No matter what time of year, there is nothing better than a beautifully scented candle to literally and figuratively brighten a room. If you’re like us, lighting candles at home is as much about enhancing your mood as it is about flavoring – after all, self-care comes in many different forms! Why not indulge in one (or more, if you feel like it) of the best non-toxic candles on the market?
Did you know that not all candles are created equal? Many major candle brands have switched to using clean, natural ingredients in their products, but not all offer an ingredient list. That makes it almost impossible to find out which ones are healthier for our homes and bodies. It also negates the entire relaxing atmosphere candles create when you inhale vapors that are not good for you. In fact, it’s totally catchy!
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In our research into this story, we came across a few different elements that can be used to determine whether a candle is less toxic. In general, it’s good to know the different types of wax, wicking, and fragrance you are dealing with. Healthier waxes like soy, beeswax, and coconut oil burn cleaner than paraffin, which is essentially petroleum waste! You should also be on the lookout for natural fragrances made from essential oils and herbal ingredients, as synthetic fragrances generally contain phthalates. Then make sure your candles are paper or 100% cotton.
We know how this can feel overwhelming, and we wish non-toxic candles were the norm, but in the meantime, we’ve got you covered. Read on for our curated list of the best non-toxic candles to create a cozy mood in your home.
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You can’t go wrong with the aesthetic or sexy floral scent of this cool girl candle company. It’s made from a mixture of coconut wax and beeswax with a cotton wick so you can be sure that it is healthy for your home environment. And let’s not start with this deeply romantic fragrance! Tree blossoms like magnolia, night-blooming tuberose and purple geranium balance notes of golden amber and exotic musk. Yum!
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Do you need to relax after a long day? Enlighten with this calming and soothing blend of lavender, vanilla, sandalwood and bergamot. This beautiful candle is made from sustainable vegetable wax with an unbleached cotton wick. It doesn’t get much better than this non-toxic candle.
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If you’re a fan of Byredo’s fragrances, you’ll fall head over heels in love with this ultra-chic candle. Hit a match, sit back, and imagine a great old library. Enjoy the scent of leather, vanilla and patchouli with sweet undertones of purple and peony. It’s everything you never knew you always wanted in a candle.
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Increase the romance factor with this elegant soy candle. It’s as aesthetic as it is intoxicating and aromatic, like a walk through the forest on a rainy night. When it comes to the best non-toxic candles in the game, this one is hard to beat. If you are averse to strong floral scents, start here!
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Experience a zen moment with this serene two-in-one soy wax candle from Paddywax. It contains two complementary fragrances that you can burn individually or together to create an exciting, unique blend. We love a customizable option, don’t we?
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These clean burning organic soy candles purify the air for up to 45 hours thanks to a powerful blend of essential oils. The wide range of fragrances, the long burn time and the affordable price make it one of the best non-toxic candles around.
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Lumira is an Australian brand committed to developing non-toxic, environmentally conscious and sustainable products. This delicious hand-poured soy candle is made with the scent of luxurious rose absolute with light notes of bergamot and amber. It’s a seductive, romantic fragrance that’s worth every penny.
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Pre-order one of these bouncy and cheerful coconut soy wax candles. Magnolia, freesia, neroli and orange blossom create a hopeful mix of optimism and cheer. And how cute is this pink glass? Use it on your makeup brushes or to stash other treasure once it’s burned out – it’s just too cute to throw away!
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Sandoval candles are handcrafted in California and contain no synthetic dyes. They are reminiscent of the carefree simplicity of the west coast. They are hand blended with natural essential oils, absolutes, woods and resins from around the world. As if that wasn’t enough, each fragrance contains an energy crystal that has been charged with good intentions and bathed in the light of the full moon. Talk about good vibes! That alone qualifies it as one of the best non-toxic candles we can get into our clutches.
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We already entrust Herbivore Botanicals with our skin care products, so it’s not surprising that they created an absolutely gorgeous candle. They consist of pure fragrances from essential oils, soy wax and a cotton wick – free of paraffin, dyes, lead, animal by-products or synthetic fragrances. Best of all, these candles come with a beautiful gold lid that extinguishes the flame without smoke or heat to avoid a smoky after-smell.
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It doesn’t get any more sultry than this hand-poured soy wax candle. Notes of bergamot, pepper, jasmine, violet and sandalwood create an intoxicating blend of spicy musk and flowers. The pseudonym candle has an environmentally friendly hemp wick that burns for a whopping 50-60 hours.
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Another selection from a cult perfumery, Le Labos candles are among the best non-toxic candle options on the market. Not only do they smell like the brand’s most popular fragrances, but the design is also reminiscent of their elegant perfume bottles. The old-style pharmacy labels are just as charming as they can be, don’t you think? They are definitely worth the effort.
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Soothe the senses with this calming and energizing candle. Get all of the stress relieving bergamot benefits with the calming, woody, earthy depth of musk, flavorful ginger, and paprika. It has a clean show burn for a long-lasting, subtle room fragrance. It is really adorable.
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We hate playing favorites, but this is by far one of the best non-toxic candle options we’ve come across lately. It’s as fragrant and luxurious as a high-end candle you’d find in a department store for over $ 100, but much more accessible. Flowery, musky, elegant and with that oh so French je ne sais quois.
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Diptyque candles have long dominated the luxury candle scene thanks to their unique, iconic and intoxicating scents. The Lys fragrance is one of our absolute favorites and fills the room with the scent of freshly cut lilies with a dash of spice. All of Diptyque’s candles are to die for, but popular scents like Feu de Bois and Rose have long overshadowed the underrated Lys. Now is your time to shine!
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Uma’s candle is inspired by the Ayurvedic concept of balance. So it’s about creating serenity and generating serotonin at the same time. The mood-enhancing mixture of rose and sandalwood promotes balance, determination and an all-round calming feeling. This candle is vegan, cruelty free and free of synthetic fragrances, emulsifiers, preservatives, parabens, GMOs and mineral oils.
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If you long for a fresh, fruity scent, you have come to the right place with the New York scented candle with Sicilian mandarin from NEST. It smells of mandarin, bergamot and mango and gives it a really delicious flavor. The candle burns a whopping 50-60 hours cleanly and evenly, which makes it practically a bargain!
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We love a three-wick candle, and this hand-cast soy wax candle is as beautiful as it gets. Cedar and sandalwood go wonderfully with smoky amber for an extremely capricious, brutal and romantic smell.