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Published Sep. 30, 2021

Pumpkin spice candles are a great addition when you want to get into the mood for fall. Pine candles can get you excited about winter time and the Christmas holiday. Aromatherapy candles contain essential oils such as lavender or peppermint that can help you relieve your stress after a tough day at work. Whether you want candles to help you get in a festive mood or to help you relax, scented candles undoubtedly bring up memories and emotions that are associated with those scents. Some scents can spark nostalgia about some of your favorite foods you enjoy. They can even remind you of a familiar place like your grandma’s house or your hometown. 

A great way to really enjoy the candle burning ambiance is to use wood wick candles. They burn slower and lower than most candle wicks, but they heat up the fragrances in scented candles better and really give you a whiff of the aromas that make you feel good inside. Wood wicks also burn cleaner, releasing less soot, carbon, and other contaminants into the air. This makes candle burning not only easier on your lungs but also easier on your HVAC system. So, which wood wick candles made our top five list?

How We Picked the Best Wooden Wick Candles

Methodology

Over the years, I have written about home improvement, which involves extensive research and product reviewing. For this guide, I wanted to ensure I included wooden wick candles from a range of brands. I also made sure that each candle I chose had high scores and favorable reviews. Of the brands that I chose, there were several scents available. I chose the most popular, best-selling scents among the brands. 

All candles that I chose were soy because they burn better with wood wicks and are less toxic. Two candles in the review are great for their scent in general. The remaining three are great for therapeutic use. 

The Best Wood Wick Candles: Reviews and Recommendations

Best Overall: WoodWick Candle Fraser Fir

Hours of Freshness

A candle filled with a long-lasting scent of Frasier fir that gets you in the winter holiday spirit. WoodWick

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Why It Made The Cut: The goal of scented candles is to provide a long-lasting aroma and this one certainly gets the job done by burning for up to 130 hours. 

Specs:

  • Weight: 1 pound
  • Dimensions: 8.1 x 7 x 6.2 inches
  • Materials: Soy and paraffin wax

Pros:                                                            

  • Great holiday scent                                     
  • Authentic aroma
  • Burns a long time

Cons:

  • May not burn evenly as previous models

This candle brand is great for any occasion, but this particular scent is great for getting you ready for the holiday season. And the great crackling sound certainly makes you believe that chestnuts really are roasting on an open fire. These WoodWick Frasier Fir candles are a perfect accent on a table or mantle and release hours and hours of great scent. 

The scent is not overpowering but does have the ability to fill the house with this beautiful aroma and memories. While this scented candle has many advantages, one drawback that customers have experienced is broken glass during shipping. 

Best Gift: Benevolence Wild Lavender Candles

Therapy in a Jar

Have a relaxing evening enjoying the fragrance of lavender and the beautiful ambiance this candle creates. Benevolence LA

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Why It Made The Cut: This candle makes a great gift and a portion of the profits goes toward helping a great charitable cause—ending human trafficking and slavery.

Specs:

  • Weight: 6 ounces
  • Dimensions: 6.1 x 5.43 x 3.5 inches
  • Material: 100 percent natural soy wax

Pros:                                                                       

  • Calming effects of lavender                                                        
  • Non-toxic soy wax
  • Donation helps fight human trafficking

Cons: 

  • Scent may not be strong enough

The Wild Lavender Candle candle arrives in very beautiful packaging that makes it wonderful in your home or as a thoughtful gift. The candle continues giving because the manufacturers donate 10 percent of their profits from this sale to Zoe International, a charitable organization that fights to end human trafficking and slavery. 

The noble cause for which this candle stands is admirable but this isn’t the only thing that will make you love it. The candle burns cleanly because it is made of soy and this—in conjunction with the wood wick—produces a beautiful aroma of lavender within the home. The candle holder is made of golden glass, which makes it a perfect addition to any home’s decor. Think of this as a gift that gives twice; first to you (or the lucky person you give this to) and then to a worthy charity. 

Best Value: CANDLETHEORY Scented Candle

Earthy Scents That Take You Back

A beautiful, hand-crafted candle that has familiar fragrances that remind you of gentler times. CANDLETHEORY

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Why It Made The Cut: For the average price and size of one candle, you can get three handcrafted candles that didn’t undergo animal testing and are free of pesticides, phthalates, parabens, dyes, and sulfates.

Specs:

  • ‎Weight: 1.65 pounds
  • Dimensions: ‎7.5 x 3.12 x 2.5 inches
  • Materials: ‎Soy wax

Pros:                                                                       

  • Strong fragrances                                                     
  • Hand-crafted
  • Great crackling sound

Cons:

  • Wick may not stay lit

Candle scents are capable of arousing nostalgia. Candletheory’s candle evokes a strong sense of the South by capturing smells like cotton, fresh gardenia, and sweet tea. The great thing is you don’t have to buy all of these scents individually. They all come as a trio in one box, making this choice easy on the wallet.

These candles are handcrafted in the United States and are an eco-friendly, nontoxic soy wax candle. This candle also makes a good gift option. The candles are concentrated with maximum oil concentration and with the wood wick will deliver a strong fragrance throughout every home. 

While these candles have many pluses, one minor drawback is that the wick may not stay lit. However, with a proper trim and a good first burn, the wick should last long and provide enough crackling and popping to make you want to grab your favorite throw and get cozy. 

Best Decorative Candle: LA JOLIE MUSE Wood Wick

The Pretty Candle

A beautiful candle that transports you back in time with its flame, vintage design, and crackling sounds. La Jolíe Muse

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Why It Made The Cut: The 100 hours of burning time, crackling sound of wood, and eco-friendliness are what make this stunning Victorian-style jar a top pick. 

Specs:

  • Weight: 1.21 pounds
  • ‎Dimensions: 4 x 4 x 6 inches
  • Soy wax

Pros:                                                    

  • Great design                                         
  • Long-lasting
  • Eco-friendly

Cons:

  • Fragrance may not smell like true sandalwood 

Talk about nostalgia in a jar! This lovely candle will certainly take you back not just with its scent, but with its vintage design, as well. The Victorian-look jar may remind you of a drinking glass in your grandmother’s cupboard. Or, it might remind you of that pretty candy dish you  snuck a tasty treat from as a kid. 

Not only will La Jolie Muse candles carry you back to the past, but they can also help you to relax. The soothing smell of sandalwood can create an ambiance, perfect napping or preparing for bed time. This candle can provide its user with up to 100 hours of blissful aromas and, because it is made of soy, it will be free of toxins that other candles may have. While there are many great things to love about this scent, it may not be true to the sandalwood scent that most are accustomed to smelling. In spite of this, it does deliver in terms of the design and the ambiance that wood wick candles provide. 

Best Candle with a Masculine Scent: Manly Indulgence Vintage Oak Scented Jar Candle

Perfect for Any Man Cave

Put away your fruity, floral scents and prepare to be swept off your feet with this candle that has a subtle, masculine scent. Manly Indulgence

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Why It Made The Cut: This candle makes the top list because of its woodsy, robust scent that appeals to people who love the outdoors.

Specs:

  • ‎Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • ‎Dimensions: 4.5 x 3.75 x 3.75 inches
  • Materials: Soy wax

Pros:                                                               

  • Burns evenly                                                   
  • Classy, sophisticated design
  • Great packaging 

Cons: 

  • Aroma may not be strong enough

Floral and fruity scents may be the rage in scented candles. However, some people simply aren’t fans of the floral and fruit aromas and may be less likely to join the candle craze. Manly Indulgence is doing something about this. They’ve created candles with scents that appeal to a different crowd, an indulgence for those who love the smell of the outdoors.

The scent this candle emits is a far cry from most of the citrus smells that most candles give off. Instead, this candle provides 60 hours of scents like bergamot, sage and teak. While Manly Indulgence has certainly developed an innovative product, some may find that this particular candle may not deliver a strong enough scent. But if you want a fragrance that isn’t overwhelming, then this candle may provide the subtlety you’re looking for. 

Things to Consider Before Buying a Wood Wick Candle

Wood wicks provide a much more potent aroma than candles with other types of wicks. Here are some other things to be aware of before making a purchase.

Preparation

One of the biggest complaints that people have with wood wick candles is that they don’t burn well. However, there’s a procedure to lighting wood wicks called the “first burn.” This will help  ensure that your candles burn properly each time. Try to trim the wood wick to about ⅛ inch-height before each burn and to let the candle burn long enough to create an even wax pool. This will prevent tunneling and allow it to burn evenly each time.

Cleaner Burn

There is much debate about how safe it is to burn candles indoors. Candles made of paraffin wax can compromise air quality and cause excessive buildup of wax and soot in HVAC systems. Additionally, cotton wicks can produce a lot of soot. Wood wicks, particularly those that are set in soy, provide a much-cleaner burn and are less toxic.

Noise

If you are easily startled or distracted by subtle sounds, keep in mind that wood wick candles crackles and makes a lot of noise as the candle is burning. The sound is reminiscent of a roaring fireplace,  which offers an ambiance that many candle burners enjoy. If you prefer your candles noiseless, this option may not be a good choice for you.

Maintenance

Wood wick candles can be a bit high-maintenance. You will need to remove the ash and make sure to trim the wick before each use. This allows for the candle to burn evenly each time.

FAQs

Do wooden wicks give off more scent?

Yes. Wood wicks flames burn horizontally and much more slowly than most other candle wick types, which allows the candle to throw more scent into the air, especially if you cut the wood wick before each burn.

Why are wooden wicks better?

They burn cleaner than cotton wicks because they don’t release as much soot, carbon, or other pollutants into the air that can compromise a home’s air quality.

Why are wood wick candles so loud?

When they burn, they may sound like a small campfire, bonfire, or fireplace because the wood makes popping and crackling sounds.

Final Thoughts

Scented candles provide more than a great fragrance to a room. You can achieve a similar great scent with air sprays. What makes candles a good choice is that they provide an ambiance that no spray can. The heat allows the aroma to penetrate the air much better and longer. Also, since wood wicks create a distinct crackling sound, this may stir up warm emotions and good memories.

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