burning.

I enjoy them both, and have candles in 5 fragrances in each soy and paraffin candles. Available on my Etsy shop site; “Plumrequests”