With the nights drawing in and temperatures dropping, it’s safe to say the summer is well and truly behind us.
While some may be yearning for their flip flops and floaty dresses, we’re excited to welcome in the new, albeit colder season. There are so many reason to love Autumn; crunchy leaves, (dairy-free) hot chocolate, (wool-free) fluffy jumpers, (leather-free) boots and, of course, all the fun of Halloween!
Our most favourite part of Autumn, however, has to be treating ourselves to a fancy new candle. There’s something unmistakably cosy and indulgent about lighting a scented candle and creating a gorgeous glow on a cold and rainy night. Our favourite Autumn scents are underpinned by spicy and woody notes such as patchouli, basil and sandalwood.
But beware, before you set out to make a purchase, make sure you carry out some research as not all candles are vegan! Nor are they particularly eco-friendly or good for your health. Many candles contain animal derived products such as stearic acid, which hardens the wax and comes from animal fat (slaughter houses produce this by the ton!). Coconuts also produce stearic acid but most candle manufacturers tend to opt for the cheaper animal derived option.
The potent oily aroma you smell when you blow a candle out and the jet black soot you see on the side of glass is paraffin; a petroleum by-product which is basically the sludge left over when crude oil is refined into petrol. This is then bleached and processed before being made in to a consumer-ready candle. That’s some nastiness you, or the environment, definitely don’t want to be breathing in!
Luckily for us candle obsessors, there are plenty of luxury vegan, eco-friendly soy wax candles on the market. We’ve rounded up 5 of the best soy wax candles for Autumn that will transport you to your ultimate cosy place.
Black Fig and Vetiver Soy Wax Candle, by Candleman, £13.00
Warming and velvety sweet black figs infused with smoky vetiver root oil. Candleman only produce natural plant-based soy wax and unbleached cotton wicks for their vegan and cruelty free candles.
Sandalwood and Patchouli Soy Wax Candle by Dolma Perfumes, £15.00
Dolma Perfume’s cruelty free and vegan Sandalwood and Patchouli candle will fill your home with woody aromas to relax, revive and refresh you on a cold Autumn night.
Pumpkin Pie Soy Wax Candle by Vegan Bunny, £13.00
It comes as no surprise that Vegan Bunny won PETA’s Vegan Homeware Awards in 2018. Their Pumpkin Spice candle is made of Cinnamon, Ginger, Cloves and Nutmeg to create a cosy and indulgent atmosphere, while Vanilla and Orange essential oils give a hint of sweetness. The ultimate vegan and cruelty free candle for Autumn!
Green Fig Scented Tea Lights by The Botanical Candle Co, £3.95
Handmade in Dorset, The Botanical Candle Co’s Green Fig candles are rich and intriguing with the freshness of green leaves mixed with ripening fruit. A sophisticated scent and perfect for warming up a chilly Autumn evening.
Josephine Thomas Soy Wax Candle (Rose Gold), £8.00
A beautiful rose gold tin soy wax candle with cotton wick. Handmade in the UK with pure essential oils. Available in range of warm, rich and relaxing scents, perfect for de-stressing after a busy day.
When you’re done with your candle, remember to recycle or up-cycle it to store your make-up brushes or pens.
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