Guide to Finding The Best Non-Toxic Candles

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There are so many candles on the market that claim to be non-toxic, but how can you tell if they’re actually non-toxic? Three of the biggest things to pay attention to are the type of wax, fragrance source + wick material.

What's in a candle?

So, there are a few different components that go into a candle. The first is wax, which is the fuel for your candle. The second is the wick, which acts as the flame source and must be able to withstand high temperatures. Then there's fragrance—this can be an essential oil, natural fragrance or synthetic scent made from chemicals (more on that later).

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Are you being greenwashed?

Greenwashing is the practice of misleading consumers about the environmental or safety practices of a company or organization by making statements that are deceptive or even false. It's also referred to as eco-greening, ethical washing, sustainable washing, social responsibility spin and "we're good people" marketing.

In other words: greenwashing is when companies make misleading claims about how sustainable they are to sell their products. This can be done by making false claims about the product itself (hiding ingredients in order to pass off cheap ingredients as expensive ones), its production process (claiming that GMOs were not used in making this product) or its packaging (by only using recycled materials without disclosing where those recycled materials came from).

In most cases, it involves using buzzwords like “natural” or “pure” when talking about products that really aren't as green as advertised; however, there have been instances where companies have gone so far as claiming their products contain no petroleum whatsoever when it really does!

It's important to note here that not all companies who market themselves as environmentally friendly are actually being honest about their practices – many just use buzzwords without having any actual connection between what they claim and reality.

Unless the company is transparent about all the ingredients in a product, you can’t know for sure what’s in it and whether its natural. When ingredients are public, organizations like EWG (Environmental Working Group) can analyze the ingredients and verify that it is safe. It seems (and is often true) that companies who won’t share this information may have something to hide.

The basics of wicks

Wondering what a wick is and how it works? A candle's wick is the material that keeps your flame burning. The most common materials used as a candle's wicks are cotton and linen, but some manufacturers also use plant-based fibers like hemp or jute.

The purpose of a wick is simple: it acts as a bridge between the flame and the wax or oil inside the candle. When you light your candle, the flame heats up the wick until it becomes hot enough to light the wax or oil inside the candle. Once this happens, the fuel burns down through the wick into your candle and creates light while also releasing fragrance into your home.

Our candles are made using lead-free, unbleached, cotton wicks that are a great, safe option!

See more: What's In Our Candles

Types of Waxes

The best way to know what type of wax your candle is made from is by reading its ingredients list. If the first ingredient listed is paraffin or petroleum distillate, put it back on the shelf and keep looking! Paraffin has been linked with cancer, while petroleum distillates are just as harmful—they are derived from crude oil which means they contain carcinogens like benzene, xylene, and toluene.

Whichever wax you choose, it should be labeled as "100% pure" or "100% natural" (and not as part of a blend). Always avoid candles that list any added ingredients in their description—these could include chemical fragrances or dyes!

Soy Wax

Soy wax is a byproduct of soybean oil, which means it's renewable, biodegradable, and burns longer than paraffin does. If you're looking for an alternative to paraffin candles that still burns cleanly without toxic chemicals, soy wax might be the best bet for you!

What about coconut wax?

If you're looking for a non-toxic candle that's made from renewable resources, coconut wax is a great way to go. It's made from the fruit and husk of coconuts, which are harvested from trees (not palm trees). Coconut wax is considered a sustainable resource because it doesn't need to be replaced as much as other resources might need replacement.

What to look for in Fragrance

Next, check out whether or not the fragrance is natural. The majority of candle fragrances come from synthetic chemicals like phthalates which are used to make scents last longer. Natural fragrances tend to be derived from plants whereas synthetic fragrances have been created in a lab with chemical ingredients like phthalates which have been linked to hormone disruption in both men and women.

Many candles, even the ones labeled as "natural" or "non-toxic," still contain fragrance, which is often made from chemicals that are potentially harmful to your health. Fragrances have been linked to allergies and asthma (as well as other respiratory conditions), cancer, skin irritation and headaches.

See More: What's the Fragrance Loophole?

Essential Oils in Candles

If you're looking for candles that are non-toxic, you've probably come across the term "made with essential oils." Essential oils are extracted from plants or flowers, and they give a candle its smell.

But just because a candle has essential oils in it doesn't mean it's safe! Some companies use pure essential oils in their candles, but others mix them with other chemicals to make them stronger or cheaper- this usually means 1% essential oils and 99% synthetic petrochemicals!

Your best bet is to look for brands that disclose all of their ingredients, including what makes up their 'fragrance'!

See More: What's the Difference Between Plant Extracts & Essential Oils?

Plant-based candles are a safer bet

If you're looking for a safe, non-toxic candle that won't harm your health or the environment, plant-based candles are a better bet. Plant-based candles are made with either soy wax or coconut wax. These types of waxes come from plants and are 100% plant-based, whereas paraffin is petroleum-based. Plant-based candles also burn cleaner than paraffin candles, which means they produce less soot—soot that can irritate your lungs and cause respiratory problems if you breathe it in regularly (especially if you have asthma).

So if you want to avoid artificial fragrances and still get to enjoy the warm glow and light of a candle without worrying about any potential health risks associated with burning it down—100% plant-based candles may be the way to go!

Here are some of our Best Selling, Eco-Friendly & Toxin Free Candles

1. Lavender Blossom Candle

A relaxing candle with notes of lavender, peony and citrus you can add to your routine with peace of mind.

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    2. Bamboo Candle

    A fresh and spa-like with notes of green foliage, citrus and pink peppercorn.

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      3. Sea Salt Neroli Candle

      This best-selling scent will whisk you away to a seaside retreat with tropical orange blossom, fresh herbs and Himalayan sea salt.

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      4. Coastal Tide Candle

      Smells like the perfect oceanside oasis with notes of marine and citrus ozone mingling with aloe and sandalwood.


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