Following on from my recent post on wool blankets, my hygge obsession doesn’t seem to have waned. The best selling book, The Little Book of Hygge* reveals that 28% of Danes light candles every single day of the year and more than 50% almost every day during autumn and winter.
With so much candle burning going on – the less toxic they are, the better. Standard candles are often made from paraffin wax, a byproduct of petroleum. Natural wax, on the other hand, such as sustainably sourced soy wax or coconut wax, is not only a renewable resource, it provides a much cleaner and longer lasting burn.
Whether or not you decide to light them every day of the year, evocative scents such as pine, cinnamon, orange and ginger are perfect for those calm moments, away from the Christmas madness. Read on for some of the best festive scented candles made from natural wax.
Whilst working in a restaurant in South Carolina, surrounded by wine bottles, Adam Fetsch came up with the idea of making candles inspired by the varietals of different wines. Since 2009, the Rewined team have been making those scented candles from Charleston, S.C. and they are all made from upcycled wine bottles. They are also made from 100% natural soy wax from sustainable soy farms and a blend of essential and natural plant oils.
Rewined were kind enough to gift me some of their candles and their signature Pinot Grigio, described as having notes of ‘sandalwood and a crisp minerality, held together by a strong citrus backbone,’ along with their Spiked Cider, are definite favourites. See also their seasonal special Wine Under the Tree.
The Nomad Society
The Nomad Society candles are inspired by a love of travel with scents that evoke a sense of wanderlust. Candles are made with sustainably sourced soya wax made in small batches and hand poured from their studio in Hossegor, France. Candles also come in an amber glass jar which can be reused for tea lights or miniature plant pots.
For winter, take a look at their ‘Darker Days’ collection which features scents inspired by winter botanicals and autumnal adventures. ‘Gypsy Soul’ has black raspberry with base notes of peppercorn. Last Light has amber and moss. Smoke & Wood has top notes of birch wood and a hint of camp fire smoke. Purchase for £15 and £35 from The Future Kept. Photo via The Future Kept.
The Dirt Creative
Based in Hertfordshire, The Dirt Creative are makers of homeware and bath products that are rich in natural ingredients. Their candles feature a soy wax base and natural essential oils. They even lace their candles with hand dried flowers from their own garden.
Jars and bottles are made from recycled glass and customers are encouraged to reuse their vessels in the home or return them for refills at a discounted rate. For winter, check out their Ginger & Bergamot, Pine & Tea Tree and Rosemary & Orange scented candles, £22.
P.F. Candle Company
The Terra Collection, by California company P.F. Candle Co. is inspired by the simple, natural beauty of botanical gardens. The ingredients are 100% domestically-grown soy wax, a cotton core wick, all natural fragrance oils, which are 100% derived from natural sources and an infusion of essential oils. Juniper and Rosemary are earthy and warm scents for winter, priced at $42.
Tussie Mussie is a London based candle company. Their philosophy was inspired by The Chelsea Physic Garden, one of the oldest botanical gardens in Britain, associated with the science of healing. ‘Tussie Mussie’ was the term used by the Victorians for poesies made up of flowers and herbs that would convey secret messages for the recipient.
The Glad Tidings Christmas candle is a blend of cinnamon, orange, nutmeg and clove. It’s made in small batches from sustainable soy wax and essential oils. £32 from Not on the High Street.*
Keap was started by Steve and Harry who came up with the idea for a sustainable candle business, whilst living in a house share on Keap Street, Brooklyn. Keap candles are made in Brooklyn from coconut wax. They have lead-free cotton wicks and come in a reusable tumbler glass.
Perfect for winter is their ‘Wood Cabin’ scent which contains notes of cade juniper, cedar wood, wet moss, nutmeg, palo santo and burnt pine needles. For $12 you can choose 4 of their sample size candles to try at home and get the same amount off if you buy a full-size candle.
Neom Organics candles are hand poured in the UK from 100% sustainably sourced vegetable wax (a blend of soy, rapeseed and beeswax) and pure essential oils with no chemical fertilisers or synthetic pesticides used in the farming of the ingredients. The Christmas Wish candle adorned with a quaint copper street scene illustration, contains mandarin, cinnamon, tonka bean and 11 other pure essential oils, £30 from John Lewis.*
L:A Bruket is a chic Swedish beauty brand that will appeal to fans of Scandi minimalism. Their candles are made from organic soy and are hand poured into mouth blown glass. For winter try their Black Oak which contains amber, birch, cashmere wood, cedar, musk and vanilla or Tabac, which has notes of tobacco, cedarwood, musk, lemon and jasmine £20 from The Conran Shop.*
This post contains affiliate links marked with a *
Thanks for supporting Upcyclist.co.uk