11 Of The Best Non-Toxic Candle Brands

Burning paraffin wax candles can pollute indoor air – switch to non-toxic candles and cozy up to cleaner air. From morning fog to pumpkin spice to fields of lavender, we rounded up 11 non-toxic candle brands that create the perfect atmosphere in your home without emitting 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 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)

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. We’ve found 11 brands of non-toxic candles that give you all the cozy feels without the harmful chemicals.

12 Brands of Non-Toxic Candles

Wild Beautiful Free Candles

  • 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.
Wild Beautiful Free Candle

United by Blue Candles

  • Cost: $29.99
  • Size: 8.5 oz
  • Burn time: 40 hours
  • Ingredients: 100% GMO Free Soy Wax, Cotton wick, Scented with small batch essential oils
  • Scents: Mountain Peak, Sandalwood, Tioga Woods, Morning Fog, Log Cabin, Surf
  • About The Company: United by Blue is a certified B Corporation, United by Blue removes 1 pound of trash from our oceans and waterways for every product sold.
United by Blue Candle

Sanari Candles

  • 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.
Sanari Candle

Slow North Tumbler Candle

  • 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: All home goods, whether luxury or necessity, should be made with clean and safe ingredients. Our packing materials and boxes are recycled, recyclable and biodegradable. From our Made in USA glass to the renewable, natural resources we choose for our ingredients, we are continually seeking ways to lighten our impact.

Heretic Candles

  • Cost: $68
  • Size: 10.5 oz
  • Burn time: 40 hours
  • Ingredients: 100% pure soy wax, lead-free wick made from 100% organic cotton. 100% naturally derived fragrance, no synthetics.
  • Scents: Dirty Gingerbread, Dirty Vanilla, Dirty Grass, Dirty Fig, Slightly Bitter
  • About The Company: With a passion for plants, the founder of Heretic Candles created non-gendered fragrances that are free from synthetics, vegan, and never tested on animals. I recently received a sample of Dirty Vanilla perfume, and Jeremy loves the smell. It is very unique and has a certain depth of scent that is hard to describe, kind of like food with an umami element. I’d love to smell the dirty gingerbread candle.
Heretic Dirty Vanilla Candle

Pure Plant Home Candles

  • 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.
Pure Plant Home Candle

Basic Bee Candle Co.

  • 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.
Basic Bee Candle Co. Pumpkin Spice Candle

Follian Candles

  • Cost: $38
  • Size: 10 oz
  • Ingredients: Hydrogenated Soy Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut Oil), Cotton Seed Oil, Essential Oil Blend for Scent
  • Scents: No. 1 (lavender, bergamot, sandalwood, and vanilla), No. 2 (white tea, lavender, fig leaf, basil)
  • About The Company: Follain sets the standard and curates the products that are the best for you—and work the best, too. We worry about what’s in our products, so you don’t have to.
Follian Candle

Bookend Candle Co

  • 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.
Bookend Mountainside Cabin

Orchid And Ash Candles

  • 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.
Orchid & Ash Candles

P.F. Candle Co.

  • 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.
P.F. Candle Co. Amber & Moss

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