7 Best Vegan Candles UK that smell divine!

Find out which candles made it onto our Best Vegan Candles UK guide, and which ones just get on our wick for not being vegan yet.

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Light a few candles, turn off the lights, and you can transform the atmosphere of any room. However, as vegans, we need to be careful which candles we choose because so many contain ingredients derived from animals.

That’s why we’ve written this Best Vegan Candles UK blog. We all love a candle and when you light a few nice-smelling ones around your sofa/bath/dining room table, it creates a sense of occasion and helps you relax. I’m not sure why, it doesn’t really make any scents, but there you go.

Why do we love Vegan Scented Candles?

Many people love scented candles in particular and use fragrances to help create an atmosphere. There are smells that can promote calm and wellbeing, like lavender; some that can transport you to more wild and exotic places, like sea salt; and scents that invigorate and energise you, often with citrus and herbal undertones.

For me, winter (and christmas particularly) will always be St Eval’s Bay & Rosemary – scents can be so very evocative and it will always makes me think of my small family getting together, even though that is rare now they are all in far flung places.

Because candles can make such an impact on the atmosphere and mood in your home, and can create a welcoming ambience, they also make incredibly popular gifts. Not only that, they are great presents in those situations where you may not know someone very well – most people will gratefully accept a scented candle. And vegans will be particularly appreciative if it’s a vegan one!

So, this Best Vegan Candles UK blog focuses on scented candles, although I have included unscented options where available too. I have also answered some of the questions people have about candles in the FAQ at the end of this guide, because candles – vegan or not – can cause some ‘heated’ debates about whether they are environmentally-friendly, or even healthy.

How have I chosen candles for this Best Vegan Candles UK guide?

With so many to choose from, I have considered the following factors when deciding whether or not to include a candle in this Best Vegan Candles UK guide.

  • Vegan and cruelty-free
  • Type of wax and wick used
  • Type of fragrance used
  • Strength and quality of fragrance when burning
  • Price
  • Country of manufacture to reduce transportation footprint

Why are there no Yankee Candles in this Best Vegan Candles UK guide?

There are no Yankee Candles in this Best Vegan Candles UK guide because the company is unable to confirm, at the time of publishing this blog, that any of their products are vegan. I did contact them – please refer to my FAQs below.

Here is Vegan Mum’s Guide to the Best Vegan Candles UK

These are all candles that I have bought, and loved. If I’ve ever bought a candle I didn’t like (and there have been a few), it hasn’t made this list!

St Eval

3 St Eval branded candle tins in a row on a white marble mantelpiece against a very pale grey wall. Each candle is lit and each is a different fragrance, as depicted by the brown label that wraps each tin. There is some green twiggy leaves to the right of the picture in front of an upturned tray facing out from the back of the mantelpiece


  • B Corp accredited
  • Amazing range of lovely, unusual fragrances
  • Long burn time
  • Fragrance has a good ‘throw’


  • Price

To my mind, these really are everything I want from a scented candle. They come in containers ranging from tins, to beautiful earthenware bowls, and they have unscented options too. Particular favourites of mine are the Sea Salt, and Bay & Rosemary ranges – heavenly. However, they have so many wonderful fragrances it can be pretty difficult to choose!

The candles are pricey, but you get a long burn time, and the ‘throw’ of the fragrance is excellent – you can smell them from a good distance. A B Corp accredited business, they have sustainable practices including packaging, and an aim to remove plastic completely in 2023.

The wax is vegan, and is a mix of mineral and vegetable waxes – so some paraffin in there unfortunately. They do also use some synthetic fragrances, but it’s important to note that synthetic doesn’t make it bad! These are the best buy for me, I love them.

Lily Flame Candles

close up of a shallow gold coloured tin with the lid off and propped up against one side of the tin. The tin contains a candle which is lit. On the tin and the lid is the 'Lily Flame' branding and the name of the fragrance which is 'Christmas Spirit'


  • Huge range of scents
  • Make a great gift
  • Good value for money
  • Made in the UK


  • Some fragrances are stronger than others

Lily Flame have been making scented candles for over 28 years, so these guys really know what they’re doing, and this has got to be one of the most popular ‘candles in a tin’!

Their whole range is cruelty-free, vegan-friendly and with an absolutely huge range of scents. With a fragrance to suit every occasion, these scented candles are also very affordable and they make a perfect gift.

I would say that just a couple of fragrances haven’t been as strong as I would like, but others I have bought have been great. These soy wax candles are also all made in the UK.

Forest Rainstorm candle

a glass jar with gold coloured tin lid lying on some evergreen pine twigs. The jar has a dark green label on it with white print describing the contents which is a soy candle with a forest rainstorm fragrance


  • Intoxicating scent
  • Made in the UK
  • Sustainably made and packaged
  • Soy wax


  • Glass can become hot

This soy candle is fully vegan and cruelty-free, and smell amazing – really. It’s a musky, earthy, rainstorm fragrance which matches its green packaging somehow.

With its glass container and long burn cotton wicks, these candles make very thoughtful gifts. They have a huge range of scents including things like ground coffee, hazelnut latte (yum) and lots of Christmassy ones too.

The glass jar can become hot after a long burn, but that is true of most glass packaged candles

Octo Candles

Octo branded, Hygge-scented vegan candle in an apothecary style brown glass jar with a white label describing contents


  • 11 fragrances
  • Made in the UK
  • Fragranced with essential oils
  • Soy wax


  • Price

Made in the UK, these Octo candles are vegan-friendly and cruelty-free. Using soy wax, the fragrances are blended using essential oils and they come in brown, apothecary-style glass jars.

With 11 different fragrances, you’re spoilt for choice, and with a good burn time too. The ‘throw’ of the fragrance is good, and the smell gets stronger after it has been alight for a while.

Whilst it’s not the cheapest, you are paying for a quality product that is sustainably sourced.

St Eval tealights

square cardboard box with St Eval candles branding on the front describing the fragrance of the tealight candles it contains - sea salt fragrance. there are a few tealights scattered around outside the box, which stands against a dark wooden background with the leaf of a plant to the right of the picture


  • Lots of fragrances
  • Made in the UK
  • Plastic free packaging
  • Good burn time


  • Price

Made in the UK, and another offering from the St Eval brand.

Their tealights are every bit as good as their bigger candles and throw a good scent. You can buy unscented, but they produce their tealights in so many of their fragrance ranges, why wouldn’t you buy your favourite?!

I have these in Sea Salt, Bay & Rosemary and the Inspiritus fragrance and I just love them all equally. They even do a Tealight Advent Calendar – now on my list!

Fosse Candles

a glass jar with a wooden lid containing a white soy wax candle. The jar has a rhubarb coloured label running up the front of it with the brand name 'Fosse Living' printed at the top. Underneath, the label describes the fragrance as rose and rhubarb


  • 14 fragrances
  • Made in the UK
  • Plastic free packaging
  • Soy wax


  • Price

Made in the UK, as are all the candles in this list. These Fosse Living candles are vegan-friendly and cruelty-free and use soy wax. Packaged in an attractive, clear glass jar, this candle arrives in plastic-free delivery materials.

There are 14 different fragrances to choose from (including one called Baby Powder which I am intrigued by!) so one to suit every mood. These candles burn well and the scent has a good ‘throw’ which indicates the strength of the fragrance that you can smell.

The price of this candle is mid-range I’d say, and comparable to similar products. You are paying for a quality product that is sustainably sourced and made in the UK, so a worthwhile option for me.

Ethos Candles

silver tin, with lid propped up against it at the side. The tin has an orange label wrapped round it with lighter coloured print describing the brand and the contents. It is a lemongrass and ginger scented candle made by Ethos Candles


  • 6 lovely fragrances
  • Made in the UK
  • Good value for money
  • Vegetable-based waxes


  • Only available in tins

Another Uk-based business that has been making candles in tins for a long time!

Vegan-friendly and cruelty-free, these candles are made from rapeseed and/or coconut waxes. The wicks are cotton too and these candles have lovely, natural fragrances that are blended from essential oils.

The burn time is good and because of the waxes used, the candles emit less smoke too.

They’re only available in tins, but the branding is attractive enough to fit in with most decors.

I hope you have found this Best Vegan Candles UK guide useful. If you would like to read more of my product guides and reviews try:

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Please also visit the Lifestyle section of my website.

In the meantime, I have tried to answer some of the more commonly asked questions about candles in my FAQ below.


Are Yankee Candles vegan?

I contacted Yankee candles and they could not confirm their products are vegan. On 24th Jan 23, they sent me this reply:

Thank you for contacting Yankee Candle.

At Newell Brands, our success of our Home Fragrance brands is rooted in our strong commitment to product quality. We recognise that our consumers’ expectations are evolving as they relate to ingredients in our products so they can make informed decisions.

The science of fragrance is complex and perfumers use a myriad of ingredients (in the thousands) to create fragrances. Given the wide variety of product forms and fragrances, we cannot confirm that all products are vegan friendly as some products may include trace amounts of animal derived products such as beeswax.

We do not test any of our products on animals and are not aware of any testing being carried out in any of the countries in EMEA where our products are distributed.

As we strive to keep up with consumers’ needs, we are working through our Research & Development and Supply Chain teams to document by form and fragrance, products that are vegan-friendly and we will share the results of this work as soon as available via our branded websites.

Currently we do not have a list of products that are vegan friendly, however we will be more than happy to check if candles you are interested are vegan if you provide us with fragrances you would like to check.

I pressed them on whether any individual Yankee candles were vegan, but they were unable to confirm.

Consequently, I will personally avoid this brand until they decide to be more open which means I will also not include any of their products on this Best Vegan Candles UK guide either.

Are Wax Lyrical candles vegan?

Yes, some of them are, but some aren’t because they contain beeswax. The reason I haven’t included any in my Best Vegan Candles UK guide is because it is incredibly difficult to find the ingredients for individual Wax Lyrical candles. They certainly make it very difficult for you to establish which contain beeswax and which don’t. If anyone out there can help with that, please let me know through my ‘Contact Me’ page.

Why are some candles not vegan?

Many candles are vegan, but there are 2 ingredients sometimes used that mean a candle is NOT vegan:

  • beeswax
  • animal-derived stearic acid (check labelling or website for details because stearic acid can also come from plants)

To the best of my ability and using the information made available by brands, I have ensured the candles included in this Best Vegan Candles UK guide do not contain any non-vegan ingredients.

Who owns Woodwick Candles?

Woodwick Candles is owned by Yankee Candles, so I would exercise the same caution I expressed about whether Yankee Candles are vegan. This also means there are none included on this Best Vegan Candles UK Guide

What are the health issues with candles?

Whilst it is right to ask this question, many studies have found that with typical household use, we shouldn’t be overly-concerned about the potential health issues from burning candles.

There are 2 particular areas that may be of concern:

  • The type of wax
  • The fragrances and chemicals within them

Whilst in many cases, the wax used to make candles is derived from healthier sources like soy, coconut, rapeseed, many still use ‘mineral’ based oils, which normally means paraffin.

Healthline.com has a very good and informative article about this, so there is no need for me to repeat everything that they have published. However, it is fair to say that in a well-ventilated room, unless you are burning an unusual number of the worst kinds of candles for unusual amounts of time, you are unlikely to suffer any ill effects.

However, if you suffer from certain allergies, you will need to be more careful and it may not be appropriate for you to use candles of any description. Take medical advice if this is a concern.

Penny Barkas


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