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Old 05-31-2010, 07:36 PM
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What's the deal with black candles? Why can't I find them anywhere?

I need black candles for a project of mine. I've been to a dozen chain stores, literally. I didn't find ANY black candles.

Some of the clerks said they often have people looking for them, especially around Halloween.

I even checked a few alternative stores. They had black candles, but not of the pillar kind. More like floating black candles that you put in your bath tub, or those flat round candles you use for meditation.

To me, this is a rather significant finding. Black is one of the most basic colors around, yet we cannot find candles in that color.

What's the reason behind this? Economic? Cultural? Health? WTF?
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Old 05-31-2010, 07:45 PM
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http://somaluna.com has black candles and it says "there's nothing harder to find". I think black candles are just out of fashion right now, if Martha Stewart featured them on the cover of her magazine, you'd find them turning up tout de suite.

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Old 05-31-2010, 07:53 PM
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blackcandles.org sells, uh, black candles.
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Old 05-31-2010, 08:14 PM
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Black is a really hard color to get into wax. Most "black" candles are really very dark purple, and it takes a lot of color to get 'em dark enough. Problem is, color messes up the way a candle burns; most black candles I've found burn very unevenly. So, between higher expense to make, less demand than other colors and lower than average costumer satisfaction, I expect it's just not worth most retailer's time to stock them.

Your best bet this time of year is mail order or internet. Then at Halloween, stock up.
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Old 05-31-2010, 08:56 PM
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I think people are justv really superstitious. Outside of Halloween, they're really, really hard to find. Go to any new age store and you'll find some. Or just google it, there's thousands of websites that have them.
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Old 05-31-2010, 10:03 PM
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When I was a candlemaker, we poured all the junk wax into one put, put in a lot of black dye, and made black candles. Mostly pillars, we never made tapers. I think those are mostly machine made, and black is probably not real popular amongst taper fans.
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Old 06-01-2010, 12:56 AM
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There's a "religious supply" store near my parents' office that I swear is a front for a Santeria cult. I walked in there once and they have all kinds of herbs and scented oils, and candles in all colors, including black. This is because, based on what I've read about voudun and Santeria, which was many years ago, each spiritual entity (loas, gods, or whatever they're called, I'm not sure) has its own corresponding color, and one needs to burn candles of that deity's color when petitioning them. So if you live in one of the larger cities, there might be a botanica or other occult supply store where you can find black candles. Otherwise, try online.
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Old 06-01-2010, 02:28 AM
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They probably seem too "Satanic" for many people.
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Old 06-01-2010, 03:37 AM
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They probably seem too "Satanic" for many people.
I would only think that if it had a black flame.
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Old 06-01-2010, 08:24 AM
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There's a "religious supply" store near my parents' office that I swear is a front for a Santeria cult. I walked in there once and they have all kinds of herbs and scented oils, and candles in all colors, including black. This is because, based on what I've read about voudun and Santeria, which was many years ago, each spiritual entity (loas, gods, or whatever they're called, I'm not sure) has its own corresponding color, and one needs to burn candles of that deity's color when petitioning them. So if you live in one of the larger cities, there might be a botanica or other occult supply store where you can find black candles. Otherwise, try online.
It may not be a "front" so much as a shop offering supplies to people of many faiths--some "official" & some not. (Although most practitioners of Santeria, Voudoun, etc., are also Catholic.) Here in Texas, we have some specialty shops offering such items. (Hey, you might need some High John the Conqueror Root!) And colored candles are often available in the Latin American Product aisle of mainstream grocery stores.

For those who believe, black candles would not be burned casually.

But you can order them here. Around here, this isn't a good season to buy candles through the mail. Not for any mystic reason--but they will melt in the heat.

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Old 06-01-2010, 10:06 AM
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See comment #2.
and comment #3.
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Old 06-01-2010, 10:11 AM
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What's the deal with black candles? Why can't I find them anywhere?

The Satanists and the Crowley fans are buying them all up.


It's getting really hard to find the ones colored by the ashes of cremated virgins anymore.
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Old 06-01-2010, 12:50 PM
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Yankee Candle Midsummer's Night. Black as the ace of spades.
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Old 06-01-2010, 06:26 PM
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Yankee Candle Midsummer's Night. Black as the ace of spades.
Downside--very scented. Possibly the most scented candle I own. Fortunately, I like the scent, but it gave my mom headaches.

Chime candles are cheap and come in basically every color. They don't burn for long, though--they're only about 5" long. You can get some on Amazon.

ETA--oh, you asked why. I'd imagine that it's because candles are usually chosen based upon their coordination with the decor, and very few decorating schemes incorporate black. And most of those that do incorporate white, which is way easier to make and to find. I'm sure there are some cultural things there, too, but I'd bet that if it were trendy, most people wouldn't give a crap.

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Old 06-01-2010, 06:31 PM
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Light a stick of licorice?
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Old 06-01-2010, 07:24 PM
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you probably can't see them because it's dark....!
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Old 06-02-2010, 04:45 PM
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There's a "religious supply" store near my parents' office that I swear is a front for a Santeria cult. I walked in there once and they have all kinds of herbs and scented oils, and candles in all colors, including black. This is because, based on what I've read about voudun and Santeria, which was many years ago, each spiritual entity (loas, gods, or whatever they're called, I'm not sure) has its own corresponding color, and one needs to burn candles of that deity's color when petitioning them. So if you live in one of the larger cities, there might be a botanica or other occult supply store where you can find black candles. Otherwise, try online.
Santeria is no more a cult than any other religion. More to the point, OP, as has been suggested, check a botanica if there is one in your city.
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Old 06-03-2010, 01:12 AM
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Santeria is no more a cult than any other religion. More to the point, OP, as has been suggested, check a botanica if there is one in your city.
Sorry. I just couldn't think of the proper name for a group of santeros, or Santeria followers (congregation?)
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Old 06-03-2010, 04:44 AM
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The Satanists and the Crowley fans are buying them all up.


It's getting really hard to find the ones colored by the ashes of cremated virgins anymore.
You don't even want to know what a shit storm it is to find the ones with goat blood mixed in...
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Old 06-03-2010, 11:21 AM
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Sorry. I just couldn't think of the proper name for a group of santeros, or Santeria followers (congregation?)
And I am sorry that I came off as more terse than intended. It looked fine then, looks impolite and coarse now. My apologies.
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Old 06-03-2010, 03:07 PM
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I noticed this as well -- black candles are very hard to find. I figure it's because of the symbolism imputed to them. Nevertheless, I was delighted two or three trips to IKEA ago to find a big box of their cheap tapers in black, so I snapped it up. That should hold me for a few years.
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