Traditional candles–particularly the scented ones–can often leave you with a headache or your bookcase covered in soot. This is not exactly the relaxing environment you’re looking for. So we researched materials and pored through Amazon reviews and came to the conclusion that the best candles for you and your home are non-toxic and free from paraffin, phthalates, and lead. These candles are often soy- or beeswax-based and scented with all-natural essential oils.
We kept all of this in mind as we hand-picked the best non-toxic candles on the market! Discover why Old Factory's Scented Candles were our favorite, and explore other options using our handy buying guide at the end. Also, check out our tip on how to best use your candle at the very bottom of this article!
Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day
Pure Integrity Soy Candles
Little Bee of Connecticut
Pet House Candle
Premium Soy Scented Candle
Scented Soy Candle
Strong Scented Candle
Hand-Rolled Beeswax Candle
Tea Light Candles
Luxury Scented Soy Jar Candle
Premium Scented Candle
100% Natural Soy Wax Candle
Our Number One Pick! Best for Those Who Don’t Normally Like Scented Candles
Great for Small Spaces, from a Company with a Conscience
A Clean, Simple, and No-Frills Candle
Best Strongly Scented, All-Natural Candle
Create a Warm, Atmospheric Glow That Lasts
Sustainable Tea Lights with No Toxins
A Long-Lasting and Compact Candle
Best Long-Burning, Strong-Scented Candle
A Universally Loved Scent in a Soy Candle
A Candle for Deodorizing Your Home
|Wax||Soy||Soy||Soy, cottonseed, and vegetable wax blend||Soy||Beeswax||Palm wax||Soy||Soy||Soy||Soy|
|Available scents||11 sets of 3 scents each||Hibiscus Palmwood, Orange Blossom Lotus, Tudor Rose & Amber||Basil, Lavender, Lemon Verbena, Geranium, Honeysuckle||7 scents||–||–||21 scents||27 scents||Amber Bergamot, Sage Vanilla||21 scents|
|Burn time||30 hours each||45+ hours||25 hours||75 hours||80 hours||4 hours each||50 hours||110+ hours||30 hours||60 hours|
※These rankings were decided based on user reviews and popular rank lists from Amazon gathered on July 3rd.
|Available scents||11 sets of 3 scents each|
|Burn time||30 hours each|
Hibiscus & Palmwood
|Available scents||Hibiscus Palmwood, Orange Blossom Lotus, Tudor Rose & Amber|
|Burn time||45+ hours|
|Wax||Soy, cottonseed, and vegetable wax blend|
|Available scents||Basil, Lavender, Lemon Verbena, Geranium, Honeysuckle|
|Burn time||25 hours|
Vanilla Almond Soy
|Available scents||7 scents|
|Burn time||75 hours|
|Burn time||80 hours|
|Burn time||4 hours each|
Fresh Linen, 6 oz.
|Available scents||21 scents|
|Burn time||50 hours|
|Available scents||27 scents|
|Burn time||110+ hours|
|Available scents||Amber Bergamot, Sage Vanilla|
|Burn time||30 hours|
Lavender Green Tea
|Available scents||21 scents|
|Burn time||60 hours|
Points to Consider:
The most common ingredient used to make candle wax is paraffin. Paraffin is a petroleum byproduct that creates carcinogenic compounds like benzene and toluene when burned—the same toxins found in diesel fuel fumes, actually.
Have you ever gone into a soap store and walked out with a headache from the smell? That’s because artificial fragrances are full of chemicals called phthalates. Phthalates can cause a wide range of health issues from headaches and dizziness to respiratory issues and potentially cancer.
Believe it or not, there’s actually a right way to light and use a candle, and doing so properly can extend its life and give you a better experience. First, before you light your candle, always be sure to trim the wick to about 1/8 of an inch long. This will give you a cleaner, brighter burn and help to control the flame.
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Scented candles can provide you with a calming, atmospheric glow—so long as they’re not pumping toxins into the air. Just remember to look for clear, transparent labeling and you should be good to go.
Author: Jacqueline Oshiro
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