What is a Clean Candle?
Clean candles are trendy, and so they should be. They are made from vegetable wax (beeswax, non-GMO corn or soy) and emit very little in the way of air pollution compared to standard candles. If a candle doesn’t list a vegetable (or even just “vegetable”), it’s likely paraffin wax. Ask questions. The sellers should know what they are selling!
Wicks should always be cotton and if you feel a heavy coating, that is probably paraffin. And what’s wrong with paraffin, you say? Paraffin is a petroleum byproduct that releases carcinogenic soot when burned. It can also cause respiratory problems and will aggravate the conditions of those who already have asthma, lung, or heart problems.
Soy or other vegetable-based candle waxes release less soot and toxic chemicals. Many of them, however, are scented. The vegetable-based candles do hold on to essential oils longer, releasing a milder, more pleasant and less-harmful scent. But you must realize, every scent you breathe in, from perfume to dish soap, is bad for you.
Before you buy a candle, ask questions. This is the time of the informed consumer. And while you’re there, ask if the seller knows where it came from and who made it. But that’s another rant.
We’ll give you buying links wherever possible. And don’t forget, always, all the fire warnings apply, never leave candles unattended and all that.
Luxury Clean Candles
Essential oils, dried floral and crystals in this My Dearest DJ candle from Etsy. Made of soy with a wooden wick, there are lots of choices available. They’re pretty candles. And they’re clean candles.
The Paddywax Apothocary Series has the best combinations – many available at Amazon.
This Sea Salt & Orchid soy candle is from Layton Florals on Etsy. They have many choices of scent combinations like Oakmoss & Amber or Cranberry & Currant.
You can pick up The Nomad Society candles at Immaculate Vegan – they honestly don’t look like much but they come in an array of tantalizing scents. Alchemist. Wanderlust. Last Light. Bohemian. We want them all.
Relax now, Scheme later – from On The Daily is a hand-poured soy wax candle in a recyclable glass candle jar. Available at Amazon.com
Benevolence is a premium soy candle from Amazon with a hibiscus and palmwood scent (with hints of bergamot and black pepper and red rose finished with base notes of white musk and golden amber).
Birthstone & Astrology Clean Candles
February: Amethyst Wild Fern Candles with natural gemstones and botanicals. Delicious smelling!
From Amara – a vegetable-wax clean candle with a great general astrology design.
These Babaya Zodiac Clean Candles, black with gold corresponding locations, are available at Amazon
Speaking of Astrology – we ALL need Mercury Retrograde protection! From a great company with wonderful gifts – Uncommon Goods. Made from: lavender, labradorite, mint, soy wax, chamomile, lemongrass, quartz, natural oils, cotton wick, fluorite, black tourmaline, sage, basil, blue kyanite, rainbow fluorite. The candles are made by New Moon Beginnings – click on their name to check out their website. Cool stuff!
Surprise Melt Down Clean Candles
Here’s a hybrid – the astrology surprise candle from Charmed Aroma – contains your choice of ring or necklace with the corresponding constellation mapped out in rhinestones – inside the candle!
Another hybrid – astrology surprise candle, from Soul Terra (above and below). This pyramid shape candle reveals crystals, amulets and spiritual tools as is burns down. Each candle is scented and colored for its sign.
This is a real surprise soy clean candle from Etsy – looks like a fantastic Sea Salt candle in a glass and then it melts to reveal the surprise: Will you Marry Me?
Then, follow up with a surprise candle that melts down to reveal a ring? Guys, she’ll never say no if you do it this way 🙂 From Amazon.
Clean Candles with Saucy Sayings
These candles are a little saucy but not too bad (hey, trying to be a family show), they may have adult references and most are sarcastic as can be. They make us laugh out loud and we’ve purchased lots of them. Others are less bold but nonetheless will leave you with a smile. We’re sure you’ve got friends who would LOL with us if you’re looking for a gift.
We adore the Whiskey River sarcastic candle collection! Makes us LOL. There are lots of them in this category! Please do visit their site, they make fantastic sarcastic soaps, too! And all their products are eco-friendly: “Always hand-poured and made with 100% soy wax and 0% bullshit” is their rule. The saucy ones are the WTF candles, the Pandemic (Ltd. Edition), Phobia Candles. They have others. Do check their site.
Stop Acting Like a Disgruntled Pelican, from That Gay Guy Candle Company. This 8.5 oz. soy candle is phthalate-free and features a cotton wick. Hand poured in a small batch, this candle offers more than 40 hours of burn time. In case you have been living under a rock, it’s from the popular TV series, Schitt’s Creek.
More Whiskey River – what middle child hasn’t felt like this?
From Unplugged Soy Candles, “I let the dogs out” cracks us up.And they are great candles, with all kinds of funky scent combinations available. 100% Pure Soy Wax, Natural Fragrance Oils, Lead-free cotton wick, 75-80 hrs burn time with engraved bamboo lid.
I told you we like Whiskey River candles.
I might as well face it, ALL the best sarcastic candles are from Whiskey River (almost all).
The last Whiskey River candle – and the sauciest?