Candle making has evolved from an ancient art born of necessity to a modern day luxury. Today, candle makers know that finding new ways to attract customer’s attention and stand out in a crowded marketplace of highly creative artisans is an ongoing marketing journey. That’s why we love Wooden Wicks! A truly unique and engaging candle is created using wooden wicks… with a modern appeal, an intriguing visual aesthetic, and an enticing soft crackling sound.The Wooden Wick Co. currently sells to DIY candle makers, national brands and manufacturers in over 43 countries around the world. Our Wooden Wicks are everywhere and we love seeing where they wind up!
Candle Wicks: What are the benefits of using a Wooden Wick vs a cotton wick?
Why should I purchase my Wooden Wicks from The Wooden Wick Co?
The Wooden Wick Co is the exclusive licensed distributor of wooden wicks developed by the creator of The Original Wooden Wick, Lumetique, Inc. and therefore all our wicks are protected under dozens of international patents. As our customer, you will receive the same benefits. Additionally, The Wooden Wick Co has a quick turn around time, consistency in high quality product and service, and we offer an extensive product line and unlimited customization options. When you purchase wooden wicks from The Wooden Wick Co., you help support trees.org and help families dramatically improve their living conditions.
Choosing a wick
Choosing the right wick for your individual needs requires some playful experimentation. Luckily, we have a handy solution. Our Sample Kit is loaded with a variety of wicks (over 100) and includes 20 wick clips. Once you receive your Sample Kit, use our Wick Selection Guide for guidance on which wicks in your kit will be best suited for your candle. We strongly recommend doing a burn test preferably using 3-5 of the suggested wicks. Keep in mind: The size of your vessel, the wax blend, the type of fragrance, fragrance load, dye, and any other additives are all crucial factors in determining which wick will provide the optimal burn.
To offer our customers the most possibilities to find the perfect fit for their candle, we offer multiple thicknesses in our Single-ply and Adhered Wicks. The greater the thickness of the wick and the more wick material (width + thickness), the hotter it will burn. Therefore, we recommend using a thinner wick (.020″ – .030″/.5mm – .8mm) for paraffin wax blends, a middle thickness (.030″ – .050″/.8mm – 1.3mm) for vegetable wax blends and a thicker wick (.050″ – .060″/1.2mm – 1.5mm) for 100% soy wax candles.
Although the difference is slight (.010″/.3mm), it can be a big difference in burn. With the increased thickness comes increased capillary flow, which creates a larger flame. If you find that the flame is extinguishing and/or you are not achieving a full melt pool within 2-4 hours, then wick up in (.010″/.3mm) increments until you find the optimal wick for your project. Learn how to conduct a burn test here.
Boosters are recommended for candles with 100% soy or vegetable based waxes and for candles with a high fragrance or dye load.
The Original Wick is always utilized as the base wick. You have an option to combine it with The Smooth Wick or add another Original Wick as a “booster”. While both “booster” wicks are utilized to help provide optimal performance in vegetable wax blends, the main difference is in the level of crackle and the color of the wood. The Smooth Wick offers a softer, smoother, soothing crackle sound and is a light color wood. If you love the sound of a crackling wood wick, The Original Wick offers a more robust crackle sound and is a darker color wood. Either of the “booster” wicks will provide extra assistance to The Original Wick with increased capillary flow, and will help achieve a timely melt pool with an adequate flame size.
There is more flexibility and a cost advantage to buying the two wicks separately. However if it’s convenience you are after, the Adhered Wicks are a great option.
The Original Dual Wick is two single Original Wicks of equal width and height adhered together. Using a pre-adhered wick allows you to save time by not having to work with two separate wicks and is a great choice when using vegetable waxes, in vessels larger than 3” / 76.2mm in diameter or when a horizontal flame and more robust crackling sound is desired.
The Original Booster Wick is an Original Wick combined with a 3/16” / 4.8mm booster strip made with an identical wood adhered down the center of the wick. Using a pre-adhered wick allows you to save time by not having to work with two separate wicks. Booster Wicks also provide more flexibility in thicknesses and emit a more vertical flame than The Original Dual Wick.
To determine the correct size of wooden wick for your candle, it is best to order our Sample Kit and then use our Wick Selection Guide as a starting point for your testing. Factors such as wax type, fragrance type, fragrance load, dye, and additives will all affect both the burn and the size of wick required. There is no substitute for conducting a burn test.
We always recommend purchasing the full Sample Kit to ensure you find the appropriate wick for your project. While we do our best to provide the most accurate recommendations through our Wick Selection Guide, only testing multiple options will assure finding the wick that is best suited to your specific candle. For special projects, please go to Customize Your Wick.
Yes. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For custom orders involving only custom sizing in width and height we have a minimum of 1000 wicks with an added service charge. For more specialized customization please email email@example.com.
If you were previously using a wick from Dream Wick or CandleArt, and would like to know which Wooden Wick Co. wick is the equivalent, or if you’re curious about which wick is best for your needs, please reference the charts below.
Candle making tips with wooden wicks
Making candles with wooden wicks isn’t that different from making candles with cotton wicks. In fact, it’s actually a little easier and less time consuming as there’s no need to straighten or secure the wick with wick bars, dowels or sticks.We suggest following this simple guide:
Tube Wicks need to be used in conjunction with a ¼” / 6.4mm Wooden Wick. To use a ¼” Wooden Wick with a tube wick, set the ¼” / 6.4mm Wooden Wick in the wick clip and secure to the bottom of your vessel. Once in place, pour your candle as usual. When the candle is cooling and is still soft, but not fully congealed, slide the tube wick over the wooden wick and push all the way down. When the candle has set, trim the wick to 1/8″ – 3/16″ / 3.2mm – 4.8mm
No. Contrary to some of the information available about wood wicks in general, we do not recommend treating wooden wicks with anything before using them, in fact we advise against it.
There are many reasons a wick will not stay lit. The most common reasons a wick may self-extinguish include:
Wooden wick candle-burning tips
Now that you have made your candle, it’s time for the best part—lighting up and enjoying its beautiful flame. Here are our tips for optimal burning.
To conduct a Wooden Wick burn test
And please be sure to follow all common-sense candle safety guidelines:
Who is LAB & CO?
LAB & CO SUPPLIES
LAB & CO, a premier purveyor of candle making supplies, founded by candle industry connoisseurs who have created some of the most successful candle and fragrance brands in the industry, has partnered with The Wooden Wick Co. LAB & CO has the know-how, technical expertise and most importantly, trend-setting components, offering unsurpassed fragrances, superior quality waxes, gorgeous vessels and luxury packaging. For the established candle-maker with a thriving candle business, the first-timer with big dreams, or the crafter just wanting to have a little candle-making fun, LAB & CO will educate and inspire.
EXCLUSIVE FRAGRANCESHow much fragrance do I add to my wax?
While the typical amount is about 6 to 8%, some candles can have as much as 12%. The amount you will use depends on the maximum fragrance load percentage of your wax as well as your personal preference. Keep in mind, adding too much fragrance can cause your candle to not burn properly, smoke, or even self-extinguish by clogging the wick. Make sure you are consistent and measure or weigh every single time. Eyeballing is never a good idea! Visit our blog Candle Fragrance Basics. If you are new to candle making, you might find our blog How to Make a Wooden Wick Candle very helpful. proper-sized wick.
No. While LAB & CO candle fragrances are high-end luxury fragrances of superior quality, they are not 100% natural. LAB & CO candle fragrances contain a combination of essential oils and fragrance oils that are formulated for optimum performance in a candle.
LAB & CO fragrances are specifically formulated for candle making. However, some of the fragrances might be approved for use in other products. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org, including the fragrance you are specifically inquiring about and in what application you would like to use it in for additional information.
At this time the smallest size we have is our 2 oz size.
The response to this question, of course, depends on the size of your candles. For example, if you were going to use 10 pounds of wax (160 oz) and wanted to use a **fragrance** load of 10%, you would need 16 oz of fragrance. The amount of candles would depend on the size of candle you were making. To keep it simple, if you are creating a 10 oz candle, you would be able to make 16 candles from 10 pounds of wax and 16 oz of fragrance. If you are making 6 oz candles, you could make approximately 26 candles.
Quality, Sophistication, and Luxury
Top quality for superior performance… LAB & CO fragrances are at minimum the same quality that the top luxury candle brands in the marketplace use. These sophisticated scents are on trend and ahead of the marketplace. LAB & CO fragrances are absolute luxury in every sense of the word.
Our pricing is considered wholesale pricing. At this time there are no other quantity price breaks.
LUXURIOUS WAX BLENDSWhich wax types will LAB & CO fragrances work best in? What is the difference between the Virgin Coconut Crème and the Coco Apricot Crème waxes?
The Coco Apricot Crème contains apricot and no soy. While soy is very popular in the current marketplace, there are some customers who prefer to stay away from it due to the many candle making difficulties associated with soy.
The formula details for the wax blends are proprietary and therefore not available.
At this time the smallest quantity is 5 lbs.
Both blends, Virgin Coconut Crème and Coco Apricot Crème are exceptional container blend waxes. The ability to hold a high fragrance load without any sweating, superior glass adhesion and the beautiful creamy appearance make both of these waxes beyond compare. If you are use to using 100% soy, then you are likely aware of sweating issues, glass adhesion issues, a lumpy or imperfect surface as a candle cools after it’s been burned, the wax turning brown after burning and all of the other assorted issues associated with 100% soy wax.
While 1 pound equals 16 ounces, there is information that says that one pound of wax equals 20 ounces by liquid volume. We tried that theory and found that did not quite work for us and we ran short of wax. We are going to stick with 1 pound of wax is equal to 16 oz of liquid wax; therefore, one 5 pound slab of wax equals roughly 80 oz of liquid wax. If you were making 10 oz candles, this would create 8 candles. If you were making 8 oz candles, this would create 10 candles.
UNIQUE VESSELSI need more vessels than you have available, can I get more?
It may be possible for us to acquire additional stock of the vessel of your choice. Please email us at email@example.com with the style and quantity required and one of our customer service extraordinaire representatives will be in touch with you as soon as possible.
OTHER FABULOUS CANDLE MAKING SUPPLIESDo you have any candle making kits for beginners?
Funny you should ask! LAB & CO candle making kits are currently in the works. In the meantime if you are brand new to candle making we suggest the following:
While it isn’t necessary per say, it sure does make things a lot easier! If you don’t use a wick sticker, the wick will move about and you may end up with a candle with an off-center wick. As all of us candle makers know, an off center wick is no good. Additionally, as the candle burns near the bottom, the wick sticker helps to keep the wick assembly secure and in place when the wax is completely liquefied, ensuring the utmost safety to those burning the candle.
LAB & CO warning labels contain specific care instructions pertaining to candles utilizing wooden wicks. Our warning labels also include the applicable patent link needed when creating wooden wicks candles: **www.lumetique.com/patents. **
Our large pouring pitcher is a four pound pitcher but that doesn’t mean you want to fill it with four pounds of melted wax. Our suggestion is to put about 2.5 to 3 pounds of wax. If the pitcher is too full, it makes it a little tricky to pour without making a mess. For the one pound pitcher, we suggest about .75 pounds of wax.
Distributors are required to sign a Distributor License Agreement with us that requires our distributors to disclose their customers to us bi-annually. If you are interested in becoming a distributor, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We require that you provide us with the company name and/or the brand name (if different than the company name) of your customer so that we know where our wooden wicks are being used in the marketplace; that they are protected under the licensing agreement; and, their candle products are not susceptible to patent infringement (see Licensing Terms FAQ).
All of our pricing is considered wholesale and volume discounts are already built into our pricing structure. Please contact us at email@example.com for pricing information for larger orders.
If you are outside of California, sales tax will not be added to your order. If you are in California, sales tax will automatically be added to your order. If you are the holder of a CA Resale Certificate, please email a copy of your certificate along with a brief description of your business to firstname.lastname@example.org. Upon receipt of your resale number we will issue you a code to use at checkout that will remove the sales tax from your purchases.
Yes. The price breaks are built into our pricing structure and begin at a quantity of 500 per sku. Select a wick to see the discount pricing for each quantity pack. Larger discounts are applied to quantities over 100,000 units.
Licensing terms FAQWhy do I need to sign a license agreement?
The Wooden Wick Co. is a licensed distributor of wooden wicks developed by the creator of the Original Wooden Wick, Lumetique, Inc. Lumetique’s patents cover wooden, semi-wooden or fibrous wicks exhibited in a planar, multi-layered, curved or varied shape wicks. For more information on Lumetique’s technology, please visit the Patents page and Lumetique. Each wooden wick purchase on our website comes with a patent-protected license. The “click wrap” license is personal to the purchaser of the wicks and lasts until the completion or termination of the use of the wooden wicks (the specific wicks purchased on website). The license agreement gives customers the right/license to use the wooden wick technology and the terms of its use.
The purpose of the marking requirement is to meet our statutory obligations under 35 U.S.C. § 287. We must ensure that any and all licensees are marking their covered products, and providing constructive notice to the public that the product is patented. All candle products (whether a wooden wick, candle, box, hang-tag or other form of packaging) must be consistently and always marked as being covered by the applicable patents and patents pending.
The best practice is to mark the candle product itself with the following patent marking: Pat. www.lumetique.com/patents
While sometimes overlooked by businesses, compliance with the statutory requirements for patent marking is critical to companies (and their licensees) that hold one or more patents. The purpose of the marking requirement is to meet our statutory obligations under 35 U.S.C. § 287. We must ensure that any and all licensees are marking their covered products, and providing constructive notice to the public that the product is patented.
We request that you provide us with your company name and the brand name (if different than your company name) for each candle that you manufacture so that we know where our wooden wicks are being used in the marketplace; that you are protected under the licensing agreement; and, your candle products are not susceptible to patent infringement.
Shipping & returns faqWhen can I expect to receive my order?
Most orders ship within one week from date of purchase and often within 48 hours. Custom Orders and orders over 25,000 units may require additional time.
Your order will ship from Illinois, USA
Once your order has been fulfilled, we provide tracking for all shipments (via USPS and UPS.) However, if you are an international customer, USPS does not provide tracking for packages once they leave the United States. We are unable to give you any further information beyond what the tracking shows. If you would like to receive tracking information up until your parcel reaches its destination, we recommend selecting UPS.
We want to provide you with the best experience possible, so we take customer satisfaction very seriously.
Because candle making is a complex procedure with many extenuating factors, we can not guarantee how a wick will perform in your particular blend and vessel. We highly suggest you begin by purchasing a Sample Kit and performing all of the necessary testing to determine the best wick for your particular candle.
At this time, we cannot accept returns, however we will always strive to ensure the satisfaction of our beloved customers. If you have received a damaged or incorrect item, we will happily refund or replace the item as quickly as possible. If you have an issue, please contact us for help.