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Mark Atwood
Scents in Burning Wax
Last Saturday my ex and I went to a candle foundry.

In the past, I had bought candles at Blood & Bone Studios in Capitol Hill, after discovering them at a vendor show at the Wetspot. I loved those candles. The smooth clean burn, and the deep lush scents that were sweet but not cloying or penetrating. But they seem to have gone out of business. *pout* Yet another victim of the economic downturn.

Anyway, she told me about Sweet Spirit Candles in Renton. So we went there, only to find that they're gone too! But the tarot place next door was still open. And they had their new business card.

I called them (cellphone), and learned that they close at 5p, which is in fifteen minutes. But wait. She said that they will be there working late, and we can still come by. So I break out the map, and figure out how to drive from Renton to North Seattle. It should have been just a few minutes jaunt, but I'm not so good at driving while the ex is navigating, and she's not so good at reading a map, so it's almost six by the time we got there.

But true to their word, they were still there working. It was a nice little bohemian artist neighborhood, cleaned up but not yet gentrified. No local Starbucks/SBC/Tullys. Which will happen soon enough, with much ranting and teeth gnashing, I'm sure, but anyway...

I ended up buying fifty bucks worth of wicked and scented wax. Maybe I went a little bit overboard. Not all of it is for me, two of them are presents. And I got a tour of the waxworks, which was fun and educational. They focus on aromatherapy and magic, with "essential oils" and "crystals", which I don't have much use for, but the technology of candlemaking is very prosaic and the end products were good quality, with I do have a use for.

So now there's a lovely sweet white vanilla and almond Merlin burning in the living room. The fragrance is a bit sharp, but it's still nice.

Current Music: T.A.T.U., "Malchik Gay"

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wendolen From: wendolen Date: February 5th, 2003 09:47 am (UTC) (Link)
Essential oils are legit, man, you needn't refer to them so dubiously. (Although they aren't all Sweet Spirit uses, so in that case the quotation marks might be warranted.)

Does their website have the new location info? The address I see listed is different from their old one, but also not in north Seattle.

Also, Blood and Bone changed its name to the Luminary, and I understood that when it closed it was switching to online-only operation. I'm not sure what came of it, but winterjaye is/was the owner. :)
fallenpegasus From: fallenpegasus Date: February 13th, 2003 06:24 pm (UTC) (Link)

Not North Seattle

My mistake. They were not in North Seattle, they had just moved a little bit north of their previous digs in Renton.
wendolen From: wendolen Date: February 13th, 2003 10:36 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Not North Seattle

Ah, I dig! Thanks. :)
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