Top 3 Non-Toxic, clean burning Candles

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Lighting a warm, cozy candle at the end of the day as been one of our favorite rituals for years!  It wasn’t until pregnancy that we realized that not all candles are created equal.  Turns out, a lot of our go-to conventional brands contained less-than-natural ingredients that left us breathing in unnecessary toxins.


What better time to clean up your home environment than while nesting?  After researching the less than appealing ingredients in the average candle, we tossed all candles made with petroleum-derived paraffin wax, synthetic fragrances, and metal wicks.  Instead, we reached for clean-burning, natural candles that were equally as effective at boosting our moods so we could relax with total peace of mind.

Here are our top choices for non-toxic, clean burning candles that smell amazing AND look stylish perched on your bookshelf.


Sanari Plant-Based Candles

Sanari calls itself “the most natural candle in the world.” Although we certainly can’t verify that lofty claim, we can attest to the fact that Sanari puts a lot of effort into creating beautiful candles that are plant-based, clean, and eco-friendly. Made with 100% organic coconut and non-GMO soy wax, 100% organic certified essential oils, and an unbleached cotton wick, these candles are free of petroleum, synthetic fragrances, colorants, and lead – meaning, you can be sure they’re not emitting anything nasty into the air you (and your baby) breathe.

We love the large selection of fragrances to choose from, the cream-colored wax that goes with any décor, and the fact that the sleek and stylish glass candle container can be reused as a stemless wine glass (sigh…remember those full bodied reds and crisp, refreshing whites?). Each candle costs $44 for about 80 hours of clean burn time. Purchase Sanari candles on their website (occasionally with free shipping on all orders) or from Amazon.


Lite + Cycle

Lite + Cycle’s non-toxic aromatherapy candles smell authentically like the plants from which they’re named because they're made simply with 100% pure and genuine essential oils. Not only do these natural candles smell sweet, but they’re equally as stylish, with a matte white design and accompanying gold lid (which doubles as a match striker). The five scented-candles are composed of 100% non-GMO soy wax with an unbleached cotton wick, and contain no synthetics, toxic additives or hidden fragrance chemicals.

Coming in at $62 for 65 hours of clean burn time, the candles are a bit on the pricey side. But, the gorgeous container can be reused by placing a votive candle inside once the original candle has been burned down. You can buy Lite + Cycle candles with free shipping on their website or purchase these candles along with other wellness and beauty goodies at The Detox Market.


Ellis Brooklyn

This beautiful and luxurious brand – created by a chic Williamsburg mom and beauty columnist for The New York Times - features phthalate-free, paraben-free, and eco-friendly perfume, body milk, and scented candles. We love the paraffin-free candles which are composed of soy wax and a small percentage of beeswax with metal-free, sustainable hemp wicks. The candles are also tested for soot to ensure they are clean burning.

The lovely scents are multi-layered and sophisticated, and the recycled, handmade glass container adds an instant pop of style to any tray, shelf or tabletop vignette. The candles are priced at $60 for 50-60 hours of burn time and are conveniently sold at Sephora, Credo, and through the company website (which all offer free shipping for this item!).

Need More Options?

Hyper-sensitive pregnancy nose giving you a red light on any of these products’ scents? Or don’t care for the look? Here are a few more non-toxic candles to try: 

  • MCMC Fragrances

  • Keap (at $35 per candle for 50 hours of burn time, these are more budget-friendly. Plus you can purchase 4 mini candles for $12 to try the scents at home.)

Please email us with any questions or to suggest your favorite products to use during pregnancy at