How to Care for Your Wood Wick Candle

At Scents Journey, our hand poured candles are designed to give you the most relaxing sensory experience in your space - we mindfully sourced our ingredients from Australia's best suppliers to create clean burning and high-quality candles.


The first burn

Our candles feature a high quality, 100% pure soy wax and a natural wood wick that creates the soothing sound of a crackling fire. These also make the candles burn longer and have a beautiful scent throw. Follow the tips below to get the best and safest burn.

The first time you light the wood wick, it may burn itself down to the correct length about 5mm, and then put itself out (a part of its natural characteristic) - if it's on fire let it burn, if it put itself out, remove any loose charred debris from the wood wick and light it for a second time.

When lighting, keep your lighter over the wick melting the wax around it. It may take few seconds and tries for the wick to catch fire as it requires more time for the fire to penetrate the wood. But once lit, it should burn beautifully.

Allow the wax to melt and create a wax pool to the edges of the vessel on every burn to prevent tunneling - especially important on the first burn.


Ongoing use

To ensure a consistent smoke-free flame, trim the wood wick to 5mm and remove any loose charred debris on every time before you light the candle again.

Wood wicks burn shorter than standard cotton wicks, as such, if it's on fire let it burn. Should you feel that the wax is drowning the wood wick - you can blow the candle out, use a paper towel and soak up some of the melted wax and then relight the candle.

Soy wax candle may create imperfect look once reset - this is completely normal for all-natural soy wax and it doesn't affect the burn, or the scent. Hint: this is how to identify we don't use any blends of paraffin wax or additives.

Gusts of wind can blow out the candle - we recommend using these candles indoors or using candle hurricane for outdoors. Please also read the safety instructions on the base of your candle.


Why we choose to use wood wicks


Cotton wicks can often contain lead, zinc or other metals to help them perform better. Wood wick candles also burn cleaner so there is less carbon released into your home. 

Burns longer

Wood wick candles burn longer than traditional cotton wicks. The wider, shorter flame of the wood wick allows the wax to be consumed at a slower rate.


Wood wick candles provide a crackling sound similar to a fireplace as it burns. Tips: keep it on your desk to enhance your focus while working.


It takes much more water to grow cotton than wood. The sustainability of wood wicks is measured through the Forest Stewardship Council.


Wood wicks burn hotter than cotton wicks which leads to a better scent throw filling your room with scent faster.


Happy candle lighting, scents lovers!