Natural itself means 'coming from nature', or 'not having any extra substances or chemicals added'. There are three candle waxes primarily considered 'natural', soy wax, palm wax and beeswax.
There are many reasons why using natural waxes is beneficial:
Renewable. Natural waxes come from a natural, renewable resources, for example Soy wax comes from soy beans, grown by farmers in many regions. Therefore natural waxes also support agriculture.
Cleaner burning. Natural wax does not contain toxins, carcinogens or pollutants, which means it will burn with little soot released, and is less likely to trigger allergies. If it does produce black smoke when first lit, extinguish the flame, let it cool and then trim the wick! For more tips on burning, see our candle care page.
Burns longer. Natural wax candles will burn 30-50% longer than Paraffin candles because the wax has a lower melting point. Therefore it will burn cooler, slower and for longer.
Non-toxic. Natural wax does not contain toxins, carcinogens or pollutants, so it will not release toxins into the air when burnt.
Bio-degradable. Natural waxes are bio-degradable, which makes them even better for the environment. This also makes it easier to clean up spills with simply soap and water.
Great Fragrance. Thanks to the slower burning properties of Natural wax candles, the scent is gradually released allowing for a more pleasant burning experience.
On the other hand, Paraffin candles are becoming increasingly unpopular.
Paraffin wax is made from petroleum, coal or oil shale - a non-renewable resource consisting of a mixture of hydrocarbon atoms.
Paraffin candles can release toxins into the air when burnt.
Paraffin wax is used in more than 95% of candle making done today, mainly because it is inexpensive. Paraffin is the leftover by-product from the petroleum refining process.
When a paraffin candle in burned, it produces toxic petrol-carbon soot, which can be harmful.
It can also blacken walls, furniture and ceilings. The soy candle may accumulate some black soot on the jar, but the amount is much less than paraffin candles.
These are the reasons we prefer to use Natural waxes over Paraffin Wax. The topic is one which is widely debated, and good quality Paraffin candles can be found in many major candle brands. However, here at The Derbyshire Candle Company, we like to think that this is just the beginning for Natural Waxes and their potential.