Origin Story

Hello and welcome to The Smell of Fear Candle Co. I'm Jillian, a College Writing lecturer 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 160 candles in the current collection, and each is available on a rotating basis via a monthly theme. Additionally, each month’s theme will have two brand new candles introduced along with the restock of classics. 

If the suspense is killing you & you’d like to make sure to get your claws on new releases before selling out, my monthly, curated subscription boxes are a frightfully fantastic option!  

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

All candles are high-quality, hand-poured in small batches in my lair in Buffalo, NY. I use a paraffin-free, sustainably sourced, long-burning, coconut-beeswax-soy blend and fragrance oils with no phthalates. Cotton-based wicks are both lead and zinc free and wooden wicks (when used) are sustainably sourced. All the bloodcurdlingly best choices for my spine-tingling scents that will haunt your home in the best possible way.

The Smell of Fear is a one 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 crafting before sending off to possess new hosts!

Supporting our communities is also very important to my dark heart, so a portion of profits is donated to various non-profits on a monthly basis.

Use the links below to follow me on social media or to contact me for any eerie inquiries!