Le Conte Candles are the World’s first Visual Candle. An inspired work of art hidden within the wax slowly reveals itself when the candle is lit and stays there until the candle is extinguished or burnt out. Gazing at the beautiful images seemingly float in the pool of melted wax is truly a mesmerizing experience that no other candles offer. Le Conte Candles are made with all natural soy wax, sublime perfume-grade fragrances, and boasts one of the highest Scent Oil to Wax ratios in the market.
For centuries candles have been used for light and warmth. However no-one in this day and age rely on candles to light their homes or warm themselves in the cold, and we are certain that you don’t either. But almost everyone has gifted or received a candle at least once in their lifetimes.
That’s because everyone implicitly understands that lighting, warmth, or even scent are not the true purpose of a candle. So what is it about candles that make them so popular?
The experience of lighting a candle undoubtedly has magical properties. It can add romance to a night out with a loved one, or center your soul after a stressful day. We think that it’s about time candles are upgraded and made with the purpose of amplifying that magic in mind.
In our search for well-made high quality candles that could gift a more enchanting experience, we came up with a new type of candle is unlike any other in the market.
Although the purpose of candles have evolved over time, the general make-up of candles have remained the same throughout the ages. The great majority of modern day candle companies don’t make candles that are dramatically different from one another.
At the end of the day, that brand name candle you forked over $60 for is still just a mere candle, and we bet you know that deep down a $7 store bought candle would have done a similar job.
When you light a Le Conte Hologram Candle, something special happens. As the wick burns, our candles unveil secret artwork hidden within them. The experience is truly something special.
As the wax melts, a hidden image magically appears on the surface of each candle. These holograms floating inside the candle stay visible until the candle is extinguished or burnt out to the bottom. When you put out the candle, the image slowly disappears and is ready to surprise you again the next time you light it.
The pleasant combination of visual and olfactory surprises is sure to transport you to a magical place and give you an experience that you have never had before.
When we first set out to make our candles, our goal was to make an affordable premium quality candle that could also bring a little bit of magic into peoples lives. This is how we did just that.
We worked with talented artists in New York to design the packaging and artwork for our candles. Our artists did a great job in creating captivating water color images that look like something out of a fairy tale. We are very satisfied with the results and can’t wait to share them with you.
We’ve talked with numerous perfumers and tested over 50 different fragrances before deciding on our first two fragrances, Monoi Vanilla Taha’a and Citrus Verbena.
We carefully chose our scents to have presence but not to be overpowering. Have you ever lit a candle, and the scent is barely detectable? Most candle companies use a lower percentage of scent oils to cut costs and increase their profit margins.
We decided to go a different route and fill up our candles with 10 percent fragrance oil. Why 10 percent? Because we wanted our candles to smell wonderful and also because 10 percent is the highest oil-to-wax ratio that does not compromise the wax’s burn. The fragrance oils are costly, but we did not want to settle for candles of a lesser tier.
We partnered with a California based candle pourer, Modern Candle to produce our final products because they have over 30 years of experience in making quality candles. This means that each Le Conte Candle will be consistent and expertly poured with quality on par with the most luxurious candles on the market.
All of our candles are made of an eco-friendly soy blend wax that allows for a slow and clean burn. Our 100% zinc-free cotton wicks burn with the appropriate intensity to have the wax evenly pool as the candle melts. The quality of our prototypes exceeded our expectations and are more than ready to begin mass production!
We have all of our materials ready and our candle pourers on standby. We are just one step away from getting our candles to you!
All we just need is $5,000 to get our first batch of candles made! That’s all! All of the $5,000 we raise though kickstarter will be spent on production.
Once we receive your pledges we will start pouring our candles and ship them out to you by the beginning of April!
The story of Le Conte traces back to 2005.
Victor and Peter were college roommates and bonded through many random events, such as studying business and marketing, day dreaming about creative pursuits, and watching Netflix DVD’s.
Now after 11 years, they are still brothers, who share a passion for celebrating creativity through beautifully designed products.
Peter has a background managing medical technology products in the U.S., Europe, and South America. A serial subscriber to design and architecture magazines. He hopes to make high-end candles more approachable by using the industry's highest-quality materials and beautifully designed artwork. Peter holds a B.A. in Psychology at Boston University and is currently finishing his MBA at NYU Stern School of Business
Victor is a former officer in the Airforce and worked at Samsung. He is a lifetime student of e-commerce and internet marketing and likes to draw and paint in his free time. Victor holds a B.S. in business management and currently operates and advises multiple online businesses. He is extremely excited to express his love of art and business through Le Conte Candles and hopes to include some of his artwork in Le Conte products in the near future.
Risks and challenges
We are confident that we can meet the timeline. All of our early bird rewards will be fulfilled by the end of April with no issues because our boxes are printed and the vessels are made. Once the campaign is over, we just need to pour the wax!
With that said, there are inherent risks that are beyond control. We will keep backers updated throughout the campaign to ensure that we stay on track. Rest assured that we have built relationships with the most reliable partners to fulfill the deadlines as planned.
Production: All of our candle jars and packaging are waiting at the filling facility. When the campaign ends, we will just need to start the filling process. Our supply chain partners have been hand-pouring candles for 30+ years and have the capacity to produce thousands of candles per week.
Fulfillment: We partnered with Amazon to fulfill all of our shipments. With their vast network of smart warehouses around the country, we will be able to ship our products to any US address in as little as 2 days.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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