Light it Up:
The Best Clean-Burning Candles
Relaxing in your favourite place, accompanied by a good book and the warm, comforting glow of a luxuriously scented candle. After a long day, is there anything better? Here, our selection of the best clean-burning candles created by brands to trust – and how to get the most out of them.
How to take care of your candle
In order to lengthen the lifespan of your clean-burning candle, it’s important to take proper care. To prevent what the experts call ‘tunneling’ (when the candle is hollowed out in the centre, leaving unburned wax lining the edges) you must first trim the wick. This creates a brighter, less smoky burn, and also prevents unsightly soot amassing around the candle’s edge. About 1/8 to 1/4 of an inch long should do the trick.
The first time you burn your candle, let it burn until the top layer fully melts. Make sure you don’t place candles in a drafty area, as it’ll cause a lopsided burn. Experts recommend that you burn your candle for a few hours each time to make sure it continues to melt properly – if you’re only lighting for short periods of time, a narrow candle is your best option.
Our favourite clean-burning candles
Exclusively created for Rachel Bates by London-based perfumery, Ormonde Jayne, this spellbinding candle uses the finest oils for a beautifully romantic scent. Its fragrance? Time honoured accord of jasmine, rose with a dash of orange blossom, bergamot and summer berries.
Hand-poured in the United Kingdom, skincare guru Lisa Franklin‘s mood-boosting candle is comes in two unique scents; one with rich notes of amber and spices to create a sensuous, warming atmosphere, and another featuring delicate rose with opulent oud to transform and energise.
Designed for use during travel, 58 Lifestyle‘s hand-poured Balancing Ecosoy Candle is beautifully minimal in appearance. It also provides the perfect 100% natural scent throw. It’s infused with plant extracts to immerse in a sense of wellbeing – as well as giving a therapeutic aura.
Renowned British illustrator, Deborah Ballinger, teamed up with Lola’s Apothecary to design a gorgeous botanical pattern on the Breath of Clarity candle. Made with an innovative blend of plant waxes that burn carbon-free, its fragrance invigorates with eucalyptus, sweet marjoram, and rosemary.
Made with non-GMO soy and coconut wax, Be Genki‘s Vibrant Candle is designed to elevate energy, vitality, and concentration. Specially selected natural ingredients – think peppermint, lemon, and myrtle – deliver a much-needed boost when you’re feeling fatigued.
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