The soy wax used in any candles purchased from Local Pot Dealer are 100% natural and derived from the vegetable soybeans. Why choose soy over your basic Paraffin wax ? Paraffin is a type of wax made from petroleum as a by-product of making gasoline (eww). Also, crude oil might contain fossilized remains of animals. Not only is soy wax better for the environment but it also burns slower than paraffin wax, giving you a longer lasting candle. Soy wax is also an excellent fragrance carrier and does not require chemical amplifiers. Thank you for your environmentally conscious purchase.