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Where To Shop For The Best Organic Candles

A candle always makes a great gift – for yourself, or someone else. Wondering where to find the best organic candles? Read on!

By Lora O’Brien

Whatever the occasion, an organic scented candle is the perfect gift: it’s less fattening than chocolate, less expensive than jewellery and longer lasting than flowers! The only issue is this: most scented candles on the market 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 from inhaling them can 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.

It’s obviously important, then, to ensure you’re only using all-naturally scented candles and fragrances for your home! Here’s our list of some of the best organic candles in the world, selected not only for their natural ingredients, but for their beautiful packaging, too.

Where To Shop For The Best Organic Candles

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, which evokes lazy Sundays spent in museums.

Price: Around $105

Best for: Men and women with taste and style; Francophones

Shop them here.

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NEOM Organics

This much loved 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.

Price: Around $50

Best for: Pretty, feminine elegance

Shop them here.

 

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Bamford Organics

Handcrafted in the UK, Bamford Organics is a favourite brand with British celebrities, including Kate Moss. Their soy wax candles are blended with pure essential oils, such as lavender, orange, basil, juniper, sandalwood and  balsam. Finished off in a frosted-glass vessel, their candles will always lend an elegant touch that suits any home interior.

Price: Around $60

Best for: Minimalist elegance

Shop them here.

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Willow Organic

Made with 90% organic ingredients, this Willow Organic candle has been handcrafted 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.

Price: Around $50

Best for: Those who love all things citrusy, pure and organic

Shop it here.

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.

Price: Around $50

Best for: Evoking cozy winter nights

Shop it here.

Buly 1803 Sumi Hinoki

Housed in a luxurious marble case, Buly 1803’s candles are created using plant-based ingredients and the wicks are cut from pure cotton that burns steadily. This ‘Sumi Hinoki’ one opens to notes of Cypress and Juniper Berry Essence and fades to Hinoki Burnt Wood, Cedar and Incense. The marble packaging will look so elegant in any home – the green and gold presentation box makes it a beautiful gift too.

Price: $160

Best for: Luxury lovers

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M&J Candles

A luxury candle with an ethical message, M&J products just ooze sophistication. Their sleek, classically designed jar is reusable and was made from recycled glass to encase a beautifully scented eco-friendly candle. Of course, only the finest soy wax and essential oils are used by M&J. This particular candle, which boasts a juniper-and-citrus ‘martini’ scent, reminds us of cocktails in a sleek, rooftop London bar.

Price: Around $55

Best for: Vintage-style elegance

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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.

Price: Around $45

Best for: Winter beauty rituals

Get it here.

Nula Soy

The name just 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 evokes cool blues thanks to its blend of eucalyptus, cedar, lemon myrtle and peppermint. All were specially selected to leave you feeling restored and recharged.

Price: Around $40

Best for: Cooling and refreshing the vibe in a room

Get it here.

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

Lora O'Brien

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