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6 best eco-friendly candles

6 best eco-friendly candles

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There’s a growing number of brands offering sustainable candles that don’t use toxic ingredients that harm the environment.

There’s a growing number of brands offering sustainable candles that don’t use toxic ingredients that harm the environment.

6 best eco-friendly candles
There’s something so magical about candles. Within seconds of lighting the wick, a sweet aroma tickles our nose and begins to envelop us in a cloud of tranquility. It’s no wonder these enchanting little jars are an essential part of our self-care rituals – and considering the past year we’ve all had; self-care has never been more important.

That’s why we’re here to tell you not all candles are made equally. What many people don’t know is most conventional candles are produced with lead wicks and paraffin wax (a petroleum byproduct). When burned they release highly toxic chemicals and heavy metals into our air, making them harmful to us and the environment.

The good news is there’s a growing number of brands offering safe and sustainable wax alternatives, so we’ve compiled a list of our favorite eco-friendly and non-toxic candles you can burn guilt free!

1. Hyggelight

These candles are the gift that keeps on growing. Literally. What starts out as a luxurious scented candle transforms into a beautiful pot of wildflowers. Each candle is hand poured in a reusable planter with seeds embedded in the label. Once the wax is gone, just add some soil, plant the label and watch your buds bloom! The candle itself is made from 100% soy wax with lead-free cotton wicks, and contains no additives, phthalates, or parabens.  

2. Get a Whiff Co.

Who doesn’t love curling up to the sounds of a crackling, cozy fire? Thankfully the good humans at Get a Whiff Co. agree because they’ve found a way to bottle this feeling and deliver it in the form of a beautifully crafted candle. Made from coconut wax and wood wicks that crackle as they burn. They offer a wide variety of scents, so pick your favorite and let these candles take you to your happy place!

3. Holistic London

Holistic candles are hand made with only two natural ingredients: organic essential oils and renewable, eco-friendly soy wax. As a result, they are plant-based, vegan, and cruelty-free. In other words, completely clean. The packaging is recyclable and their secondary packaging is also focussed on reducing waste (it's not entirely waste-free just yet). The brand only creates small batches by hand in their London studio.

4. Aerende

These candles are made from rapeseed wax which is a heavily regulated and non-GMO crop in Europe and traceable essential oils. They are handmade in Wales and each candle gives hours of employment to adults with learning disabilities. The packaging is made from recycled coffee cups, the wicks made from non-toxic linen and the vessels are made with clear glass for easier recycling (although they do encourage reusing the glass instead!) What more could you really ask for?

5. Nakendle

This small UK based business creates coconut and rapeseed wax candles with all natural scents. Each candle comes in a handmade ceramic pot and a handstamped cotton bag, encouraging these products to be reused. The packaging for shipping is biodegradable or recyclable. Nakendle also offers tea lights with reusable glass cups to avoid the standard foil cups and refill candle packs for these cups. An added bonus is they offer unscented candles too.

6. WXY

This small Cheshire based business has a very clear message which is, “cleaner.better.fairer”. This translates into their soy wax candles that are all hand poured and do not contain any animal derived materials. The packaging is all recyclable and plastic is avoided, the candle is packaged just enough to arrive safe and looking good. This brand offers you luxury scents with fair and realistic pricing.

There’s something so magical about candles. Within seconds of lighting the wick, a sweet aroma tickles our nose and begins to envelop us in a cloud of tranquility. It’s no wonder these enchanting little jars are an essential part of our self-care rituals – and considering the past year we’ve all had; self-care has never been more important.

That’s why we’re here to tell you not all candles are made equally. What many people don’t know is most conventional candles are produced with lead wicks and paraffin wax (a petroleum byproduct). When burned they release highly toxic chemicals and heavy metals into our air, making them harmful to us and the environment.

The good news is there’s a growing number of brands offering safe and sustainable wax alternatives, so we’ve compiled a list of our favorite eco-friendly and non-toxic candles you can burn guilt free!

1. Hyggelight

These candles are the gift that keeps on growing. Literally. What starts out as a luxurious scented candle transforms into a beautiful pot of wildflowers. Each candle is hand poured in a reusable planter with seeds embedded in the label. Once the wax is gone, just add some soil, plant the label and watch your buds bloom! The candle itself is made from 100% soy wax with lead-free cotton wicks, and contains no additives, phthalates, or parabens.  

2. Get a Whiff Co.

Who doesn’t love curling up to the sounds of a crackling, cozy fire? Thankfully the good humans at Get a Whiff Co. agree because they’ve found a way to bottle this feeling and deliver it in the form of a beautifully crafted candle. Made from coconut wax and wood wicks that crackle as they burn. They offer a wide variety of scents, so pick your favorite and let these candles take you to your happy place!

3. Holistic London

Holistic candles are hand made with only two natural ingredients: organic essential oils and renewable, eco-friendly soy wax. As a result, they are plant-based, vegan, and cruelty-free. In other words, completely clean. The packaging is recyclable and their secondary packaging is also focussed on reducing waste (it's not entirely waste-free just yet). The brand only creates small batches by hand in their London studio.

4. Aerende

These candles are made from rapeseed wax which is a heavily regulated and non-GMO crop in Europe and traceable essential oils. They are handmade in Wales and each candle gives hours of employment to adults with learning disabilities. The packaging is made from recycled coffee cups, the wicks made from non-toxic linen and the vessels are made with clear glass for easier recycling (although they do encourage reusing the glass instead!) What more could you really ask for?

5. Nakendle

This small UK based business creates coconut and rapeseed wax candles with all natural scents. Each candle comes in a handmade ceramic pot and a handstamped cotton bag, encouraging these products to be reused. The packaging for shipping is biodegradable or recyclable. Nakendle also offers tea lights with reusable glass cups to avoid the standard foil cups and refill candle packs for these cups. An added bonus is they offer unscented candles too.

6. WXY

This small Cheshire based business has a very clear message which is, “cleaner.better.fairer”. This translates into their soy wax candles that are all hand poured and do not contain any animal derived materials. The packaging is all recyclable and plastic is avoided, the candle is packaged just enough to arrive safe and looking good. This brand offers you luxury scents with fair and realistic pricing.

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