I get asked this question a lot these days. I guess a lot of people are being told that it is better to burn soy candles than paraffin candles. Knowing that I sell paraffin, you can probably guess that I would say "no way"! But I won't do that. Instead, I'll tell you to check it out for yourself to get the information from an unbiased source that KNOWS the candle industry. Check out the FAQ section of the website for the National Candle Association: http://www.candles.org/about_faq.html
Here's what it says on the issue:
"What kinds of waxes are typically used in candles?"
"The most commonly used candle wax is paraffin. Beeswax, soy wax, palm wax, gels, and synthetic waxes are also frequently used in candles. Different blends of these waxes are popular with many manufacturers."
"Are certain candle waxes better than others?"
"No. All types of quality candle waxes have been shown to burn cleanly, safely and in the same manner. U.S. candle manufacturers select waxes or blends of waxes based on their suitability for specific types of candles or formulation profiles, as well as their own candle-making preferences."