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: Burn the Witch Candles are handmade by Fortifem from black wax, myrrh, and frankincense. They’re available by contacting Fortifem directly in France. Above: The Hygeia Bust Candle in black is in the shape of the Greek goddess of body/mind health; €99 at Sophia in Greece. Above: The Black Wax Boy’s Head Candle is from the oldest candlemaker in Lisbon, Portugal; £33 ($43) at Saudade in Portugal. Also available is a Girl’s Head Candle from Saudade. Above: A Bust of Casanova, 8.5 inches tall, is $100 from D.L. & Co.
Above: The Virgin Mary Candle by Tinker is available in a range of colors, including black; currently on sale for $36 NZD at Felt in New Zealand. Above: The Vena Amoris candle carries the “Latin name meaning literally, ‘vein of love.’ Traditional belief established that this vein ran directly from the heart to the forefinger.” It’s $150 from D.L. & Co. (We also like the classic Skull Candle from D.L. & Co., which comes in a black box tied with a black ribbon; currently not available.) Above: Kirkebrann’s True Norwegian Black Candle (Volume 4) is modeled on Fantoft, a church in Bergen, Norway, that was torched by black-metal arsonists in 1992; $29. The company motto: “Burn a stave church in the comfort of your own home.” Above: Napoleon Bonaparte is commemorated in black wax by Parisian candle makers Cire Trudon; $175. Above: From Japanese company Magiera, the Night Candle, in black, is designed like a vase in full wax. For more see World’s Most Beautiful Candles, via Japan. Above: The Patriot Head Candle is handmade by Greentree Home and available in a few colors, black among them, for $34 at Greentree Home. Above: Another black Portuguese candle, the Blackbird Candle (shown here are three half-melted) is £18 at Saudade.
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This post is an update; the original ran on October 25, 2013.