The Benefits of Using Natural Candles

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Blue Spruce Candles by Kristy Doubet Haare

Blue Spruce Candle by Kristy Doubet Haare

When it comes to relaxation, is there any better way to create a cozy atmosphere than with a candle? The warm golden glow. The soft, flickering shadows. The delicious aromas.

In preparation for The Candle Issue, we’ve burned through more than our fair share of candles, and without a doubt, our favorites are those made with natural ingredients. If you’ve not already switched to natural candles, don’t wait any longer. There are so many benefits that you’ll never want to go back.

Why are natural candles better?

They Don’t Contain Unsavory Chemicals

With natural candles, you won’t be risking exposure to potentially harmful chemicals.

Traditional paraffin wax is derived from petroleum and can contain various toxins, carcinogens, and air pollutants. Organic waxes, such as soy wax or beeswax, are an easy way to avoid risking exposure to such chemicals.

Wicks made from natural materials such as cotton, hemp, or wood are a better option than metal-cored wicks, which can release toxins and even traces of lead in the worst cases.

They Burn Longer

Because natural waxes have a lower melting point, they last longer. This means you get more for your money, and you’ll be able to enjoy your favorite candles for much longer.

They Produce Less Soot

Natural candles burn cleaner. You won’t see as much black soot gathering on your candle or creeping onto your walls.

Natural Wax is Biodegradable

Natural wax is biodegradable, so it’s easier to clean spills and re-use empty candle containers.

Help Support Small and Local Businesses

Though natural candles are becoming more readily available in select stores, there are also many artisans creating all-natural candles. Consider supporting them rather than the big-box shops.


What’s your favorite kind of candle? Leave a your answer in the comments below.


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7 thoughts on “The Benefits of Using Natural Candles”

  1. I didn’t know that natural wax was biodegradable and easier to clean up if you make a mess. My wife has been complaining to me about how bored she is but she doesn’t like to do really messy projects either. I’ll have to look at getting some candle making supplies for her so she can have something to do that isn’t too messy!

  2. I am a candle maker and I just want to comment the only all natural candle would be beeswax. Even Soy Wax is chemically processes. All candles if burned correctly would have less soot. Keep your wicks trimmed to 1/4 of inch and burn no longer than 2-3 hrs at a time.