If you love candles, chances are you have seen quite a variety in terms of containers, wax type, and scents. What often doesn't change, however, is the wick. The majority of candles found today have a traditional cotton wick.
There's only one widely used alternative these days—a wood wick. Wooden wick candles are slowly gaining in popularity, and they can provide amazing benefits to candle users.
Wooden wicks are more sustainable than cotton wicks, as thousands of wicks can be attained from a single tree. They give off a crackle that's similar to a fireplace, and burn more evenly and cleaner than cotton wicks. Wood wick candles produce less soot than traditional wicks.
Here are a few other benefits.
Benefits of Wood Wicks
Wood wick candles may seem a little strange, but they are one of the best ways to enjoy a candle. If you've purchased a wood wick candle or are looking at one and trying to decide if it’s worth experimenting with, here are a few benefits you could enjoy by trying one.
One purpose of a candle is to help with the atmosphere. Their warm glow and scent are the main considerations we take into account when deciding on a candle, and these both affect their ambiance. Wood wick candles, however, add in a third dimension to the ambiance provided by a candle.
When lit, wood wicks pop and crackle softly, similar to that of a fireplace. The pleasant sounds can soothe and relax as much as the warm glow and the pleasant scents, making them a truly unique experience.
A Cleaner Burn
Chances are that if you love candles, you've quickly discovered that you don't love the soot they can leave behind. Paraffin wax candles are particularly infamous for a dirty burn that can damage the walls of your house when burned consistently.
Of course, the toxins released by a low-quality candle are also a concern, and cotton wicks can sometimes be laced with metals such as zinc that then get released into the atmosphere and our lungs.
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Many cotton wicks are dipped in paraffin to make them easier to light. Paraffin can release carcinogens into the air we breathe as well as the damaging soot coating the walls of your home.
Wood wicks not only reduce the amount of soot going into the home, but they aren't treated with anything to help them stay lit. This means a cleaner burn for you and your home.
Global warming is on everybody's mind, as the effects are seen every day. Many of us are looking for more sustainable choices in the products we buy, even for something as simple as our choice of candle.
Your choice of candle doesn't have to be bad for the environment, and it isn't just the wax and the container that you have to consider. The wick itself can play a part in sustainability, and this is one area where the benefits of a wood wick are clearer than ever.
Cotton has a bad reputation from environmentalists because of the severe demands it places on the environment. A field of cotton needs thousands of gallons of water—it is one of the most chemically intensive agricultural products grown in the world.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 84 million pounds of pesticides are applied to cotton fields in the U.S. alone every year, along with two billion pounds of fertilizer. Unless the fields are organic cotton, most of those chemicals came from fossil fuels. Even in organic fields, cotton is hardly sustainable with the huge amount of water it needs to produce.
Wood wicks, on the other hand, can be a much more sustainable choice. Many wood wicks are harvested using sustainable forestry methods and thousands of wicks can be gotten from a single tree without anywhere near the number of resources needed.
Overall, wood wicks are a wonderful way to make your candles more sustainable. When combined with selecting an environmentally friendly wax, such as coconut wax or another naturally sourced wax, and a recyclable or reusable container, your candle can have a very low impact on the environment, especially compared to a paraffin wax candle.
Wooden Wicks are Worth Considering
There are many different benefits to a wood wick candle. These unique wicks are aesthetically pleasing before you even light the candle, create a wide, warm flame that is pleasant to look at, and are as wonderful to hear as they are to watch.
Wood wicks are relatively new to candle making, so it's understandable if you're not yet familiar with them. We've had cotton wick candles for thousands of years, but wood wicks have always been somewhat uncommon. Fortunately, this new type of wick has a lot to offer, and it's something we should all try at least once in our lives.