Last Updated: December 2, 2022

15 best pet-safe air fresheners & candles for your home.

WRITTEN BY Grove Collaborative • 23 min read

Pet owners know what a bad smell is — from an uncleaned cat litter box to a muddy pup, some pet smells are just unbearable at times. That’s where air fresheners and candles come in. Pet-safe air fresheners and pet-safe candles can really do wonders for your home as far as smells go, but you need to know what you’re looking for so both your nose and your pet are happy campers.


There are certain things to look out for in your search for good pet-friendly products. For example, when it comes to pet-safe candles, stay away from paraffin wax and reach for those made from soy, vegetable, or beeswax instead. When it comes to pet-safe plug in air fresheners and pet-safe essential oils, choose options that use naturally derived ingredients instead of chemicals, and make sure the essential oils you pick aren’t harmful to your animals. Keep reading on to see our list of the best pet-safe air fresheners and candles and see answers to frequently asked questions from the Grove community.


This list of products was determined by ratings and reviews from Grove members.

1. Grove Co. Soy Candle - Limited Edition Sparks of Joy - Balsam Fir Scent (7.5 OZ)

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A soy candle with limited edition Balsam Fir scent, in a decorative glass container inspired by the holidays.

A WINTERY CELEBRATION, SPARKLING WITH JOY
Create magic in your home by embracing the beauty of winter with our limited edition collection that shines bright with festivity and cheer, celebrating joyful moments of giving and …

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7.5 oz
$16.99
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2. Asutra Pure Soothing Comfort Aromatherapy Mist

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A great routine to get great sleep

Winding down before bed is key for great sleep. The lavender and chamomile in this Asutra mist will make you look forward to winding down and breathing deeply.

No fuss

When you don’t have the time or energy to use your essential oil diffuser, Asutra ready-made aromatherapy mists are a great option. Just …
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4 oz
$17.99
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3. Grove Co. “Homemade” Soy Candle - Vanilla, Brown Sugar, and Sandalwood

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A warm and comforting candle made with 100% natural fragrances and soy wax.

  • SWEET & COZY SCENT. 100% NATURAL FRAGRANCE.
    Homemade has notes of cozy vanilla, sweet brown sugar, and sandalwood, reminiscent of fresh baked goods shared around the table. Its natural fragrance is made from essential oils and other plant-based ingredients. It’s also …

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7 OZ
$16.99
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4. Mrs. Meyer's Room Freshener

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From cat litter to an old, forgotten gym bag, sometimes we need a little help freshening up our home. This Mrs. Meyer's Room Freshener Spray is non-aerosol, made without parabens, Leaping Bunny–certified, and made with essential oils and plant-derived fragrance notes and other thoughtfully chosen ingredients.

Pair this Mrs. Meyer's Room Spray …

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8 Oz
$5.99
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5. Grove Co. Ultrasonic Aromatherapy Diffuser - LED Light Levels and Timer Settings

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Self care goes beyond just a skin and hair care routine — this Grove Co. Ultrasonic Aromatherapy Diffuser - LED Light Levels and Timer Settings paired with essential oils diffuses a cool stream of aromatherapeutic scents for you to enjoy. It features a 100-milliliter capacity and can work for up to five hours at a time, bringing aromatherapy into …

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1 Diffuser
$44.99
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6. Grove Co. Organic Lavender Essential Oil - Relaxing Aromatherapy

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Pure, certified organic lavender essential oil for aromatherapy and home fragrance.

  • RELAXING AND SOOTHING
    Known for creating a calm atmosphere, lavender essential oil has a fresh floral aroma that is known to promote restfulness and peacefulness.

  • CERTIFIED ORGANIC + PURITY TESTED
    This pure essential oil was steam distilled from flowering …

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1 FL Oz
$19.99
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7. Grove Co. Soy Candle - Limited Edition Sparks of Joy - Spiced Berry Scent (7.5 OZ)

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A soy candle with limited edition Spiced Berry scent, in a decorative glass container inspired by the holidays.

A WINTERY CELEBRATION, SPARKLING WITH JOY
Create magic in your home by embracing the beauty of winter with our limited edition collection that shines bright with festivity and cheer, celebrating joyful moments of giving and …

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7.5 oz
$16.99
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8. Grove Co. “Sanctuary” Soy Candle - Lavender, Blue Sage, and Clove

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A serene and soothing candle made with 100% natural fragrances and soy wax.

  • FLORAL & AROMATIC SCENT. 100% NATURAL FRAGRANCE.
    Our Sanctuary candle will turn your home into a peaceful oasis with notes of calming lavender, fresh blue sage, and clove. It's scent is 100% natural, made from essential oils and other plant-based ingredients. It’s also …

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7 OZ
$16.99
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9. Caldrea Linen & Room Spray

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Use this Caldrea Linen & Room Spray to knock out bad smells in your home. This linen room spray is paraben-free, formaldehyde-free, and Leaping Bunny–certified. It’s also made with essential oils and can be used on laundry, sheets, pillows, blankets, and even carpet and rugs. It comes in multiple scents, so you can choose the one that speaks to …

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16 Oz
$16
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10. Grove Co. “Al Fresco” Soy Candle - Pink Grapefruit, Jasmine, and Vanilla

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A bright and uplifting candle made with 100% natural fragrances and soy wax.

  • CITRUS & FLORAL SCENT. 100% NATURAL FRAGRANCE.
    Our Al Fresco candle will transport you to the feeling of a warm summer night with the aroma of juicy citrus fruits and wild jasmine hanging in the air. It's scent is 100% natural, made from essential oils and other …

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7 OZ
$16.99
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11. Mrs. Meyer's Soy Glass Jar Candle

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Candles are a room's best friend, and this Mrs. Meyer's Soy Candle is no exception. With an up to 25-hour burn time, a variety of garden-inspired scents to choose from, you’ll enjoy freshening up any room. Plus, Mrs. Meyer’s candles are made with a vegetable soy wax base as well as other thoughtfully chosen ingredients. They are all vegan, …

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7.2 Oz
$9.89
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12. Enviroscent Plug-in Air Freshener Kit

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Unplug your old plug in air freshener and start scenting safer. Includes one (1) sleek, refillable plug hub warmer + one (1) scent pod refill.

No liquid, no leaks, no worries: Unlike other plug in air fresheners scented candles, you don't have to worry about leaks, hot wax, flames or messes.

Non-toxic ingredients: With a high essential oil …
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1 plug + 1 scent pod
$14.99
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13. Enviroscent Stix Diffuser Air Freshener Kit

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Everything you need to get rid of your old air freshener and start scenting safer. Includes one (1) pack of Scent Stix™ refills (four scent sticks) + one (1) super cute wooden stand to hold them. Works best in small spaces.

Non-toxic ingredients: With a high essential oil content, Enviroscent brings together the best natural ingredients and the …

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4 scent stix + 1 stand
$16.99
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14. Grove Co. Clear the Air Toilet Spray

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Before you go, be prepared with this Grove Co. Clear the Air Toilet Spray. This air freshener spray for your toilet is made with natural fragrances to eliminate odors before you use the bathroom. It features an easy-to-use, push-down spray top and a cap on top. You can put it on the toilet in your home for your household or guests to use, or you …

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2oz
$9.99
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15. Enviroscent Car Vent Air Freshener Kit

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This Enviroscent Car Vent Air Freshener Kit includes one stylish, refillable car vent clip and one Scent Pod™. Made from sustainable paper pulp, the Scent Pod™ contains natural fragrances made with essential oils.

Each Enviroscent recyclable Scent Pod™ lasts for 30 days. When it’s time to refill your car vent clip, purchase an Enviroscent Car Vent …

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1 vent clip + 1 scent pod
$8.99
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FAQs

What air fresheners are safe for pets?

When it comes to air fresheners and your pets, you want to really be very careful with which ones you’re choosing. This has a lot to do with the fact that many plug-in air fresheners in particular are usually at nose-height to your cat or dog, which means they can cause respiratory irritation if they contain harsh-chemical ingredients. It’s always best to choose pet-safe plug in air fresheners and pet-safe air fresheners in general.


You can choose air fresheners with naturally derived ingredients instead, like this Enviroscent Plug-in Air Freshener Kit and this Mrs. Meyer's Room Freshener that use natural frangrances instead of artificial ones in them that won’t harm the people or pets that breath them in when they linger in the air. For a bigger selection on pet friendly air fresheners, check out our list above that includes these two options, as well as other top picks, too.


What essential oils are safe to diffuse around pets?

What you may not know when it comes to essential oils and your pets is that some essential oils are actually toxic to your pets. What that means is some essential oils should never be used around your pets, whether they're used in a diffuser, put on your pet's skin, or licked up by your pets. So how do you know which are pet-safe essential oils? Take a look at our list below of essential oils to stay away from (plus which oils are okay to use by certain animals).


Essential oils not to use around pets:


  • Tea tree oil
  • Citrus
  • Peppermint
  • Eucalyptus oil
  • Cinnamon
  • Pine
  • Ylang ylang
  • Wintergreen

Pet-safe essential oils for dogs


  • Rosemary
  • Ginger
  • Lavender oil
  • Myrrh
  • Chamomile
  • Bergamot
  • Frankincense

Pet-safe essential oils for cats


  • Lavender
  • Frankincense
  • Helichrysum
  • Copaiba

Aside from your pets, it’s also best to familiarize yourself with the essential oils that are best for you, too. Read our article, How to use essential oils: Which oils are best for your health? to learn more.


Are Mrs. Meyer's candles safe for pets?

Yes, Mrs. Meyer’s candles are safe to light up and use around your pets. They’re made with naturally derived ingredients that make them safe to use around both kids and pets. Plus, Mrs. Meyer’s soy candles are also better to use for pets (and people) because other paraffin wax candles create black soot, which is bad for breathing in as well as bad for your carpets and curtains.


Here are some options to use in your home from Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day line:



For more pet-safe candles and pet-safe air fresheners, check out our list above of the best products to use to freshen up a home with pets.


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