Wood Wicks & Cotton Wicks, What is the Difference?

Wood Wicks & Cotton Wicks, What is the Difference? - Haze Fragrance Studio

Green Tea + Pear Scented Wood Wick Candle

Wood wicks are quickly becoming a popular option for candle makers and consumers alike! Unlike traditional cotton wicks, wood wicks offer an enhanced fragrance experience and a cozy flickering flame. Haze Fragrance Studio is now choosing to only use these specialised wood wicks to bring you the best possible candles!


What are Wood Wicksand Cotton Wicks?

Wood wicks are made by cutting wood into thin strips, allowing it to emit a satisfying crackling sound similar in nature to a fireplace with wood logs. On the other hand, traditional cotton wicks are made through braiding cotton strings into a strand which is then dipped in wax or lead for added stability.

After countless tests, we came to conclude three main reasons for choosing a wood wick candle over a cotton wick:

  1. They can create a relaxing crackling sound when burning
  2. They tend to produce a more even burn and better scent throw than cotton wicks since the shape of the wick provides a horizontal flame. 
  3. Lastly, wood wicks have an aesthetic appearance that we love! 


Are Wood Wicks Sustainable?

From the sustainability perspective, both types of wicks can be eco-friendly and sustainable depending on their sourcing and production process. We carefully choose crackling wood wicks sourced from FSC-certified mills from the USA to use in our candles.


So, Which One is Better? Wooden Wicks or Cotton Wicks?

Are you drawn to the peaceful, crackling sound of a fireplace? If so, then a wood wick candle might be the perfect choice for you. Wood wicks are widely known for their distinctive crackle as they burn candle wax. Combining this feature with their ability to give off a delightful scent throw, wood wicks can make a great addition to any home. However, if you're looking for an easier option that takes little to no maintenance and lights up quickly, cotton wick candles would be better suited for you. Ultimately, which type of wick is best for you comes down to personal preference since both offer unique benefits and drawbacks.


Maintaining Your Wood Wick Candles

When it comes to maintaining and lighting your wood wick candle, there are a few tips that we find helpful. It is important to trim the wick to the appropriate length (about ⅛ in) before burning, no matter what type of wick, to prevent black smoke and help stabilize the flame. When lighting a wood wick candle, light it from the edge and watch it catch, though they may take a few more seconds compared to cotton wicks. The National Candle Association also suggests that no candles should be burnt for more than 4 hours in a single session, and always keep the candle in sight when burning. For more tips on burning your candles safely, check out our Candle Care Tips!




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