The best thing about this time of year? Candles, and lots of them. Whether you’re snuggling up on the sofa or relaxing in a bubble bath, the soft glow of candlelight, coupled with a relaxing scent, makes everything feel cosier.
But, not all candles are made equal. Many products on the market contain animal-derived ingredients and some waxes contain harsher chemicals than others. Luckily, an ever-growing number of eco-friendly and vegan candlemakers are emerging using natural wax such as soy and coconut.
So, if you’re on the hunt for cruelty-free candles that are clean to burn, look no further than these wonderful brands…
HOBO & CO was born out of a love of nature and the great outdoors. The brand prides itself on creating eco-friendly candles made from natural soy wax, which gives a longer burn time than traditional petroleum-based paraffin candles. Offering a range of sizes, including ‘travel tins’ for explorers, each product is poured and packaged into recycled jars in rural Lincolnshire, with scents inspired by various plants and fruits. Our fave is ‘Orange Spiced’, which is perfect for this time of year.
Created with the belief that candles have the power to evoke feelings of cosiness, Octo candles are lovingly hand-blended and hand-poured by a small team in East London. Made with soy wax, each product contains pure essential oils and 100% natural ingredients. Choose from three sizes and numerous festive scents, including ‘Sweater Weather’ and ‘Christmas Tree’.
Zephorium creates pure coconut wax candles that are loaded with 100% natural aromatherapy oils and infused with crystal energy. With a burn time of 30 hours, each candle is named after a precious stone, and comes with a positive affirmation written on the back. Our personal favourite is ‘Amethyst’, which is a calming blend of lavender and geranium with notes of fresh rosemary, basil and bergamot.
Self Care Co’s mission is to help naturally alleviate stress and anxiety through the power of aromatherapy. Using soy wax, its candles are blended with essential oils and poured into recyclable containers, which can be returned to Self Care Co and re-used. Each candle has a burn time of 60-80 hours and three wick options are also available. Try ‘A Calm Christmas’, made with orange, cinnamon and clove, to get you in the festive mood.
Hand-crafted in Wales, Run With Wolves produce natural soy candles with sustainability in mind. Using therapeutic grade essential oils, each product is entirely plastic-free, from the ingredients to the packaging. Available in a range of sizes, the smallest 60ml candle burns for 20 hours, while the largest 500ml burns for 120 hours. If it’s cosiness you’re after, we’d recommend the ‘Vanilla Starlight’ scent, which has hints of calming vanilla and warming nutmeg.