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  • Writer's pictureLily Smith

Make a wish: 6 best non-toxic soy wax birthday candles

Many of us are now turning to candles with natural ingredients. However, birthday candles seem to have been left behind. When your loved ones go to blow out their candles and make a wish this year, make sure it's over natural, non-toxic soy wax birthday candles...

What are birthday candles usually made from?

Birthday candles are small taper candles, which are usually made from paraffin wax. In addition to this, they are often packed full of unnatural dyes and artificial scents.

While the candles are made to be non-toxic (and therefore safe when they drip onto your cake), the use of paraffin wax still raises some questions, due to the known health impacts of the material.

Why should you avoid paraffin wax candles?

The main health hazard of paraffin wax candles is that burning them releases potentially dangerous chemicals into the air. These chemicals include toluene, which is bad for your health.

Which candle waxes are best?

Soy wax is 100 per cent natural and derived from soybeans. After the beans are harvested, they’re cleaned, cracked, de-hulled and rolled into flakes. Soybean oil is extracted from the flakes and the leftover flakes are used for animal feed.

6 best non-toxic natural birthday candles

beeswax birthday candles

These ethically made and sustainably sourced pure beeswax birthday candles (£6 for 10) have been produced by a family run business of candlemakers that have been trading since the 1970's.

Not only do they smell great, but they are also the safest and purest candles to burn​ as they are toxin free​.

The OVO Things BirthdayCandles (£7 for 5) are made from pure beeswax with a 100 per cent cotton wick. These are handmade in Lithuania from local farmers' beeswax.

Nothing has been added - not even scent or colour - making them completely natural and non-toxic. You can also choose to have a blue or red-toned wick.

birthday candles non toxic natural

Customise your birthday cakes by adding your loved one's age! These birthday number candles from Bee Zero Waste (£4.95) are made with pure beeswax, making them clean-burning and non-toxic.

This company makes a huge range of zero waste goodies, including a variety of beeswax candles, and plastic-free beeswax wraps. Available in numbers 0-9.

These birthday candles from Konges Sløjd (£16.95) are so cute. They are designed to fit perfectly with the birthday train (£69.95) also designed by Konges Sløjd.

We love the sleek Scandinavian design of the candles. They are made with 100 per cent natural beeswax with a cotton wick, making them totally natural and clean burning.

Make a colourful splash with these birthday number candles from Melrose Fragrant Goods (£3.99). The candles are handmade in Derbyshire using pure, clean-burning soy wax, natural dyes and pure cotton wicks.

All packaging is eco-friendly, and the candles come in 6 gorgeous, pastel colours. Choose from green, orange, pink, purple, blue and yellow!

Who doesn't love a bit of glitter? Especially when it's biodegradable! Celebrate in style with these glitter birthday candles from Nice Smelly Candles (£4).

Each candle is made with bamboo sticks, vegan coconut wax and biodegradable glitter. Fabulous and eco-friendly! Customise your candles by choosing from 4 different sparkly colours. Plus, the packaging is all plastic free and biodegradable!


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