Purchased months ago and sitting in a bag in my home office, this candle (my first full-sized Woodwick) has been patiently waiting for it’s time. That time has come, during this, the tenth week of January (am I the only one who feels that way?). As the snow falls, again, fine and powdery and at the rate of an inch per hour, as emergency travel bans are announced, schools and programs are canceled and it’s unwise to venture outdoors unless one simply has to; this crackling wick candle is essential in contributing to the cozy contentedness required on such chilly days.
At present, on it’s second burn of sputtering and crackling awhile, I’ll provide my impression. I enjoy the design of the Woodwick hourglass shape, a modern contrast to Yankee Candle’s housewarmer apothecary jars. Full priced at $18.99, I split this purchase during a buy one, get one sale last Fall. The ombré gray wax pools across after about an hour in the medium size. The unmissable feature is the vigorous crackling of the wooden wick. Described as soothing, these Pluswicks are supposed to duplicate a fireplace ambiance. I’ve found I have the same issue with these I had with YC’s Pure Radiance line, the crackle isn’t soothing, it’s annoying.
Woodwicks are even less relaxing to me because they propel the crackle with a torch-like ferocity. It must work for a larger space, but it doesn’t work for mine. I got used to it, though it never achieved that background ambiance and somewhat distracted from anything else going on in the room. On the bright side, I’d never forget to extinguish it. The trilogy is fragranced in Warm Woods, a triple layer of Fireside, Redwood and Sandalwood Clove. Fireside has amber, vetiver and musk. Offering a sweet clean alternative to the blazing logs and thick smokiness of the Slatkin fragrance found at Bath and Body Works. Brightened by a touch of floral and gentle cedar it captures the warmth of glowing embers from a smoldering fire. It throws a light-medium in my living room.
The middle layer of Redwood has more complex, robust woods. An earthy cologne drifts up into a fuller, less sweet fragrance from the addition of dry leaves and hint of vanilla, without any smokiness. Having not yet reached the third layer of Sandalwood Clove, I can’t comment on the fragrance, but I know from experience Yankee’s Sandalwood is hit-or-miss, I’m curious if Woodwick’s performs better. Hoping for some spicy action from the clove, I should reach the last layer this month, I’ll update when I do. I particularly love the fit of this candle in my hanging wrought-iron holder from Yankee a few years back, but I think I’ll move it downstairs to our larger family room to better enjoy it. What are you burning to lift your mood during this long season? I’m anticipating the start of the Winter Olympic games tomorrow and am actually looking forward to spending the next couple weeks snuggled up, watching from indoors.