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Thoughtfully handcrafted paraffin-free candles are an excellent alternative to traditional candles made from paraffin, which can release harmful pollutants into the air when burned. But with paraffin-free candles, you can breathe easy, knowing they are made from non-toxic, and renewable materials like soy wax, or coconut wax. 

Paraffin-free candles are not only better for the environment, but they also burn cleaner and longer than traditional candles. They are the perfect choice for those looking for an eco-friendly and stylish way to light up their home. 

Today, we share all there is to know about paraffin-free candles and why they are the superior candle choice. Let's get started.

Why Avoid Paraffin Candles?

These days we are spoiled for choice when it comes to scented candles. But what you burn in your home matters. Here are a few compelling reasons why you should steer clear of candles containing paraffin wax. 

  • It is a byproduct of petroleum, which is not only icky but it harms the planet.
  • Burning paraffin candles can release toxins into the air, which can cause respiratory issues, aggravate allergies, and even lead to long-term health problems.
  • It can be harmful to the environment. The production of paraffin wax requires the use of fossil fuels, which contributes to greenhouse gas emissions and climate change. 
  • It's not biodegradable and can contribute to landfill waste. 

Avoiding paraffin candles can be a healthier and more sustainable choice for you and the environment. 

A paraffin-free and natural wax candle is the best choice because they:

  • Burns cleaner: So you won't have to worry about allergies, respiratory problems, or other health issues caused by harmful pollutants. You don't have to worry about inhaling soot or other harmful particles.
  • Burns cooler & longer: Natural waxes burn down far slower than paraffin candles. Paraffin burns hot and fast. Paraffin-free really saves you money in the long run.

How to Spot Paraffin in Candles 

Determining whether a candle contains paraffin wax can be challenging. But there are a few things you can do to see if a candle contains paraffin or not. 

#1 Check the Label

Many candle manufacturers will indicate the type of wax used on the label. Look for candles made from natural wax like beeswax, soy wax, or coconut wax. Also, be leery of anything that says “soy blend” – there could be paraffin in that wax.

#2 Look for a White Coating

Paraffin wax can leave a white, powdery residue on the candle's surface. If you notice a white coating on the candle, it may contain paraffin wax. 

#3 Check the Candle's Texture

Paraffin wax has a smooth, shiny texture. So, if the candle has a shiny, glossy appearance, it may contain paraffin wax. This is true especially after you’ve burnt it. Natural waxes often develop imperfections once they are burned and cooled. 

#4 The Smell

If a tiny candle can fill a room with pungent fragrance, that’s paraffin wax. In the candle world, this is called “scent throw”. Small candles are for small rooms. Large candles are for big ones. But paraffin, even when in a considerably small vessel, is known for its throw because of how hot it burns. This is not an even trade-off. You can get paraffin-free candles that smell incredible. 

Overall, the best way to avoid paraffin wax is to look for candles made from natural waxes and read the label carefully before buying it. 

Reasons Why Candlemakers Use Paraffin

No shade here, but we don't like using paraffin wax. But here are a few reasons some candle makers choose to use paraffin instead of natural waxes. 

It's Cheap 

Paraffin is exceptionally cheap, which allows for massive profits. Natural waxes like soy wax, beeswax, or coconut wax are natural but expensive. So, candlemakers go for the cheap option. 

Paraffin Burns Hot and Fast 

This means that candles will run out quickly, and customers will need to buy candles more frequently. 

Hot Throw

Candlemakers get frustrated when their candles smell like nothing, so they compensate by adding paraffin. Paraffin is less dense than soy, so the candle's fragrance is released more quickly.

Easy To Make 

Because the oil is so thin, no skill is required to create a candle. This makes it very beneficial as the candles can be produced in mass production, whereas the soy wax, beeswax, or coconut wax candle-making process requires preciseness. 

The Best Paraffin Free Candles

At BerryLemon, we're all about creating a healthy and happy environment for you and your loved ones. That's why we've created our Nontoxic Candle Collection, so you can enjoy your favorite scents without any nasty chemicals. We use premium fragrances and essential oils in our candles, free of phthalates, parabens, and other harmful chemicals. 


The Nontoxic Candle Collection is always vegan, cruelty-free, phthalate-free, paraben-free, and paraffin-free. We're committed to creating safe and healthy home fragrances that you can feel good about using. 

Let's have a look at some of my favorite paraffin-free candles at BerryLemon: 

True Rose - Soy Candle

Imagine stepping into a summer garden in full bloom, surrounded by the scent of garden roses. If this sounds like your kind of scent, then you'll love our sophisticated rose candle! 

This candle combines the sweet aroma of garden roses with earthy notes of geranium, lily of the valley, and ylang-ylang. And just when you thought it couldn't get any better, the fragrance is grounded with oakwood notes and roasted vanilla, making it the perfect balance of sweet and earthy. 

If you're a fan of fresh and floral scents (like me!), then this rose candle is definitely for you.

Common Grounds- Soy Candle 

Do you love the delicious smell of fresh coffee in the morning? If the answer is yes, you should try burning Common Grounds! This fantastic scent combines the best of both worlds with the striking aroma of espresso and the comforting warmth of cinnamon and brown sugar. It's like having your very own coffee shop in your home, making every day feel super cozy. 

Sugared Lemon Zest - Soy Candle 

Looking for a candle that will remind you of your grandma’s baking? Our lemon zest candle is just what you need! With its fresh, lemony scent and notes of brown caramelized butter, brown sugar, and honeycomb, it's like having a slice of lemon bar in your kitchen. This candle is perfect for anyone who loves sweet and fresh aromas. 

Final Thoughts on Paraffin Free Candles

Paraffin-free candles are free from harmful toxins and are usually made from natural waxes like soy wax, coconut wax, or beeswax. These candles are the healthier and safer option not only for you but also for the environment. 

While many candlemakers opt for cheaper and lighter waxes like paraffin, despite the dangers, we at BerryLemon love using natural soy waxes, and we have an entire nontoxic candle collection that you can choose from. 

Before purchasing a new candle, read the label and see if it's made from natural waxes. Choose paraffin-free candles, as they are the healthier and safer option. 

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