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The Best Beeswax Candles For An Eco-Friendly Glow

Create a natural, eco-friendly, and sustainable glow with these best ethically sourced beeswax candles, direct from beekeepers.

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Here in the UK, we love our candles. So much so that we collectively spend more than £90million on candles every year.

Whilst there is nothing more atmospheric than relaxing by candlelight on a dark autumn or winter evening, there’s nothing that quite kills the mood when you realise that most standard candles tend to be made from paraffin wax. Paraffin wax is a by-product of petroleum oil – a fossil fuel that drives the climate crisis.

As well as the climate crisis, candles are also linked to health problems. Scented candles in particular are linked to indoor air pollution – which can cause breathing problems, and other health issues.

Don’t worry though! The good news is you don’t have to give up romantic candlelit suppers or baths. There are eco-friendly candle choices out there that will give you that sustainable glow. If you’re vegan, soy candles make for a great eco swap. And beeswax candles can also be an eco-friendly choice.

Why Are Beeswax Candles Better?

four rolled candles on a wooden trivet

Beeswax candles can make for a great eco-friendly alternative to paraffin-based candles. For a start, beeswax is a natural and renewable product derived from bees – it is the wax that honeybees secrete and use to create their honeycombs.

You may be wondering how ethical this extraction is. Small beekeepers who sell beeswax use ethical means of beeswax extraction to keep their business going. It wouldn’t be sustainable for them to harm their bees, so bees are not harmed or killed in order to extract the beeswax. Of course, larger companies may not be so diligent or ethical. If you are shopping for candles from companies other than those listed below, do always check that the company uses ethical means of beeswax extraction that do not harm the bees.

Beeswax also has a high melting point, compared to other waxes. This means beeswax candles burn for longer than paraffin ones. Beeswax is also clean burning – emitting no toxins, and very little to no soot or smoke. This means it can be a better choice for those that suffer from asthma, other lung conditions or allergies to standard candles.

Beeswax undergoes no chemical processing. And provided it has had no artificial fragrance oils added to it, then it is even compostable.

The Best Beeswax Candles For Every Occasion

Person lighting rolled beeswax candles, with a blue text box that says the best beeswax candles for an eco-friendly glow.

Here are our favourite fossil-fuel free beeswax candles – all direct from small beekeepers – so you can enjoy a cosy glow whilst ensuring the sustainability of your candles.

Beeswax Candles In Jars

candle in a jar

Looking for a pretty beeswax candle in a jar? Five Bees Yard* is the place to go.

As the 3rd generation of beekeepers based in Herefordshire, Five Bees Yard take pride in keeping things as simple as possible and as close to nature as they can. In their three apiaries, they keep their bees using generations of experience and applying exactly the same methods as their grandparents did.

As well as honey, Five Bees Yard handmakes their range of candles made from pure beeswax. These pretty jars come in a range of scents, and to reduce waste they can be refilled with refill candles from Five Bees Yard.

Buy from Five Bees Yard, via Etsy*, from £13*.

Beeswax Birthday Cake Number Candles

beeswax number candle on a birthday cake

If a birthday isn’t a birthday without a big number on the cake, then don’t worry, you can still have your cake and eat it. Five Bees Yard handmake these amazing eco-friendly beeswax birthday cake number candles*.

These non-drip natural and sustainable candles have been handmade using Five Bees Yard’s own beeswax, using only raw beeswax and unbleached cotton. What’s more – there’s no need for a plastic holder – the candle can be placed directly onto your cake.

With a long burn time, you can store these away and use them again for another birthday.

Buy from Five Bees Yard, via Etsy* for £3.50 per candle.

Beeswax Birthday Candles

beeswax birthday cake candles

Looking to ditch petroleum-based birthday cake candles? Beeswax Alchemy* hand-dips their beeswax candles in pairs with beeswax from their own apiaries, or apiaries from local West Country beekeepers. This allows them to authenticate the quality and ethical provenance of their beeswax.

Their beautiful beeswax birthday cake candles* are all handmade, using an ancient hand-dipping technique. This means there may be a slight variation in the size of each candle, but that just adds to the rustic charm.

The candles are non-drip, so you won’t end up with any wax on your delicious cake. And as each candle lasts for around one hour, these candles should last for quite a few birthdays!

Buy from Beeswax Alchemy, via Etsy, for £5 for 10 candles.

Pillar Candles

Hand rolled candles

As well as birthday cake candles, Beeswax Alchemy also make beautiful hand-rolled pillar candles. Here, they clean the beeswax collected from their hives and filter it. The wax is then pressed into sheets before being hand-rolled into 100% pure beeswax candles.

With a burn time of around 12 hours, that’s a whole lot of cosy candlelit evenings or baths to be had from just one candle.

Buy from Beexwas Alchemy, via Etsy* for £12 for 2 pillar candles.

Tealight Candles

box of beeswax votive candles

Finally, if you are looking for beeswax tealights then try Dorset based Bee Mine*. As a small beekeeper, the beeswax is sourced from their own bees. To help reduce waste, once you’ve burned your tealights you can reuse the metal tealight holders by ordering tealight refills*. These arrive naked – without the metal casing – ready for you to drop right into the old case and use again.

The wicks are made of pure cotton and dipped with beeswax, rather than paraffin. The candles are then packaged in fully recyclable cardboard packaging, free from plastic. Bee Mine says most orders will be sent in a letterbox parcel, so there’s no need to wait for the postman.

Buy from Bee Mine, via Etsy*, from £3.77.

Can’t find exactly what you are looking for? As I find more small-scale candlemakers making beeswax from ethically and sustainably sourced wax I’ll be sure to add them. Do check back later to see what I’ve found.

PS: If you want to make your own beeswax tealight candles, then I’ve got a guide for that!

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7 Best Soy Candles For A Sustainable Glow

Today let’s talk soy candles.  And not just any old soy candles.  The best soy candles that are eco-friendly for a cosy and sustainable glow.

The thing I love buying most isn’t ethical shoes. It isn’t houseplants. It’s candles.  On a dark night, there’s nothing better than closing the curtains, dimming the lights, and lighting some soy or beeswax candles to create a lovely relaxing atmosphere. Especially after a hectic day at work or if I’ve spent the day with my young kids, and I’ve finally got them into bed.

What’s Wrong With Standard Candles?

Standard candles I don’t love so much.  Standard candles are made from paraffin wax.  This is a fossil fuel-based petroleum by-product that is made when crude oil is refined into petrol.  As well as being made from non-renewable fossil fuels, burning these kinds of candles can affect your indoor air quality when you burn them.  And that’s before we’ve even covered the artificial fragrances contained in candles, which can hide a cocktail of particularly undesirable chemicals.

Soy candles are made from soy wax.  This is a renewable vegetable wax made from the oil of soybeans.  This means they are petroleum-free, which benefits the environment. 

Isn’t Soy Bad For the Environment?

Soy does have a bad reputation because it is linked to deforestation of the Amazonian rainforest. It’s important to remember that soy is the primary source of protein for most animal feed, and it is the demand for meat that has seen the demand for soy rocket. Approximately 75% of all soy grown is used for animal feed, so it really isn’t the soy candle industry that is driving this deforestation. Burn your soy candles without remorse.

If you want to avoid any Amazonian source soy, then many candle makers do source their wax from EU-based sources. European soy is grown in Italy, France, Romania, and Croatia, so more locally sourced soy is available.

Seven of the Best Sustainable Soy Candles

Two candles on a white background with some purple flowers and a blue text box that says the best soy candles for a sustainable glow

I’ve tried a lot of candles in my time.  Here are seven of the best soy candles in case you’re in the market for some candles.  Or maybe you’re like me and candles are your fail-safe thing to buy for people who are really hard to buy for!

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Handmade Candle Co

Handmade Candle Co's amber glass sustainable candles, pictured on a wooden plinth on a bath in a white tiled bathroom full of plants

Handmade Candle Co’s* luxury soy wax candles are hand-poured in Shropshire. Made with 100% vegetable soy wax, these are fragranced with phthalate-free fragrance oils.

Price: from £14

Old Man & Magpie

Old Man and Magpie's soy candle, in sequoia wood fragrance.  The candle is sat on top of a Lonely Planet guide to California book.

Old Man and Magpie* make sustainable soy candles in Manchester. Made using only 100% pure and natural soy wax, alongside phthalate-free essential and fragrance oils, and using cotton wicks, these candles come in beautiful apothecary style and recyclable amber glass jars. 

Price: from £15

Osie Norfolk Soy Candles

Osie Norfolk's candle in a terracotta pot, sitting on top of green book and next to pink dried flowers.

Osie Norfolk’s* beautiful sustainable candles are hand-poured in Norfolk and are vegan and cruelty-free, as well as palm oil-free. Made from 100% soy wax, they are also scented will all-natural phthalate-free ingredients and essential oils. And for an added eco-friendly bonus, you can buy a candle refill* from Osie for just £7.99 once you’ve burned the candle. Alternatively, you can reuse the lovely terracotta pots for plants in your home or garden.

Price: £7.99 for refills, £18 for the candle and terracotta pot.

Paddy Wax

Paddy Wax, one of the best soy candle makers, candles, sat on a cosy dinner table, next to a stack of plates.

Paddy Wax soy candles, available online from Ethical Superstore*, are one of my long-standing favourites.  I’m currently burning the redwood amber candle, which has a lovely sweet yet earthy scent (derived from essential oils) that I find hard-pushed to describe.

Paddy Wax candles are a little more strongly scented than other scented soy candles I have tried.  I find that a good thing when you are trying to fragrance a larger area, such as a living room.  However, they may be a bit overpowering in a small bathroom, for example.  Save your Paddy Wax candle for fragrance purposes, rather than mood lighting when you’re in the bath!

What I love most about Paddy Wax is that the candles come in a wide variety of holders.   I have had a few of the recycled bottle and apothecary jar candles in the past, and have saved the empty jars for candle making.  I also have a wooden octagon candle pot that has now been reused as a plant pot.  Meanwhile, the ceramic candle, pictured above, could easily be reused as a vase.

Price: from £11.95

Vegan Bunny

Vegan Bunny soy candle in a copper candle tin, sat on top of a pile of pink books.

Vegan Bunny’s* eco-friendly candles tick a lot of boxes. Handmade in Britain from 100% natural and sustainably sourced ingredients, not only are they plastic-free, but vegan and cruelty-free too.

Price: from £10

YR Studio Soy Candles

YR Studio's Into The Woods candle, in a glass jar, sat on a round wicker mat, and surrounded by ferns.

All of YR Studio’s soy candles* are hand-poured in Somerset, using only vegan ingredients that are not tested on animals. Coupled with eco-friendly packaging, including home compostable and water dissolvable packing peanuts made of corn starch, these are a sturdy sustainable swap for standard petroleum-based candles.

Price: from £14.99

PF Candles

PF candle in amber and moss

I’m a fan of PF Candles’ stylish ethical soy candles*. In particular the amber and moss fragrance. PF Candles are pretty strong smelling, so they are best suited if you want to fragrance a room, rather than wanting to create an ambience through candlelight.

Price: from £24.99

Do you have a particular favourite soy candle brand?

Once you’ve finished burning your candle, here’s how to remove candle wax from your jar so that you can reuse the jar again. I’ve even put information in there on how to recycle your leftover candle wax, for a zero-waste burn. You can also make your own beeswax candles.  It’s really easy and fun.  And if you’d rather use soy then simply replace the beeswax with soy flakes to make soy candles.