Pumpkin spice candles are basically a requirement this time of year to create all the cozy, autumn feels. The problem is, of course, when those candles are made with artificial and synthetic fragrances that leave your house more toxic than festive. These non-toxic fall candles are a heavenly alternative.
Synthetic Candles versus Non-Toxic Candles
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not need to disclose the ingredients of fragrances found in candles (as well as personal care products, home cleaning products, and perfumes), as they are protected proprietary blends.
Unfortunately, many of the chemicals used to achieve the perfect pumpkin candle scent are known carcinogens and endocrine disruptors, according to this 2012 report.
Other not-so-cheery ingredients in synthetic candles include paraffin wax; a petrochemical byproduct considered an indoor pollutant once burned, and metal wicks, which can release heavy metals also when burned.
These non-toxic fall candles are a delightful alternative to synthetic candles. Many are made with natural and essential oils, beeswax, soy, and coconut wax.
5 Best Non-Toxic Fall Candles for Autumn
1. Way Out Wax: Cozy Home Candle
We love Way Out Wax for its clean candles, especially the Cozy Home candle. As the company says, “For 20 years we've been hand-crafting high quality candles in the Green Mountains of Northern Vermont and have set ourselves apart not only through our love affair with essential oils, but also by our aversion to all the chemical additives, fragrances and dyes that are so prevalent in the candle industry.” The Cozy Home candle is made with cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg essential oils and 100 percent soy wax, and smells downright delicious.
2. Besem Natural Scents: Pumpkin Spice Candle
This pumpkin spice candle from Besem Natural Scents is a non-toxic way to do pumpkin spice everything. Made with a blend of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, and cardamom essential oils, this candle basically smells like a pie in a jar. We love that the candle wax is a blend of natural tallow, beeswax, and coconut wax, along with a cotton wick in a cute American-made jar.
3. Yo Soy Candle: I Am Abundant Candle
Hand poured in Portland, Oregon using 100 percent United States grown soy wax and essential and fine fragrance blends, Yo Soy Candles not only provide positive vibes, they smell amazing, too. The I Am Abundant candle is a blend of warming vanilla, spicy cinnamon, and smoky bourbon to create a sweet, yet fiery fragrance. “This mouth-watering fragrance evokes abundance for the fullness of autumn and winter season,” the company notes.
4. Cellar Door Candles: Sandalwood and Bourbon Candle
This sandalwood and bourbon candle from Cellar Door Candles is made with a blend of pure beeswax and coconut wax plus natural and essential oils. We love that it smells musky and earthy, while still sweet and comforting. Bonus: Cellar Door Candles offers a candle subscription service, which makes the most wonderful gift for the upcoming Holiday season.
5. Howard Soap Company: Cinnamon Clove Candle
These clean burning candles from Howard Soap Company are made with 100 percent Midwestern American soy and 100 percent essential oils with a cotton wick, which leaves little room for anything else. The cinnamon and clove scent is the perfect candle to transition from autumn to winter months, as it gives off some seriously cozy vibes.