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The Unsung Hero of Soy Candles: The Marvelous Cotton Wick

When it comes to candles, most users focus on the scent or design. More experienced candle burners likely consider if they're burning paraffin wax, soy wax, or beeswax and may opt for candles without artificial coloring. But there is one crucial element that often goes unnoticed - the wick. The type of wick used in a candle can greatly affect its performance and overall quality. In this article, we will shine a light on the unsung hero of Joy Lane Farm Soy Candles - the marvelous cotton wick.

We absolutely love cotton wicks. Keep reading to learn why it's our wick of choice!

Lilac Soy Candle with Cotton Wick

Lilac Soy Candle

What is a Cotton Wick?

A cotton wick is a braided cotton string that is used to draw up the melted wax in a candle and fuel the flame. It is the most commonly used wick material in the candle-making industry due to its affordability and versatility. Cotton wicks are made by braiding together multiple strands of cotton fibers, creating a strong and durable wick.

Grapefruit Mojito Soy Candle with Cotton Wick

Grapefruit Mojito Soy Candle

Benefits of Using a Cotton Wick in Soy Candles

Clean Burning

One of the main benefits of using a cotton wick is that it burns cleanly. This means that it produces minimal soot and smoke, making it a healthier option for both you and the environment. This is especially important for those with allergies or respiratory issues.

Consistent Flame

Cotton wicks are known for their ability to create a consistent flame. This means that the flame will not flicker or sputter, providing a steady and even burn. This is important for maintaining the overall quality and appearance of the candle.

Easy to Trim

Cotton wicks are easy to trim, which is essential for maintaining a clean and efficient burn. Trimming the wick to the recommended length (1/4 inch) before each use will prevent the flame from becoming too large and causing the candle to burn too quickly.


Cotton wicks are suitable for a wide range of candle types, including container candles, pillar candles, and votive candles. They can also be used in a variety of wax types, such as soy or beeswax.

Pumpkin Patch Soy Candle

Pumpkin Patch Soy Candle

Choosing the Right Cotton Wick for Our Soy Candles

Joy Lane Farm candles undergo extensive burn tests to make sure each wick is optimized for its candle. When it comes to choosing the right cotton wick, there are a few factors to consider. The size and type of candle, as well as the type of wax used, will all play a role in determining the best wick for a candle's specific needs. Using candles that have been properly wicked is the best way to extend the life of your candles and ensure a clean-burning candle experience.

Driftwood Soy Candle

Driftwood Soy Candle

Tips for Caring for Cotton Wicks

  • Always trim the wick to the recommended length before each use.
  • If the flame becomes too large, extinguish the candle and trim the wick.

Veurne Soy Candle

Veurne Soy Candle


The cotton wick may not be the star of the show, but it plays a crucial role in the performance and quality of a candle. Its clean burning, consistent flame, make it a special component of our soy candles. So, the next time you light a candle from Joy Lane Farm, take a moment to appreciate the unsung hero - the marvelous cotton wick.

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