Non Toxic Candle Guide

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Hello & Happy Friday!!





Now that we have left February in the dust (time flies), I felt I should finally divulge some of my current obsessions.. candles and vegan truffles! Let’s be honest, we all love candles and truffles, but especially during Valentine’s Day. 


With the myriad of candle options that we have today, it can be hard to navigate which ones will work for us in terms of being non toxic and providing the best smells and strongest smells!


I typically gravitate away from soy based candles as they tend to be less aromatic. However, if you find the right candle you can achieve the same level of aroma as the more toxic varieties that we avoid. Get a first hand look at an array of niche candle companies I sampled products from as well as some of the top vegan chocolate companies below!









It is said that smell is the most powerful of the five senses, frequently evoking emotions and memories. That’s why at Circle 21 we rely on our personal experiences to inspire and shape the scent of each candle.




By carefully handpicking notes and blending each scent, our candles transport you to a favorite place or fondest memory.


Handcrafted in Texas, Circle 21 candles are mindfully designed and perfectly poured to create a high-quality, natural product to be enjoyed by all. So come away with us—explore familiar places, remember forgotten moments, and get lost in the scents that have shaped these favorite memories.





Orchard Lane


Top notes of blood orange sweetened with mouthwatering red fruits – strawberry, rasberry, and juicy mandarin.


Circle 21 Candles contain the finest soy wax which burns cleaner and longer than other waxes. Each candle is hand-poured into recycled wine bottles, mixed with our signature fragrances and finished with an all-cotton wick. Available in either green or clear bottles.


Tuscan Sun 


Fresh berries and citrus combine with honeysuckle and musk.


Circle 21 Candles contain the finest soy wax which burns cleaner and longer than other waxes. Each candle is hand-poured into recycled wine bottles, mixed with our signature fragrances and finished with an all-cotton wick. Available in either green or clear bottles.


Review: Where do I even begin! I love the aesthetic appeal of Circle 21 candles, the recycled wine bottles, soy wax base, the hand stamped labels and cork tops, and the amount of thought that went into crafting each beautiful scent. You can physically see the amount of love that went into each one. While I only sampled 3 from the line I was able to receive scent samples of an array of options that they offer and each were wonderful and the smells so intricate. The sizes are good and perfect to also add decor to your home, but I would recommend these perhaps for a smaller room if you’re looking for more of a strong scent. Needless to say, I love Circle 21 candles and I know you will too!


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All CANDLESSENTIALS candles are handmade with love in the heart of Los Angeles, California without the use of animal products or additives. Only 100% soy wax is used in combination with high-quality fragrances and essential oils. Conscious effort is placed on the design elements and creation of each candle, ultimately delivering an eco-friendly enjoyable product.

Our Classic line of candles gives back to nature with our seed embedded boxes, offering not only an aesthetically pleasing experience, but also a different take on disposing of packaging.


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Perfect for unwinding after a long day, the scents that make up our Pure soy candle offer a clean and breezy aroma. The subtle citrus scent of bergamot gives this candle its warm essence, while the middle notes of jasmine and rose add a sweet, light floral component. The intoxicating scent of this candle is rounded out by its gentle notes of patchouli, sandalwood and cedar wood for a decidedly fresh earthy finish.



Bold Awakening 

Perfect for a charming autumn day or any time you need a quick pick-me-up, our Bold Awakening soy candle is up to the task. With a delightful combination of crisp green apple, tart red currant and citrusy oranges, this candle offers a bold and unique scent that fills your home with warmth.


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Review: I don’t know how I stumbled upon Candlessentials, but they are a reputable candle company based out of Los Angeles. For whatever reason I was drawn to their creations from the packaging, the creativity in their blends and the fact that you can replant the boxes that they come in. The scents are beautiful and actually somewhat stronger than others I’ve encountered. My favorite scent was the Bold Awakening! If you’ve every heard of Votivo candles they carry a Red Currant blend that smells just like this, except that Candlessentials creations are non toxic!


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A pop of color. A punch of fragrance. A statement for your senses.

Capri Blue has become the destination for unique fragrances and vibrant vessels. Pulling inspiration from fashion and home, we take striking visuals and twist them with complex fragrance to create a truly engaging combination for your senses. Immerse yourself in our unique flair and personality – let us infuse your space with color and bring a touch of style to your day.


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sweet mint, spearmint and green tea








tropical fruits and sugared citrus












Review: I had never heard of Capri Blue candles and to be quite honest, I found their website to be confusing as well. The candles are made from recycled glass and are soy based. I was able to sample perhaps not what I would have ideally selected as I prefer more deep masculine smelling versus floral candles, but these were so beautiful! Everything for the gorgeous glass that can easily be reused, to the strong scents that can permeate a large room, these were hands down my favorite! Although the Citrus and Violet was more on the pricer side than I typically spend, the scent was more my cup of tea and it burned slowly. In fact, all of these candles burned extremely slower than your average candle, which was wonderful as it increases the value of the candle. 









We believe in the simplicity of life while still keeping it full of fun and beauty. You will find the same ideals in our candles as well — an all natural soy wax blended with only natural, phthalate-free fragrance oils, no additives at all. Leaving the fun and beauty part to our labels, our designs have bursts of colors that vary from scent to scent.


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Sweet Tobacco

Sweet Tobacco begins with top notes of mandarin orange and tarragon; middle notes include rose, honey, and osmanthus; base notes are caramel, amber, musk, and hints of patchouli.






Review: I discovered this company on social media about a year ago and loved the energy that came from their marketing and the candle creations. Candelles is a niche company that got their start on Etsy and they specialize in soy based candles. Their scents range from the classic scents to ones that are more fruit forward and come in fun packaging with catchy names. What I love most is that everything is made by hand, they have new scents all the time, and the price point is good! I would recommend perhaps the larger size candles for optimal smell as I couldn’t smell the small ones at all. The Rose was my personal favorite! Light, but strong and adds the perfect aroma to your home! (truth, you can smell it even it when it’s not lit!)








Cellar Door Candles is a rare style candle company located in Huntington Beach, California. Rare from the way the first candle was sold, Rare in our knowledge of candles and fragrance design, rare in the quality ingredients used, rare in the way our product performs and rare with the candle subscriptions that we offer.


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Settle over tones of musky rosewood
transform into powdery and sweet white
floral of apple blossom and fall deeper
into an amazing blend of peppercorn and

– 8 Ounces
– Approx 30-40 hours burn time
– Pure cotton wick
– Pure beeswax and coconut wax blend
– Pure natural and essential oils for
the fragrance design




A Festive Favorite! Creamy Vanilla Bean and Boysenberry sum up
this crowd favorite. Powerful tart berry and citrus notes intertwined with a unique
original vanilla blend.
Complex, unique, original and still fun
and festive.





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Review: Cellar Door Candles is another California based company that offers an array of hand crafted candles in classic scents and more blended varieties. I love knowing that these candles are produced in a small capacity, making them more special, the lids have a rubber edge that keeps them securely on, and the details that go into using the colored wax labels that make the packaging of the candles stand out. These candles are scented with essential oils and are made from a bees wax and a coconut oil mix. While not vegan I really enjoyed these, but felt that at least the lavender candle wasn’t strong or a scent you discern once lit. 











Missionary Chocolates began in 2008 when Melissa Berry, a Naturopathic Physician, was in her last year of medical school. What started out as gifts for her vegan mother quickly became a company, as a few months later her dairy-free truffles won first place at the Northwest Chocolate Festival in Portland, OR.
This unexpected success changed what was a home-based kitchen experiment in chocolate into a thriving company — the Mission of the company has always been to build an inpatient, integrative healing center in Portland, funded by chocolate. We hope you find our allergy-friendly truffles a deliciously good addiction ~ they are just what the doctor ordered!


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Simply Espresso


Truffles made from freshly ground, locally roasted coffee from Seven Virtues. An easily portable caffeine-fix!
Ingredients: Fair-Trade chocolate (cacao beans, sugar, cocoa butter, soy lecithin, pure vanilla), organic coconut milk, seven virtues coffee, organic vanilla. Gluten & Dairy Free!


Meyer Lemon Explosion

Our 8 time award winning truffle! Meyer Lemon puree is blended with California Lemon oil to create a surprising burst of citrus sensation.
Ingredients: Fair-Trade chocolate (cacao beans, sugar, cocoa butter, soy lecithin, pure vanilla), organic coconut milk, Meyer lemon puree, California lemon oil, organic vanilla. Gluten & Dairy Free!


Review: As of today I’ve sampled countless vegan chocolates and while they are all enjoyable, there are some that stand out from the rest. One of those, is Missionary Chocolates! On top of being savvy with producing the most beautiful and flavorful chocolates today, the founder herself is a doctor. I sampled almost all of the truffles and while its a personal preference as to which one you’ll fall in love with, I can safely say that even if one is not your cup of tea you can taste the quality in the product. If you’re looking to indulge in a vegan truffle, her’s are hands down my personal favorite!








Caramel Bar

81% dark chocolate bar filled with a sumptuous whipped cashew butter caramel. Our caramel combines the sweet flavor and buttery thick consistency of traditional caramel without the guilt or toothaches!

Vegan. Dairy-free. Gluten-free. Soy-free. Low glycemic.



Berkeley Bar
This bar is a labor of LOVE, that we’ve been working on for 6 years. Snickers® was one of our favorite candy bars as kids and we’re so excited to offer you Coracao’s take on the world’s most popular candy bar!

Imagine biting into a chewy, sweet and delicious lucuma & maca nougat. Then into a layer of whipped cashew butter caramel with crunchy, salty almonds. All of it drenched in our delicious 81% dark chocolate.

Ingredients: Organic Cacao, Organic Cashew Butter, Organic Almonds, Organic Lucuma, Organic Yacon Syrup, Organic Coconut Sugar, Organic Agave, Organic Maca, Organic Vanilla Bean & Himalayan Crystal Salt.


Review: This company has been around for years and they continue to provide innovative vegan treats as well as the classics you always crave! I love their fun packaging, the price point, and the simplicity in their ingredients!










Sarah Ann Lesslie has been making raw chocolate for almost a decade, before there was even a raw food section in most health food stores. During this time, she has worked diligently to create a raw white chocolate that is evenly blended, perfectly tempered, and held a unique and desirable flavor profile; not too buttery, not too sweet. She has a desire for the distinctly different, the exotic, something new and exciting, and her chocolate reflects that.




Review: Another one of my personal favorite vegan chocolate companies that I was completely enamored with at first bite is Chocolita! They make an assortment of vegan chocolate bars in innovative flavor combinations that come in the perfect portions. I’m not sure why other companies haven’t explored her combinations, but they are by far the best! I tried her bars years ago and was instantly sold, and you will be too! If you love artisan vegan chocolate that doesn’t disappoint, you need to try Chocolita!


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We are nutrition and culinary enthusiasts based in NYC and the Hudson Valley region, in the outskirts of Woodstock, NY. After decades of studying nutrition and a wide variety of world cuisines, we were introduced to the wonderful world of raw food, which incorporates raw, organic fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds with nothing heated above 118 degrees to preserve maximum nutritional value. In the process we discovered a number of wonderfully delicious and healthy ingredients andagave team food preparation processes.




In addition to wanting to introduce the rest of the world to these ingredients, we also saw a need to help cut through the clutter of all the so-called healthy products and enable discerning palettes everywhere to easily find delicious healthy products. So in late 2004 Organic Nectars was born, with the goal of offering a small, select quantity of only the very finest raw, products that are truly healthy, environmentally friendly and, of course, delicious. From our line of raw, low glycemic agave sweeteners and dessert syrups to our amazing agave cashew crème gelato to our extra virgin olive oil, gojiberries and raw cacao products, Organic Nectars is dedicated to delivering the finest quality artisanal food products.




Creators of multi-award winning gourmet raw, vegan, organic sweets and confections, Organic Nectars introduces the world’s first line of hand tempered raw cacao chocolates sweetened with our very own low glycemic PalmSweet® superfine coconut palm sugar. With a smooth, creamy and balanced taste rivaling some of the world’s finest chocolate, this gourmet, nutrition-packed bar is raw, vegan, organic, non dairy kosher and free of refined sugar, dairy, soy and gluten and made in a dairy-free, allergen-free studio.


We use raw cacao for its antioxidant and magnesium power, PalmSweet® for its low glycemic index (35) and micronutrient, vitamin, mineral content and non GMO sunflower lecithin for an allergen free product. Enjoy the fruit notes of the lightly fermented raw cacao bean which are typically not as pronounced in chocolate made from conventionally roasted cacao. Hand made in New York’s Hudson Valley.



Review: I had heard about this company for a long time and was elated to finally get to experience Organic Nectars. Their chocolate bars are raw, organic, and come in an array of blends. I of course jumped at the chance to try the white chocolate! While the white chocolate isn’t the traditional white variety and more of a caramel color, I loved the flavor profile. There products are hard to find, but one of the more exclusive vegan chocolates being that they are raw! If you’re looking for the cleanest high quality chocolate bars you need to try them!


















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