When you decide to start living a more ‘green’ and environmentally aware lifestyle, you find yourself questioning literally everything!

The other day I picked up a nice looking candle (I have a slight candle obsession).  However as I walked up to the till to purchase said candle, a thought crossed my mind, ‘wait, are candles even vegan?!’

Reluctantly I put the pretty candle back on the shelf and decided to do some research first, and to my surprise… nope, candles aren’t vegan, nor are they particularly eco friendly or healthy!

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.

That potent oily aroma you smell when you blow out a candle and the jet black soot it leaves on the side of glass, that’s paraffin; a petroleum by-product which is basically the sludge that’s left over when crude oil is refined into petrol, which needs to be bleached and processed before being made in to a candle. That’s some nastiness you definitely don’t want to be inhaling, especially if you have asthma, young children or if you’re elderly.

Luckily for us candle obsessors, there are plenty of luxury vegan and eco-friendly soy candles on the market, just check the label first!

Northumbrian Candleworks

Lime, mandarin and basil, soy candle, £16.99

Heyland and Whittle
Green tea and grapefruit, soy candle, £36.00 (available in John Lewis)

Heathcote & Ivory
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Bespoke soy candle in William Morris print glass, £14.00 (available in Debenhams)

Handmade coconut, soy candle, £8.00

Urban Outfitters
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Species by the Thousands, soy candle in jasmine, £35.00

John Lewis
Soy dining candle in turquoise, £3.00

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Organic ginger and ginger lilly, £30.00

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Lavender and eucalyptus scented, soy travel candles, £22.00

Essentially Natural
glass french lavender candle
French lavender, soy candle, £5.95

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Patchouli and rose, tranquility soy candle, £20.00

Will you be making the switch to soy candles?

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