Clean Candles: Eco-Friendly with a Sense of Style

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

Confetti Soy Candle

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.


Apothocary Candle

The Paddywax Apothocary Series has the best combinations – many available at Amazon.

orchid soy candle

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.

Nomad Vegan Candles

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



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!

soy candles

From Amara – a vegetable-wax clean candle with a great general astrology design.

Astrology clean candle

These Babaya Zodiac Clean Candles, black with gold corresponding locations, are available at Amazon

astrology candle

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!

Mercury Retrograde Candle

It’s really a thing – here’s a Mercury Retrograde Emergency Ambiance candle (matched located under the lid) from Whiskey River Soap Company.


Surprise Melt Down Clean Candles

surprise clean candle

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!

clean candle with surprises

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.

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Cmarry me clean candle

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?

Surprise ring soy candle

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.


Sarcastic Candles

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.


clean candle

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?


Soy candle I let the dogs out

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.

Sarcastic Candles

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?

Written by Beverley Wood

Beverley Wood has lived on boats in Toronto and Vancouver and in an old hacienda in Mexico. She knows funky when she sees it. She's been writing since she was old enough to pick up a pen and has never shied away from the unusual or the whimsical. Her love of the unique (and sometimes bizarre) led her to Captivatist.