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When we think about our ideal cozy day, a yummy-smelling candle is always a part of the picture. Especially this time of year, as we stay comfy inside and soak up all the pine tree and cinnamon-spiced ambiance, candles make us want to grab a good book and cup of tea as we curl up on the couch under a cozy blanket. Dreamy, right? Plus, when you have a hard-to-shop-for person in your life — candles are go-to gifts. So whether you’re treating yourself or got your sister-in-law you’ve only met a handful of times for Secret Santa — here’s a list of our favorite non-toxic, vegan candles that will instantly add hygge vibes to any space.

But before we list our faves, if you’re wondering what makes a candle non-toxic and vegan — we’ve got you covered.

How to know if a candle is vegan & non-toxic

We recommend taking a look at the ingredients to confirm your candles aren’t made with paraffin. Since paraffin is a petroleum product, when it burns it produces potentially damaging byproducts (like greenhouse gases). And studies show paraffin can release cancer-causing chemicals and be harmful to people with respiratory issues like asthma. No, thank you. (Another pro tip: trim the wick to about ¼ inch after each time you burn the candle — this helps control the smoke and will also make your candle last longer.)

As for checking if a candle is vegan — look out for ingredients like beeswax and honey, which are not vegan. Typically, soy wax and coconut wax are good options. And luckily, more brands are clearly identifying products as vegan to take the guesswork out — which is much appreciated!

Get cozy! 6 Non-toxic and vegan candles you’ll love to light

1. Ritual + Fancy Candles

These gorgeous Ritual + Fancy Candles on Made Trade are not only hand-poured in small batches, but they also use 100% soy wax, natural cotton/wood wicks, dried flowers, and pure essential oils. Meaning, every candle has a one-of-a-kind floral design and fragrance.

Shop the candles and more vegan goods on Made Trade, here.

Ritual and Fancy hand-poured Candles
Ritual and Fancy hand-poured Candles

2. Lake and Skye Candle

If you want to support a female-founded and ethically produced candle, we love this Lake and Skye Candle. It’s vegan, made with 100% soy wax, and has a floral yet subtle scent that doesn’t overwhelm a space.

Shop this candle and more thoughtfully-sourced goods at Mulberry and Grand, here.

3. Pink Moon Candle

More than just a candle, this gem from Pink Moon can also be used as body moisturizer once the wax melts and cools (fancy, right?). It has a comforting floral scent and is vegan, cruelty-free, and made with ethically sourced coconut + apricot wax.

Shop the candle and more wellness goodies, here.

4. Prosperity Candles

We could write about Prosperity Candles all day! These unique candles are handmade by female artisans and refugees, making your candle truly a part of a social enterprise for good. Prosperity Candles is also a certified B Corp with a thoughtful sustainability mission — they use all natural soy and coconut wax, 100% pure cotton, and never any artificial enhancers. Oh, and did we mention the candles are beautiful and smell AMAZING? They do.

Shop the candles and learn more about their moving mission, here.

Vegan Prosperity Candles
Adelaide Candle from Prosperity Candles

5. P.F. Candle Company 

All the products at P.F. Candle Company are vegan, cruelty-free, and made with 100% domestically-grown soy wax. We love all the scented candles, particularly the Sandalwood Rose Candle because it smells just as lovely un-lit as it does when lit.  More into essential oils? They have diffusers along with incense, room sprays, and even scented hand sanitizer.

Shop all the yummy-smelling loveliness, here.

Non-toxic Candle from P.F. Candle Co.
Sandalwood Rose Candle – P.F. Candle Co.

6. Fanciful Fox Candles

With names like Vegan Bakery, Totes Stressed Out, and Red Plaid Flannel — Fanciful Fox candles are quirky, cute, and, of course, nice-smelling. All of their products are 100% palm-free and vegan, so you can shop without worrying about anything hiding in the ingredients list. We know the feeling!

Shop the candles + soaps, lip balms, and more, here.

Vegan Bakery Candle
Vegan Bakery Candle from Fanciful Fox

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