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Where To Shop For The Best Organic Candles

By Lora O’Brien

Whatever the occasion, an organic scented candle is the perfect gift: less fattening than chocolate, less expensive than jewellery and longer lasting than flowers! The only issue is this: most scented candles emit a toxic mix of what are known as Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs).

According to the American Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), VOCs are found not only in candles, but also

  • paints, paint strippersand other solvents
  • wood preservatives
  • aerosol sprays
  • cleansers and disinfectants
  • air fresheners
  • stored fuels and automotive products
  • hobby supplies
  • dry-cleaned clothing
  • pesticide
  • building materials and furnishings
  • office equipment such as copiers and printers, correction fluids and carbonless copy paper
  • graphics and craft materials including glues and adhesives, permanent markers and photographic solutions
  • home scents, sprays and candles

The effect they can have on the body can be mild, or quite serious. Symptoms include stuffy or runny nose, skin irritation, headache, dizziness, irritated mood, fatigue and nausea. Over time, inhaling VOCs can lead to organ damage, liver and kidney damage, and even cancer.

So ensure you’re only using all-naturally scented candles and scents for your home! Here’s our list of some of the best.



Cire Trudon

This centuries-old French company is considered to be the ‘Rolls Royce’ of candle companies – they have made candles for the likes of Marie Antoinette and Louis XIV. Today, they use the same formula of naturally scented oils and beeswax, all contained in their iconic green glass containers, emblazoned with a gold crest. Our favourite? The wood/honey scented Parquets de Versailles.

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Best Organic Candles

NEOM Organics

This British company produces simple, pure soy based candles in complex scents like pine, myrrh and lime or white neroli, mimosa and lemon. Our favourite? The relaxing Perfect Bliss fragrance, which combines 17 essential oils, including Moroccan rose, black pepper and fresh lime.

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The Bird Box

Growing up with an insight into alternative medicine, the creator of The Bird Box candles, Sophie, has always had a strong connection to aromatherapy. Instead of candles that are made from harmful fragrant oils, The Bird Box relies solely on the scents of sustainably sourced essential oils to give these candles their distinct scent, and are made from soy wax, so they don’t leach harmful chemicals. Being 100% biodegradable, they’re kind to the planet, and not only do these candles smell gorgeous, each and every one has therapeutic benefits, too.


Bamford Organics

Handcrafted in the UK, Bamford Organics have bought a real sense of the English countryside to this candle. The soy wax candle is blended with essential oils, with sweet notes of orange, fresh vetivert and fir balsam. Finished off in a frosted-glass vessel, this candle will lend an elegant touch that suits any home interior.

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Best Organic Candles

ILA Spa Candles

Normally used in top spas around the world, the most classic candle in the Ila spa range has to be its Essence of Joy scent, proven to reduce stress, irritation and exhaustion with its mildly sweet, slightly citrusy vetivert based perfume.

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Willow Organic

Made with 90% organic ingredients, this Willow Organic candle has been hand crafted with the highest quality ingredients. It’s a real burst of citrus fun – whilst the infusion of lemon and green mandarin work to both energize and reinvigorate, the lemon works so soothe alleviate stress and ease tension, making it the perfect candle to create a vitality-boosting atmosphere.

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Pairfum Candles

If you’re looking for a long-lasting candle you can burn without the fear of toxic, black smoke polluting the room and decor, then Pairfum Candles are ideal. Their 100% biodegradable and natural wax candles not only look lovely in your home, but once burning, they release the purest perfume, delicately scenting your environment. Our go-to scent? The Snow Crystal candle has us thinking of winter in a log cabin, with spiced apples and a wood fire.

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Haeckels GPS 12 ‘ Candle

This warming, organic soy candle is packed with fresh essences from blackberries, raspberries and sea lavender. The addition of salt combines with the berries, flowers and wild parsley to create a perfume that evokes a ruined British abbey in the countryside. The top note is a fruity, green and delicate scent, before moving into a summery, sweet vibe.

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M&J Candles

A luxury candle with an ethical message, M&J candles just ooze sophistication. Their sleek classical looking jar is reusable and recycled glass encasing a beautifully scented eco-friendly candle, created by using only the finest soy wax and essential oils. This particular candles reminds us of cocktails in a sleek, rooftop London bar.

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Christopher Courtney Massage Candles

If you’ve never tried a scented massage candle before, they’re basically made of wax which, once warmed, can be dripped on the skin and used as a massage oil. We particularly like the hand, nail and cuticle candle, which uses coconut oil as a base, and contains shea butter, Argan oil and grape seed oil to moisturise, as well passion flower, lavender and lemon essential oil to refresh and revitalise.

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Nula Soy

The name says it all! These candles are made from organic soy, and are infused with a wide variety of organic essential oils with various aromatherapy objectives. For example, this one below is called Blue Mountains, and contains eucalyptus, cedar, lemon myrtle and peppermint, to leave you feeling restored and recharged.


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Not so sure about giving a candle? Shop our Organic Perfume Picks instead.

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