What is the science behind a burning candle?

What is the science behind a burning candle?

A burning candle is a classic example of the chemical reaction between three major elements: oxygen, hydrogen, and carbon. The wax in a candle is composed of atoms of hydrogen and carbon. When the wick is lit, wax begins to melt, and the carbon and hydrogen atoms move up the wick to react with the oxygen atoms in the flame.

Actually, the flame you see on a candle is proof of a chemical reaction of carbon and hydrogen atoms with oxygen. The heat from the wick causes the carbon and hydrogen atoms to break apart and combine with oxygen to form a gas. This is called pyrolysis.

You will notice that the flame of a candle is different colors. The blue part is the hottest part of the flame. The flame is blue because of sufficient oxygen being provided in the reaction.


Fragrance Notes & Flash Points!

Why are they important in candle-making?

Candle fragrance isn’t just an after thought – it’s the driving force among consumers in deciding which candles they will purchase. 

Scientists have proven that pleasing aromas alleviate stress, heighten mood, enhance sex drive, and even affect alertness in the office, simply by stimulating the olfactory pathways to the brain.

When consumers buy a scented candle, they often base their decision on the cold scent throw of the candle. In candle making terms cold scent throw refers the strength or intensity of the fragrance prior to the candle being lit (when the wax is solid).  Adversely, when the wick of the candle is lit, the fragrant smell released from the candle is called the hot scent throw.


Wet Spots, and how to avoid them

Do you hate wet spots? me too .... here's a little advice :)


Which soy wax do you use?

So you're ready to get started in the world of soy, but with so many different kinds, which soy wax do you choose?

The first thing to consider is what type of candle you want to make? You can make container candles, such as melts, tea lights & jar candles. Or, you might want to make freestanding candles, like these gorgeous love heart wax tarts, or maybe votive or pillar candles.


Why candles change colour!

 Have you ever had a soy candle change its aesthetics once lit?


Memories of Strawberry Jam

Surprisingly, a strawberry isn’t a “berry” at all, its actually part of the rose family, which includes apples and plums!. It’s also the only fruit with seeds that grow on the outside. Did you know strawberries are rich in vitamin C and high in Folate, are low in natural sugars and are packed with beneficial flavonoid antioxidants – all needed for a healthy heart. 


Beeswax Wood Polish

Did you know you can easily make your own beeswax wood polish?  It’s as easy as making your own candles (seriously). Add your favourite essential oil or just enjoy the sweet smelling beeswax scent as is.


Making Crayons - DIY

Gather broken forgotten crayons and transform them into colourful new treasures that will fit perfectly into little hands! 


Chandelle Galerie's Candle School has relocated!

Chandelle Galerie's shop in Hyde Park closed!  

Very regretfully, Mel & David closed the doors of their candle shop in Hyde Park on 31st January 2017.  After trading for more than 9 years, the last 3 years as Chandelle Galerie, Mel & David announced the decision to cease trading, citing financial (escalating rental costs, import costs, production costs and staffing costs) as the reasons for shutting the doors.   


The pleasure of bathing!

Anyone who knows anything about me knows I am a major bath junkie and I take a bath most nights for the sheer pleasure of it!  After getting the tap running, I put on some chill music and if I can justify it (and I usually can) I pour myself a glass of wine. I then dim the lights and light a few candles for ambiance.


Adelady Visits Chandelle Galerie

EVERY "Adelady" needs a girl’s day out!  Adelady put together the perfect day out along King William Road and we got a mention.  Coffee, dessert bars, fashion, wine, food, candle making classes + hidden gems!…/


Featured in CITYMAG

Check out the latest editorial feature on Chandelle Galerie by CityMag (May 2016). READ ARTICLE



Hey everyone, pretty excited, we were mentioned on GLAM ADELAIDE ... check out their blog on shops in King William Road!


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Candle production moves to picturesque Kangarilla

Well, we've done it! After 12 months of searching for a place to live where we could undertake candle production on site, we finally moved into our new home. It has great storage SHEDS and a temperature controlled warehouse for candle making. It's also located in stunningly picturesque Kangarilla in South Australia. Read Newsletter