ISSUE 95  |  Gothic Influence

8 Essentials: Sculptural Black Candles

October 25, 2013 11:00 AM

BY Christine Chang Hanway

A few years ago it was a challenge to find even simple tapers in black. Of late, black wax seems to have become the creative medium of choice. These inventive shapes and forms appeal to our inner Goth especially at this time of year.

Above: A bird-embellished bust of Casanova, 8.5 inches tall, from Kat Von D’s Wonderland Gallery; $75.

Above: Kirkebrann’s True Norwegian Black Candle is modeled on Fantoft, a church in Bergen, Norway, that was torched by Black Metal arsonists in 1992; 199,00 KR (approximately $31). The company motto: “Burn a stave church in the comfort of your own home.” Image via Occasional Vanity

Above: Pay tribute to our forefathers with Hudson Made’s beeswax Patriot Head Candle by candle maker Jennifer Green; $34. When not lit, it makes a good bookend.

Above: Burn the Witch Candles are handmade by Fortifem from black wax, myrrh and frankincense; a set of 15, each 15 centimeters tall, is €30.00. Note that shipping is to France only.

Above: Napolean Bonaparte is commemorated in black wax by Parisian candle makers Cire Trudon; $175. Photograph by Liam Goodman via Vogue.

Above: A falcon from the Vallons Trophy Candle Collection burns for 59 hours; 13-inches high and 9-inches wide from Anthropologie, $56. 

Above: Decorate your table with a scattering of Black Beeswax Pumpkin Candles; 2 1/2 inches tall and about 3 inches wide, $9 each from Etsy seller Darkness Void.

Above: The classic Skull Candle, 5 inches tall and 7 inches wide. Made by D.L. Company, it comes in a black box tied with a black ribbon; $85 from Barney’s New York.

Running out of time for your Halloween decorations? If you tend to do things at the last minute (like us), see 5 Quick Fixes: Instant Halloween Decor, Black Matte Edition