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Are Scented Candles Toxic to Dogs?

Are Scented Candle Fumes Toxic to Dogs?

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We all love to light a scented candle from time to time. Whether it’s for the aroma, decoration or mood. While we’re cosy by our candle, we tend to forget about the effect it will have on our dogs. Sparking the question, are scented candles toxic to dogs?

Of course, you need to make sure that it is out of reach so it’s not knocked over by an enthusiastic waggy tail! But did you know, the wick, the wax, and the aroma could affect our dog’s health? We didn’t!

Are Candles Bad For Dogs?

The short answer? Yes, candles can be bad for your dog. Many candles emit nasty toxins and chemicals into the air. These toxins can be harmful to both humans and dogs. We both breathe these nasties into our bodies and bloodstream.

Unfortunately candles aren’t regulated and companies are not required to list the ingredients used. So who knows what toxins emit once the candle has been lit?

It’s not just the ingredients we need to be mindful of. Just like us, dogs could also be allergic to other parts of the candle, such as the scent and chemicals that go with it.

There are many ingredients you should look out for while selecting your scented candles, not just for the health of your pooch but for your own safety too.

Candle Ingredients To Avoid:

Lead: If the wick has a metal core, containing lead this could affect the central nervous system. Symptoms that your dog’s affected include chomping at the jaw and in-coordination.

Paraffin wax: Found in the majority of candles. Made from petroleum waste, best not look into what that is. If inhaled, this could cause nausea and headaches, it also releases carcinogens when burned.

Acetaldehyde, Formaldehyde, and Acrolein: these nasty toxins reduce the air quality we breathe.

Benzene: This is a known carcinogen and comes from the burning soot in a candle.

Toluene: This could come from the soot and is dangerous to the central nervous system.

In addition to this, avoid artificial scents and colours.

Dog Friendly Candle Alternatives

The good news is, there are many natural, alternative scented candles that aren’t harmful or toxic. Not only do they have stronger scents, but they have a longer burn time and therefore last longer.

The best candles to buy that have little, to no effect on us and the dogs, should be beeswax, coconut wax, natural soy or vegetable-based wax. The wick should be lead-free, we recommend sticking to 100% natural cotton (unbleached), paper or wood.

The candle scent should come from natural essential oils, but we recommend researching the scents for further clarification.

Alternatives include electric candles or essential oils, but be sure to dilute the essential oils before diffusing them.

We love natural, organic, and healthy candles the most. Here’s a breakdown of some of our favourite natural candles shipping from the UK and US.

Dog Friendly Candles In The UK

VeganbunnyCo Candles

Not only is this candle super safe for our pooches, but it comes with a big eco footprint. The product is free from plastic and acid made from 90% recycled materials (and it’s fully recyclable).

This soy candle is scented with pure lavender essential oil, perfect for sending your pup to snoozeville.

This lovely candle is Hand poured in the U.K using natural ingredients, wicked with a pure cotton trim that will light up to 40 hours.


This wonderful company, speaks fluent dog (and cat), creating the pawfect dog friendly candle. This company was born after cat Tinks got diagnosed with asthma. They discovered that shop-bought candles & wax melts were not safe for pets (and humans).

So they created a range of candles using only natural ingredients: essential oils, cotton wicks and rapeseed wax. Each candle is made with 100% pure essential oils, meaning nothing but the extracted plant product is added to the wax. Enjoy a herbaceous, earthy, slightly floral scent with the Clary Sage candle. Oh and did we mention, all packaging is eco-friendly! Bonus points!


Eco Mutt have a range of products, all made for her adorable Springer Spaniel Jerry! This candle has been hand-poured, made from soy wax and pure lavender essential oil. No toxins, no chemicals, completely safe for our pooches.

This candle is ideal for relaxing and has an average burn time of around 40 hours.


These mini travel candles are reasonably priced and made out of made of soy wax with a 100% cotton woven lead-free wick. Each candle burns for up to 30 hours.

They’re made with aromatherapy oils and come in four fragrances that are safe for dogs; gardenia, jasmine, French vanilla, and lavender.

What we love the most about these is the decorative tin the candle is used for can be re-purposed afterwards as a little home accessory. They also make great gifts!

Neom Organics 

Neom creates 100% natural fragrances with true aroma-therapeutic benefits and inspiring women to lead healthier, more balanced lives. This one is Neom’s bestselling scent, a complex blend of 24 relaxing oils including lavender, jasmine and Brazilian rosewood.

The divine fragrance hits you as soon as you open the box. The scent intensifies when it’s lit, scenting the whole house. It also has 50 hours of burn time, meaning you can relax for hours on end.

Are Scented Candle Fumes Toxic to Dogs?

Kiss the Moon Candles

This candle smells so heavenly you will feel any stress slip away from the first whiff. It’s made from soy wax using high-grade braided cotton wicks and burns for up to 50 hours. This dreamy candle has scents of pure lavender, roman chamomile and bergamot essential oils – all of which again we know will relax our pooch to no end.

They also produce travel candles with a 22-hour burn time, perfect for our furiends who are always on the go.

Whatever aroma you use around your dog make sure it is a dog friendly one free from scented candle fumes toxic to dogs. Happy dog – happy home!

Are Scented Candle Fumes Toxic to Dogs?

Dog Friendly Candles In The US

Wild Beautiful Free

These candles offer a great alternative to soy and beeswax, as they’re made with pressed organic coconut wax. They also feature pure aromatherapy grade essential oils and an organic cotton wick.

This candle is a ‘Dream’, the vanilla and lavender scent will help relieve stress and enhance sleep for you and your pooch. They’re also hand poured into a reusable 24K gold stamped gorilla decor cocktail glass!

If that wasn’t enough to love, above all of this they also donate 10% of the proceeds to ethical non-profits working on Elephant, Gorilla, and/or Lion Conservation.

Pet House Candle

Our go-to candles in the US! Pet House Candles from One Fur All are made using 100% natural soy wax with a 100% cotton wick. They also feature a burn time of up to 60-hours.

These candles are super safe offering rich aromas that are super effective at removing unpleasant smells and a refreshing scent to leave your home feeling clean and fresh.

Milkhouse Candle

We love the look and fragrances available from the Milkhouse Candles! These paraffin-free scented candles are made with premium sustainable soy wax infused with beeswax sourced from the Midwest. It also features a lead-free, cotton wick to ensure a clean burn and that your candle will throw fragrance throughout your room.

What’s more, after enjoying up to 65 hours of burn time, you can use these reusable glass containers for spices, office and bathroom supplies, or a beautiful plant when the candle is gone.

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  1. Thanks so much for this info. As someone who loves scented candles in the house I have been scared about potential poisoning for my dog. Now I can buy confidently knowing they are safe!

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