What is in Your Wick?

Hello There!

Sometimes after a hard day at work there are times when all you want to do is go home and enjoy the simple pleasure of lighting a candle, pouring a glass of wine (or two) and letting the scented aroma surround you as you unwind. Sounds relaxing, right? 

Most people don't know that some candles can contain harmful chemicals.  In the past candle wicks were made with a lead or zinc core.  These candles would emit harmful chemicals into the air.  However, these types of wicks were banned in the early 2000's  but it is still important to pay attention to what your wick is made from.  Pretty please look at all of the ingredients in candles that you burn in your home before you light them.  

You shouldn't run into a lead wick from any candles that you purchase now but if you suspect that you bought a candle with a lead wick there is a simple test to tell.  Run the wick over a piece of paper.  If it leaves a mark (like a pencil) you have a lead core wick.  

Cotton Wicks

No wick is ever the same for any candle. There are two primary categories of cotton wick: non-cored and cored. Some of them are generally twisted or braided cotton. This is considered one of the safest wicks to burn. They give you better performance in the burn time and do not give off soot or other harmful substances when burning. Cotton wicks are also dipped in the appropriate type of wax (ours are dipped in soy wax) which will help the candle burn more evenly when in use.

You can trust that your MacBailey Candle will only have a cotton wick because we believe that your health and safety is what counts. Relaxation at the end of the day is good and it is piece of mind that you are doing it in the safe way.

Until Next Time,

Rich and Clara

MacBailey Candle Co


Clara Bailey