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Top 10 Best Non-Toxic Candles in the UK 2021

After a long day at work, it can be pure bliss to light a scented candle that creates a calming atmosphere, helping you to unwind. But did you know that most candles, even those marketed as “natural”, contain ingredients which are toxic for humans? Luckily, there are plenty of non-toxic options available too, such as beeswax and soy wax.

We’ve created a guide to help you understand which toxic ingredients to look out for and which alternatives to choose instead. Plus, we’ve compiled a list of recommended natural wax candles in a range of scents and shapes, from tea lights to pillar candles. Read on to discover our top 10 picks by brands like Neom Organics, True Grace, and Paddywax, to bring cosy warmth into your home!
  • Last updated: 04-04-2022
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How Are Some Candles Considered “Toxic”?

How Are Some Candles Considered “Toxic”?
Many of the ingredients used to make candles are the same as those found in nail polish remover and paint. In addition, one of the major ingredients in candles is paraffin, a by-product of petroleum waste. Paraffin wax releases carcinogenic toxins when burned, including benzene, acetone, carbon disulphide, and toluene.
Plus, paraffin releases soot particles, just like the exhaust on a diesel vehicle, which can affect the quality of the air around you. Some claim that inhaling these particles can cause headaches and respiratory issues such as asthma.
While there’s no clear evidence that burning regular candles once in a while will cause any serious health problems, purchasing a non-toxic candle will give you some peace of mind – making the sight of candlelight even more soothing.

How to Choose a Non-Toxic Candle in the UK – Buying Guide

Now that you're aware of the potential dangers of paraffin wax, let’s move on to how to choose a non-toxic candle. Here, we will guide you through some of the most common alternative materials that are used for both the wax and wick components.

Beeswax or Vegetable Wax; Choose Based on Your Scent and Vegan Stance

Beeswax and vegetable wax are two popular alternatives, which each have their own particular benefits. These natural materials will provide a warm glow without causing you to breathe in harmful fumes.

Beeswax Candles Are Honey-Scented and Produce Very Little Smoke

Beeswax Candles Are Honey-Scented and Produce Very Little Smoke
If you’re looking for a clean-burning candle which will emit very little smoke, beeswax is the perfect choice. Made by bees in their natural environment, it’s the most raw and organic material available. It also produces a light, sweet scent of honey when burning, so there’s no need for any added fragrances.
Be wary though, as some candles that are marketed as “beeswax” only actually contain a small amount – always check to make sure that the one you choose is made from 100% pure beeswax. Beeswax candles are also unsuitable for vegans, due to the nature of their production.

A Vegetable Wax Like Soy Is an Eco-Friendly and Long-Lasting Choice

A Vegetable Wax Like Soy Is an Eco-Friendly and Long-Lasting Choice
Vegetable wax is another popular natural material used to make candles; this type of wax is typically made from soya bean oil or rapeseed oil. Using the process of hydrogenation, the liquid oil becomes solid at room temperature. Soy is commonly used because it comes from a renewable source (soya beans) and is completely biodegradable, so it’s much better for the environment.
A candle made from vegetable wax will produce around a tenth less soot than one made from paraffin, and melts at a lower temperature so it has a much longer burn time. It also retains scents for longer, making it the ideal base for aromatherapy candles. And of course, because the wax is plant-based, it’s totally vegan-friendly!

A Non-Cored Wick Made from a Natural Material Is the Safest Choice

A Non-Cored Wick Made from a Natural Material Is the Safest Choice
Metal cores are sometimes used to create more sturdy wicks; however, they also release heavy metals such as lead into the air. Lead emissions can cause health issues such as hormone disruption, and may be dangerous to people with weak immune systems.
It’s important to be also aware that candles with metal-cored wicks are particularly hazardous to children, releasing five times the amount of lead which is considered safe for them to inhale. Therefore, it’s best to go for an all-natural, non-cored wick that doesn’t release any harmful toxins into the air when lit.
Non-cored wicks are usually made from cotton, paper, or wood, with the individual fibres of these materials being braided or twisted together. This allows the liquid wax to slowly move up to the flame, allowing it to burn consistently.

Beware of Artificial Scents Which Can Cause Respiratory Problems

Beware of Artificial Scents Which Can Cause Respiratory Problems
Artificially fragranced candles also pose a health risk, with ninety-five percent of the chemicals in synthetic scents being derived from petroleum – just like paraffin! These synthetic ingredients are specially formulated so that they will release fragrance upon being heated. However, these can irritate our eyes and skin, and may even cause respiratory problems after prolonged exposure.
If you want to enjoy fragrance without risking your health, you should look for a candle made using beeswax or essential oils. These natural ingredients will still provide a calming aroma but won’t bother your skin or airwaves. As even some candles that are advertised as aroma-therapeutic contain synthetic fragrances, always double check that the ingredients are definitely pure essential oils.

Top 10 Best Non-Toxic Candles in the UK

Having gone through which ingredients to keep an eye out for, it’s time to check out our favourite products. From travel-sized tins to triple wick jars, we’ve got candles to suit all tastes and budgets!

10

GoodLight Natural Candle Tea Lights

Box of 48

£15.51

Candle material Palm wax
Wick material Cotton
Measurements 2.5 x 2.5 cm
Burn time (hours) 4 hours
Scent Unscented
9

Goldrick Marble Pillar Beeswax Candle

Pack of 2

£25.99

Candle material Beeswax
Wick material Cotton
Measurements12.5 x 5 cm
Burn time (hours)
Scent Honey
8

Scentered Travel Size Aromatherapy Candle – Stress Less

£16.95

Candle material Vegetable wax
Wick material Cotton
Measurements 7.8 x 5.2 cm
Burn time (hours) 18
Scent Chamomile, neroli, mandarin
7

Kiss The Moon Aromatherapy Candle – Dream

£30.89

Candle material Soy wax
Wick material Cotton
Measurements 8.5 x 10 cm
Burn time (hours) 50
Scent Lavender and bergamot
6

Bewell-Manor Beeswax Triple Wick Candle – Focus

£20.00

Candle material Beeswax
Wick material Cotton
Measurements 12.6 x 9 cm
Burn time (hours) 35
Scent Peppermint and grapefruit
5

True Grace Scented Candle Tin – Village Seashore

£20.00

Candle material Beeswax, coconut oil, rapeseed oil
Wick material Cotton
Measurements
Burn time (hours) 40
Scent Geranium and neroli
4

La Jolie Muse Scented Candle Gift – Jasmine Blossom

£15.99

Candle material Soy wax
Wick material Cotton
Measurements 9.2 x 13 cm
Burn time (hours) 60
Scent Jasmine
3

Paddywax Eco Green Glass Candle – Thyme and Olive Leaf

£17.45

Candle material Soy wax
Wick material Cotton
Measurements 9.5 x 10.2 cm
Burn time (hours) 60
Scent Thyme and olive leaf
2

SkandinaviskScented Candle - RO

£39.00

Candle material Rapeseed wax
Wick material Cotton
Measurements 7.9 x 9.9 cm
Burn time (hours)Advised to only buy for 3 hours at a time
Scent Cut grass and fallen leaves, cucumber and wild violets
1

Neom Organics London Scented Candle – Happiness

£32.00

Candle material Vegetable wax
Wick material Cotton
Measurements 8.2 x 7.4 cm
Burn time (hours) 35
Scent Neroli, mimosa, lemon

Compare the Best Non-Toxic Candles

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1
Neom Organics  London Scented Candle – Happiness 1

Neom Organics

2
Skandinavisk Scented Candle - RO 1

Skandinavisk

3
Paddywax  Eco Green Glass Candle – Thyme and Olive Leaf 1

Paddywax

4
La Jolie Muse  Scented Candle Gift – Jasmine Blossom 1

La Jolie Muse

5
True Grace  Scented Candle Tin – Village Seashore 1

True Grace

6
Bewell-Manor  Beeswax Triple Wick Candle – Focus 1

Bewell-Manor

7
Kiss The Moon  Aromatherapy Candle – Dream 1

Kiss The Moon

8
Scentered  Travel Size Aromatherapy Candle – Stress Less 1

Scentered

9
Goldrick  Marble Pillar Beeswax Candle 1

Goldrick

10
GoodLight  Natural Candle Tea Lights  1

GoodLight

Name

London Scented Candle – Happiness

Scented Candle - RO

Eco Green Glass Candle – Thyme and Olive Leaf

Scented Candle Gift – Jasmine Blossom

Scented Candle Tin – Village Seashore

Beeswax Triple Wick Candle – Focus

Aromatherapy Candle – Dream

Travel Size Aromatherapy Candle – Stress Less

Marble Pillar Beeswax Candle

Natural Candle Tea Lights

Features

Organic Sunshine That’s Guaranteed to Make You Smile!

A Gentle Fragrance That'll bring the Cosiness of Autumn to Your home

Eco-Friendly and Invigorating, Perfect for Those With a Green Lifestyle

Luxurious Eco-Friendly Style for a Low Price

Fresh and Clean, This Candle Will Bring the Seaside to You

Mint and Citrus Scents Combine to Boost Your Brain

The Perfect Aid for Beauty Sleep

Pocket-Sized With a Stress-Busting Scent

Delicately Scented With a Unique Texture

An Ethical and Affordable Multipack

Price£32.00£39.00£17.45£15.99£20.00£20.00£30.89£16.95£25.99£15.51
Candle material Vegetable wax Rapeseed wax Soy wax Soy wax Beeswax, coconut oil, rapeseed oil Beeswax Soy wax Vegetable wax Beeswax Palm wax
Wick material Cotton Cotton Cotton Cotton Cotton Cotton Cotton Cotton Cotton Cotton
Measurements 8.2 x 7.4 cm 7.9 x 9.9 cm 9.5 x 10.2 cm 9.2 x 13 cm 12.6 x 9 cm 8.5 x 10 cm 7.8 x 5.2 cm12.5 x 5 cm 2.5 x 2.5 cm
Burn time (hours) 35Advised to only buy for 3 hours at a time 60 60 40 35 50 18 4 hours
Scent Neroli, mimosa, lemon Cut grass and fallen leaves, cucumber and wild violets Thyme and olive leaf Jasmine Geranium and neroli Peppermint and grapefruit Lavender and bergamot Chamomile, neroli, mandarin Honey Unscented
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Looking for More Delightfully Scented Products?

Looking for More Delightfully Scented Products?

While traditional candles are perfect for creating that warm and cosy feeling, there are many other ways you can bring some warmth into your home without dealing with a flame and hot wax. If you want to create a calming atmosphere we've found some of the best alternative options available online, so have a look! 

Summary

Whether you’re looking to awaken your senses or unwind after a long day, we hope our buying guide has helped you to know what to look out for when buying a non-toxic candle. By choosing natural ingredients, you can still enjoy a moment of self-care without worrying about your health.

Author: Nicola McClements

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