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5 best eco-friendly candles

5 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.

5 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. SoyLites

Made from the highest quality products, SoyLites aromatherapy body candles are vegan friendly and free of hidden additives such as chemicals, preservatives or petroleum derivatives. Endorsed by Beauty Without Cruelty, SoyLites don’t use any raw materials that contribute to the deforestation of the Amazon and their soy is guaranteed to contain no genetically modified materials. As an added bonus, their environmentally friendly candles can also be used as a moisturiser as the warm oil from the burning candle is filled with Vitamin E and lecithin.

2. Soul + Space Palo Santo Soy Wax Candle

Hand poured in micro batches in Cape Town, Soul + Space candles are made with GMO- free soy wax and sustainably harvested Palo Santo oil. Native to Peru, Ecuador, and other South American countries, Palo Santo means “holy wood.” For thousands of years, the wood, resin, and oil have been used to treat pain, anxiety and stress. It’s also said to clear negative energy. When melted, the warm wax can also be used as a body oil. Using recyclable and reusable containers, Soul + Space candles use 100% plastic-free packaging and are vegan friendly.

3. With Love

Hand crafted and made with undiluted locally sourced pure beeswax, With Love uses pure cotton wicks and certified organic essential oils for their candles. On top of creating a range of beautiful candles that contain no paraffin or harsh chemicals, With Love also donates a portion of their sales to a relief project to help orphaned and vulnerable children.

4. Africology

Along with delicious fragrances including rose, vanilla, sandalwood and neroli, Africology’s candle range includes a candle for each chakra. Incorporate these into your meditation practice, or light one when you’re feeling unbalanced and in need of a chakra alignment. Free from all harmful ingredients, Africology uses only natural and organic ingredients, and their formulations contain no harsh chemicals. They are also cruelty-free and strongly against animal testing – choosing to test their products on humans instead of animals.

5. Sacred Roots

Free of artificial fragrances, colours and harsh chemical additives, the Sacred Roots product range is inspired by nature and uses sustainably sourced woods, oils and resins. Their Intention Candles are made from organic soy wax and come in four varieties – Cleanse, Abundance, Healing and Love. Filled with ingredients like organic sage, juniper, cedarwood and rosewood, these candles make the perfect gift for someone special in your life. Or you can pick an intention and gift one to yourself.

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. SoyLites

Made from the highest quality products, SoyLites aromatherapy body candles are vegan friendly and free of hidden additives such as chemicals, preservatives or petroleum derivatives. Endorsed by Beauty Without Cruelty, SoyLites don’t use any raw materials that contribute to the deforestation of the Amazon and their soy is guaranteed to contain no genetically modified materials. As an added bonus, their environmentally friendly candles can also be used as a moisturiser as the warm oil from the burning candle is filled with Vitamin E and lecithin.

2. Soul + Space Palo Santo Soy Wax Candle

Hand poured in micro batches in Cape Town, Soul + Space candles are made with GMO- free soy wax and sustainably harvested Palo Santo oil. Native to Peru, Ecuador, and other South American countries, Palo Santo means “holy wood.” For thousands of years, the wood, resin, and oil have been used to treat pain, anxiety and stress. It’s also said to clear negative energy. When melted, the warm wax can also be used as a body oil. Using recyclable and reusable containers, Soul + Space candles use 100% plastic-free packaging and are vegan friendly.

3. With Love

Hand crafted and made with undiluted locally sourced pure beeswax, With Love uses pure cotton wicks and certified organic essential oils for their candles. On top of creating a range of beautiful candles that contain no paraffin or harsh chemicals, With Love also donates a portion of their sales to a relief project to help orphaned and vulnerable children.

4. Africology

Along with delicious fragrances including rose, vanilla, sandalwood and neroli, Africology’s candle range includes a candle for each chakra. Incorporate these into your meditation practice, or light one when you’re feeling unbalanced and in need of a chakra alignment. Free from all harmful ingredients, Africology uses only natural and organic ingredients, and their formulations contain no harsh chemicals. They are also cruelty-free and strongly against animal testing – choosing to test their products on humans instead of animals.

5. Sacred Roots

Free of artificial fragrances, colours and harsh chemical additives, the Sacred Roots product range is inspired by nature and uses sustainably sourced woods, oils and resins. Their Intention Candles are made from organic soy wax and come in four varieties – Cleanse, Abundance, Healing and Love. Filled with ingredients like organic sage, juniper, cedarwood and rosewood, these candles make the perfect gift for someone special in your life. Or you can pick an intention and gift one to yourself.

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