Lighting a candle is a an instant way to shift the mood and vibe of your home. And now that we’re heading into fall, there’s no reason not to stock up on feel-good candles.
While candles make for a great way to bring a distinct scent to your living space, the dirty truth is that scented candles can be one of the most irritating and toxic items in your home. Yes – getting quality candles does in fact matter, even more so if you’re prone to asthma, allergies, autoimmune disorders, and especially if you have pets living in your home.
So what should you look for/look out for when candle shopping? Here’s the top three things to check:
One of the biggest issues with candles is toxic wax. Paraffin—a petroleum byproduct—releases carcinogenic soot into the air when burned. The worst part? Many brands that claim they’re made from either soy or beeswax (both safe), but they actually use a mix of the two. So make sure to look for “100%” on the label and opt for ingredients with 100% organic, sustainable, or soy/ beeswax-based when possible. If you can’t find it on the label, check the website’s FAQ’s – if they’re not transparent, good chance it’s got something toxic in it.
Wicks Non-Toxic Candles
Usually found in older candles, many wicks contain heavy metals that leak into the surrounding air when lit. The manufacturing of these wicks were banned in back in 2003, but many of these candles are still around today – so its always best to double-check before purchasing. Look for wicks that are 100% cotton or made of wood. This will help prevent ashy, sooty residue inside the candle walls.
Many potent-smelling candles (like most conventional perfumes) contain numerous endocrine disruptors. In a report from the Environmental Protection Agency on candle and incense indoor air pollution, the research showed high traces of lead and formaldehyde above the cancer-causing thresholds, in addition to. many other chemicals in candles that are harmful to health.
Luck for us, there’s plenty of high-quality, clean candles that won’t add to your home’s air pollution levels. Here’s a what to look for when getting your next candle, and a few of our personal faves. non-toxic candles
- Woody, earthy fragrance
- Coconut and beeswax blend
- Free of Sulfates and Phthalates
SHOP BOY SMELLS
Middle: date, tobacco leaf
Base: tobacco, leather, smoke, incense, musk
- Phthalate-free, non-toxic & clean ingredients
- Cotton wick
- Sustainably-sourced soy wax
- Female-owned and operated company
- Made in USA
SHOP BOHÉME FRAGRANCES
Brooklyn Candle Studio
Santal Minimalistic Candle
Top: Hinoki Cypress
Middle: Cedar, pine
Bottom: Vetiver, sandalwood
- The company uses 100% soy wax derived from American-grown soy beans.
- Made with a lead-free cotton core wicks.
- A blend of the purest essential oils and phthalate-free perfume oils are used for scent.
- All candles are preservative and petroleum-free and 100% vegan.
SHOP BROOKLYN CANDLE STUDIO
use code THEHIVE for a discount
C.01 – Smoked Hemp Flower Candle
green fir needle, soothing hemp flower, and smokey lilac
- 100% natural oils, soy wax, cotton wick
- A soothing and long-lasting scent
- Non-toxic & pregnancy-safe
Maison Louis Marie
No.04 Bois de Balincourt Candle
Sandalwood, Vetiver, Amber Wood
- Paraben & sulfate-free, vegan
- Uses soy wax & cotton wick
- The company doesn’t use any toxic coating on our papers, utilizes soy ink and avoids using shiny foils or other toxic ink treatments.
- Formulated in Downtown Los Angeles.
SHOP MAISON LOUIS MARIE
Secret Genius Candle
$29 – $78
Vanilla, Caramel, Sandalwood
- 100 percent cotton-wicked candles
- Made in the USA
- 100% apricot and coconut wax,
Vanilla, Sandalwood, Coriander
- A warm, sublime candle made with rare, natural vanilla extracts that bring a “not-so-vanilla” spice to a classic scent.
Capri fig, jasmine, pepper and sandalwood
- A hand-poured candle made of soy wax
- 100% cotton wick
- Poured in a beautiful recycled, lead-free glass container.
SHOP ELLIS BROOKLYN
Non-Toxic Candles Fall 2020
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