Remember, remember: The Vampire’s Wife launches Bonfire candle

Mark bonfire night in style with this new smoky-scented candle by The Vampire’s Wife

The Vampire's Wife Bonfire candle and black box
Bonfire candle and box by The Vampire’s Wife. Founder Susie Cave worked with Tom Hingston on the gothic-inspired design
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Set the seasonal mood with a bewitching new candle from The Vampire’s Wife, which has captured this most atmospheric time of year in a new scent, Bonfire. The Bonfire candle is the brainchild of Susie Cave; created in France by Cire Trudon, it intertwines Cave’s own personal associations of the onset of winter with a seductive fragrance.

The bonfire candle and its woody, smoky scent

deep red candle

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The new candle pays tribute to The Vampire’s Wife’s hometown of Lewes, East Sussex, where the world’s largest bonfire celebrations take place each year to mark Guy Fawkes night. In a nod to the best perfumes, the fragrance encompasses the warm range of aromas around a crackling bonfire, with top notes of smoky leather and cedar, middle notes of tobacco and resin, and base notes of exotic herbs in a heady mix.

The candle itself is formed from a black vegetable-based wax and is scented with essential oils; a pure cotton wick makes for easy lighting. The exterior, too, is carefully considered, and Cave worked with Tom Hingston of Hingston Studio on the elegantly gothic-inspired design. The deep red of the glass is a bespoke colour created by Cave, while a custom-made black hat box makes this a chic gift.

A film has been released to mark the launch of the Bonfire candle, with creative director Cave working alongside director Cole Flynn Quirke on Hand of God, written, produced and performed by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis. Both the candle and the film are faithful to the darkly feminine aesthetic of The Vampire’s Wife, with the brand taking a sideways look at beauty since its inception in Brighton in 2016. Previously, Cave has affirmed she wishes ‘to make things beautiful by making beautiful things’, and builds on her past as a model – for Yves Saint Laurent, Christian Dior, and Vivienne Westwood, working with photographers such as Nick Knight, Guy Bourdin, and Dominique Issermann – with her exquisite fashion and homeware ranges.


Hannah Silver is the Art, Culture, Watches & Jewellery Editor of Wallpaper*. Since joining in 2019, she has overseen offbeat design trends and in-depth profiles, and written extensively across the worlds of culture and luxury. She enjoys meeting artists and designers, viewing exhibitions and conducting interviews on her frequent travels.