Natural candles are the cornerstone of many wellness regimens, whether they're there to set the ambience in a yoga class, help you focus in a meditation session, or to fill your home with relaxing scent after a hard day at work. The trouble is, many fragranced candles aren't actually all that great for our health, which is why more people are opting for more natural alternatives to their tried-and-true favorites. Before we reveal the 15 best-smelling natural candles that can scent your home safely, read up on why not all scented candles are born equal.
The Wax: Many scented candles are made from paraffin wax, a by-product of petroleum. Paraffin can release air pollutants known as toxic volatile organic compounds (VOCs) as it burns and even a low level when unlit. VOCs are the same compounds found in diesel fuel emissions and they can be detrimental to our health, especially to those with asthma.
- The Alternative: Look to vegetable wax-based candles, like soy.
The Fragrance: Add artificial fragrance into the mix and the candles can also emit soot, which which isn't great for our lungs. These man-made fragrances also let off VOCs, like formaldehyde, limonene and alcohol, which can trigger headaches, asthma attacks and dizziness.
- The Alternative: Choose candles scented with essential oils.
The Wick: Many candles contain cotton wicks with a metal core to keep them upright. But as these types of wicks burn, heavy metal particles can spread through the air and even release a small amount of lead.
- The Alternative: Sustainably sourced wood or 100% cotton wicks are smart choices.
Keep scrolling to discover the 15 candles that you can burn worry-free.
With a soy wax base, this candle is scented with a wondrous blend of saffron, black leather and oud for an intoxicating aroma that lingers. Passionfruit, apple blossom and centifolia rose give it a hint of brightness and sparkle.
Rapeseed wax and essential oils are used to make these impossibly chic candles. The glass beakers can be refilled, while the unusual-looking wick is made from FSC-certified wood, meaning it's sustainably sourced.
Inspired by the rock-strewn coastline of Sicily, this candle is scented with natural aromas of salt, seaweed and green, resinous, galbanum. Hand-poured and comprised of coconut wax, the candles are housed in a reusable glass beaker that you can return to be refilled.
Is this the world's most famous candle right now? The one that smells like Gwyneth Paltrow's nether regions (which is, by the way, a blend of geranium, bergamot, and cedar absolutes with Damask rose and ambrette seed) is back in stock. But it's not just famous—it's natural too. Committed to making non-toxic candles, here is a list of ingredients you will never find in Heretic's products.
This soy-based candle packed is housed in a beautiful hand-blown reusable glass jar and made with essential oils and a 100% cotton wick. Inspired by a sommelier's wine cellar, this features aromas of pomegranate, cherry, smoky vetiver and lemongrass.
Proudly uplifting, this beautiful zesty candle is scented with essential oils of Italian bergamot, grapefruit and peppermint. Comprised of American-grown soy wax and a cotton wick, you can breathe easy with this in your home.
Inspired by Santorini's lush and earthy fig trees, this fruity candle is anchored with warming notes of sandalwood and amber. The soy wax and cotton wicks give a slow, even burn that lasts up to 70 hours.
With a seriously relaxing blend of scents—white tea, fresh fig leaf, basil and a touch of lavender—this cool-looking candle is natural too. The base is made from hand-poured sustainable vegetable waxes (hydrogenated soy oil, coconut oil and cottonseed oil) and the wick is 100% cotton.
To help induce sleepy vibes, this aromatherapy candle contains chamomile, sweet orange and lavender. And, as expected, it's made from soy wax, cotton wicks and essential oils only.
Made with natural oils, beeswax and coconut wax, Boy Smells candles are as clean as they are chic. Coin is an addictive blend of copper, rust, moss, saffron and tobacco.
These vegan, hand-poured soy wax candles from jewelry brand Catbird are free of additives, dyes, phthalates and oil-based petroleum products. With the heady aroma of smoke, leather and tobacco flower, this creates a cozy atmosphere in any home.
The ultimate wellness addition, this crystal-infused candle is perfect for a relaxing bathroom or bedroom setting. The recyclable glass jar contains a blend of coconut wax and essential oils along, with a cotton wick. The wax is topped with a clear quartz crystal and blue kyanite, which are thought to ward off negative energy. The scent evokes the aroma of the sea with fig, green moss, santal, oud, sea salt and driftwood.
A perfect addition to your wellness routine, this candle is pregnancy safe and sustainable (you can use the vessel as a planter or brush pot once the soy wax has melted away). The non-toxic scent mingles notes like lemon and lilac with vetiver and amber.