Hey, I am a huge Creed fan and have bought several candles, including Pekin Imperial and have never had a problem such as this. I also have gone in search of cheaper ways to get Creed fragrance from other sources, but it sounds like you got the candle from "Beautiful Perfumes" online which I don't believe is a registered Creed dealer - not the way to go. You should talk to a Creed representative at Neiman's, they will tell you for sure. But if it isn't, then your candle is probably a fake or old because it didn't come directly from Creed. Essentially, I've found the only way to get true Creed products, is to buy from a trustworthy store - and it's definitely worth the price!
Hope this helps.