What's the Deal with Wood Wicks?

What's the Deal with Wood Wicks?

Posted by Rachel Whitcomb


One of my most common questions is “what’s the point of wood wicks?” Or if the person I’m speaking to is particularly crass, “so what makes wood wicks better?” asked in the sort of tone like…. well you know the type. Presumptive, but, fair question.

The answer? Largely, it’s just an aesthetic and personal preference.

  • Wood wicks make a crackling sound when they burn (charming mini fire place!)

  • They have a flat and wide horizontal flame

  • They’re trendy, and everyone wants to be InstaCool these days.

There are of course some benefits to wood wicks!

  • Since the flame is bigger, it melts wax faster and creates a stronger scent throw

  • With proper trimming, wood wicks do not mushroom or create soot.

  • Their rigidity prevents a lot of the wick problems a cotton wick candle has (like bending over and getting swallowed by wax)

  • As a candle maker, they are really easy to work with!



Wood Wicks and the Environment

We source our wood wicks from the lovely folks who hold the patent on it (we have to disclose this information). We love their commitment to environmentally friendly practices and are happy to support their company.

All wood used for our wooden wicks is sourced from FSC-certified Mills. What does this mean? FSC stands for Forest Stewardship Council and they are an independent, non-profit organization that protects forests for future generations. Because FSC is the gold standard in forest certification, it is the only system supported by groups such as WWF, Sierra Club, Greenpeace, Natural Resources Defense Council and National Wildlife Federation.

— Charlotte Katona at WoodenWick

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