There are a lot of different types of candles on the market. It’s not always easy to tell which ones are right for your needs. Do you choose soy, beeswax or paraffin candles? Check out the main differences between these candle types:
Soy wax candles are made from soybean oil, and have only really been used since the 1990s! Soy wax is made using cleaned soybeans which are then cracked and de-hulled before being rolled into flakes – from which the oil is extracted.
Soy wax holds a lighter fragrance but has a slow burn time. You can buy organic soy wax which is made without using pesticides and provides a more natural candle option.
Beeswax has been used to make candles for centuries. Beeswax candles date back to Ancient Egypt and have been used ever since. Beeswax candles are among the purest type of candles, burning without smoke or soot. Beeswax is often blended with other types of wax (such as paraffin or coconut) to create scented candles.
Paraffin candles are among the most popular candle types you’ll see available to buy today. Made from crude oil, it’s the material that’s left after oil is purified. Paraffin wax is typically bleached and colored to make candles.
Paraffin candles can hold strong fragrances, which is why it’s a popular choice of wax for many sellers. Despite their popularity, paraffin wax candles can burn a number of different chemicals when lit, and low-quality candles can leave traces of smoke on your ceiling, walls and furniture.