Meet Blackbird

August 30, 2015


Blackbird Incense Pyres are a contemporary update to the ancient tradition of incense burning. Each charcoal cone burns for approximately 15 minutes and will scent your room for hours.

The guiding spirit behind Blackbird is Nicole Miller, its founder and creative director, who has endowed it with a manifest soul, making Blackbird a brand that is loved for their wonderful products.

Blackbird evolved from a brick and mortar store into a unique brand of fragrances, grooming products and accessories.  Nicole works with a select group of specialists, wizards and designers to create products that smell and feel as luxurious as they look.

The Black Bungalow serves as the headquarters for the business, and as company founder Miller’s actual home. The Black Bungalow elicits exotic smells which wrap around you like a stranger’s embrace, capturing the true spirit of Blackbird.

 The scent wafting from inside is a mix of ceremonial resins, smoked spices, burnt citrus, dry ice, quarry stone, seaports, old flower petals, overripe fruit, spent fuel, yesterday’s coffee and minty tea, giving the whole block in Seattle’s North End an aura that rocks the visitor forward and backward.

“Fragrance has the instantaneous and invisible power to penetrate consciousness with pure pleasure...Scent reaches us in ways that elude sight and sound but conjure imagination in all its sensuality, unsealing hidden worlds . . . An odor can immediately evoke the details and mood of an old experience, as if no time had passed at all.”

“Your nose is kind of the last real touch point to the natural world...It’s like you’re being touched by nature.”


Today's Blackbird Incense Pyres Scents:

  • Nauk is a spicy scent with notes of  leather and cognac. Nahk is a tantalizing, strong, spicy hot leather fragrance and is one of the longest-lasting in the collection. The name Nahk means leather in Estonian.

  • Blood Countess is a warm, resinous, and spicy fragrance: classic biblical incense joined by dragon's blood resin. Excellent for winter, or for anyone seeking a scent of security and comfort. The name Blood Countess was inspired by the dragon's blood resin contained within. SCENT NOTES: frankincense, warm resins, spice
  • Ozo is a strong, floral and wood fragrance. Perfect to fill a new space with the feeling of home, and may also be used to replace negative energy with an air of hope. The name Ozo comes from the word Rozo in Esperanto, which means rose. SCENT NOTES: rose, sandalwood, anise seed
  • Hibernus is a cool, arctic fragrance. Burning Hibernus transports us to the frozen tundra, to the moment when you finally relax after a long day spent working in the snow. The name Hibernus means winter in Latin. SCENT NOTES: birch, honey, sarsaparilla, amber, precious resins
  • Izba reminds us of traditional Russian farmhouses with warm wood walls and smoky fireplaces, and the wild herbs and flowers growing outside. The Russian and Arabic word Izba refers to a countryside dwelling that forms the living quarters of a conventional farmstead. SCENT NOTES: cedar, lavender


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