The market for scented candles has boomed over the last half a decade. We’re going to point fingers at the #minimalist interiors that saturate our Instagram feeds, for they’re never complete without at least one candle burning in the background. Scented candles have become a symbol of “look at me, I’m chic, I’m fancy, and I’ve got a house that smells like candied money.”

That’s all fine and good. We’re against rank odours permeating our sanctuaries too. So if we’ve got to light a scented candle to ward them off, we’ll light two. Unless, it’s something like a Fornasetti candle. Then that might require some thought.

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Some of the faces you see are that of Lina Cavalieri, the artist’s muse.

Each candle comes in a ceramic vessel that features artwork by Piero Fornasetti, whose paintings meld Renaissance motifs and portraits with a hint of post-modern kistch. They’re beautiful, no doubt, and come in scents carefully mixed by master perfumer, Emmanuel Phillip.

Very often, the scents come inspired by flowers that bloom around the Fornasetti family’s Milanese home. Each stunning large candle costs about S$970.

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Shh, don’t tell anyone who much you spent on this.

Yes, that’s nearly S$1,000 for a three-wick scented candle. You can justify the price for a few reasons: Each candle is 1.9kg, with 200 hours of burn time. In comparison, a jumbo-sized Yankee candle only burns for 150 hours.

It also is a work of art, and the kind folks at Fornasetti promise that you can “re-purpose the pot as an ornamental vase”. It comes in a black and gold ornamental box too, that we suggest can be repurposed as a tiny cupboard for your artisanal pure-bred hamsters. A three-in-one product? Win!

But really, getting a massive candle like this goes beyond the adoration for nice-smelling things, and veers into “I love it when I burn money and it smells good” territory. A case could be made for any side though, so might we suggest that you drop some dough on the smaller 300g version before splurging on the mammoth option. It costs a humble S$270.

You can purchase a Fornasetti candle here.

Beatrice Bowers
Features Editor
Beatrice Bowers writes about beauty, drinks, and other nice things. When not bound to her keyboard, she moonlights as a Niffler for novels and can be found en route to bankruptcy at your nearest bookstore. Don't tell her boss.