10 Non-Toxic Candles You’ll Feel Good About Stocking up On

published Aug 13, 2020
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Fact: Candles make everything better, especially now that fall is approaching. The only problem? Many of them are made with not-so-great stuff, like phthalates, lead, paraffin wax, and other harmful chemicals and toxins. While many candle brands are making the switch to better ingredients, there are a few that stand out for being truly committed to producing non-toxic candles, as well as focusing on sustainability and organic materials. Check out the top 10 candles you can feel good about buying, even if you don’t really need another candle in your collection.

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P.F. Candle Co.

For minimal, West Coast-inspired scents, head over to P. F. Candle Co. Every single product from this Los Angeles-based fragrance company is vegan, cruelty-free, and phthalate-free, and the amber jars can easily be reused when the candle is done. While it's hard to choose a favorite, the Teakwood & Tobacco candle is one of the OG scents and has quite the cult following. Dubbed the "boyfriend candle," it's perfect if you prefer a more masculine scent.

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You might know Follain for their clean beauty products, but they’ve also got a few standout non-toxic candles in their inventory to check out. The No. 1 candle, scented with lavender, bergamot, sandalwood, and vanilla, is a delightfully light scent that'll add some breeziness to your space. It's made from sustainable vegetable wax, has an all-cotton wick, and contains zero harmful ingredients. In fact, you can see Follain's list of restricted ingredients here.

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Brooklyn Candle Studio

For dreamy scents that will teleport you to spaces outside your apartment, check out Brooklyn Candle Studio. These vegan, cruelty-free, phthalate-free, and petroleum-free candles made of sustainable soy wax are hand-poured and meticulously crafted. The Sweet Fig candle has an earthy scent that's perfect for creating your own at-home yoga or meditation setup.

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KSM Candle Co.

This Baltimore-based candle shop sells all kinds of soy candles and other fragrances, and all candles are individually made and poured at the time of purchase to ensure freshness. There are over 30 scents to choose from, although take note that many are sold out right now. And if you want to have some fun, join their Candle of the Month Club, or sign up for a virtual candle making workshop!

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Thrive Market

While some non-toxic candles can be pricey, the Lavender candle from Pure Plant Home is a great affordable option. This vegan, GMO-free candle is hand-poured with a blend of sustainably-sourced coconut wax and real essential oils, and you can't beat that $8 price tag. Lavender is a super calming scent that will help create a soothing environment (and who couldn't use that right now?).

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Crafted in Ypsilanti, Michigan, the candles in the Bookend Candles shop are 100 percent soy, produced from soybeans grown in the U.S. With their cotton wicks and phthalate-free fragrances, these candles burn super clean and are non-toxic. The Desert Bloom scent is not only affordable, but it will add notes of cactus flower, jade leaf, and patchouli to your home—perfect for a boho vibe.

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Herbivore Botanicals

For a zesty, fresh aroma that'll transport you to the mountains of Northern Italy, you need this Lite + Cycle candle. It's made without paraffin, dyes, lead, animal by-products, or synthetic fragrances, and the refreshing aroma of bergamot and grapefruit will create an energizing feel in your home. Honestly, this candle will keep the summer vibes going all year long!

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Lomar Farms

Calling all bee lovers! If you believe in the benefits of honey and beeswax, you’ve got to check out Lomar Farms. The brand sells both scented candles and beeswax candles, ensuring you'll find exactly what you’re looking for—while helping save the bees! The Blood Orange candle is made with beeswax, coconut oil, and shea butter, and produces a blend of orange and honey aromas.

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Ellis Brooklyn was born out of the need for non-toxic products for people who love fine luxury fragrances. These paraben and phthalate-free creations are artisanal, small-batch, and made with natural formulas in upstate New York, and can be found at Nordstrom. The Fable candle blends dewy violet, petitgrain, honeysuckle, amber, and cedarwood for a cozy fragrance you'll want to light every evening.

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Another Brooklyn-based luxury candle brand you need to know about is MALIN+GOETZ. Their candles are created from an earth-friendly blend of beeswax, vegetable, and soy waxes, and last 60 whole hours. The Otto candle is a modern upgrade to the classic floral scent, with notes of cardamom, black pepper, peony, rose, and musk that'll keep your home always smelling fresh.