12 Non-Toxic, Clean Burning Candles For A Healthy Home
If you’re burning conventional paraffin candles, you may be polluting the air in your home. Cozy up to a clean-burning, non-toxic candle for a relaxing home ritual without the harmful chemicals.
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A burning candle creates a cozy atmosphere that signals our senses to slow down and relax. The scent of a candle adds a layer of familiarity that can transport you to a fall day of apple pie baking, a winter night snuggled by the fire or a sunny summer day lounging on a picnic blanket. With all the cozy feelings a candle can bring, conventional candles can also cause allergies, breathing problems and headaches, and may contain chemicals that pose a risk to your health.
What To Avoid When Buying Candles
- Paraffin Wax– Paraffin is a petroleum-derived wax that releases chemicals into the air when burned. The EPA released a report in 2001 indicating that paraffin wax candles cause indoor air pollution. In a 2009 study by South Carolina State University, researchers measured air quality after burning unscented paraffin wax candles and soy wax candles. The paraffin wax candles produced alkans, alkenes and toluene, which can cause health issues in humans, while the soy wax candles did not produce any harmful off-gassing.
- Metal Wicks– Lead was banned from candle wicks in 2003, but there are other types of metal used to keep a cotton wick upright. As the wick burns, heavy metal particles disperse through the air.
- Synthetic Fragrance– Fragrance can contain hundreds of chemicals in one formula. The addition of phthalates is a big health concern in fragrance formulations. Phthalates are widely used in fragrance formulations as solvents and fixatives to make scents last longer, but this chemical is an endocrine disruptor and can mimic hormones in the human body.
What To Look For In A Non-Toxic Candle
- Wax: Some companies are tricky with words and blend soy or beeswax with paraffin, so look for 100% soy wax, 100% beeswax, 100% coconut wax or 100% vegetable-based wax.
- Wick: Look for a cotton or hemp wick.
- Scent: 100% pure essential oils or phthalate-free fragrance (from a reputable company)
Swapping out candles with artificial fragrance for non-toxic candles is an easy step toward a healthier home. Air fresheners with artificial fragrance are another source of unhealthy chemical exposure in the home, and my favorite air freshener swap will reduce harmful toxins in your home.
From soothing self-care essentials to hostess and holiday gift ideas, non-toxic candles are the perfect way to create a cozy and relaxing atmosphere for the home. I’ve found 12 brands of non-toxic candles that give you all the cozy feels without the harmful chemicals.
- Cost: $27
- Size: 4 oz, 9 oz
- Burn Time: 50 hours for the 9 oz candle
- Ingredients: 100% Beeswax + Coconut oil, lead-free wood wick, pure essential oils
- Scents: Fall, Cozy, Winter, Christmas Tree
- About The Company: This is a small Colorado-based company on Etsy with 5 star reviews. Christmas Tree scent sells out fast.
- Cost: $34
- Size: 7.5 oz
- Burn time: 50-60 hours
- Ingredients: 100% organic coconut wax, 100% organic aromatherapy grade essential oils. Without Harmful Solvents, Fragrances, Sprays, Metals, Paraffin, and GMO Soy Wax Found In Most Candles
- Scents: Dream (lavender & Vanilla), Hope (citrus & Floral), Peace (wild berry, rose, winter spice)
- About The Company: Wild Beautiful Free Gives 10% to Gorilla, Elephant, and Lion Rescue Sanctuaries. Our line of organic, vegan, eco-friendly candles helps raise awareness of endangered species and habitat destruction. Every purchase helps in part to fund animal and habitat protection efforts, ensuring the prosperity of humans and animals alike.
- Cost: $11 – $35
- Size: various sizes
- Burn time: depends on size
- Ingredients: 100% pure beeswax, Cotton wick, Scented with 100% pure essential oils
- Scents: Lavender, Cypress & Sandalwood, Lemongrass, Cassia & Rosemary, Geranium & Tangerine, Cedarwood, Nutmeg & Lavender, Spruce, Vanilla, unscented.
- About The Company: These candles are made in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. They source the finest beeswax, then lightly filter it to remove particulates while leaving the sweet scent and vibrant color intact. They test burn every batch and carefully choose the right wick to ensure a perfect burn.
- Cost: $31.99- $43.99
- Sizes: 8.5 oz and 16 oz
- Burn Time: 45 hours (8.5 oz), 80 hours (16 oz)
- Scents: Trentino (Cinnamon, vanilla, clove), Granita (rosemary, grapefruit, oak), Biscotti (vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon), Pompleomo (fir, chamomile, lavender), Crema Bucca (licorice vanilla, clove, cinnamon), Saman (Pomegranate, jasmine, rose), Giardino (bergamot, black pepper, patchouli), Sorbetto (blood orange, coconut, vanilla), Boasco (pine, douglas fir, mint), Fresco (Persian lime, basil, sage), Aria (tangerine, ylang ylang, lavender)
- Ingredients: Organic coconut & non GMO soy wax, 100% unbleached cotton wide wick, Certified organic essential oils. Vegan and cruelty-free, Made with sustainably harvested, fair-trade, kosher ingredients, free of petroleum, synthetic fragrances, and chemical dyes or colourants, contains no lead
- About The Company: The founder of this company was diagnosed with breast cancer and created Sanari candles as a way to enjoy candles without harmful chemical emissions. The candles are scented with organic essential oils and 5% of retail sales are donated to the National Breast Cancer foundation.
- Cost: $30 for 8 oz
- Size: 8 oz, 13.5 oz
- Burn Time: up to 60 hours
- Ingredients: coconut + soy wax blend, essential oils
- Scents: Original, Cascadia, Recharge, Flora, Cinder, Wildwoods, Amour, Rose + Palo, Rose + Cannabis
- About The Company: Woodlot was founded in 2014 out of the founders’ home in Vancouver, Canada. Woodlot was born from a desire for natural, plant-based products which infused the best essential oils for aromatherapy.
- Cost: $34
- Size: 8 oz
- Burn Time: 60 hours
- Ingredients: 100% soy wax, 100% essential oil, cotton wick
- Scents: Orange + Clove, Midnight Garden, Grapefruit + Spearmint, Eucalyptus + Lavender, Lavender + Cedar
- About The Company: Made with clean and safe ingredients. The packing materials and boxes are recycled, recyclable and biodegradable.
- Cost: $19.88
- Size: 6 oz
- Burn Time: 40 hours
- Ingredients: 100% Coconut wax, unbleached cotton wick, real essential oils
- Scents: Mandarin Orange/Lemongrass, Lavender/Orange Blossom, Clove/Cardamom, Vanilla, Wildcrafed French Lavender, Italian Bergamot/Persian Lime, Valencia Orange, Grapefruit, Ylang Ylang/Jasmine Vanilla, Ginger/Vanilla
- About The Company: The founder of Pure Plant Home Candles developed the candle line while going through a divorce as a way to heal her children, and her daughter is one of the company founders. The company mission is to contribute to the planet in a positive way through creating products with love and light. They are committed to creating a peaceful, sustainable, happier and healthy world.
- Cost: $25
- Size: 8 oz
- Burn Time: 30-35 hours
- Ingredients: 100% Beeswax, lead-free cotton wick, pure essential oils
- Scents: Pumpkin Spice, Honey & Lavender, Christmas Tree, Peppermint Stick, Cozy Autum
- About The Company: Basic Bee Candle Co. is a small company on Etsy with 5 star reviews. The pumpkin spice candle gets rave reviews.
- Cost: $16
- Size: 8 oz
- Burn Time: up to 55 hours
- Ingredients: 100% Soy wax, cotton wick. All of our fragrance oils are phthalate-free and do not require a prop 65 warning. We choose to use fragrance oils over essential oils due to better scent throw, cost, and overall performance. 100% vegan.
- Scents: Pomander, Winter Garden, Laundry Day, Tundra, Sanctuary, Awaken, Campfire, Coffeehouse, Rare Book Room, Fields of Provence, Mountainside Cabin, Birch Forest, Speakeasy, Sanskrit, Cozy Sweater, Bayberry, Winter Solstice
- About The Company: Bookend Candle Co is a one-woman business operating out of a home basement candle studio. We offer 100% soy candles without dyes or phthalates and with cotton wicks. We stay as natural as possible without compromising quality and affordability. Each candle has been lovingly hand-poured, and each fragrance has been personally curated and blended (so please allow for small inconsistencies!). All of our products are vegan and neither we nor any of our direct vendors test on animals. We also do our best to keep our use of plastics to a minimum.
- Cost: $19 (9 oz), 36 (16 oz)
- Sizes: 9 oz and 16 oz
- Ingredients: 100% natural, vegan, non-toxic, coconut soy wax candles, phthalate + paraben free, 100 % hemp wick. Fragrance is made from natural materials extracted from natural chemicals and essential oils and are ISO 9235 certified.
- Scents: Honey + Vanilla, Cardamom + Wood, Peppermint + Cocoa, Caramel + Nutmeg, Lemon + Shea, Jasmine + Santal, Mandarin + Amber, Lotus + Ocean Pine, Cocoa Milk + Chai, Grapefruit + Peach
- About The Company: The Orchid And Ash Candles company is female-owned and curates sustainable home goods, made exclusively by small women-owned businesses.
- Cost: $20
- Size: 7.2 oz
- Burn Time: 40-50 hours
- Ingredients: 100% domestically grown soy wax, cotton core wick. Phthalate free, paraben free
- Scents: Smoky Cinnamon, Golden Coast, Sunbloom, Spruce, Amber + Moss, Pinon, Sandalwood Rose, Teakwood + Tobacco, Black Soy, Sweet Grapefruit
- About The Company: P.F. Candle Co. started as a one-woman operation in 2008 is now an entire team designing and producing candles under one roof in Southern California. As we grow, so does our commitment to sustainability, to our planet, and to our crew who makes it all happen. The entire P.F. collection is vegan, cruelty-free, and phthalate-free — always. All of our candles are made with 100% domestically-grown soy wax.
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