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Seven of the 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 ambiance 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. You can also make your own beeswax candles.  It’s really easy and fun.  If you’d rather use soy then simply replace the beeswax with soy flakes to make soy candles.

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Eco-Friendly Sunscreen Guide for 2022

eco-friendly sunscreen guide

 Today I am sharing my guide to eco-friendly sunscreen, updated for 2022.

I’m all about eco-friendly beauty products.  From sustainable soap to plastic-free conditioner and to zero-waste makeup, I always think that the best products are ones that work well, are effective, affordable, and are made sustainably.  The sunscreen market should be no different.

Questions have been raised about the ingredients in conventional sunscreen.  Whilst in the past, selections have been limited, in 2022 the market for sustainable sunscreen has grown hugely.

What To Look For In An Eco-Friendly Sunscreen

Unfortunately, even in the eco-friendly market, not all sunscreens are equal.  Be wary of brands that say they offer “complete protection” without any further detail.  Instead, look for ones that specifically say that they give broad-spectrum protection.  Specifically both UVA and UVB protection.

Also, be wary of sunscreens saying they offer protection above SPF 50.  There is no evidence anything above SPF 50 offers increased protection.  This also fools you into thinking you can reapply less.  Be mindful that you still have to reapply the cream every couple of hours regardless of the SPF.

Guide to Eco-Friendly Sunscreen

eco-friendly sunscreen guide

To help you through this minefield I’ve done some research.  As such, I’ve come up with a few reliable eco-friendly sunscreen brands – from vegan-friendly to reef safe, and more.  Each offers a good SPF.  And all creams featured also offer both UVA and UVB protection and are safe for all of the family to use.

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Badger SPF 30 Sunscreen

Badger Sunscreen* is one of the best eco-friendly sunscreens on the market.  It offers a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 and provides protection from both UVA and UVB rays.  It’s 100% harsh chemical-free.  What’s more, it contains 87% certified organic ingredients and is hypoallergenic.  This makes it safe for every member of the family, even little ones.

If you’re planning on snorkeling or diving in coral reefs or other environmentally sensitive ecosystems, then it’s a great choice.  As it’s completely biodegradable it won’t cause any harm to the reefs or waterways.  And for the final thumbs-up, it’s not tested on animals.  However, do bear in mind that it’s not vegan as it contains beeswax.

The downside is that it is not readily available in the UK.  However, I’ve tracked down this one, and other sunscreens in their range, on Amazon*.

Green People SPF 30 Eco-Friendly Sunscreen

Green People’s* 78% certified organic eco-friendly sunscreen packs great protection from UVA and UVB rays.  It’s also free from parabens, alcohol, Lanolin, phthalates, artificial perfumes, petrochemicals, and colourants.

Green People’s sunscreen is suitable for the most sensitive of skin, even babies, and rubs in really well.  It’s not vegan, however, due to the inclusion of beeswax. 

 Green People have also confirmed that it is reef-safe, so good news if you are planning on diving or snorkeling.  

Available with free delivery from Green People for £22* for 200 ml.  This is a great family size for holidays.  Also, take 10% off your first order when you sign up for the Green People newsletter.

Jāsön Sun Family Sunscreen SPF 45

Free from parabens and SLS, the Jāsön eco-friendly sunscreen offers a hefty SPF45 protection from both UVA and UVB rays.  It’s also gentle and non-irritant, making it great for all of the family.   The sunscreen is not tested on animals and is vegan-friendly, however, if you are planning on snorkeling then bear in mind it’s not reef-safe.   If you’re after a reef-safe sunscreen then try the Jāsön Mineral SPF30 sunblock*, which is £14.99, from Look Fantastic.

Jāsön Sun Family Sunscreen is available from Look Fantastic for £12.99* for 113 g, making it a handy size for carrying around in your bag.  

Sol De Ibiza Sunscreen

If you are looking for plastic-free sunscreen, then try Sol De Ibiza*. This SPF 50 natural sunscreen, which protects you from both UVA and UVB rays, gives you great protection without any plastic packaging. This fragrance-free, non-nano formulation is made with organic and cruelty-free ingredients and is suitable for the whole family. What’s more, it’s water-resistant and reef-safe. At £24 for 100 g, it is not the cheapest product but I tried this out over the hottest days of summer and found it to offer mighty eco-friendly sun protection.

Sol De Ibiza also comes in cardboard pushup tube* for easier application on the go. Ironically, I found it difficult to apply the sunscreen in the tube as the texture is more akin to that of a wax crayon, and it’s tricky to get any on your skin. My advice? Stick with the tin.

Odylique Natural Sunscreen

This exceptionally pure, 100% natural, eco-friendly sunscreen was the first sun lotion to be accredited as both Fairtrade and organic.  What’s more, it’s also cruelty-free and certified vegan.

The sunscreen itself is great for very sensitive skin, including babies and children.  The mineral zinc oxide is the active ingredient, delivered in non-nano format.  As such, it offers broad-spectrum UVA and SPF30 UVB protection.

Odylique’s formulation protects the skin whilst actively caring for it.  This is through its mixture of nine organic botanicals.  These include Fairtrade raw shea butter, which replenishes and soothes skin.  The formulation also contains a mixture of chamomile, rosemary, and sea buckthorn to calm sun-sensitive skin.  

The light, non-greasy formula makes for easy application and for immediate protection.  Find it here* at Big Green Smile.  Prices start from £15 for a 50ml tube.

Weleda SPF 30 Sunscreen

Weleda’s SPF 30 Sunscreen* offers waterproof UVA and UVB sun protection with natural non-nano mineral UV filters.

This high-factor natural and vegan sunscreen does leave a white sheen on your skin.  However, this is due to its non-nano mineral UV filters, which reflect harmful UV rays.  In terms of skincare, organic virgin coconut oil and shea butter protect the moisture level in young skins.  The fragrance-free formula is also clinically tested.  As such, it’s suitable for sensitive skins – both babies and adults.

All ingredients are grown biodynamically by Weleda.  Where this isn’t possible, ingredients are ethically sourced from around the world.  

Find it on sale at Content Beauty*.

Have you found any other eco-friendly sunscreen brands you love?  Do let me know in the comments!  I’m especially looking for recommendations on plastic-free sunscreen. I’ve only tried a couple of brands, and always happy to hear about your favourites.

PS: Now you’ve got your sunscreen, be cool at the pool with this guide to ethical swimwear too.