Love and Sex Magic at Hearthside Candles and Curios!

Last Saturday, I visited my friends at Hearthside Candles & Curios, located in Ralston, Nebraska. Because of Valentine’s day, the owners decided to put on a class about love and sex spells.

“What does this have to do with horror?”, you ask.

A good part of the class was about historical love and sex spells that have fallen out of favor, and for good reason. Specifically, these spells, which are horrific in their own right, involve adding your own menstrual blood or semen to a recipe that will disguise it, and then feeding it to your love interest without his/her knowledge. Interestingly, variations of this type of love spell have been practiced in all parts of the world and in many different magical traditions. Another variant is “sweat rice,” in which you squat over a pot of hot rice, and then allow the steam to drip off your nether parts and allow the steam to drip back into the rice, which is then served to your crush. Again, without their knowledge. This creepy and potentially bio-hazardous tradition is yet another good reason not to accept food or drinks from anyone who seems a bit lonely and desperate. That and date-rape drugs, of course.

Naturally, the folks at Hearthside Candles & Curios don’t endorse these old-school love spells. They have their own line of candles, oils, and room sprays to to set the mood. All of their products are made with natural ingredients and essential oils, and are hypo-allergenic. My favorite scent line they developed is the Queen Bee candle, perfume oil, and bath soap, discussed in my earlier post. It is delicious, and really fills a whole room with an uplifting, yet sensual fragrance. In addition to products by Polaris Rising, the shop is also the home of Shadowlights Candles, and products by Mama Kiki and Mama Creepy. Even if you don’t live near Omaha, Nebraska, you can order products from their website or follow them on their Facebook page for promotions and giveaways.

A Brief Look at Polaris Rising's Divine Bath Products

Today’s entry has nothing to do with horror, but I had to make an exception for this review, because anyone who knows me know that I’m obsessed with bath products and perfume. Polaris Rising is a small company based in Nebraska that makes candles, oils, bath products, and other items intended for use in hoodoo and witchcraft traditions. That being said, their products are so wonderful that anyone could appreciate them. My personal favorites are their Coffee Scrub and Queen Bee soaps and candles. Coffee baths are used in Conjure/hoodoo to remove negative energy. Polaris Rising makes coffee baths salts and a coffee scrub. I use both, but prefer the scrub because the grape seed oil base leaves my skin amazingly soft, and the rich coffee scent pairs well with coffee-based perfumes such as Black Opium by Yves Saint Laurent and Dark Angel by Victoria’s Secret.


The Queen Bee soaps are adorable and decorative, and also my favorite fragrance currently offered by Polaris Rising. Their Etsy page describes the fragrance as a “honey citrus floral scent,” which reminds me of some recipes for Cleo May oil. I find it to be a instant mood-lifter. Polaris Rising offers other Queen Bee products, including an oil and candles (free standing pillar and jar candle with a wood wick). The candle easily fills an entire room with that wonderful fragrance.

Another benefit of Polaris Rising’s products is that they use natural ingredients and make their products as hypo-allergenic as possible. This is definitely important for me to consider, as my skin is sometimes sensitive to chemicals and certain scented candles (many of which use formaldehyde as a fragrance carrier) aggravate my allergies and asthma. This has never been an issue with any of the Polaris Rising products I’ve tried.

Check out their other products at their Esty store.