Best Incense: Blackbird, Blue Pearl, Supa Dupa & 3 More

Best Incense: Blackbird, Blue Pearl, Supa Dupa & 3 More

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Maxwell Ryan
May 15, 2015

I gave you all a list of my favorite scented candles and you all jumped on me with various opinions, so I'm curious to see what you'll do with incense. I LOVE a good incense and hate a bad one. I prefer soft, complex scents that are not too sweet or cloying, so here's my list of the best one's that I know (and I've polled a few friends).

This one up top is one that I've just discovered. From Blackbird, Nicole Miller's design/fashion/inspiration company in Seattle, WA, I've been burning Hibernus this week, and it's truly lovely. Available in 16 scents, each tin comes with little, conical pyres of perfume scented incense inside which last for about 30 minutes. They are black as night or black as coal. Very elegant. More picks below....

(Image credit: Alder & Co.)

From the trusted curatorial source of Alder & Co. in Portland, OR, but handmade in Japan, this slim tube of 25 sticks will fill your home with an ethereal woody fragrance with notes of sandalwood, nutmeg, cloves, ginger, jasmine and vanilla.


(Image credit: Amazon)

The first incense that I fell in love with during senior year of college, I still remember my girlfriend at the time and how she burned it in her room. I fell in love with both, actually. Blue Pearl makes this Golden Champa as well as a Classic Champa. Both are wonderful. Each stick burns for two hours and is handmade.


(Image credit: Supa Dupa Temple Spice)

This Temple Spice was given to me by a friend who just came back from Bali and it's amazing. Sold out behind the link above, you can wait for it to come back or buy it in England here at The Chalice Well shop. Apparently a favorite of many others as well and hard to find, it describes itself as: "“This incense (dupa) is a blend of flowers, barks, herbs, oils, nuts and spaces, using no synthetics or endangered plants. Hand made with fair trading and internature [sic] principles.”


(Image credit: Kayuragi)

Green tea is a classic light fragrance and this company, sourced by Omoi Zakka (Philadelphia, PA) is famous for its scents: "Kayuragi fragrances from centuries old Japanese maker, Nippon Kodo, are meant to calm and comfort, where fragrance ""ka"" meets with slowly wafting scented smoke ""yuragi"."


(Image credit: Juniper Ridge)

I'm adding this company that I missed last night. Juniper Ridge is a fabulous wildcrafting outfit based in Oakland, CA, that harvests wildflowers and plants from all over the American West, which they turn into perfumes, soap, cologne, tea and incense.

  • The mission of Juniper Ridge is to create unique wild-crafted products from the mountains and deserts of the West that connect you with the spiritually sustaining experience of the outdoors.
  • Ten percent of profits are donated to defending Western wilderness.
  • All of the plant trimmings are sustainably harvested.
  • If you want the real thing, straight from the mountains and deserts of the West, you've come to the right place.

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