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Do the wood wick candles burn faster than the cotton wick candles?
Jade: Hey Maddy!
This is an interesting question because when it comes to the difference between wooden and cotton wicks, it really depends on where the candle is when it’s burning.
Cotton wicks are generally thought to be better for use outdoors or in breezy conditions where the candle flame will be exposed to moving air. In that setting, cotton wicks tend to burn faster and more erratically than wooden wicks but are more likely to stay lit. It will also burn up your candle more quickly but is still the best choice for outdoor use.
Remember, though, that it’s important to place your candle safely away from anything flammable no matter where it’s placed!
Wood wicks are not recommended for outdoor use because they are more likely to blow out in drafty conditions than cotton wicks are. This means that in normal, indoor settings wood wicks tend to burn more quickly, but are known for causing your candle to have a better scent throw. This is because the flame sits lower in the candle and warms the wax around the wick instead of quickly burning it off.
Hopefully this information helps, Maddy! Think about where you’re going to use the candle most and then you can decide which kind of wick is best for you.
Are scented candles triggers for asthma or allergies?
Jade: Hey Sharina,
Great question. I know it’s hard to avoid home products that trigger asthma and allergy symptoms. The good news is that doesn’t have to stop you from enjoying scented candles! Consider these three things as you decide whether a scented candle is safe:
What kind of wax the candle is made with
What kind of wick the candle is made with
What is used to make the scent
The quality of materials used determines whether a candle is safe so it’s important to know what is being used to make your candle.
Some candles are made from paraffin wax, a crude-oil byproduct. Paraffin candles reduce air quality with harmful fumes that are linked to asthma symptoms. That’s why Jackpot only uses 100% soy wax, which is an all-natural alternative that burns clean.
Another important factor is the wick. The most common wicks are braided or knit with a core to keep it straight. It’s important to use natural materials so that your candle wick doesn’t affect your breathing.
One of the safest kind of wicks for air quality are 100% cotton wicks like the ones used in Jackpot candles. Another safe wick used by Jackpot are our natural wooden wicks.
Some candle scents are made from synthetic chemicals that can reduce air quality when burned. The safe alternative to those types of scents are scents made with essential oils which are natural and healthier for asthma and allergy sufferers. Guess what Jackpot uses – that’s right! All-natural oils!
So, to answer your question, customer: Yes, scented candles are safe if you buy candles made from natural materials like Jackpot candles!
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