Ever dipped those toes into the world of soy candles? Well, don’t — they would probably burn.
All jokes aside, if you’re new to the idea of soy candles, you might be surprised to learn that burning these babies is one of the best ways to waft new scents around your home in 2021. Considering they’re made from 100% renewable resources, soy candles promote green living in a way regular candles don’t, since most non-soy alternatives are made with petroleum-based paraffin wax. Not only are there green advantages to burning soy, but they’re naturally longer-lasting than a regular candle and provide less soot since they burn cleaner. Soy also naturally holds scent incredibly effectively, lessening the need to use additives or chemical amplifiers that might disperse nasty inhalants throughout your home.
While you might think you’re set in stone with the candle section at Bed, Bath & Beyond, soy candles are a worthy substitute. Looking to make the switch? Add some of these soy candles to your home decor, immediately.
1. Homesick Candles
Whether you’re missing home or reminiscing over your favorite vacation spot, Homesick Candles is the solution. By bringing your most cherished places to you even when you’re not there, these soy candles are individually made to replicate the feel and scent of various states and cities. Each candle is hand-poured in the United States with a soy wax blend and 100% organic cotton wicks to create a long-lasting, delicious burn. These are also excellent gifts for friends and family who live a bit farther from you. Meaning if mom lives in South Carolina and you’re in the Big Apple, gift her a New York City candle next time you see her so she has a little piece of you even when you’re not with her.
2. Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Scented Soy Aromatherapy Candle
Made from a mix of both soy and vegetable wax, Mrs. Meyer’s aromatherapy candles are a great dual-wax option that have a very clean smell. All of the candles are overwhelming in a good way, meaning one burn has the ability to make the entire room smell much cleaner than it probably is. Even after it stops burning, the aroma lasts longer than many alternatives, instilling a fresh feeling throughout the home. Each candle is poured to last for 25 hours and sits directly in a recycled glass candle jar, so it’s quite obvious Mrs. Meyer’s products have green-living directly in mind.
3. P.F. Candle Co. Amber & Moss Candle
Imagine an autumnal mountainous cabin escape at sunset. You’re indoors but you can still hear the water rush from the flowing river on the property, the audible breeze shakes red and yellow leaves on the trees in a slow yet almost consistent pattern. You’re laying on the couch, soaking in the last of the day’s sun that’s peering in through floor to ceiling windows as you watch dust particles float in the light. The smell you’re envisioning alongside this serenity? This calming amber & moss soy candle from P.F. Candle Co. Hand-poured into amber jars that glimmer for the golden hour, this candle is meant for those who love both the aromatic and aesthetic purposes candles have to offer. Light it up and disappear in a daydream.
4. Brooklyn Candle Studio Sunday Morning Minimalist Candle
Adam Levine said it best, “Sunday morning, rain is falling.” On those dreary Sunday mornings where you have no other plans but to lounge around the house all day as the rain hits your windowpane, light up this minimalist soy candle from Brooklyn Candle Studio. It’s made from 100% soy, burns clean and smells even cleaner. By giving us notes of pear and bergamot on top of aromas of jasmine and gardenia in a forest of amber trees, it’s a calming way to spend a chill day. And as the name might make you think, yes, each candle is made directly in Brooklyn, New York.
5. Good + Well Supply Co. Zion National Park Candle
Immerse yourself in redwood trees and unbelievable granite cliffs with the candle that’ll help take you there — even when you’re not even close. Good + Well’s Zion soy candle brings your favorite national park to you. By dressing the soy solution in a metal container that looks like that can of beans you roasted over an open fire while camping that one time, this candle fits the outdoorsy, camp aesthetic well. Each candle is hand-poured in Seattle in small batches, so grab yours now while supplies last. What does it smell like? Desert lavender, sage and dried herbs — the classic Zion trio.
6. Lulu Candles Pineapple Evergreen Soy Candle
Pineapple evergreen, you say? Why? Well, we’re not sure, but what we can tell you is that this is one of the best smelling candles we’ve ever smelled. By fusing two scents that otherwise make no sense (or is that scents?) together, Lulu Candles has done the unimaginable and created the pineapple pizza of candles. It’s almost reminiscent of that one Christmas in Hawaii your family did when you were six. One reviewer on Amazon went as far as to call this soy surprise the “Romeo & Juliet” of candles, since the scents complement each other in a way no one saw coming.
7. CoCo Benjamin Pumpkin Pecan Waffles Soy Candle
Now you don’t have to wait for fall to enjoy the scent of fresh pumpkin year-round. Although this soy candle ain’t no Starbs grande iced pumpkin spice latte (hold the whip), it comes pretty dang close. Made to smell exactly like those pumpkin pecan waffles you’ve literally never heard of or tasted but still know you’re going to like due to your seasonal pumpkin obsession, this is a candle for all fall fans. At just under $17, it’s also one of the more affordable candles on the list — just make sure you don’t burn it too quickly because it’s gotta last you all season, my man.
8. Chesapeake Bay Scented Candle, Joy + Laughter
Can you bottle pure joy? Chesapeake Bay seems to think so. This top-rated candle on Amazon offers plenty of burn time (roughly 50 hours) and is scented with all-natural essential oils to keeps things au naturel. According to users the smell is sweet enough to camouflage bad smells without being overpowering, and the wicks—when properly trimmed—burn cleanly to avoid any tunnelling. Pick one up today for sweet, sweet scents all season long.
9. One Fur All 100% Natural Soy Wax Candle
Most of us love our pets, but that doesn’t mean we love the smell of wet fur, litter and other unpleasant odors that come from being a fur parent. Enter these pet-themed jarred candles, which are designed to remove all of that stank from your pet-filled home. They’re created with animal lovers in mind so they’re obviously cruelty-free, but they also come in over 20 fragrances like apple cider and vanilla, each with a money-back guarantee. That means if you don’t like it you can return it with no skin off your back… er, or is that fur?
10. Craft & Kin Fresh Flowers Scented Candles
It’s not always practical (or cost effective) to fill your home with bouquets of fresh flowers, but that’s where this floral-scented soy candle comes in handy. They’re crafted with essential oils and promise a strong burst of smell to fill the entire room, which makes them a great option for those who enjoy their candles with a bolder scent. They also come in a beautiful amber glass jar, which can add just the right touch of designer-inspired ambiance to any room when they’re lit.
11. Nika’s Home Vanilla Bean Mason Soy Candle
Looking to support a small business? Nika’s Home has been offering hand-poured, 100% soy wax candles since 2014. The family-owned shop is cruelty-free and promises a 50-60 hour burn time on its products, all of which are additive-free by the way. It’s a simple and reasonably priced candle, however users do report that the scent is on the more pungent side, so if you’re sensitive to smells you might want to pick up something a little less strongly scented.
12. Milkhouse Candle Company, Creamery Scented Soy Candle: Butter Jar Candle, Apple Strudel
When you order one of these statement candles from Milkhouse you’re not just getting any regular old soy candle: you’re getting a work of art. These jars are great for farmhouse decor, bathrooms and kitchens alike, but even more importantly they come in an array of amazing and creative scents. Think apple strudel, barn dance, banana sunset and silver birch, among others. Plus they come with double cotton wicks to ensure a slow and even burn.
13. Driftwood Tray Candle
Grab one of these artful candles for an instant touch of natural decor to any coffee table, shelf or night table in your home. These Himalayan hand-poured candles are made using artisan techniques and are available in a variety of scents, plus the vessel itself is reusable, so when you’re done burning the candle you can use the tray to hold smaller knickknacks or maybe even use it to pour yourself a homemade soy candle instead.
14. Frozen Yogurt Candle
Ice cream that lights up? Sure, why not. These faux-zen yogurt candles are as much a conversation starter as they are a sweet home decor item, which makes them a fun gift or addition to any candle lover’s collection. They’re legit too — each candle is made with an actual ice cream scoop before getting a sprinkling of eco-friendly glitter frost. Just make sure you don’t accidentally eat it, because these candles look as good as they smell.
15. Fruity Cereal Candle
Invoke your favorite childhood breakfast without any of the calories with the help of this colorful and fruity soy candle. “Saturday Scents” is designed to bring you right back to those cartoon-filled Saturday mornings when you could spoon your cares away with sugary cereal while your parents slept in. And given that these candles offer up more than 80 hours of burn time per jar, that’s a whole lot of cartoons that you can be catching up on if you light one up next weekend.
16. MAGNIFICENT101 Pure White Sage Smudge Candle
Some candles mask weirdness, but these offerings from Magnificent101 claim to straight up eliminate it. The energy cleansing soy candles are filled with scents of sage, which is designed to banish negative energy. So the next time you feel like wafting sage around the house in a bid to cleanse it of all that bad juju, you can save yourself the burn marks and easily light one of these candles instead.
17. I & Candle, Aromatherapy Soy Wax Scented Candles
If it’s simple relaxation you seek, look no further than this lavender-scented aromatherapy candle from I & Candle. The non GMO-candle is made with 100% cotton wicks with no additional chemicals or dyes, and it comes in a reusable metal container that can be put to good use long after the wax itself is gone. That means you can sit back and relax knowing that burning this hand-poured candle is also totally safe for the environment.
18. Siblings Springtime Pack
BEST DIY CANDLES
Siblings is a cool company that provides pour-your-own candle kits. Crafty, DIY-inclined folks can create candles using their own containers or purchase candle jars from Siblings. The company uses a natural blend of coconut and soy wax, and this sample pack contains some of the brand’s most popular fragrances. The various candle mixes in the Springtime pack include earthy and floral scents such as basil, honey, ambrette, honeysuckle, peony, amber, tuberose and magnolia.