Origin Story

Hello and welcome to The Smell of Fear Candle Co. I'm Jillian, a College Writing adjunct by day, horror fiend by night, and creepy candle maker in between. I was inspired to create a unique candle that could take you inside your favorite horror stories using my combined passions for horror, history, film & literature which all help me to find my way to olfactory details in each terrifying tale. The candles & melts that I create can provide an immersive experience whether watching a classic, reading a favorite, or just wanting the ambiance of a spooky story. 

I've created candle collections based on horror movies & literature, cryptids, as well as other odds and ends; all things that are the stuff any horror fan’s strangely comforting nightmares are made of. There are almost 200 candles in the collection, and I try to get each to make an appearance on a rotating basis throughout the year. Each month features a new terrifying theme that introduces new releases into the mix. 

I can also do custom, consignment, and wholesale orders catering to those who like to burn brightly on the dark side. 

All candles are hand-poured, small-batch out of my home-based lair in Buffalo, NY. I use a paraffin-free, long-burning, coconut wax blend with a bit of sustainable beeswax for quality and fortification. The fragrance oils I use have no phthalates & I try to keep them as clean as possible. My cotton-based wicks are lead- and zinc-free, and wooden wicks, when in the mix, are sustainably sourced. All the bloodcurdlingly best choices for spine-tingling scents that will haunt your home in the best possible way.

Supporting the planet is very important to my dark heart, so in addition to trying to keep materials used in my candle production as clean & sustainable as possible, I've partnered with greenspark to donate a portion of my profits towards planting trees, cleaning up plastics, & clearing emissions. Details here: https://app.getgreenspark.com/dashboard/1665066384242/the-smell-of-fear-candle-co

The Smell of Fear is a wicked woman-owned business. All creating, pouring, advertising, label design & printing, packing & shipping is usually a solo endeavor. Know that the bit of eerie extra time it may take to receive your creepy creation is due to the utmost care in candle crafting before sending off to possess new hosts!

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