Best natural aromatherapy candles for stress relief | Should you really use them?

Choosing the best aromatherapy candles for stress relief might be a tricky thing to do. I mean, there are a lot of candles available. However, I’ll still try to give you some recommendations 🙂

First of all, aromatherapy is a great way to support your stress management efforts. Aromatherapy is a holistic approach, which should promote both mental and physical overall well-being. The idea behind is that  essential oils of herbs has strong natural effects on your body when used via your skin or inhaled.

It’s really a wonderful thing and so easy to use in support of other stress relief activities such as meditation, yoga or even during your work. I wouldn’t say that you should expect wonder just from aromatherapy alone, however together with other stress relief efforts, it can work really nicely.

But back to our candles.

If you just want to hear it straight-up, the best aromatherapy candle for stress relief in my opinion, is the Bluecorn Beeswax candle, which you can find under the link.

Below are some pictures and explanation why I think so and some other contenders, you can try. 🙂

 

Why is Bluecorn beeswax the best candle for relaxation?

You can read more about it below, where I talk about the differences in candles, but it seems that beeswax candles are the best option to choose when it comes to the health effects of candles.

The reasons I choose Bluecorn beeswax candle is because:

  • they seem to be great quality
  • they are all natural, including the wick, which is cotton
  • The company itself has a nice little story, which is an added benefit
  • people in general are immensely positive about them

But how are the candles themselves?

Well I tried the Bluecorn Beeswax votives candles, which I bought from Amazon (I bought them myself, didn’t get it as promotion or so).

It arrives in a nice little box, which includes 4 smaller candles.

bluecorn candles for stress releif

On the above picture you can also see by the way the Bluecorn Lavender scented candle, which I talk about below.

In this next picture you can see how big is the candle in comparison to my iPhone 5C, to give you a perspective. 🙂

beeswax candle relieve stress

Considering the scent, honey is slightly sweet, which for me provides a nice uplifting and relaxed feeling. It’s also great to combine with meditation, as the flickering light can help in keeping your focus.

Another benefit of burning beeswax candle is that it apparently releases negative ions in the air, which can help in cleansing that. Similarly to an air purifier or humidifier. To be honest, probably a beeswax candle is way too small to make any considerable change in a normal room size, but hey, it’s still better than all the toxic stuff that comes from a normal candle (see below, what I mean).

Also, since they do not contain any paraffin and toxic materials, they will not leave these black burn marks on your ceiling, which is obviously nice. 🙂

This specific candle was burning nicely, didn’t have an issue of having half of my candle left over, or anything like that.

 

 

If you are still interested in something more ‘trendy aromatherapy’, it’s good to know that they also have a lavender scented beeswax candle, which I reviewed below among the ‘honourable mentions’ 🙂

 

Which other aromatic candles are nice to consider?

You can find below the honourable mentions. Pick the ones which fits your taste 😉

Bluecorn Lavender beeswax candle

This Lavender Bluecorn beeswax candle is pretty similar to the above mentioned beeswax candle. It has the added benefit of containing 100% pure lavender essential oil.

aromatherapy candle for stress management

As you can see, this one is a bigger candle, compared to the previous beeswax ones. Technically as tall as my iPhone.

Since lavender is ones of the most famous essential oils with relaxing benefits, it can be a good pick.

Pros:

  • Beeswax candle, natural, best choice when it comes to candles
  • Added lavender essential oil
  • Nice colour, great for decoration 🙂
  • Nice scent, fills the room just enough

Cons:

  • The size is smaller than you would think
  • Wick can be hard to light up

 

Aroma Naturals pillar candle

aroma naturals scented candle for meditationThis one got on the list even though it’s neither completely soy nor beeswax candles. According to their website, they used all plant based ingredients, thus no paraffin which is good to know.

They have a wide array of scents available and very positive reviews from people, which is always nice 🙂

The Aroma Naturals Patchouli & Frankincense candle, which is advertised as meditation candle, sounds an interesting option to try.

I also like the look of this specific candle. It’s pretty white, also blends nicely with different types of furniture.

 

Pros:

  • Unique scent
  • All natural ingredients (not only soy or beeswax)
  • Clean design (personal thing)
  • Good price

Cons:

  • Maybe you don’t like the unique scent
  • Not very big candle

 

SoyVa Lavender Scented aromatherapy candles

soyva natural candle to relieve stressThis SoyVa Lavender candle comes in a nice packaging and include more wick, due to it’s ticker size and for more even burning. It has a somewhat premium feel to it.

Candle supposedly made from all natural soy with cotton wicks, which is what we are looking for. Scented with lavender for added relaxation.

Pros:

  • Nice packaging, premium feel
  • All natural soy and cotton wicks
  • Two wicks for better burning
  • Cool customer service

Cons:

  • Comes with a somewhat higher price tag

 

Wax & Oils Lavender scented soy candles

lavender scented soy candles against stressThis Wax & Oils candle comes in a little tin container, almost looking like some type of facial cream 🙂 It’s made completely from soy wax and according to it’s description it was made in a ‘manner that is mindful for the environment’, whatever that may mean. Like the mentality though, if it’s true.

 

 

Pros:

  • Relatively lower price
  • Nice scent
  • Made in the United States
  • Nice smell

Cons:

  • Some say it’s a bit short lived
  • Might not burn completely well, only in the middle

 

What type of aromatherapy candles are the best?

It seems like not all candles are created equal. The word aromatherapy is often misused, when selling candles. Aromatherapy is about using all natural, healthy ingredients.

With candles, it can happen that they are made of paraffin and thus toxic ingredients get released in the air when burned.

As I understood, most candles you can buy are made of paraffin, so you really need to watch out, if you want to use candles often.

Most sources suggest to use candles made from soy or beeswax. Some sources, like Organic Authority, however tells to be somewhat aware when using soy candles, as most of the soy in the US is genetically modified. I haven’t found a source yet to figure out why is this an issue when burned, but if you do, let me know in the comments 🙂

Well, it’s never easy to find your way around on the internet, when it comes to research. Lot of opposing ideas…

I will however assume that the best alternatives to go with are beeswax and soy based candles. Most sources suggest this, so these type of candles ended up in my top picks.

If you are interested in a detail description about beeswax and soy candles, I suggest you to check this article on Keeper of the Home, it’s pretty detailed.

I think the top 3 things to look for when choosing aromatherapy candles are:

  1. 100% natural ingredients
  2. Not made of paraffin but instead made from soy or beeswax
  3. Only 100% essential oils, no fragrances are used

 

What is an alternative to candles for stress relief?

So obviously candles are nice and they create a nice sphere in your home. However, if you just want to enjoy the health benefits and relaxing properties of aromatherapy, you have options.

I think the obvious alternative is to use an electronic essential oil diffuser with essential oils.

One advantage of this is that I think on the long-run using a diffuser is more cost efficient, especially if you look at the price of some of these ‘healthy candles’.

Although candles create a very special atmosphere with their relaxing light, some diffusers can also create a relaxing sphere with their coloured lights.

Many diffusers can be set to a certain colour, thus providing a relaxing scent and serve as a nice little room decoration. I love to set my electric diffuser to the same colour as my other lights in the living room. In this way they carry some additional relaxation benefits.

The nice thing if you buy an aromatherapy diffuser is that obviously, you will need to get different essential oils.

That’s great because you can use essential oils for other purposes as well. For example, Tea Tree oil to keep your trash from smelling or add some lavender oil to your bath or use it when taking a shower.

 

Closing words

I hope you found in this article what you were looking for 😉 So, to answer my question in the title.

Yes, you can use aromatherapy candles for stress relief, as an addition to your relaxation efforts.

Just make sure they are made from soy or beeswax. Try to avoid candles made from paraffin as these are not good for your indoor air.

You can always try an electric essential oil diffuser as a nice alternative.

For my question for this time:

Are you using aromatherapy candles? Do you have a nice recommendation maybe or a favourite one? What is you favourite scent?

Let me know in the comments!

Relax and be well,

Istvan

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