Pet Safe Scented Candles

Natural Candles That Are Safe

Okay so about a year ago or so I started seeing posts about how scented home products are toxic to our pets. I noticed that most mentioned air fresheners that you spray in the air or plug-ins so I disregarded the posts thinking, I stopped using those things years ago. Then the EPA came out with a study that included scented candles as well. I still didn’t really pay much mind due to it being summer & not really using candles in the summertime. Well now fall is on the way I can’t bare the thought of not having a mood-setting, rustic smelling evening candle flaming every night as I snuggle with my doggos, blanky on, tea in hand. So now it’s time for me to get serious & find out exactly what makes certain candles toxic, how to avoid these things, & a simple go-to list of trusted brands to make things convenient for me.

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What Makes A Candle Toxic

Lead Core Wicks – These were banned back in 2003 but still worth mentioning. If you are of an age that you might have candles that old, I am, it’s time to replace them.

Paraffin Wax – A study released by South Carolina University reports that paraffin & petroleum-based candles release undesirable alkanes. That’s scientist speak for they release harmful chemicals also known as Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs).

Artificial Fragrance – It was a little hard to find anything on the what & why artificial sents are bad so I came to my own conclusion with help of this sweet VOCs Report. If I am so emotionally attached, and I am, to having a scented candle I am going t but one that only uses fragrances I would feel comfortable lighting on fire directly. That leaves me with the essential oils I use in diffusers.

Ingredients I Look For In A Scented Candle

Vegetable-Based Wax – In the study from SCU mentioned above they reported that vegetable-based wax candles did not release any of the harmful chemicals that the paraffin candles did.

Beeswax – Everywhere I went (on the inter-webs) suggested beeswax candles. Unscented, of course, but still the best non-toxic option. This makes complete sense to me. I mean beeswax is completely natural & requires zero alteration. I did find that these candles are a little expensive so I have included other options.

100% Cotton or Hemp Wick – This ensures that the wick doesn’t have lead combined in the wick to make it burn evenly.

Lead-Free Label – A I was researching this I found that companies are blending lead chemicals in their candles and are still able to advertise that the natural ingredients only. No mas.

Essential Oils – Along with phthalate-free, paraben free are all indicators I can buy.

List of Safe Candles For My Home

  1. The Honest Company’s Aromatic Soy Candles

    • A full list of ingredients easily available with clear definitions. That might not sound like much but I challenge you to find candles ingredients. I had nothing but trouble looking them up for this post. That is why I only have 5 suggestions instead of 10.
  2. Mrs. Meyer’s Candles

    • I so wanted this to be include but saw that they have a generic ingredient of “fragrance” added. Luckily when I dug a little bit more into that they had additional info that put my mind at ease.
  3. Urban Sundry

    • I wasn’t able to find a full list of ingredients which is a little concerning but their description of “100% natural non-GMO soy wax, cotton wick, phthalate-free fragrance and essential oil” on Amazon leads me to believe I can burn this candle without damaging my dogs.
  4. Yummy Candles

    • The description for these has all the buy me indicators I look for lead-free, plant-based, essential oils, & cotton wicks.
  5. Bluecorn Beeswax

    • These aren’t scented but I included them due to liking votive candles during the holiday season & this will be a safe option.

I hope you found reading this as helpful as I did researching it! And of course, I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.


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Fall is on the way I can't bare the thought of not having a mood-setting, rustic smelling evening candle. So now it's time for me to find out exactly what makes candles toxic, how to avoid these things, & a list of trusted brands.
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