There are many different options and variations in quality when it comes to the type of wax candles are made out of. Beeswax candles have been used for thousands of years, have a lovely sweet smell and are known to burn very clean and ionize the air (as long as there isn’t lead in the wick!). The downfall is that beeswax candles can be quite expensive. Lower cost waxes are now readily available. Examples such as paraffin and vegetable waxes (palm and soy) have become quite popular.
Paraffin wax is a naturally occurring by-product and gets a bad rap in the candle world. It’s true that burning low quality (i.e., unrefined) paraffin wax candles emits soot, particulates and other potential toxins but some paraffin waxes are very clean burning. If a candle is made with paraffin wax, be sure to ask the candle maker if it is highly refined food grade paraffin (the same stuff used to seal home made jam jars and in hand dips at spas), where all of the mineral oil, which is the primary cause of air pollution concerns from this type of candle, has been removed.
Soy and palm waxes are made through hydrogenating the vegetable oils and when candles made from these waxes are burned properly, are known to be very clean with low soot and particulates. Here at Way Out Wax we use palm wax in our pillar candle blend. Our container candles are all 100% soy wax and we go one step above and beyond with our soy wax, ensuring not only a clean burn, but that the soybeans used to make the wax are grown by American farmers and is pesticide and GMO-free!
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