IX Candles was founded by Stephen Begg. Stephen’s journey started as a hobby; he gave candles to his friends and family. The feedback he received was astounding, people loved the quality and care for detail that Stephen put into every candle and were asking to buy candles for their own friends and family. Stephen realised that many people were looking for high quality carefully crafted candles like his own, and IX Candles was born.
Stephen comes from a unique background. He spent many years as a Chef, working in high end restaurants around the world. You may not think that being a chef ties into being a candle maker, but that time refined his nose to pick out and match the best scents. As a young chef, he often said his nose lead to his recipes and the same is true for his candle creations. Chefs often freestyle when they cook, which doesn’t always lead to consistency. Stephen trained to be a pâtissier in Brisbane in the late 90’s. This offered a culinary change and brought about a new-found attention to detail and commitment to consistency. Preparing and pouring candles is a lot like preparing fine chocolate. It requires due care and diligence to get a perfect blend every time.
The blend for the IX Candles range was developed over 18 months, with countless iterations tried to fine tune the recipe for these luxurious candles. Three thousand candles later, and the IX Candles range was perfected. The wax and fragrance are carefully blended to ensure that the scent lasts the life of candle, the first hour will smell just as good as the last. A medium candle burns for 45 hours or more, and a large candle burns for 60 hours or more.
We bring you IX Candles to offer you a taste of luxury and tranquility in your day-to-day life. We believe that you deserve only the best, and we craft each candle to reflect that. Our glass is the finest quality. It is painted with non-toxic paints. The paint is baked on to seal and preserve the colour and quality. Our candles are made from 100% soy candle with no additives – other than the fragrance. The wicks are pure cotton, which means the candles offer a very clean burn. Every candle is hand poured right here in New Zealand.