I was browsing around looking at luxury candles the other day and came across a post that was titled ’10 most expensive candles in the world’. It caught my attention. But when I clicked in and started reading, the candles that were listed were nowhere near as expensive as some of the candles I could list off the top of my head.
However, it got me curious…
“What really are the most expensive candles in the world?” I thought to myself.
So I decided to go ahead and do what we do on this blog and scour the internet for the most luxurious, highest priced candles out there.
Are you a candle junkie that has
some a lot of spare cash lying around?
…No? …Well …Me neither unfortunately.
But some people do!
Yes, there is that slice of the population where it seems as if money does grow on trees. And for those people that have more money than they know what to do with, there are some candles that will do their best to help you get rid of that excess wealth.
Yup, you can thank me later. I think I found what just might be the most expensive candles in the world.
I have to admit… it was pretty fun seeing what there was out there when there is no limit on the price tag.
We ranked this list from least expensive (very expensive) to most expensive (extremely expensive)
Also, two quick notes to make.
Firstly, to make this list more fair, I tried not to include extra large luxury candles because there are some HUGE candles out there and I feel like that can unfairly drive the price up. We will be doing a post on large scented candles in the future, however.
Second, we picked candles that are actually available for purchase. Whether that be online or in some luxury retailer. So no, that special edition candle for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding in 2018 won’t be listed. Although some of these candles will actually come close to it in price!
Top 17 Most Expensive Candles In The World
These candles range from 270 grams to about 600 grams. I will calculate the cost per gram to place the candles more appropriately in the list relative to their size. That’s why some higher dollar cost candles may end up being lower on the rankings.
17. Tom Ford – Fabulous Candle $132
Fabulous is a decadent, oriental leather with an intoxicating grip. It evokes the private exchanges where fantasies come true. It’s undeniably the most straightforward name for such a beautiful scent.Tom Ford
We start this list off with a candle that I often see near the very top of of luxury candle lists. The Tom Ford ‘F**king Fabulous’ candle is one that lots of people swear by. And compared to others on this list, it is actually fairly affordable.
16. Cire Trudon – Napoleon Bust Candle $170
Once known to edify his own legend through sculptures, snuff boxes and fans, this Napolean Bonaparte candle bust from Cire Trudon bears the likeness of the Emperor in a heroic countenance, downward-facing and arms crossed in defiance.
Next up we have a candle that is actually more of a piece of art than it is a candle. Yes, this candle does have a wick on it, but it’s an unscented candle that is not actually meant to be burned. These hand carved wax sculptures are actually pretty large too at around 24 centimeters tall.
15. Tom Dixon – Fire Scented Candle $130
A complex assemblage of Cypriol oil, musk and amber to construct the scent of smoky scorched timber and hot dry tarmac.
This candle is part of a four fragrance set inspired by the four elements of earth, wind, water, and fire. I picked fire from the set to include in this list but it would be cool to own all of the elements in candle form!
14. Cire Trudon – Ernesto Rose Gold Scented Candle $106
Calling up images of cigar smoke and gun powder barrels, this spicy, woody scent is inspired by a Havana hotel in the midst of the revolution.
You know that there are some expensive candles on this list when names like Cire Trudon and Tom Ford are this far down the list. I chose to include the Ernesto candle because I actually love that scent. The version with a rose gold finish was slightly more expensive than the classic candles they have. But really, you could swap this out for any of the other candles from them.
13. Missoni – Gomitolo Purple Wax Candle $372
Illuminate your home or office with this cheerful design that mimics a ball of yarn in posh purple.
Honestly… I don’t really know what to say about this one. It’s a ball of yarn… but made of wax. It could be a good conversation starter I suppose?
12. Fornasetti – Golden Burlesque Scented Candle $224
Adorned with the face of Lina Cavalieri with rich gold embellishments, inside it houses Fornasetti’s signature fragrance Otto.
Before I started researching for this article, the candles from Fornasetti were the most expensive candles that I was aware of. As you can see, they only make it to number twelve on our most expensive candles list. All of their candles look great though, and their fragrances are superb.
11. Mottahedeh – Duke Of Gloucester Fu Dog Jar Candle $510
When the fragrance is a memory, the vessel is a treasure.
Mottahedeh specializes in recreating historical designs found in museums and historical societies throughout their products. There is actually an entire dinnerware set that goes along with this candle. What else is there to say? It looks nice!
10. Richard Ginori – Labirinto Smeraldo $250
Created by Gio Ponti in 1926, Labirinto features a logical path of lines evoking a maze to create a graphic frame. Decorated by hand in Italy.
This pricey candle enclosed in a hand decorated porcelain jar has top notes of fresh citrus, mid notes of spicy woods, and base notes of aromatic musk. Not only does it look exquisite, but the fragrance sounds pretty powerful as well.
9. Nick Vinson – X Perfumer H Pine Candle
Fresh, tangy aroma owes to the mingling of pine needles, cypress and galmanum with frankincense and cedar wood which are responsible for the sweet woody undertones.
Cracking our top 10 we have this exclusive candle for Nick Vinson’s home-ware collection. He took the pine scent from the London based perfumer H to accompany his design.
8. L’Objet – Mojave Unicorn 4 Wick Candle $604
This monster won’t scare you, but he smells great.
Show off how much money you have with this unicorn.. monster.. candle. It is a collaboration candle between L’ Objet and The Haas Brothers and is inspired by the Mojave desert in it’s fragrance. This white, porcelain, unicorn monster (is that what I’m supposed to call it?) has 24K gold accents as well. If that doesn’t say luxury, I don’t know what does.
7. Jay Strongwater – Dragonfly Trellis Candle $395
Jasmine, tuberose, and golden tangerine notes layered with amber, clove, and a hint of bitter orange.
Not only is this candle hand-crafted with trellis textured porcelain, it’s vessel also features 14K gold detailing, hand-set Swarovski crystals, and hand-enameled metal dragonfly detailing. The candle itself sounds pretty yummy as well.
6. Versace – Le Jardin de Versace $306
Emitting a light and fresh fragrance, it is the perfect greeting for guests at your next dinner party.
Versace candles? Yep, you can bet those are gonna be pretty pricey. This candle is contained in a porcelain vessel which is covered in the brands iconic prints. It has a burn time of around 60 hours so you can burn through your money fairly quickly with this one. You know.. cause it’s expensive?
5. Gucci – Fumus Star Eye Candle $350
A blend of wax infused with aromatic extracts and essential oils is presented in blue Richard Ginori porcelain featuring the Star Eye motif.
Gucci gang Gucci gang Gucci ga… Okay, fine, I’ll stop
This candle, like a few others on this list is enclosed in porcelain and can be used for decoration after it’s finished burning. The fragrance is supposed to resemble what an artisan’s Florentine workshop would have smelled like. The fragrance notes are birch with bright notes of orange leaves and beeswax.
4. Gucci – The Virgin Violet Candle $680
To blend The Virgin Violet scent, a swan is imagined. Covered in soft white feathers, the delicate swan, pure and graceful, is translated in a composition of Musk, Violet leaves and Iris petals.
At number four we have another candle by Gucci. This one is part of The Alchemist’s Garden collection, which consists of perfumes, oils, and this one candle. Fancy.
3. Richard Ginori – Totem $428
Top notes: Fresh Citrus – Bitter Orange, Orange Flowers, Sicilian mandarin, Lemon leaves
Middle notes: Spicy Woody – Nutmeg, Black Pepper from Madagascar, Sandalwood, Vetiver, Patchouli
Base notes: Aromatic musk – Musk, Ambergris, Myrrh, Opoponax, Incense
Here is another candle from the masters of luxury at Richard Ginori. This Italian made candle comes in a porcelain vessel with a squirrel knob lid. Judging by the fragrance notes, the fragrance sounds quite complex.
Like many of the other porcelain pieces on this list, it can obviously be used as a nice decoration after it’s done burning.
2. Joya – Arsham Studio Exoplanet Scented Candle $500
– Top notes of Fig Leaf, Coconut Milk, Cut Grass, and Cyclamen
– Heart notes of Jasmine, Hyacinth, Cedarwood Texas, Violet and Rose Water
– Base notes of Amber, Incense, Tonka and Vanilla Bean
The second most expensive candle that we found is not only a candle. Not only a piece of art. But an interactive experience. The creator of this design, Daniel Arsham, took inspiration from his time at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory to create this one-of-a-kind candle.
This candle comes in two separate pieces which can fit together to form an exoplanet. Both sides can be filled up with the scented wax pelts that come along with it to form candles that are scented with the fragrance that is used in all his exhibitions around the world.
I really think this one is a cool idea. Expensive. But cool!
1. Lladro – Scheherazade’s Quarters 1001 Lights Candle $520
Inspired by the magical world of the tales of the Thousand and One Nights and their evocation of exoticism, fantasy and adventure.
Number one! This beautiful looking candle has 5 wicks and has a scent that is supposed to represent the magic of the night and the full moon. For those of us that don’t know what the full moon smells like, the fragrance notes are black currant, lotus flower and olibanum (frankincense).
The candle comes in this translucent porcelain vessel shown above which can be reused once the candle fully completes burning.
And there you have it. Some of the finest candles that money can buy. You can find them all online by clicking on any of the pictures above. Or you can dream about one day owning some as I will be doing!
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