We Think These Luxury Candle Brands Are Worth Spending a Little Extra On

Maxine Eggenberger
·4-min read

Up until a few years ago, I'd probably never spent more than £15 on a candle. This is unsurprising, considering I had gone from being a struggling art student to a still-struggling fashion assistant, whose minimum-wage salary didn't afford me the luxury of spending £15 on a couple of days worth of food, let alone something I was going to burn away. However, as I've grown up, so has (thankfully) my budget; and so has my obsession with candles.

At any given time, I probably have four candles on rotation in my home—I type this as my £7.50 M&S candle flickers next to me. And while I certainly don't snub more affordable candles (my M&S bargain serving as a case in point), I have come to understand the appeal of expensive candles.

Diptyque was my inaugural introduction to the world of expensive candles. When I first moved to London, I remember setting aside 10% of each of my monthly pays to save up for my first shopping trip in the capital. It took a few months, but I finally found myself standing in front of the glass display cabinet in Liberty (where else?), selecting my Diptyque candle. I chose, and still choose, Baies.

Fast-forward to the present, and I've worked my way through just about every luxury candle brand going. Not every scent, of course—my income isn't that disposable—but I've tried enough candles from all budgets to know that expensive candles are, almost always, undeniably superior.

Unlike some bargain wicks, which, when the burn, smell like someone has sprayed an entire can of orchid Febreze, the scent of expensive candles is more subtle, but no-less potent. Instead of choking the air, it floats on it. I also find that, with the recommended care and maintenance, that expensive candles last significantly longer, too. The premium products used to create the wax are designed to be longer lasting than more affordable blends, and while I have my high-street favourites, I buy them knowing they won't, um, hold a candle, many of the high-end options I've tried. I don't fully subscribe to the saying "you get what you pay for" but, when it comes to the below, it certainly applies. Keep scrolling to see and shop the best expensive candles from some of the Who What Wear team's favourite candle brands.

CIRE TRUDON

Cire Trudon Cyrnos Candle (£70)

Cire Trudon Ernesto Candle (£200)

Cire Trudon Estérel Candle (£80)

JO LOVES

Jo Loves Fig Trees Candle (£55)

Jo Loves Log Fires Candle (£55)

Jo Loves Pomelo Candle (£55)

BYREDO

Byredo Tree House Candle (£59)

Byredo Chai Candle (£59)

Byredo Fleur Fantôme Candle (£59)

AMEN

Amen Chakra 03 Solar Candle (£67)

Amen Chakra 04 Heart Candle (£67)

Amen Chakra 01 Root Candle (£67)

BELLA FREUD

Bella Freud Peace and Love Candle (£95)

Bella Freud 1970 Large Candle (£95)

Bella Freud Je T'aime Jane Candle (£45)

DIPTYQUE

Diptyque Ambre Candle (£49)

Diptyque Baies Candle (£49)

Diptyque Figuier Candle (£49)

FORNASETTI

Fornasetti Palazzo Celeste Candle (£140)

Fornasetti Chiavi Candle (£290)

Fornasetti Losanghe Candle (£165)

TOM DIXON

Tom Dixon Water Candle (£100)

Tom Dixon Air Candle (£100)

Tom Dixon Earth Candle (£100)

ASTIER DE VILLATTE

Astier de Villatte Grand Paradis Candle (£65)

Astier de Villatte Hollywood Candle (£55)

Astier de Villatte Tucson Candle (£65)

LOEWE

Loewe Medium Ivy Candle (£145)

Loewe Small Cypress Balls Candle (£70)

Loewe Medium Scent of Marihuana Candle (£145)

JO MALONE

Jo Malone London Blackberry and Bay Candle (£49)

Jo Malone London Lime Basil and Mandarin Candle (£49)

Jo Malone London Pomegranate Noir Candle (£49)

L'OBJET

L'Objet Eau d'Égée No.3 Large Candle (£280)

L'Objet Mamounia No.28 Small Candle (£80)

L'Objet Thé Russe No.75 Large Candle (£280)

LE LABO

Le Labo Santal Candle (£52)

Le Labo Calone 17 Candle (£52)

Le Labo Petite Grain 21 Candle (£52)

TOM FORD

Tom Ford Lost Cherry Candle (£98)

Tom Ford Jasmin Rouge Candle (£68)

Tom Ford Fabulous Candle (£88)

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