By Amber C. Snider
Smoke cleansing has been around for thousands of years. It’s used in nearly every spiritual tradition, religion, and magical practice around the world to cleanse, purify, and invoke good spirits. Here are some of our favorite hand-made formulas at Enchantments.
While some herbs and resins need charcoal to ignite, most of the incense listed here are self-igniting since they’re handmade using a colored wood base. All you need to do is simply add a teaspoon or less to a fireproof dish (like a small or medium cast iron cauldron) and touch fire to it. There’s an old debate about whether to use a match or a lighter when lighting magical objects like candles or incense, but we’re of the mindset that you should use whatever is in your practice.
For more on smoke cleansing, we have several articles on the subject! Check out this article on how to clear away negative energies, purify your space, and relax your mind using sage alternatives, ways to incense your spell work with incense here, and ten herbs for purification and protection here.
The summer months are here, so it’s time to harness the life-giving power of the sun. The Solar Blend can be purchased in one ounce sizes (for $10 each) and helps increase energy, positivity, and vitality. Since it’s used to invoke the energy of the largest star in our solar system, it’s also good for solar plexus chakra work (read more about that here), which can help with self-confidence and emotional issues. When you light the incense, focus on increase positive attention and vibes all around and imagine your inner light shining through, like the radiant star you already are.
For those of you who may be struggling with communication effectively, whether it be your emotions, intentions, ideas, or needs, try the Goona Goona incense. It helps create an atmosphere of trust and understanding between partners, whether it’s work-related, friendship, or love, while facilitating communication. Since communication is associated with the throat chakra, you can also try a Fifth Chakra Candle to help with self-expression and incorporate more blue (stones, crystals, clothes, etc) in your practice. Goona Goona incense can be purchased for $10 for one ounce and it also comes in an oil.
In the wise words of TLC, “I don’t want no scrubs” –– and the Silk Love Formula may just help with that. An attraction blend used to beckon a sophisticated, classy lover to your side. If you’re looking to add some luxury and a little refinement to your love life, burn the incense during a ritual, meditation, or while you’re getting ready for the day. It helps if you fully visualize the person you wish to bring in your life, too. Don’t focus on a specific individual, but rather visualize the qualities you’re looking for in your lover in order to bring them to you. Stay open to what the Universe has to offer! Since this hand-blended formula is made-to-order, the minimum purchase is $20 for two ounces.
All of magic is about intention. Magical tools do not work without you –– that means, your specific intention, your energy, your will. Success Formula helps in all areas of success, whether you’re looking to up your work game, create better conditions in your love life, increase positive recognition for a job well done, or simply add a bit more luck in your life. You can purchase Success Formula through the main shop website for $10 for one ounce.
Siren’s Seduction Formula
If someone has caught your eye or you’re looking to amp up a little lust in a lover, try the Siren’s Seduction Formula incense. You can burn the incense as you’re getting ready to meet them or smudge the room before they enter. Of course, no magical tool will bring on true love, but you can still add a little enticement to the mix. Siren’s Seduction is a sexual attraction formula for both men and women, and can be purchased on the main shop website here.
You may have already deep cleaned your house for spring, but regular spiritual cleansing in the home is important. We’ve said it before, so we’ll say it again: You take a regular shower to purify your body, so why would you not give the same attention to your spirit? House Blessing is a beautiful formula that attracts good spirits in the home, releases negative energy, and fills your space with positive energy. You can purchase the handmade blend for $10 per ounce on the main shop website here and consider adding either a custom House Blessing Candle or small House Blessing kit for $17.50 to your order.
Although it’s not an incense, but rather a sacred tree resin, copal is one of the most beautiful tools used in smoke cleansing. Used in pre-Columbian Mesoamerica in sacred rituals, copal is great for clearing, cleansing, and invoking positive/good spirits. Enchantments sells South American white copal for $7 per ounce or black copal, which has a slightly sweeter smell than the white version, for $8 per ounce. Similar to frankincense, this holy, sacred resin is great for ceremonial work, house clearings, or aura cleanses. Since it’s a resin, you must use instant light charcoal to burn it.
Love Healing Formula
Let’s face it, we’ve all endured heartbreak before, but the last two years have been particularly tough on everyone, and it’s not always romantic love that we have to heal from. To help heal heartbreak, whether it’s romantic or the weight of the world pressing in, try the Love Healing Formula. Associated with the heart chakra, this blend helps to heal old wounds, emotional issues, and recover from loss and grief. Try burning it while taking a salt bath for an extra soothing ritual or combine the incense with a large, custom Love Healing Candle.
Healing is a process, no doubt. And many of us still have a lot of work to do on our shadow selves to heal old traumas, wounds, and betrayals. Rebirth helps you let go of past troubles, release pain, and cleanse your spirit. Sometimes it’s time to move on and step into the powerfully radiant spirit you’re meant to be. Letting go of old habits, expectations, and even some friends/old lovers can be the catalyst we need to invite new opportunities and growth. If you want to release the past, here’s a calling to do so. The formula also comes in an oil or salt bath for ritual work.
Associated with Ocean Goddess, this formula helps bring about psychic dreams and visions. Since the ocean is our lifeblood and water is necessary for creation, the Ocean Mother formula can also be used in fertility magic. If you’re actively trying to get pregnant, be sure to add that intention to your spell when you burn the incense –– and pray to the great Ocean Mother herself for support. Since it’s made-to-order, minimum purchase for this incense is $20 for two ounces, but you can also try the ½ or one ounce oils.
Peace and Protection Formula
If things have been extra rough lately and you need more peace in your life (as well as protection), this incense formula may help. It promotes a feeling of security through tough times and can also help with protection against physical and psychic attack. If you work in a particularly emotionally-draining profession, such as a therapist, nurse, or teacher, burning the Peace and Protection incense before or after you start work is a good idea. It also comes in an oil form (½ or one ounces) so you can wear it just as you would a perfume.
This airy, sacred formula helps attract good spirits and increases psychic power. It’s great for ritual work or meditation, as well. If you’re invoking or praying to your Spirit Guides, ancestors, Saints, or deities, All Saints is also protective and helps facilitate communication. You can burn it during a ritual or wear it as an oil, too. Since this incense formula is made-to-order for each purchase, the minimum is $20 for two ounces. You can purchase the oils in either ½ or one ounces to wear as you would a perfume, dress your spell candles, or add to a bath.
Mojo Wishing Formula
This “wish granting” formula can be burned, used for smudging, or added to a ouanga bag. Before you use it, energetically “charge it” with your intention and wear it on your person as you go about your day. If you burn it as an incense, add a ritual along with it where you focus on your specific wish. But always remember the rule of three when it comes to magic: whatever you put out there will come back to you 3 fold. This incense is made-to-order on-site, so the minimum amount is $20 for two ounces.