It’s 2020, and we’re all stepping up our ‘well care’ game as much as possible. Maybe you’re rocking cruelty-free makeup or all-natural hair care, but there’s one eco-friendly upgrade that might have slipped under your radar. Admittedly, it has for us! Candles. Lately, non-toxic candles have piqued our interest, and we’re not alone. Just like we ingredient-check our food and beauty products, many folks are questioning the air they’re breathing at home.
Here’s a quick lesson in candle making – because that yummy-smelling apple spice jar burning at home might not be so yummy (for the air) after all. Low-quality candles are made with a paraffin base. This wax ingredient is obtained from petroleum, which isn’t great for old Mother Nature. These kinds of candles might also be assembled with a wick made out of metal fibers…herein lies the main potential house pollution problem. Not good.
Clean-burning candles are usually crafted with beeswax, coconut, or soy as the foundation. From there, they’re scented naturally with essential oils and authentic compounds. Finally, non-toxic candles are all tied together with a non-toxic wick made out of cotton, wood, or paper. To be safe, seek out companies that clearly state their ingredients, use 100 percent naturally-derived essential oils, or are phthalate-free. So much safer, and still great-smelling!
Here are 15 non-toxic candles that we’re lighting right now:
via Crate & Barrel
Plant-derived oils infuse this candle with the woodsy, wintery scents of juniper. Poured in a timeless terra cotta vessel, the pure soy candle brings invigorating pine fragrance to your home. Once the wax has burned away, give the ceramic jar new life as a petite planter or pencil cup. The Los Angeles-made juniper candle is packaged in a gift-ready box!
via Urban Outfitters
Fill your space with delicious scent so decadent you’ll want a taste. The Gourmand Candle features a soy wax blend of olfactory notes such as chai, sea salt, almond, vanilla + coconut.
This one’s crisp + clean aroma of bamboo foliage and green florals mixed with a refreshing blend of citrus and basil. Infused with natural essential oils including bergamot, violet, jasmine + thyme. Vim + Vigor combines 100% natural soy wax with meticulously crafted fragrance combinations before hand pouring all of their candles in unique pure copper vessels in Phoenix, Arizona.
Yes to candles that burn clean and are made free of harmful toxins. A great candle that is not only beautiful but affordable! These candles are made with the highest quality of premium soy wax, infused with essential oil based fragrances.
This candle combines sweet, rich, and fresh citrus with full-bodied notes of bergamot and grapefruit. Both tangy and warm it has a light tartness with soft berry undertones!
These non-toxic candles contain a significant amount of pure essential oils and fragrances that work to fill the air with natural goodness and natural scents. These organic soy candles burn clean to purify the air in your home for at least 35 hours!
Made with therapeutic essential oils and beeswax, these are non-toxic and clean-burning. Each candle is hand-poured into the recyclable, glass jar in small batches to maintain the natural ingredients’ quality. The candles are made to generate a balanced, subtle scent that won’t overwhelm the senses but still deliver a pleasant scent.
Sometimes it feels good just to have a nice candle giving off some extra fragrance while you’re busy with your chores. A Mrs. Meyer’s clean candle can help you do exactly that. This one’s made with a non-toxic base in vegetable wax!
These candles are lovingly made + hand poured in small batches in Denver, Colorado made using 100% soy wax derived from American-grown soy beans! The soy wax creates clean burning candles that are free of toxins, carcinogens, petroleum + pollutants. They use lead-free, zinc-free cotton braided wicks that have been primed with vegetable based wax for an eco-friendly, clean burn. Love it!
Fill your space with the airy, balanced notes of this Sea + Fog scent. The sweet yet salty oceanic accords combine with an undercurrent of amber and vanilla.
Woody and herbal, this gorgeous candle from Sydney Hale is scented with notes of crisp eucalyptus, warm honey, herbaceous sage, patchouli, and teak.
Lime, basil + mandarin is the most popular Embers + Roots scent for you candle addicts out there! An enticing, mouthwatering medley of Sicilian lime and zesty bergamot with ripe mandarins, peppery basil and caraway seeds. They also customize labels for special occasions :)
via Free People
Wild, herbal and crisp: a forest canopy of pine and leaves blended with pale musk, crisp citrus, and earthy herbs. A complex, rich and intoxicating woodsy scent that harnesses the harmony of crisp fresh air indoors.
Hello seasonal scents! This is a juicy bite of a freshly picked apples, meaning fall is here. Pie, cobbler, or cider. Your basket is full of possibilities.
This candle is hand poured and contains 100% soy wax, a cotton wick, and premium quality fragrance and essential oils. Soy burns remarkably clean and long- expect this guy can burn for 40-50 hours. And when it’s gone, simply wash out the jar with hot soapy water and use it to hold little treasures!
Do you have any non-toxic candle brands we need to try? Would love to hear in the comments!