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Why do some candles burn faster than others?

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Some candles burn faster than others because of the melting point of the wax used to make them. Soy candles burn faster than paraffin candles. Beeswax candles burn the slowest.

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Beeswax candles burn slower than soy or paraffin because of the relatively high melting point of beeswax. Beeswax melts at about 146 degrees Farenheit. Soy and paraffin wax burn at lower temperatures.

Soy wax, which is derived from the oil of soybeans, melts at 120 to 180 F depending on the blend. Due to soy wax's low melting point, it is suitable for jar candles. Likewise, paraffin melts at 130 to 150 degrees F, depending on the blend and type of candle. Container or jar paraffin candles tend to have a lower melt point, and votives and dinner candles have a medium melt point. Paraffin is a byproduct of crude oil production and is also known as kerosene. The byproducts of paraffin candles may contain toxins that are released when the candles are burned.

Beeswax is virtually smokeless, and emits more light and heat than other waxes. Beeswax candles release a natural honey fragrance when burned and are naturally honey-yellow in color. Beeswax candles also emit negative ions that clean the air when burned. Natural beeswax candles tend to be more expensive than paraffin or soy candles.

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