The Truth About Wooden Wicks vs. Cotton Wicks

The Truth About Wooden Wicks vs. Cotton Wicks

For those who are new to the candle world, it’s important to remember that not all candles are created equal. Some candles on the market are crafted with harmful ingredients like paraffin wax, and when burned, they release toxic chemicals like toluene, benzene, and formaldehyde. Others are made with different types of wicks, like cotton, hemp, or wooden wicks. 

No matter what, it’s really important to know the materials used in the production of your candles before burning them throughout your home. This can also help you determine which candles to buy from reputable companies that care about the well-being of their consumers. 

Here at kendi lux, we are going to take a closer look at two types of candle wicks in particular. Continue reading to learn the truth about wooden wicks vs. cotton wicks. 

Wooden Wicks

Wooden wicks are popular because they are reminiscent of a real-life fireplace. They crackle, pop, and flicker like actual wood logs, which entices candle lovers with each and every burn. There are two types of wooden wicks: Hardwood wicks and softwood wicks. Since they are natural, it’s important to note that each wooden wick has its own characteristics in terms of density and thickness, so they will not all burn the same. 

However, wooden wicks are not ideal for drafty spaces, or outdoor use. They are more likely to extinguish even with a light wind pressure, and they tend to be more difficult to relight. Wooden wicks require much more maintenance than cotton wicks, and if left unmaintained you can experience tunneling, splitting, and more. It is also very difficult to use a match to light wooden wicks. 

Cottons Wicks 

Cotton wicks are a very popular option in the candle world due to their easy maintenance and low costs for production. They are typically crafted as braided strands dipped in wax and compressed to create their twisted shape. Some are even pressed flat so that once the wick burns, it curls back into the flame, making it self-consuming. 

These wicks are much easier to light with matches, regardless of their size. Also, if you like the diversity of burning your candles both indoors and outdoors, cotton wick candles are the best option for you. Make sure to look for the words paraffin-free, zinc-free, and lead-free when it comes to cotton wicks in order to avoid the release of toxic chemicals into the atmosphere. 

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