Candles & Incense?
By: SilentSyren / Knowledgeable May 02, 2016
Post # 1
So I was just wondering what everyone preference in candles/incense was. Taper or Pillar? With jar or just on a little disk/plate?
What color and what scent do you use? What do you use it for? There appear to be so many different purposes and things each one can be used for. How long does said candle or incense last for you? How often do you use it?
Do you go to a specific place to buy them? Online shop or local? If online I'd appreciate the name or link so that I may look at them as well.
Also, what kind of accessories such as incense holder or candle holder do you use? I've looked for a few days and a lot of the taper candle holders and incense holders are..kinda..unappealing.
I prefer taper, non-smelling candles but it cand be hard sometimes to find all the colours I use so I make do with what I can find. I do however get an assortment of styles of white candles since white is used for everything. As for candle holders just get whatever you like. Your local "dollar store" will have a lot of candles in different sizes and colours for cheap.
I always use small taper candles with no jar, simply so they are small enough to burn down in a single sitting, either that or I will use small beeswax candles as they are better (personally).
The colour is always related to what I am casting or using them for, although it's always good to have a few extra white ones around. I never have a candle scent unless it is related to what I am casting, often because I will have incense going at the same time.
The incense I get only lasts a week (the large packs of 12) because I enjoy burning them daily, each one burning down in an hour or two, although candles will only last for the time I'm casting.
I find that buying them from smaller shops is best, simply because you know that every penny you are spending counts. Although I do try, I often find myself looking online.
For incense holders I use a simple wooden one that you can find at almost any occult store. I do however find that the best candle holders are the vintage ones that you can get off eBay, they tend to fit taper candles perfectly.
Sorry if this is a little babbled.
Best place I get my incense and spell candles from are from the witch's heart website (www.thewitchsheart.co.uk) the spell candles can last a while but are small enough to be able to carry them around with you and the incense is great I especially love the fairy dreams
TSilk, thank you for the website I already found an incense holder I really like on there.
Rikki, don't apologize. It's not babble in my opinion. The input you provide helps give me different perspectives on how things can be used. So both the knowledge and inspiration is very helpful. Thank you.
Tea, the dollar store idea is actually a great one of which I was already thinking! I find the neatest things there and at thrift stores. Price tag does not always mean quality. Guess great minds think alike. Thank you!
I'm not much for spells, but I do like candles for ambience while doing magic.
The above answers about dollar stores are excellent, though often tapers are limited to white, cream, and sometimes red. Their votives, though, have a bit of variety -- mostly based around what scents they offer. And their 7-day candles are safer than pillars, great for posting at the cardinal directions!
I'd suggest avoiding their cheap-o incense, though! It uses cellulose fillers and smells like burning newspaper!
As for other candles, I've realized I eill either have to order online or find time to drive back to a previous employer's dtore about an hour away for color variety. I forget the brand, since the company was bought out shortly before I left, but they make decent quality tapers in just about every color. It's the only place I know off-hand to consistently find black taper candles.
On to incense: I buy it wherever I find it, honestly, as long as I can tell it's reasonable quality. A grocery store near me is discontinuing the line they carry, though, so I will have to find a new source.
For scents, sandalwood is among my favorites, and I take an occasional liking to nag champa whenever I want some pungent floral scent. Spices are also great scents in my opinion, again as long as it's decent quality.
And don't forget about resins and powders! I want a healthier alternative charcoal to rhw self-igniting stuff aince I practice in a small space, but resins and powders can be amazing. I jave a blend of cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and cloves from a money-attraction work I did a while back. It smells like cookies when burned!
I make my own and prefer pillar and container candles. Scents vary to what I want to work but if I buy I get unscented. Color also depends on the work but when I buy I stick to the basics of white, red, green, etc. Though I like the look of tapered candles I do not like the mess of their drippings unless I am making a display piece for Halloween. Working I choose the bulkier pillars as they are more stable and last longer. I also like working with bees wax.
The two websites I go to are:
They offer the supplies for making candles and soap as well as recipes for bath, body, and skin care for you with ingriedients they sell of course. They also offer essential oils.
I have not had a bad experience from them yet.
Hope this helps everyone who is looking to make their own, good luck