Take Notes: Wax 101

An educational series meant to make you a scent expert. We explore all things scent-related and guide you along the way.

You may have noticed there are many different wax types used in the candles you burn at home. While we exclusively use soy, a few other choices include paraffin, coconut, or beeswax – some brands may even use a blend of these.

Paraffin wax is often chosen for its low cost. While candles made with paraffin tend to have a stronger scent throw, it is a non-renewable by-product of the petroleum industry, making it the least sustainable option. Coconut wax is a common natural alternative. However, its lower melt point means it burns more quickly and often develops lots of soot. Beeswax, on the other hand, has its own natural scent and is used mostly to make tapers and candles without added fragrance. Then, of course, there’s our choice: soy. Soy wax candles generally have a subtler scent throw and many people prefer this softer scent, but it comes down to how delicate your nose is! If you prefer a stronger scent throw, we recommend burning two candles, depending on the size of the space, or combining a variety of products like reed diffusers and/or incense.

Back when Kristen started P.F. in ‘08, soy was one of the only vegetable wax alternatives to paraffin on the market! To this day, we still use 100% soy in every single candle (no blends here), and source only from the U.S. Soy wax is plant-based and renewable, meaning it can grow again and again, and buying domestic helps keep our carbon footprint down.
We create home fragrances with the intention to elevate a space rather than overpower it, and soy wax continues to be our tried and true after over 12 years of candle-making. If you’re interested in reading more about what’s in our products, click here, and to learn how to best care for your candles, click here. As always, we’re here to answer any questions about our products and scents – feel free to email us at hello@pfcandleco.com

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