It is possible to bring home a beautiful, cozy, divine-smelling candle that won’t add unnecessary harmful chemicals into your space!

7 Phthalate-Free Candles That Won’t Harm Your Health

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SARAH PETERSON

LOOKING FOR PHTHALATE-FREE CANDLES? I have the best non-toxic CANDLE RECOMMENDATIONS THAT WILL HELP YOU OPTIMIZE YOUR AMBIANCE AND KEEP YOUR HEALTH INTACT.

Since being on a fertility journey after marrying my husband in 2020 (check out our DIY wedding here), I've started paying attention to the toxins surrounding me. I've tuned into not just the food I put into my mouth but all the chemicals I use in our home, products I put on my body, and toxins I breathe daily.

For example, I'm a huge candle lover—I make them, buy them, and gift them. My close friends often receive my evening "CANDLE O'CLOCK!" text to ensure they have one lit and feel all the cozy. Subsequently, I've officially switched to phthalate-free candles, and I want you to too!

When I started our fertility journey I didn't know how disruptive so many mainstream, mass-manufactured, cheap candles can be to our overall health and fertility. (I'm looking at you, Anthropologie, and Target!)

What did I learn? Not all candles are equal—that's an understatement! 

WHY CHOOSE PHTHALATE-FREE CANDLES?

You might be wondering, what the heck are phthalates?

Phthalates are a common chemical ingredient used in manufacturing cheap fragrance oils. They help the fragrance extend its aromatic strength.

Without getting too scientific, phthalates are in many scented products (so you should look out for them in perfumes, lotions, cosmetics, and more!).

Unfortunately, they belong to a group of endocrine disruptors that affect your hormonal balance and can cause reproductive and fertility issues, among many other health problems. (Read more on the health detriments of phthalates here.)

There are other toxic factors to consider when bringing a candle into your sacred space, like type of wax and type of wick. But in my research, I've found that if it's phthalate-free, 99% of of the time the rest of the candle is non-toxic too (parrafin-free, paraben-free, and lead-free). 

How to identify phthalates?

It is almost impossible to identify phthalates as an ingredient on a product because (gasp!) there is no law they must be on the product's ingredient list. Usually, phthalates are part of the fragrance ingredients listed simply as "fragrance."

As a result, the only way to ensure that the item is phthalate-free is by choosing a product that promises it is phthalate-free on its packaging, branding, or website.

Below I rounded up my favorite candles made with phthalate-free premium fragrance oils, natural essential oils, or a blend of both.

So it is possible to bring home a beautiful, cozy, divine-smelling candle that won't add unnecessary harmful chemicals into your space!

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Image by Sugar and Salt Candle Co / Etsy

sugar & salt candle co SOY BLEND CANDLES

Designer Carlie Queen makes these hand-poured luxurious wood wick phthalate-free candles in Lincoln, NE. She crafts her candles to flood your room with a captivating aroma while also creating a relaxing atmosphere through the soothing crackling sounds each wick makes while burning. Try these handmade creations to experience a magical burning experience, support a handmade business, and keep your home phthalate-free!


Image by Mrs. Meyers / Amazon

MRS. MEYER'S SOY TIN AROMATHERAPY CANDLES

You probably already know the famous Mrs. Meyer's dish and hand soaps. Their products are "rooted in goodness," and their candle line is no exception. These adorable soy candles consist of soy wax and 100% essential oils. These tins of wholesome scented goodness are less than $5, so stock up now!


Image by Remilia Hair Store / Amazon

THE COSMO AROMATHERAPY SOY CANDLE

Experience a naturally relaxing atmosphere with the Cosmo candle. Each candle is hand-poured with custom-blended and nature-inspired essential oils to create calming zen to your space. The reviews boast a warming aroma, long burn time, and top-notch aesthetics and packaging. 


Image by Sweet Water Decor Candles / Amazon

SWEET WATER DECOR SOY CANDLES

Sweet Water Decor offers an adorable quoted soy candle line that makes for the perfect gift for any occasion. From Mother's day, birthdays, wedding wishes, and more, this company has you covered with high-quality candles that will "bring light into your life and home," but leave the  phthalates at the door!


Image by P.F. CANDLE CO / Amazon

P.F. CANDLE CO. SOY CANDLES 

P.F. Candle Co. offers a super-stylish Sunset Line of 10 oz premium phthalate-free candles. They are ideal for adding designer vibes to your space, and evoking nostalgic, earth-toned motifs, sun shapes, and horizon lines inspired by California scenery. Available in four scents representing your favorite time of day and the feelings they spark within you. 


Image by Brooklyn Candle Studio / Amazon

Brooklyn Candle studios SOY CANDLES

Brooklyn Candle Studio's mission is to create candles with captivating scents, a beautiful minimalist design, and the best ingredients. Their candles are petroleum-free, cruelty-free, phthalate-free, and 100% vegan. Not only are their candles up to standard, additionally all Brooklyn Candle Studio employees earn fair wages and benefits: paid time off and subsidized healthcare, dental, and vision. Now that's a candle to light up.


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Image by Urban Outfitters / Good & Well Supply Co.

Good & Well Supply Co. National Park SOY Candle COLLECTION

Good & Well Supply Co's all-natural soy candles are handcrafted to impart the scents of the wild and pristine lands of America's National Parks. They're vegan, cruelty-free, and poured in small phthalates-free batches in Seattle, WA. In addition, this company advocates for and supports public lands through annual donations to the National Park Foundation and Washington National Park Fund.


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Hey, I'm Sarah!

Designer, DIYer, & Deep Googler

I've always been infinitely curious on how the things I love are created. Whether it's the recipe of a decadent soap, a beautiful piece of jewelry, or a jaw-drooping, drool-worthy interior... I have an persistent need to figure it out... and do it myself!

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I throw these everywhere... the floor, my work chair, the couch. They are 100% worth every penny.

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Living in LA's perpetual sunny and 72 degree weather has made me LOVE clouds because I so rarely see them!

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The best detangler I've found. I throw the travel size bottle in my gym bag, travel bag, and beach bag.

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My favorite white tee. I've bought about 18 of them by now. Best cut v-neck, long in the body, high quality. (Why not get a few.)

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Never buy a candle again! Use this to DIY your own (they smell better, burn longer, and save money).

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I use these surfaces to shoot styled stock, product, and brand photos that need clean, realistic backgrounds.

PLANTER (for DIY CANDLE)

amazon

I love to turn planters into large DIY candles. It's my favorite gift to give. Everyone loves a huge multi-wick candle!

LABEL MAKER

amazon

When in doubt, label everything. I'm amazed at how long this little machine's batteries last.

"LOVE" ART PRINT

society 6

Got this one after my husband popped the question. It's how I feel when I'm with him!

FAUX FUR BLANKET

anthropologie

The coziest blanket you'll ever find. So good I gifted them in different colors to my beloved wedding guests!

FLAUNT PHONE CASE

FLAUNT.COM

Currently using this--it's the perfect shade of radiant orchid pink, and I love the square corners!

Fiberclay PLANTER SET

michaels

Scatter a cute planter set from Michael's around your home--it will make your decor feel cohesive.

SHEEPSKIN rug

etsy

I throw these everywhere... the floor, my work chair, the couch. They are 100% worth every penny.

IMITATION Pothos

michaels

Shhh... When I want my plants to cascade more, I add in an extension like this while they grow.

Bisley FILE CABINET

container store

I used two of these sleek Bisley cabinets under this delicious slab of wood to DIY my dream desk.

HANDMADE CERAMICS

calLahan ceramics

Sign up for alerts, it's almost impossible to purchase these beauties before they sell out!

MICRON black PENS

amazon

These are the only pens that let me write neatly. There's something magical about them! #01 is my fave size.

SOLID PERFUME STICKS

PERFUMIES.COM

Change the way you wear and carry perfume with these perfume sticks that fit in your pocket!

Fanny Pack // BELT BAG

shopbop

The fanny pack has officially changed my life for the better. No more big bag shoulder and back pain!

SCARF NECKLACE

mignonne gavigan

The most beautiful handmade accessories around. (I wore MG "Burst" earrings for my wedding!)

THRIFTED DESIGNER SCARF

thred up

Make money on clothes you no longer wear, and find designer goods (with tags still on!)

Storm Cloud Wall Art

anthropologie

Living in LA's perpetual sunny and 72 degree weather has made me LOVE clouds because I so rarely see them!

TILLANDSIA AIRPLANT

AMAZON

The most low maintenance plant on the market. Find a cool planter and plop it in. Mist every 2-3 weeks.

FLORAL Macbook case

etsy

I've cracked too many screens in my lifetime to not protect my devices. Love this feminine floral hard case.

Distressed Mirror

anthropologie

A mirror that looks like a moon? Make it a full moon everyday in your house!

GLUE GUN

amazon

Everyone (and I mean everyone) should go through life with a trusty glue gun by their side.

uline hair detangler

amazon

The best detangler I've found. I throw the travel size bottle in my gym bag, travel bag, and beach bag.

Silicone ALPHABET MOLD

amazon

These ABC molds allow for ample DIYs. Jello, melt and pour soaps, crayons... the fun really will never end!

fave white tee

amazon

My favorite white tee. Best cut v-neck, long in the body, high quality. (Why not get a few.)

THERMAL LABEL PRINTER

amazon

Print a lot of labels? Get this thermal printer and never buy an ink cartridge again.

e6000 GLUE

amazon

This is the glue that holds my life together. No really... I use it for everything.

Sigma 35mm 1.4 lens

amazon

100% my most favorite portrait lens. Do yourself a favor and add it to your cart immediately.

Caudalie BEAUTY elixir

amazon

This face mist instantly will make you feel more refreshed and awake after a few spritzes!

Candle Making Pitcher

amazon

Never buy a candle again! Use this to DIY your own (they smell better, burn longer, and save money).

singer sewing machine

amazon

This is the sewing machine I used to DIY my wedding dress! Easy to use, I recommend it to any level sewist.

photography backdrops

replica surfaces

I use these surfaces to shoot styled stock, product, and brand photos that need clean, realistic backgrounds.