What is Paraffin, Soy, and Bee Wax?


Full Circle burning bright..soy wax candle with orange chili pepper phthalate free fragrance.

Why care about what kind of candle you burn in your home? It seems more and more people are interested in not only the food they are buying and eating, but also in products, such as candles and detergents, for the home.

I walked away from heavy perfumes, parrafin candles with metal wicks, and detergents years ago and I tell you it makes a big difference now in my life. I used to walk around congested most of the time. I would wipe black soot off of my walls where candles had been burning as I bought cheaper candles while in my younger years. When I switched to soy and bee wax candles, I noticed a big difference in my home air quality.

Here is information I found out about some different waxes and where they come from and then let you decide what is best for your environment.

Paraffin – Paraffin wax actually started off as a plant based material, but after millions of years it is broken down and turns into crude oil. In order to protect themselves from adverse weather conditions plants produce a layer of wax on their leaves and stems. Material from dead plants 100-700 million years ago accumulated in large quantities and eventually became buried beneath the surface of the earth. After a long period of time, forces of heat and pressure turned the slowly decaying plant material into crude oil, otherwise known as petroleum. actually started off as a plant based material at first, but after many many years it is broken down and turns into crude oil. Petroleum companies “harvest” the crude oil and process it. They refine the oil, separating the different properties into Gasoline, Kerosene, Lubrication oil, and many other products. So when burning a Paraffin candle, you are burning processed crude oil. Add fragrance that has hydrocarbons (phthalates, which I will explain in another blog) combined with a metal wick and that is what is in your home atmosphere as you burn it. Some come to my craft table and say they can get a cheaper candle at dollar store or Walmart…I can’t change people’s minds but the reason it is cheap is petroleum is cheap and can pump out lots of wax from the crude oil. Other waxes that are sustainable cost a bit more, but are much better and healthier to burn.

Soy Wax – This wax is made from the oil of soybeans. Beans are harvested,  cleaned, cracked, de-hulled, and rolled into flakes. The oil is then extracted from the flakes and hydrogenated. Leftover hulls are used in feed for animals. What I love is soy is completely renewable. While the global reserves of oil shrink and paraffin prices increase, the only limit to the soy supply is how much we choose to grow. It is known to be eco-friendly, renewable, American grown, sustainable, carbon neutral; the list goes on and on. I know there is the GMO questions about Soy but I also know candles are not to be ingested for food, but I am always on the search for non-GMO soy wax. I know where my wax is made and is renewable! I add my phthalate free fragrance, infuse when I can with essential oils, with natural wicks and there ya go!! A much healthier candle to burn in your environment! So far, I have seen no soot on my walls to wipe off.

Bee Wax – Bee Wax is one of the best waxes to burn but also the most expensive as harder to get in large quantities. Simply, it is produced by the honeybee for use in the manufacture of honeycombs. Beeswax is actually a refinement of honey. It is highly regarded to burn in the home and if unscented has a honey smell to it. It is a more challenging wax to work with at times, but pretty amazing. I like making small glass jar containers of Bee Wax candles and am learning to carry more to my craft fairs. Also using in my new lip balms! It is a fascinating wax to work with and I look forward to learning more.

So there you have it. This is why I started Full Circle Candles. It was to make a healthier candle for my own home, surprisinly  turning into a great business adventure. Shop wise for your home in detergents, candles, etc. It makes a big difference in your breathing and energy of home for your family.


Debbie Blinder, Owner

Full Circle Candles


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