During these uncertain times, it’s totally normal to be feeling uneasy and anxious so people are doing a range of things to help ease their anxiety and keep them feeling calm. From meditation to gratitude journaling to working out and self-care routines, there are many different ways you can calm your nerves and make you feel more grounded. Aromatherapy is one of the most common anxiety-lowering practices, like diffusing essential oils and burning candles. Since most of us are burning candles daily right now, it’s a good time to think about what that candle could be emitting into the air. Some brands contain toxic ingredients like refined paraffin (which could release carcinogenic soot), added fragrance (which could release formaldehyde), and wicks that contain metal (which could release small amounts of lead).
These toxins are something to keep in mind when choosing your candles, and luckily there are so many amazing brands that you can burn safely without having to worry about any of this. You’ll want to look for vegetable-based waxes (like beeswax and soy) and wicks that don’t contain any metal (aka pure cotton wicks). Below are some of the best-smelling non-toxic candle brands to add to your home that you can burn confidently and are sure to relax your mind.
1. Costa Brazil Vela Jungle Candle
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Costa Brazil’s Vela Jungle Candle is a plant-based wax candle with a refreshing botanical scent. It features notes of Cyprus root and Brazilian vetiver to relax your mood and alleviate stress.
2. P.F. Candle Co. Soy Candle
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P.F. Candle Co.’s Soy Candles are made of 100% soy wax, fragrant oils, and cotton-core wicks. Based in Los Angeles, each candle is hand-poured and burns clean for over 40 hours. These soy candles are available in intoxicating scents like Sandalwood Rose, Amber & Moss, and Teakwood & Tobacco.
3. Nanor Premium Candles
Nanor’s Premium Long-Lasting Scented Candles are 100% soy wax with scent options that include exotic florals and robust spices. These chic black candles complement any space, and with 50+ hours of burn time, everyone in your home is sure to enjoy these for weeks.
4. Le Labo Classic Candles
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The perfumery behind the world’s buzziest scent, Le Labo’s classic candles are worth the hype. Their candles have soy wax and pure cotton wicks and are available in all of their signature, intoxicatingly beautiful scents (including the infamous Santal 26). One wiff of these fragrances and you’ll instantly understand what all the hype is about.
5. Malin + Goetz Mojito Votive Candle
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Malin + Goetz Mojito Votive Candle is known for it’s invigorating scent of mint leaves, basil, and white musk. The brand’s natural wax blend offers a clean, long-lasting burn that you can enjoy in your home over and over again.
What’s your favorite candle brand? Let us know in the comments below!