A Slightly Cheerier Topic

I just made a large-ish batch of incense!!!11!



It’s benzoin, frankincense and vanilla bean. Turns out vanilla bean doesn’t smell much like vanilla bean when it burns!!! But it’s not bad at all.  And I shouldn’t say “I just made …” because it’s been sitting on the radiator for about a month, drying. I just today decided it’s dry enough for a test-burn and sure enough it is.

Anyone want any? My email contact info is on the left; send me your mailing address and you get some! Gratis!


  1. blf says

    Slightly off-topic, do you have any experience with the melting down and re-casting of paraffin candle wax ends to make new candles? I’ve accumulated quote a collection of (scented) ends, and see no reason, with proper technique, tools and materials they couldn’t be recast into new candles. Some searches on the ‘Web have found various instructions on doing so (of varying plausibly and quality)…

  2. kestrel says

    Oh, I **love** your incense! I often use it when I need to get through a difficult task, like counting hair. Makes the house smell wonderful. Highly recommended!

  3. blf says

    I still have your old incense. I’m not yet sure how to burn it safely.

    Use yer portable anti-horse unit, i.e., flamethrower ?

  4. says


    I’m not yet sure how to burn it safely.

    Light it an lay in an ashtray, like a cig. Or do the same using a rock, if you don’t have an ashtray. I’ve done both, works fine.

  5. blf says

    I’m not yet sure how to burn it safely.

    The mildly deranged penguin, pointing out they are scented, suggests lighting them and then stuffing them up yer nose. She’s not clear which end should so go into the nose…

  6. kestrel says

    Marcus@#7: The house already smells like goat poop. We’re trying to go for something a little less barn-yardy here. ;-)

    Marcus@#8: I can also vouch for the oxygen-propane set-up. Works really, really well for lighting things. Or, you know, like, soldering too. Whatever.