At The Melt Pool, we only ever use soy wax to make our candles.
Made from soya beans, soy wax is from a renewable source and is considered to be more environmentally friendly than paraffin wax. Soy candles create up to 90 per cent less soot than paraffin candles, and they burn at a much slower rate which means that when burnt correctly, soy candles will last for longer than their paraffin counterparts.
The vast majority of candles on the market are made using paraffin wax which is also known as mineral wax. In fact most well known big brand candles are made using paraffin wax and it's safe to say that if a brand doesn't advertise that they make their candles using soy wax, then it's almost certain that they make their candles using paraffin wax...something worth looking out for.
The process of making paraffin wax starts at the bottom of the oil barrel. After petroleum is processed into diesel, petrol, motor oil, kerosene, and other fuels, the waste that has been rejected by the petroleum industry is then whitened with industrial strength bleach, a few other ingredients are added, and then you have the very wax that paraffin wax candles are made from.
We think it's an easy decision to make, we choose soy wax every time and we hope you will too.