About Painted Lantern Candles

Yup, that’s me… painted!

Welcome! My name is Ai (pronounced “eye”). By day I am a software consultant. I am also the owner-proprietor of Bath Geek LLC. We are produced out of and based in my home in Aurora, Colorado. Painted Lantern Candles was established with the thought that candles should not just smell fantastic but look fantastic, too. All our jars/containers are showpieces that can be re-used, upcycled, and/or displayed.

All Painted Lantern candles are handmade in small batches! The Travel Collection is poured in batches of 12, but almost all other batches are 4 candles per batch. We use American soy grown in the American Midwest and purchase as much as we can from other small businesses like ourselves.

Painted Lantern Candles is woman-owned (that’s me!) and minority-owned (also me!). We are a tiny business, because when I say “we” really I just mean me. (My friends and family occasionally get press-ganged into wrapping or helping out at fairs, though.)

Although I’ve done my best to choose the best color for each candle, you can absolutely ask me to do a custom candle poured in the color of your choice. Please contact me for customization!

How did I get started?

I needed more art and creativity in my life, and I wanted to do something that would let me play with chemistry and physics while still being something I loved. A couple of years ago, I started making candles, hoping to add them to my line-up.

Who knew there were so many facets to a good candle? The wrong wick and wax combined will soot up and coat things in fine black powder. Too large a wick and the candle burns too hot, which means a high risk of overheating the candle jar and causing a messy (and dangerous) explosion. Too small a wick and there’s leftover wax on the sides of the jar (what a waste.) And EVERY new fragrance interacts differently with both the wicks and the wax!

Being a perfectionist can be exhausting. Every single candle I sell has been extensively tested!

Testing never ends… sometimes you just gotta test them all together!
  • A candle that soots is a messy candle and dangerous to health. I’ve tested many types of wax and wick combinations and finally settled on a combination that doesn’t soot.
  • Candles that get too hot to pick up generally stress the glass of the candle vessel, so I use ASTM-tested vessels and also make sure that the candles are wicked properly. (I have an entire range of candle wicks on hand because of how variable candles are!)
  • Candles might have great cold throw but not smell like anything when lit. Every fragrance behaves differently, and they all have to be tested. Sometimes all it takes is a change in percentages, sometimes it’s a particular wick-wax-fragrance combination, and sometimes it’s a matter of curing longer.
Testing one of my favorite fragrances (Midnight Jasmine) in a three-wick candle!

I’m proud of every single candle I sell, and I hope that they bring you (or whoever you gift them to) many hours of enjoyment and fond memories. Please feel free to contact me at any time to share your experiences with my candles!