Chances are that you will need a hostess gift this season. Whether you need a little something to gift at Thanksgiving or a token of appreciation for the holiday parties, there’s nothing that is as simultaneously thoughtful and thoughtless than a candle. On one hand, candles have become a backup gift that people receive with a ho-hum attitude, but put some thought into what flames you’ll be gifting and you’re sure to get a warmer response. We’ve chosen the best organic, earth-friendly options to give to the green goddesses in your life. Not only are they kind to the earth, but the prettiest most innovative formulas we found will impress even the most die-hard do-gooders.
We love the Laundress for fabric care products (available at J. Crew stores and Brentwood’s Jenni Kayne outpost), especially since they’re so clean and simply designed that they look great on display in a laundry room. So it’s no surprise that the label’s first foray into home fragrance carries the same aesthetic. The candles use all plant-derived ingredients and a blend of soy, beeswax and essential oils. Each candle is hand-poured in New York and is scented to go in a specific room. No. 247 bears the classic Laundress scent, a mix of bergamot, thyme, lavender and ylang-ylang, making it ideal for kitchens, bathrooms and, of course, laundry rooms. Cedar, which is the same sandalwood, orange, rose and cedar blend of the brand’s Wool & Cashmere Shampoo, is a great choice for home offices and family rooms because of its rich, welcoming scent. And the last of the trio, Lady, an herbal and citrus fragrance that combines of amber, bergamot and lavender, is a great choice for bedrooms and mimics the scent of the Laundress’ Delicate Wash. Available now on the Laundress Web site. The trio retails for $60.
Since 1981, Neal’s Yard Remedies has been at the forefront of aromatherapy in Great Britain. The line branched out to include NYR Organic, which is a full range of skincare, body care and more available in specialty stores across the country. Though it’s a huge name across the pond, here in America, the brand is still under the radar. This season, they’ve debuted their first home range, which harnesses their decades-long expertise in aromatherapy. Diffusers and essential oils are available in addition to hand-poured candles, which are made from a combination of organic botanical wax and beeswax in Cornwall, England. The essential oils are blended to create scents that are meant to calm, energize and balance, which is exactly what this trio lets you sample. None of the formulas have synthetic fragrances, petroleum waxes or a sooty smoky effect after you blow them out. The beautiful trio is perfect for gifting, and there’s no better gift to give than a little relaxation. We all need it after the holidays! Available now at www.nyrorganic.com for $55.
Have a foodie friend? We recommend the Further Tin Candle ($28), which blends green technology with something as simple as a candle. Megan and Marshall Dostal, the founders of Further, utilize waste oil from restaurants (the oil for this specific candle comes from Mario Batali and Nancy Silverton’s Mozza) for their proprietary blend of waxes and fragrance. (We first wrote about Further a couple of years ago.) But that doesn’t mean that this candle will have your room smelling like leftovers or Caprese salad. The Dostals purify the waste grease and add their own blend of essential oils – bergamot, olive and exotic grasses — to create an eco-friendly candle like no other. Available at www.beautycirque.com for $28.
Photos courtesy Further, NYR Organic and the Laundress