The brand WoodWick, created by Virginia Gift Brands, is one of the most recognizable candle brands on the market. Its patented wooden wick, which makes a crackling noise has been copied since its invention in the 90s by numerous candle brands all over the world. I have recently received a Mini Vintage Leather tumbler as a gift. Here are my two cents.
On the scent
Vintage Leather is a mix of “pure leather extract combined with moss, suede, and sandalwood”. I though it might be a overwhelmingly masculine scent (it does seem so in the “dry sniff”). However, it came out to be a pretty universal, very warm and exquisite scent with surprisingly, due to its price, luxurious notes. It would go fantastic in a male classic study, as well as in a minimalistic fashionista’s closet.
I’m not entirely sure how moss smells, and it’s hard to believe, that in nature it would be anything pleasant. I suppose it gives the candle a certain wet undertone. I also get a note of an old single malt, smoked whisky. The overall scent of Vintage Leather goes somewhere along the line of “I was wandering for a couple of hours in a wet forest in my leather boots and now I’m warming up in my cabin, next to a fireplace, with a drink in my hand”. I’m sold on this idea.
Size and burn time:
“mini” size –> 85g/ 3 oz, burns for 20 hours.
WoodWick offers their classic jar tumblers in 3 main sizes: following sizes: Large (180h burn), Medium (100h) and Mini (20h). I haven’t finished my mini yet, but I will admit it’s an amazingly efficiently burning candle.
You can buy Mini WoodWick candles for $9,99 (in Europe, unfortunately, around 12€). I have seen them in numerous online shops and Amazon. It’s quite easy to get hold of these candles. Vintage Leather has been on sale for quite some time now, so I suppose they might discontinue this particular scent.
Ingredients, burning and scent throw evaluation:
WoodWick candles are made from a blend of soy wax and together with the wooden wick, under normal conditions are virtually smoke free. Recently WoodWick has slightly changed the design of the wooden wick, in order to assure a “better burn” and “faster fragrance”. The new wick has a cross cross section, and burns… well :) I honestly, don’t have a comparison, so don’t know if the improvement has worked.
The wooden wick is responsible not only for the “romantic” noise and look but also liquefies the wax around it 5 times faster than a cotton wick, burning the candle more effectively and evenly. I believe it’s nigh impossible not o achieve a full melt pool within a half an hour of turning the candle on – even in the case of the bigger ones. My small one needs only around 20-30 mins. I would definitely love to check out how the bigger jars compare.
The scent perseverance is rather poor, but the scent throw is really good. My mini candle is able to fill out the living room within 10 mins with a stable and recognizable smell. I have not managed to get information on the kind of fragrance/ essential oils used, nor their quantity, but whatever is in there, works really well!
The glass tumbler is pretty simple, but attractive and you definitely cannot deny its vase/like shape recognisability :) I enjoy the wooden lid, that doubles as a base protecting your surfaces. The lid includes a plastic gasket, which assures your candle stays airtight when not in use. My only complaint, and a completely minor one, would be that the WoodWick brand sticker is made of a thick sticker, that due to its little elasticity unglues partially and unaesthetically from the jar as the candle burns.
Where to Buy:
WoodWick candles can be, apart for the producer’s official webstore, pretty easily found in various online shops. Mine was bought in a small boutique in Poland.
Will I repurchase?
Definitely. I haven’t fallen in love with the famous “crackling” noise, but the candle burns beautifully and the scent throw makes me want to try other compositions. And there is, let me tell you, a lot to chose from! Could you advise any?
Photo sources: Producer’s webpage and Unsplash.