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Are Candles Vegan?

by Fabian Jackson

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Whether you’ve got a scented candle in every room of your home, or you keep it classic and prefer to eat by the light of tall dinner candles, it’s safe to say we’re a nation obsessed. But are any of them vegan?


Candles have been around for thousands of years and seem to be attributed to ancient Rome, however imprecise dating methods could mean that ancient Greece in fact invented them first. 

They’re made from a flammable wick that’s embedded in a wax casing that slowly melts down as the candle burns. What started as a purely practical item quickly became decorative and more decadent over the years with the complication of design, the addition of fragrance or even their ability to keep time. 

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Are candles vegan?

Historically, no, candles weren’t vegan because their wax was made from rendered animal fats or beeswax, neither of which are considered vegan. However in more recent years, soybean wax has become an industry favourite. 

Is soy wax vegan? 

To put it simply, yes, soy wax is vegan and cruelty-free. It’s a natural, biodegradable and renewable substance that’s clean-burning and is able to hold onto scents well. It’s also a cheap material to make candles with, so a lot of candles out there might very well be accidentally vegan, but it’s always worth checking the label to make sure. 

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By Fabian Jackson
Fabian Jackson

Fabian is one of our lovely Content Marketing Assistants who loves writing almost as much as he loves coffee, old episodes of Escape to the Country (no judgement here), and cooking up a storm in his kitchen.

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