For those of you who followed me when I was actively doing Yapoma Bazaar (a sort of handmade co-op for those who might not know), you probably remember the incense matches I was selling. Incense has obviously been a big thing for me in my pottery practice and a friend of mine asked if I sold incense which was a great idea and something that I had wanted to expand on when I did Yapoma. So in addition to incense matches, I decided to also start selling some other incense products I like.
The Incense Match
I first found incense matches in college at a local record store (back when I was still buying CDs!!). I had a new-old Tercel then with a distinct stale smell inside and decided to try some matches in my car to help it smell better. It’s the perfect small burst of smell for a small space where you might not be able to burn a full stick/cone of incense but want the smell. They’re also a great addition to the bathroom, especially when you have guests over who might want to leave the bathroom smelling fresh.
Nag Champa is, hands down, my favorite incense. I first discovered them years ago when someone introduced me to Soul-Flower. In one of their emails the happened to answer my burning question which was: what is that amazing smell on all the clothes/packaging I get from you?? It was Nag Champa! The smell is very earthy/woodsy similar to patchouli and not too overpowering or sweet.
Palo Santo is an incense that’s new for me — a friend of mine introduced them to me a few years ago. The smell comes from the actual wood, and it’s sort of piney and sweet but mild and not overpowering at all. This is incense that grows in South America and believed by some Indigenous people to invoke positivity to the space where it's burned.