While candles have been around for centuries offering light to celebrations and sacred ceremonies they have evolved into a sacred part of modern self-care routines today. Candles offer a gentle way to scent and light a room which brings a bit of zen into anyone’s day.
People today love candles, so much so, that half of all candle lovers buy them on a monthly basis(source). There’s only one problem…our beloved candles aren’t doing our health or our environment any favors.
Sorry to kill your zen, there.
But seriously, the EPA has cited candles as a source of indoor air pollution. And depending on the type of wax used (most use paraffin) you are contributing to the unnecessary use of fossil fuels. Yes, paraffin is a fossil fuel which means it’s a non-renewable source of fuel.
And to add on more bad news, candles release a plume of carcinogenic materials into the air whenever they are lit and can leave soot damage behind even with a wick that’s been trimmed properly.
The thought of releasing toxins and chemicals in your home isn’t at all relaxing.
But all candle hope is not lost. There are now many eco friendly candles on the market today to light up your days and your home without the guilt!
Why Use Zero Waste Candles?
Environmental conservation experts are urging consumers to stop using candles that are cased in plastic and use metal tealight holders.
We all know why using candles packaged and held in plastic is a bad choice for the environment, but why is it harmful to use candles with metal parts?
The answer is simple – if the metal packaging is free of wax and other candle parts, you can throw them in the recycling bin with your other mental items. However, with most consumers focused on food packaging being recycled, these candle parts most often end up in the trash bin and on to the landfill anyway.
You also can’t throw your old candles in the recycling bin. This is because the majority of recycling centers around the country will not recycle any wax materials. They simply aren’t set up to handle this type of processing.
So using non-toxic and zero waste candles are the best option for candle lovers everywhere.
Here are the best non toxic and zero waste candles you can use to add a flame to your self-care routine this month:
1 – Isle de Nature
Isle de Nature candles are made to be as sustainable and non-toxic as possible.
They are a blend of beeswax and soy, made to burn cleaner and smell amazing.
The intoxicating scents comes to life in all their scented products while supporting the honeybees that make it all possible.
2 – UnEarthed
UnEarthed® candles will scent from 1,000-4,000 square feet of a home.
Our focus is to emphasize sustainability, purity, fresh and fine perfume-grade fragrances.
Our name is simple and unique, like the brand and it fits our natural, clean ideals.
3 – SoHum Candles
SoHum candles are sustainable products that are vegan, cruelty-free, and phthalate-free.
They are made with 100% soy wax grown in the USA, wooden wicks made from FSC Certified Wood, hand-crafted and made in the USA, and the highest quality, fragrances. We use a combination of natural, essential oils and perfume-grade fine fragrances.
4 – Fontana Candle Co
Fontana candles are not only beautiful and smell amazing, they are a 100% sustainable company that uses only natural ingredients in their candles.
They use a blend of beeswax and pure coconut oils for lasting fragrance which is also derived totally from essential oils.
5 – CandaScent Labs
CandaScent candles are 100% plant-based, with no synthetic ingredients, and are crafted using only certified organic essential oils and the highest grade plant extracts.
These candles are also rich in Beta-Caryophyllene which reduces inflammation, neuropathic pain, and can help decrease anxiety and stress.
6 – Aerangis Candles
Aerangis candles promise to give you a clean burn and optimal scents. The candles are made with lead-free cotton wicks and a plant-based wax blend free from synthetic dyes, parabens, and phthalates.
They are committed to high-quality ingredients, and uncompromising sustainability.
7 – Keap Candles
Keap candles capture the world’s most evocative scents with legendary perfumer Christophe Laudamiel.
And by using innovative materials, their packaging is 100% plastic-free. You can also return your used candles to us for re-use!