After several hours of research among some forty scented candles, we have determined that Nao represents the best that is currently being done. Made from organic rapeseed wax and ecological and natural fragrances, it displays an attractive price and ensures a sweet, fragrant atmosphere made in France. However, if you want to give this candle as a gift to one of the women in your life , we recommend the My Jolie Candle and its hidden jewel inside.
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How did we choose?
Nothing like the warm light and the sweet scent of a candle during beautiful winter cocooning evenings, or long evening evenings on the terrace after a barbecue during the most beautiful months! If the selection of the perfume is of course very subjective, it may be wise to rely on the quality of the candle itself to guide its choice.
To do this, here are some elements – from aesthetics to the composition of models – to take into account.
First of all, remember that candles come in several forms, the following are the most common:
- In a jar : generally placed in glass jars, they can (and must) burn directly in their containers. These can be reused after the candle has melted, since they are often aesthetically pleasing. Some candles are even surmounted by an elegant cover intended to best preserve the fragrances. It is a particularly ideal format to offer.
- In columns and votives : the candles in column extend without surprise in height, and come in different sizes. The votives have a more distinctive shape: a little wider at the top than the bottom. Small in size, they are approximately 5 cm high, and must be placed in a suitable container, which makes it possible to make the most of their useful life.
- The dish warmers : are the most widespread and the most sold in the world. They are ideal to place in a pretty tealight holder or in a candle holder. They exist in a scented version, but their small size clearly limits the diffusion of fragrances. This is perhaps the reason why they are used more in burners with tarts , these small wax patties that must be allowed to melt so that they diffuse their fragrance.
Their composition and, therefore, their quality also vary. Thus, you will generally encounter three types of waxes which are:
- Mineral wax : the cheapest and most common, it comes in the form of paraffin , derived from petrochemicals. This origin has given rise to controversies, whether at the environmental level because of its non-renewable nature, or in terms of health because of the discussions on its potential toxicities and harmfulnesses. Note that regardless of the wax in your candle, burning can be irritating to the airways. Do not hesitate to ventilate your interior well.
- Vegetable wax : it has the advantage of burning more slowly and therefore offers longer combustion, while diffusing far less toxic fumes. Make sure it is guaranteed GMO-free and ideally from sustainable crops, or even certified organic. The most popular is soy wax , but coconut and jojoba are also gaining popularity. There are also palm waxes, but they are often linked to controversies concerning deforestation.
- Animal wax : beeswax , more traditional, is often reserved for a more artisanal use, and is offered at a generally less democratic price. It burns very slowly and diffuses a sweet, honeyed smell. Unlike other alternatives, it is unfortunately not suitable for vegans.
You will also need to take into account the following characteristics:
- Perfume : it goes without saying that it is better to favor natural perfumes, most often from essential oils , since synthetic perfumes are likely to be harmful to health, even sometimes carcinogenic. However, it is often difficult to find the exact origin from the product’s list of ingredients.
- The wick : manufacturers frequently use synthetic materials , which are nevertheless to be avoided. If possible, therefore choose cotton wicks , ideally guaranteed lead-free. There are also versions in wood , which are attracting more and more consumers by their crackling with the look of a wood fire.
Unfortunately, the composition of candles is often difficult to pin down, due to the lack of transparency of certain brands. In the absence of information relating to the ingredients used, it seemed to us wiser not to include the models concerned, since it is necessarily difficult for us to assess their quality and reliability.
However, we have decided to direct our selection towards natural, healthy and safe candles, for the environment as for us. Thus, we preserve our health while enjoying the decorative benefits of these small popular objects!
This in-depth research has enabled us to make our selection of the 5 best scented candles available on the market today.
Our Choice: Nao Naturelle Rose
Made from vegetable oil and with a cotton wick, this natural candle diffuses a sweet floral fragrance based on rose essential oil. The latter is very popular, as is its reusable glass container, which is therefore quite versatile. A real significant point: the Nao is certified organic and made in France!
In an environmentally responsible approach, this candle is made from vegetable rapeseed wax (GMO-free) and shea butter. If the brand has chosen to use this particular wax, it is to reduce its carbon footprint since the rapeseed flower is mainly grown in Europe. It is also (and above all) non-toxic and biodegradable.
This 120g model offers a long burn time of around 30 hours.
The jar in which the candle is located is made of glass, which makes it a container that is both reusable and recyclable. As for the cork stopper, it allows the perfumes to be stored as well as possible.
These are obviously of natural origin. They come from essential oils, vegetable oils or natural solvents. We present here a classic and essential fragrance with a heart note of rose and geranium, enhanced by the sweetness of chamomile and the suave side of patchouli. You can also let yourself be tempted by the relaxing scent of verbena , or the greedy notes of almond .
The wicks used are lead-free cotton, and the products are manufactured in Nantes. Also note that the candles are wrapped in organic cotton bags from Les Mouettes Vertes , a company that makes textiles that respect people and the environment.
In short, we particularly appreciate this candle for its top composition and respectful of the environment and we salute the simplicity and effectiveness of the perfumes used and the design. It is still little known, its notoriety therefore remains to be done!
The best mid-range scented candle: My Jolie Candle Fleur de Cerisier
Perhaps you already know the original concept proposed by this brand as it has been talked about on the canvas. In this candle hides a little surprise gem that reveals itself to you when the wax has sufficiently melted. It can also count on a captivating perfume as well as on a pleasantly refined design.
It is therefore a two-in-one gift, ideal to offer. Here we have selected one of the brand’s bestsellers with the fragrance “cherry blossom”, which will undoubtedly take you on a journey through the idyllic gardens of Japan.
My Jolie Candle is characterized by a wax of vegetable origin made from soy, mango and coconut.
It is kept in a white glass jar, topped with the brand’s signature and flowery graphics reminiscent of its cardboard packaging as well as the perfume itself.
If the latter is formulated by experts in Grasse (that is to say in the French capital of perfume), the candle is indeed made in Spain and has a wick made of lead-free cotton, for our greater pleasure.
Designed to keep you company for around 70 hours, it weighs 330 g, including jewelry.
Note that the price of the products varies according to the jewel you find inside. The brand offers bracelets, rings, necklaces and earrings. In addition to being guaranteed for 6 months, these are all handcrafted and are available in several finishes which include gold / silver plated as well as rhodium plating. Set with Swarovski crystals, they are also supplied with the appropriate certification.
In the end, this two-in-one candle hides a nice surprise for a very reasonable price. Indeed, the brand offers a candle as natural as healthy and a jewel of the most qualitative.
The best high-end scented candle: Le Labo Verveine 32
Created in New York from the know-how and the development of French perfumes, this candle with a basic and modern design seduces many followers of original and natural fragrances thanks to its artisanal manufacture and its ecological design.
Its vegetable soy wax comes in a simple design. Indeed, it is poured into a thick glass which is then covered with a basic and somewhat retro label. The little extra is that it is customizable. In other words, you can decide to affix your name or that of the lucky recipient, for a possible gift.
If the fragrances composed by Le Labo are all more original than each other, we have opted here for a candle with comforting properties, made possible by the delicate floral notes that emerge.
It must be said that the scents are formulated from essential oils. Verbena 32 thus has a combava zest mixed with eucalyptus, galbanum and violet leaves.
As is already the case for the perfumes, shower gels and shampoos produced by the brand, this 245g candle is topped with a natural cotton wick which is handcrafted in a factory located in Mississippi (United States United).
In the end, it seduces with its unusual fragrance as well as its original container which remains rather simple. In addition to its clean composition, we appreciate the fact that you can personalize the label, even if the price is not a gift…
A mid-range alternative: La Belle Mèche Fleur d’Oranger
Since 2013, this French brand has aimed to create modern and original products and perfumes for the home, while respecting the planet. Its candles are created from vegetable wax from renewable sources and are characterized by the presence of three wicks diffusing the perfumes optimally.
Thus, this model is made from vegetable soy wax renewable without GMOs. Its weight of 190g gives it a burning time of around 50 hours, but it is also available in a 650g version (at a price obviously much higher) or in the form of a diffuser .
Its design is very simple since it is poured into a glass, set with a basic label, certainly, but modern. The container is of course reusable, which should appeal to fans of zero waste.
The perfumes are developed by a perfumer from Grasse and are composed of essential oils and fragrances without toxic or carcinogenic substances. If we have opted here for the essential floral and musky scent of orange blossom, know that the brand offers a wide range of more original fragrances than each other. Therefore, you find associations such as tomato / basil and cucumber / watermelon , or even honeyed tobacco and powdered blackberry .
Whatever you choose, you always get three wicks made from lead-free cotton.
You should also know that La Belle Mèche transforms its perfumes into liquid soaps. All products and their components are made in France in order to ensure optimal quality control and to respect people and the environment as well as possible.
Here is a very attractive candle because of its composition and its fragrance. We are particularly won over by the amazing scents offered by the brand as well as by its ethics.
A high-end alternative: Love Yourself Each Other, “La Vie en Rose” Collection
Made in Brussels, these models accompany you from 55 to 80 hours, depending on the format you choose. To their vegetable wax are added a cotton wick and perfumes from Grasse respectful of man and the environment. Ecological even in the products used for delivery, the “La Vie en Rose” collection offers scents suitable for the arrival of spring as well as cards to customize.
The brand does honor to Belgium by offering eco-responsible candles of 300g and 450g which all consist of vegetable wax but not only. Indeed, the latter is also vegan and certified without additives, without GMOs and, of course, without pesticides.
The different models are presented in a colored glass case which can therefore be reused as you wish. This zero waste philosophy also applies during delivery.
Indeed, each candle is delivered in a reusable organic cotton pouch and comes with matches and, perhaps more surprisingly, a card to personalize with a positive quote on Love. If this contribution seems minimal, it nevertheless reflects the altruistic commitment made by the brand.
Whether you choose the candle with fig leaves, that of ginger tonka or the yuzu bergamot model, you always benefit from perfumes from Grasse, selected without CMR (carcinogens, mutagens and / reprotoxics) and phthalate.
So, not only do you have a healthy product that has an untreated cotton wick, but you also end up with an artisan candle that is poured by hand in Brussels.
It is indeed the subtle mixture between the quality of the elements used and the work of craftsmen who decided us to integrate this collection into our selection.
Yankee Candle, Freshly Washed Cotton : with its good smell of fresh linen , this 623g candle offers you a combustion of 150 hours, a duration that is quite efficient for the price at which this model is offered. It is made of high quality paraffin and has a lead-free cotton wick. Clean and elegant, it comes in a glass jar, surmounted by a lid made from the same material. This preserves the aromas of white flowers and sun-dried cotton which, we are convinced, will bring you a delicate note on the return of sunny days.
Woo : available in several sizes, it diffuses a sweet, relaxing scent of honeysuckle, cardamom and citrus fruits formulated from essential oils from sustainable sources. Beeswax and wick made of lead-free cotton offer a burning time of around thirty hours. In addition, the container comes from upcycling and is actually an elegantly transformed vodka bottle bottom. Finally, the brand is committed to showcasing the skills of artisans from vulnerable backgrounds.
La Jolie Muse : with its elegant and very attractive packaging, this candle with the scent of white tea creates a serene atmosphere in your interior thanks to its fruity notes enhanced with jasmine. Its natural soy wax is biodegradable and eco-friendly. Heavy of 400 g and equipped with a double wick, it burns during about seventy hours. On the other hand, it would seem that it is a little difficult to consume all the wax, which would tend to be fixed on the walls.