9 Non-Toxic, Clean-Burning Candles for Spring

The right candle can raise a room's vibes, and these do just the trick.

We made it through another year, and spring is almost here. Now, it's the perfect time to light a candle or two. With spring cleaning and thinking about the new season, we should think about brightening up our scent environment.

But all candles aren't created equal. Many contain paraffin wax, which can release toxic compounds like acetone, benzene and toluene into the air you breathe. These compounds have the potential to make you sick. That's why more people are turning to nontoxic candles. These candles are free of harmful ingredients, but they still maintain that classic candle experience you love.

Of course, tracking them down requires time and energy, two things you're in short supply of these days. Here are the best nontoxic candle options to get you started.

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9 Best Nontoxic Candles

Anecdote Athleisure Candle, $26 at Athleisure

All of Anecdote's pretty candles are hand-poured using natural ingredients without additives, dyes or preservatives. Instead, they utilize coconut-soy wax, cotton core wicks and premium phthalate-free fragrance oils to create a clean burn. Oh! And they have hilarious names. The $24 Athleisure Candle mixes the delicious scents of jasmine and lemongrass for a clean finish. Anecdote Athleisure Candle, $26 at Athleisure

Homesick Book Club, $30.40 at Homesick

This best-selling candle from Homesick is the epitome of warmth, but it's not too warm for spring. It features notes of orange, nutmeg, cinnamon and sandalwood, combined with vanilla, balsam and amber for a wonderfully homey scent. It's also made with a natural soy-wax blend and doesn't contain lead, plastic, paraben, synthetic dyes or phthalates. Homesick Book Club, $30.40 at homesick

Lulu Candles Pineapple Evergreen, $14.95 on Amazon

Lulu Candles are made with eco-friendly soy wax. They are vegan, paraben-free and cruelty free. This $15 crisp pineapple evergreen scent has a long burn time, so you can enjoy it for ages. Lulu Candles Pineapple Evergreen, $14.95 on Amazon

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Mrs. Meyers Clean Day Lavender, $10.99 at Mrs. Meyers

All Mrs. Meyer's candles, including the delicious lavender scent, are made from renewable ingredients like soy wax and vegetable wax. This candle is lead-free and burns for 25 hours. It also comes in a recyclable glass jar that you can reuse once you're done with the candle itself. Mrs. Meyers Clean Day Lavender, $10.99 at Mrs. Meyers

Don't Make Me Use My Mom Voice, Pear & Ivy, All-Natural Soy Candle, 9 oz., Originally $25, Now $17.95

Some candles are made to make you smile, and Malicious Women Candle Co's Don't Make Me Use My Mom Voice candle does just that. The candle's label hilariously says it's infused with "your last warning," while the pear scent is soothing. It's also made from soy and is zinc- and lead-free. Don't Make Me Use My Mom Voice, Pear & Ivy, All-Natural Soy Candle, 9 oz., Originally $25, Now $17.95

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Jack Baker Candle Co. - Rosegold + Peony, $29.50 on Amazon

Ahhh, lemon! Infuse your place with the fresh scent with Jack Baker Candle Co.'s floral scented candle. Made of 100% soy wax, this candle has a whopping 50-hour burn time. It's also paraben- and cruelty-free. Jack Baker Candle Co. - Rosegold + Peony, $29.50 on Amazon

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River Birch Birch Candle, $14.50 on Amazon

Kick back and enjoy the woody, wintry scents of this candle, featuring top notes of patchouli, amber and a hint of jasmine. You can breathe easing knowing it's made of 100% soy wax, natural fragrance and a 100% organic cotton wick. River Birch Birch Candle, $14.50 on Amazon

Brooklyn Candle Studio Santorini, $38 on Amazon

Brooklyn Candle Studio's Santorini candle is designed to recreate the scents of the island in your home. The $38 candle features scents of fig and currant, alongside hints of sandalwood and amber for a full-bodied scent. It's also made from 100% soy and features no dyes, phthalates or preservatives for a clean burn. Brooklyn Candle Studio Santorini, $38 on Amazon

Mala the Brand Cereal, $18.48 at Etsy

Candles are supposed to be fun, and Mala the Brand's Cereal is all that and more. The $24 candle has a balance of lemon, citrus, corn and berries. Together, the scents create a fruity smell that's evocative of kids' cereal. The vegan candle is also made of soy. Mala the Brand Cereal, $18.48 at Etsy

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