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Whether you’re wick testing, looking for wholesale candle wicks, or searching for the perfect pillar wick, we have the answer to your “which wick” query. Our high-quality, lead-free candle wicks for soy, coconut, paraffin, and natural wax blends are perfect for beginners and seasoned chandlers alike.

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Choose the best candle wick

Selecting the right wick to use for your candles can seem confusing, but it doesn't have to be! Start by determining the type of wax you’re using and the diameter of your container or pillar mold. The type of wax indicates which wick series to use (ECO, CD, or LX), while the diameter of your container or mold indicates which size to use. After gathering this info, use our Candle Wick Guide below to see the wick we recommend based on your wax and diameter.

Looking for the right wick for your candles? Consult our Candle Wick Guide for help choosing the right wick for your candle project.
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Now that you know how to select candle wicks, let’s go over why it’s important to use the correct wick for your candles. The proper wick pairing is essential for hot throw, safety, and performance. A wick that’s too small for your candle may leave some wax unmelted and make it difficult to achieve a full melt pool; too large, and you’ll likely notice excess soot, flame movement, and risk the container becoming too hot. 

The correct wick selection will result in a candle that achieves a full melt pool, throws fragrance well (hello, hot throw!), doesn’t produce excess soot, and has a nice, steady flame. 

Still have burning questions? See if they’re listed in the FAQs below!

Common Questions and Answers about Candle Wicks

Q: What are your pretabbed candle wicks made from?

A: We’re proud to offer ECO, CD, and LX wick series. CD wicks are also referred to as Stabilo wicks. All of our candle wicks are constructed from all-natural, ring-spun cotton. They do not contain zinc, lead, or any other metals. All of our pretabbed candle wicks have a high-melt point wax coating, comprised of vegetable wax and beeswax, for rigidity, making the wick easy to handle and center. ECO and CD wicks are braided with thin paper threads, while LX  wicks are flat-braided, 100% cotton.

The wick tab itself is made of steel and is crimped onto the end of the wick. This helps to stabilize the wick when placed in a container, and its secondary job is to extinguish the wick before it reaches the absolute bottom on the container.

Q: How do I get my wicks to stay centered and in place while the wax is cooling?

A: Before you pour the wax into your container, attach a Small or Large Wick Sticker to the pretabbed wick and center it in the bottom of the container. The Small Wick Stickers are best for tealight wicks and the Large Wick Stickers are best for 3" and 6" wicks. Once the wax is poured, straighten the wick and attach a Wick Bar by pulling the wick taut and pressing it into the slot in the Wick Bar.

Q: Which wick should I use for beeswax?

A: Beeswax is a versatile wax that can be used for containers, pillars, votives, and wax melts, but it can be tricky to wick! When, where, and how it was obtained all factor into how it will perform in candles. With so many variables, it's hard to predict which wick size to use. For this reason, it will take a bit more testing to find the best one for your candles. We generally recommend the ECO series for beeswax. We recommend purchasing several different sizes of ECO wicks in the 12 pc bags. Having a variety of wick sizes on hand for testing makes it easier to find the size that works best with your wax.

Q: What's spooled candle wick, and how do I use it?

A: Our spooled candle wicks can be used with our seamless pillar molds to make beautiful round pillar candles. Spooled candle wicks are also handy for creating custom wick lengths.  All of our spooled candle wicks are uncoated raw wick and are constructed from all-natural, ring-spun cotton. 

Spooled wicks do not have to be primed, however, you can prime them if you prefer. The extra coating, or priming, on the pretabbed wicks just provides extra rigidity to the wicks so they'll stand up better while pouring and cooling candles. Learn more about how to prime spooled wicks here.

Q: Do you offer organic wicks?

A: CandleScience does not currently carry organic candle wicks. Despite our exhaustive search, we have not been able to locate a reputable producer of certified organic cotton wicks.

All of the candle wick series we carry are constructed from all-natural cotton and paper materials, but they cannot be labeled as organic. Our Pre-Tabbed Wicks include steel wick tabs to save you the time and frustration of tabbing them yourself, but they will never contain any metal, like zinc or lead, in the wick itself.

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