Should you invest in a candle? The answer is always a resounding YES. But the creme de la creme of the candle world—the HCIC (head candle in charge)—is the soy candle. Eco-friendly, long-lasting, and clean, soy candles serve as the healthier alternative to traditional paraffin wax candles. Candle shopping can get overwhelming, but that’s why we’re here. Ahead, 13 reasons why you need a soy candle in your life.

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Lulu Candles
Wild Lemongrass

Lulu Candles


Put this candle up against your favorite luxury candle and it will still come out on stop. Hands down. For a candle that’s only six ounces, it’s fresh scent travels from room to room. 

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Malin+Goetz’s candles are free of all the bad stuff (parabens, sulfates, silicone, talc) and formulated with a clean blend of vegetable, soy, beeswax for a longer burn time. 

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Anthropologie Home
Salt & Sand Scented Candle

Anthropologie Home


Lighting this candle turns your room into a heavenly tropical oasis. This candle also doubles as a vase or makeup brush holder when all the wax is completely melted. 

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Blk Sunflower
Strawberries & Whipped Cream

Blk Sunflower


Your favorite ice cream flavor and a candle all in one? I’ll take two, please! 

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Cadence Candle Co.
The Vibes

Cadence Candle Co.


Almond, almond blossom and cashmere musk come together to create an intoxicating scent as delightful and warm as Viola Davis’s voice. 

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Posh Candle Co.
FuckBoy Repellent

Posh Candle Co.


An aromatic blend of vanilla and citronella keeps your home smelling so sweet you’ll forget about the boys who don’t deserve you. 

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Marie Hunter Beauty
Prosecco Signature Candle

Marie Hunter Beauty


As elegant as the white wine it’s named after, the Prosecco candle imparts a crisp, citrus scent, courtesy of apricot, passionfruit, sugared black currant. 

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Scented Soy Aromatherapy Candle

Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day


Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day cleaning products have reached cult status thanks to its earth-friendly and plant-derived ingredients—and its candles are no different. Each candle is hand-poured into a reusable glass bottle. 

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Northern California Candle


The first thing you do when you return to your home city after some time away is bask in its aroma. With Homesick candles, you can take your city’s scent with everywhere you go. 

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Hawaiian Candles
Kula Lavender Soy Candle

Hawaiian Candles


Fake a trip to Hawaii by lighting this lavender-scented candle made pure soy wax and essential oils. Plus, it’s poured in an acacia bowl that can be reused as a jewelry holder or decor.

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The Koop

The Koop


Everything you enjoy about a quick island getaway—drinking coconut water, gust of wind, fresh linen bed sheets—can be found in this sweet candle. 

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The Beach Club Collection



Otherland’s Beach Club collection is basically summer wrapped in three different candles. Match Point is reminiscent of summer activities like playing tennis, Freshwater Pearl evokes the salty beach air, and Stone Fruit is fruity and sweet like the plums and peaches its inspired by.

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La Primavera | Mattina



La Primavera smells like a walk through a florist shop. Jasmine, rose leaf, lily, patchouli—it’s all there. 

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Nerisha Penrose
Assistant Editor
Nerisha is the assistant editor at ELLE.com, covering all things beauty and fashion.

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