Candles are a fantastic way to change the energy in your home. A spicy, energizing scent can put a boost to your step. While a calming scent like lavender can create a relaxing mood. There is really an endless array of scent options out there. But just what are most candles made of? And are they harmful to our environment or health?
Most candles are made from paraffin wax (also called mineral wax), which is a derivative of petroleum. Petroleum is a fossil fuel, and demand for products made with fossil fuels are a major driver in global warming. Not only is paraffin bad for the environment, it could also have a negative impact on your health.
Paraffin wax emits carbon monoxide into your home. Breathing in carbon monoxide is dangerous. Carbon monoxide poisoning from candles is very unlikely, but that doesn’t mean it is completely safe to burn these candles.
If you are a candle or candle scent lover, you don’t have to forego your love due to carbon monoxide. Instead, all you need to do is choose an eco-friendly candle that won’t be harmful to your home, health, or the environment. Read below for our top 10 picks for eco-friendly candles that every candle and scent lover is sure to love!
Soy wax is a great eco-friendly alternative to paraffin. Paddywax’s Eco Collection soy wax blend candles are made with natural ingredients. They are hand-poured into recycled vessels like wine bottles. The labels are easy to remove, so you can reuse the candle vessel after the candle has burned out. The wicks are made from pure cotton, and the fragrances are added using natural ingredients and scents like bergamot, eucalyptus, lavender, sage, and rosewood. Paddywax candles burn for up to 60 hours.
Beeswax is another great alternative to paraffin. Natural beeswax is a sustainable byproduct of processing honey and honeycomb. It has a light honey fragrance that is soothing and melds well with other scents. Hyoola Beeswax Taper Candles are a lovely way to add soft light and fragrance to your home without the risk of carbon monoxide or obnoxious artificial fragrances. Hyoola taper candles burn for approximately five hours.
Eco Candle Co. is an artisan candle company offering sustainable and environmentally friendly options for home décor. Eco Candle Co. candles are made from 100% soy wax with light scents designed to be pleasant and not overpowering. All of the scents are created using essential oils and natural ingredients. Their candles are poured into recycled glass vessels that can be further reused after your candle has burned out. All glassware and packaging is made in the United States, including the wax! Each 60z candle burns for approximately 40 hours.
Candle lovers and party planners alike will appreciate the thought and creativity of Papyrus brand candles. These eco-friendly birthday candles are fun and colorful without any harmful ingredients. Papyrus Eco-Friendly Birthday Candles are made from a blend of beeswax and palm oil, which have been sustainably sourced. The packaging is made from 70% recycled paper and is printed with soy ink. All candles are lead-free.
For a truly eco-friendly birthday candle, DEYBBY Beeswax Birthday Candles are a great way to celebrate. These handmade beeswax candles are safe for use on cakes, at home, or for any celebration. The candles are dripless and smokeless, and beeswax naturally helps purify the air. We love beeswax candles for the light honey scent that never overpowers the senses. DEYBBY birthday candles come in a variety of colors and shapes, so you can truly customize your event or décor.
Hyoola makes our list again with their organic, vegan, 100% sustainable tealight candles. The Hyoola Pure Tealight Candles are eco-friendly and friendly to your health and environment. Made from pure 100% natural rapeseed canola wax, these candles contain no scent, dyes, fragrances, palm oil, paraffin, or soy. These candles are poured into a small plastic holder that is made from 100% recycled materials. These smokeless candles are perfect for use at home, outdoors, as decoration, during parties, or as bathtime candles.
ATMOSVU offers a truly unique candle experience with their ATMOSVU Black Reusable Candle and Holder. The lovely black candle holder is made from metal, and includes a lid for safety. ATMOSVU offers a variety of refillable candle inserts that fit snugly into the holder so you can reuse it over and over again. All of their candles are made from soy wax and are 100% cruelty-free and vegan. Their 3-wick candles burn for up to 60 hours. Refilling the holder is a smart, sustainable, and affordable way to reduce waste and support the environment.
If you are a scrumptious candle scent lover, then the Eco Candle Co. Tealight Cupcake Candles are perfect for your home or office. These candles are made from 100% soy wax, and are poured into plastic cups made from recycled materials. The tealights offer a light fragrance of warm yellow cupcakes with creamy vanilla frosting. If cupcake isn’t your preferred scent, try one of their other scents like Vanilla Grapefruit or Verbena Basil. All Eco Candle Co. candles are made from natural materials and burn for up to nine hours each.
DEYBBY makes our list of top eco-friendly candles again, this time for their taper candles. These 12-inch long taper candles are made from 100% beeswax. These candles are perfect for home décor or a centerpiece. They are smokeless, dripless, and offer up to nine hours of burn-time. DEYBBY Natural Beeswax Taper Candles contain no artificial materials, metals, or lead. The light fragrance of natural honey is pleasant and calming, and helps purify the air in your home.
Pet House is a well-known brand for pet-odor eliminating products. Their Pet House One Fur All Candle is a great options for homes with pets and candle lovers. All of their candles are made with natural soy wax, which is a renewable, eco-friendly resource. Their candles contain no dyes, paraffin, parabens, phthalates, or formaldehyde. Pet parents love these candles because they eliminate odors and enhance the energy and mood of your home without fear of harsh chemicals or fragrance. These candles are designed to be safe and healthy for you and your family – including your pets.
At Tutu’s Green World, we love candles. We hope that you have been inspired by our list of eco-friendly candles. Candles are a great addition to our homes and offices. However, harsh chemicals and fragrances found in many candles are overwhelming and create the opposite of a great environment. Fortunately, there are great alternatives to conventional candles. Eco-friendly candles made from sustainable and renewable resources can provide the style and gentle fragrance that you long for, without any harsh ingredients.
The holiday season is upon us, and it's time to sprinkle some festive cheer around our homes. But wait, let's jingle all the way in an eco-friendly style this year! Swapping out the usual tinsel and baubles for sustainable holiday decorations is not only kind to Mother Earth but also heaps of fun. Here are some merry and bright ideas for decking your halls sustainably!