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Campfire Incense by Juniper Ridge help revive a room or fool your landlord

Dollar store Nag Champas are doing more harm than good when disguising the remnant fragrances from the night before. Spend a little extra, because you’ve seen what halfway decent candles cost these days. The convenience of a single stick serving size and the oil essence has always battled smoke odors in a way candles couldn’t hold a candle to. And it’s $10, not $30.

Each package is serial stamped by hand and the aromas are regional, Douglas Fir being the Northwest option. Their studio is in Oakland, CA but many of the concoctions are made on the trails when the raw materials are gathered. Harvests vary year to year as well.

“We distill colognes and perfumes from real plants, bark, moss, mushrooms, and tree trimmings found hiking the backcountry,” Hall Newbegin, the owner and founder of Juniper Ridge, said recently. “A hundred years ago, all perfumes were made this way. Today we’re the only ones who handle every step of the process ourselves, from beginning to end.”

Newbegin began “making wilderness perfume on trails and around campfires since 1998,” as he tells it.

According to a recent release from the company “when Juniper Ridge was just getting off the ground, Hall would spend the week harvesting plants up in the mountains, making natural fragrance in his kitchen, and selling his latest creations at the Berkeley and San Francisco Farmers’ Markets.”

Incense packages


Get them in the basement of Pike Place Market if you’ve got class, or just order them on Amazon if you’re into that sort of thing.


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