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THE GREEN GUIDE: Interiors Editor Nicole Gray challenges homeware’s eco credentials

WHAT’S THE STORY?

Founded in 2018 by friends Carl Tomkinson and Olivia Watson, Helm London is a vegan brand selling handmade soy wax candles made from ethically sourced ingredients.

WHY SHOULD I BUY?

Most candles are made with paraffin wax derived from petroleum, which contains toxic chemicals such as toluene and benzene – these can cause respiratory problems and pollute the environment.

Helm London’s soy wax candles – made from oil extracted from the seed of the soy bean – are biodegradable, toxin-free and have a longer burn time than paraffin candles.

The scents are made with safe, industry-certificated ingredients and are paraben-free.

Helm London's soy wax candles – made from oil extracted from the seed of the soy bean – are biodegradable, toxin-free and have a longer burn time than paraffin candles. CANDLE £29, helmlondon.com Helm London's soy wax candles – made from oil extracted from the seed of the soy bean – are biodegradable, toxin-free and have a longer burn time than paraffin candles. CANDLE £29, helmlondon.com

Helm London’s soy wax candles – made from oil extracted from the seed of the soy bean – are biodegradable, toxin-free and have a longer burn time than paraffin candles. CANDLE £29, helmlondon.com

WHY SHOULDN’T I BUY?

Apart from the slightly higher price tag than mass-market candles, there isn’t a reason.

THE EXTRA MILE

The candles are made in small batches to avoid waste and each one is sent with a handwritten note to the customer. The glass jars are also reusable and recyclable.

MADE IN

The UK, in the brand’s Essex workshop.

MADE FROM

High-quality soy wax.

JOURNEY

The candles are posted from the workshop in recyclable boxes to customers.

OUR RATING: 4.5/5

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