When we set up MakingYourOwnCandles, we chose a special blended paraffin wax for our moulded candles that includes all the required additives to enable you to make candles easily and consistently. Our paraffin wax is a product of the petrochemical industry and is entirely free of harmful substances, it’s also biodegradable and doesn’t add to global warming.
However, for the ultimate in environmentally friendly candle making, we now offer candle making wax produced from soya. We’ve spent several weeks thoroughly testing soy waxes with our kits and have found the perfect blend. EcoSoya is a bit “harder” than paraffin wax and so it burns for a little longer and needs a slightly bigger wick – as you can imagine this has meant it’s taken some experimenting to get the right mix of wax and wick for excellent results.
We’ve now added an EcoSoya option to all our Professional kits and Refills. Along with the soy wax, we also include a bigger wick to ensure that the candles burn properly. As EcoSoya is a little more expensive than paraffin wax, there’s a small additional charge if you opt for it.
Which is the best?
It’s entirely a matter of personal preference. There is next to no difference in the end result and a candle made from our paraffin wax doesn’t “smoke” any more than a soy one. The soy candle will burn a little longer on average and some people feel it’s a bit more pleasant to handle. It is slightly more eco-friendly but then the paraffin wax is also easy on the environment given that the oil industry would exist whether or not we were using wax for candles!
So, the choice is yours!