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Hand-made, all natural soy candles with Chessex dice, inspired by RPG classes designed to increase your gaming experience
Hand-made, all natural soy candles with Chessex dice, inspired by RPG classes designed to increase your gaming experience
79 backers pledged $3,842 to help bring this project to life.

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Critical Smells - D&D Inspired Candles with RPG Dice

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 About this project

Critical Smells Candles started in September 2016 with the idea to create awesome pillar candles that were inspired by our favorite role playing classes. 

We've spent the last 5 months refining the candles we created and we feel we now have a product that looks good and smells great!

These candles will enhance any gaming experience and the included Chessex Dice set makes sure you're ready to roll.

The Candles -

  •  Each of our candles is made using all natural soy wax. This means they are environmentally friendly, burn cleaner and more efficiently than other waxes.
  • Our candles use fragrances and dyes that don't contain hazardous materials. 
  • Each of our candles is hand-made, poured in small batches. 
  • Each candle is 3" in diameter and approximately 6"-6.5" tall. The weight is roughly 22-24 ounces.
  • Color and appearance of the candle can differ from the photos.
  •  Our candles burn for approximately 150 hours! 

As Backers, you get to choose:

  • 1, 2, or 3 candles based on your pledge
  • 1,2, or 3 dice sets, again based on your pledge.
  • Finally, a dice bag for each dice set you get!

The fourth option is The Core Collection, where Backers will receive: 

  • 4 candles
  • 4 sets of dice 
  • 4 dice bags 
  • AND a handmade treasure chest! 
  • The dice you'll receive are  Chessex dice sets that we've chosen to match each candle! 

New Stretch Goals & Add On's:

Unlocked - $1,500 - Cleric Class Candle & Core Class Sample Pack

The Cleric Class Candle captures the essence and the smells of nights spent devoting time to your God. Praying for strength and power to smite your enemies and defend your tenets from any and all who dare to oppose your beliefs.

The Cleric Candle scent will remind you of old parchment, with notes reminiscent of Gothic churches and pious individuals

The Cleric
The Cleric

 

 The Core Class Sample Pack - This 4 pack contains 1 2.25oz votive candle of each Core Class. Votives contain the same scent blends as their larger companions and make a great gift set and are also ideal for placing in other areas of your home.

This Add On will be available via BackerKit Pledge Survey for $15.00

1x Warrior Votive

1x Ranger Votive

1x Wizard Votive

1x Thief Votive

Unlocked - $1,750 - The Druid & Monk Class Candles 

The Monk Class Candle summons the centered, and powerful scents inspired by the Monk Class. Containing notes of bamboo, green tea and jasmine, this candle produces a powerful calming effect. 

The Monk Candle scent will help you maintain your focus as you travel the lands with your fellow adventurers, keeping you centered and strong.

The Monk
The Monk

 

 The Druid Class Candle Simple scents for a complicated class. Some Druids can be bound to their ways of nature, others find methods and means to stretch the boundaries of their magic, aligning with Evil, yet natural Gods. The Druid Class Candle provides the pure scents of the wilderness, earth, and vibrant fauna. 

The Druid Candle scent will ground you in the roots of your magic regardless of what form you're currently in. 

 

The Druid
The Druid

UNLOCKED!!! - $2.000 - Bard Class Candle, Expanded Class Votive Sample Pack.......and THE STRONGBOX

The Strongbox - Due to demand we will be making another great storage option available, but it will also be limited to only 5 backers. While the Mimic Treasure Chest captures the spirit of the Dungeon Crawl, and is a great place to store your gaming accessories, we've also designed The Strongbox, this tall, top opening storage box is perfect to store your candles, but also works great as a storage place for gaming books, dice and miniatures. 

The Strongbox is made of kiln dried wood, stained in Ebony, with metal band detailing and aged bronze hardware. The Strongbox is lockable, and the lock hardware is a beautiful antique replica, made of polished steel, with a decorative keyhole. 

Included in the Strongbox:

  • 4 Expanded Class Candles
  • 4 sets of dice 
  • 4 dice bags 
  • AND a handmade Strongbox 
  • The dice you'll receive are  Chessex dice sets that we've chosen to match each candle! 

Note to current backers - If you have already backed a Treasure Chest, you will be able to choose either the Treasure Chest or Strongbox as your reward.

The Bard Class Candle - This scent evokes the raw magnetism of the Bard, with notes of teakwood, patchouli and passion. Whether you use your artistic talents to strengthen your companions, or perfect your performance, The Bard Class Candle is the perfect accompaniment to your character. 

The Bard - Smeared Thumbprint not included.
The Bard - Smeared Thumbprint not included.

 The Expanded Class Sample Pack This 4 pack contains 1 2.25oz votive candle of each Expanded Class. Votives contain the same scent blends as their larger companions and make a great gift set and are also ideal for placing in other areas of your home.

This Add On will be available via BackerKit Pledge Survey for $15.00

1x Bard Votive

1x Cleric Votive

1x Druid Votive

1x Monk Votive

Unlocked - $2,250 - The Paladin Class Candle

The Paladin Class Candle - The scents of the Paladin Class Candle will bolster your willpower as the notes of Faith, Purity and Honor fill the room. The smell thrown by the Paladin candle will fill the room with a fresh, purifying scent. 

The Paladin
The Paladin

 

$2,500 - Warlock Class Candle

Based on demand and inquiry, we've decided to offer limited international shipping for the following reward tiers:

  • $53.00 Couple of Noobs
  • $33.00 Looking For Group
  • $83.00 Critical Hit Triumvirate

We will now offer shipping from the US to the following countries:

  • Canada
  • The United Kingdom
  • European Union Member Countries

We will be using USPS International Package Service, UPS or FedEx international depending upon service availability and cost. 

It is important to note, that any additional VAT or Customs charges will be your responsibility upon delivery!

Dice Drop!
Dice Drop!

The "Core Classes"

The Wizard

The Wizard preparing some deadly spells
The Wizard preparing some deadly spells

Nights studying ancient tomes and scrolls, and contemplating years of practice and mishaps. Pondering how best to transmute a human into a sheep as you smoke your churchwarden pipe by the hearth, taking solace in the intoxicating smells of ancient parchment, ash, and magic.

With this candle, you’ll feel as though the wizard sits in the corner, watching as you play your latest adventure as the sweet scent of a wood pipe fills the room. 

Smells Like: Pipe Tobacco with Merlot notes and hints of Frankincense & Myrrh. 

Strength: Moderate. 

The Thief

The Thief sneaking for a backstab!
The Thief sneaking for a backstab!

You are the last one awake at the campsite, your comrades sleeping peacefully as you take up the third watch. You sharpen your daggers and ready the poison to coat your blades. In the darkest shadow of night, alone with the fire and your weapons, is where you are most comfortable, where you’ll take your fortune.

Your group will be surrounded by the scent of wood smoke with this candle, bringing you into the adventure with its rustic hints of campfire embers and mischief.

Smells Like: Fireside Embers, Leather, Pipe Tobacco  

Strength: Moderate.

The Warrior

The warrior is always ready for a fight.
The warrior is always ready for a fight.

 As you take first watch, you tend to your gear, methodically sharpening each of your blades until you’ve honed their sharpest edge. You take great care with your leather as you do your swords, oiling it as frequently as you sharpen your weapons; the scent of the oil has become a comforting smell as you walk into battle. You've known other warriors to neglect their armor in favor of their swords; this is their undoing. The easier it is to get through armor, the greater the ease with which to bring that warrior down.

Your group will be transported to the sharpening stones alongside warriors as your home fills with the musky scent of fine, treated leather, warming roasted chestnuts and relaxing cloves, enhancing your play session.

Smells Like: Leather, Roasted Chestnuts and hints of Clove 

Strength - Moderate

The Ranger

The Ranger never gives in!
The Ranger never gives in!

With your cunning, stealth, and tracking artistry, you would make a valuable member to any adventuring group. Unfortunately, to survive, you have to travel to the larger towns and cities to find work, and with those places come the overbearing stenches of congested daily life. As you start a new assignment and track new prey, it is always a relief to retreat deep into woods or high mountains, your affinity for nature overtaking you. This is where you belong, amidst the wild where the scents of wilderness surround you. You commune with the earth as you stalk your prey, and you become whole once more.

The scents of the woodlands will infuse your play session. As the combination of autumn leaves, pine needles and leather begin to envelop your party, players will begin to feel like they are traveling through ancient forests into Elven kingdoms.

Smells Like : Notes of Leather, Autumn Leaves and Refreshing Pine  

Strength - Light to Moderate

The Dice

We've chosen Chessex dice sets that we think go great with The Core Classes. 

Dice Sets
Dice Sets

The Core Collection Chest

The Chest!
The Chest!

We wanted to do something special for those interested in a complete set of our Core Collection Candles. We decided to build a Treasure Chest that could be turned into a Mimic!

Front Detail
Front Detail

Hand made by Matt, the Mimic Chest came out gorgeous! Each chest takes over 10 hours to complete and will not only hold all 4 of our candles but are large enough to hold most RPG rulebooks and accessories! 

Top View
Top View

The chest weighs over 10lbs and is very sturdy. Each is made out of hardwood, sanded and stained. Copper-plated, steel banding is installed with bronze furniture nails. Brass hinges and clasps complete the external appearance. 

Rear Detail
Rear Detail

Inside the chest is lined with a crushed, red-velvet interior and additional bronze furniture nail accents.

Interior
Interior

Shipping Info

We are limiting this project to US Shipping only. Due to the nature of our product, we feel like this is the best method to ensure successful delivery of this project.

International shipping for products of this weight is almost prohibitively expensive, not to mention that the natural ingredients in these products may be prohibited in certain countries. 

Domestically, we plan on shipping via FedEx Smart Post. 

Here is an example of the single candle packaging:

Look at this awesome box!
Look at this awesome box!

 

Just so we know whats inside.
Just so we know whats inside.

 

The Wizard and Dice Bag
The Wizard and Dice Bag

 

All unpacked! (Non-printed bag displayed)
All unpacked! (Non-printed bag displayed)

 What about the funds?

  • Kickstarter Fees
  • Wholesale Sized Materials Orders
  • Artist Alley Convention Tables

Risks and challenges

Every project presents its own unique set of challenges concerning delivery. We've taken every step we can to mitigate those issues with this project.

•̶ ̶L̶i̶m̶i̶t̶e̶d̶ ̶d̶e̶l̶i̶v̶e̶r̶y̶ ̶t̶o̶ ̶U̶n̶i̶t̶e̶d̶ ̶S̶t̶a̶t̶e̶s̶ ̶a̶d̶d̶r̶e̶s̶s̶e̶s̶ ̶–̶ ̶e̶n̶s̶u̶r̶e̶s̶ ̶n̶o̶ ̶c̶u̶s̶t̶o̶m̶s̶\̶f̶e̶e̶ ̶i̶s̶s̶u̶e̶s̶ We've decided based on demand and inquiry to include shipping to the following countries from the US:
Canada
United Kingdom
European Union Member Countries

• Limited Product Offerings - enables us to focus on deliverables and produce higher quality items.

• Fully realized product prior to project launch – this means no project hiccups!

Our team has members with previous experience in successful Kickstarter projects, having successfully launched 2 other projects that performed beyond funding goals. The lessons learned in those projects are bring leveraged in this project. We also have experience in both the retail and distribution industries, heavily customer service and logistics driven industries. Our experience in those fields is also being brought the table with this project as well, which is what will allow us to begin shipping orders as soon as March 2017.

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    Dice Maniacs

    1 Custom D6 manufactured by Chessex Dice in Scaran Red/Gold with the Critical Smells logo on the 6 face.

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    $1.50 Die
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    Looking For Group

    One "Core Class" RPG Inspired candle of your choice.

    Pledge includes $8 Shipping Costs.

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    • Core Class Pillar Candle
    • Chessex RPG Dice Set
    • Screen Printed Dice Bag - Class Matched
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    A Couple of Noobs

    Two"Core Class" RPG Inspired candle of your choice.

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    Critical Hit Triumvirate

    Three (3) "Core Class" RPG Inspired candle of your choice.

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    • Core Class Pillar Candle
    • Chessex RPG Dice Set
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    The Full Party Collection Chest

    The complete set. 1 Each of our "Core Class" candles.

    Pledge includes costs to ship the 12lb chest and approx 7lbs of Candles, Dice and Bags in the US.

    Current Selections include

    The Warrior
    The Ranger
    The Wizard
    The Thief

    You also get a Chessex RPG Dice set that we've chosen to compliment the Core Class candle color scheme and a custom printed Class matched dice bag!

    The Core Set Collection comes packed in a custom made treasure chest, that truly could be a Mimic in diguise. Each chest is hand made so this collection will take longer to ship.

    Shipping Included in pledge cost

    Includes:
    • Core Class Pillar Candle
    • Chessex RPG Dice Set
    • Screen Printed Dice Bag - Class Matched
    • Custom Mimic Treasure Chest
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    The Expanded Class Collection

    The complete set. 1 Each of our "Expanded Class" candles.

    Pledge includes costs to ship the 12lb chest and approx 7lbs of Candles, Dice and Bags in the US.

    Current Selections include

    The Cleric
    The Druid
    The Monk
    The Bard

    You also get a Chessex RPG Dice set that we've chosen to compliment the Core Class candle color scheme and a custom printed Class matched dice bag!

    The Expanded Class Collection comes packed in a custom made Strongbox, that includes antique bronze hardware. Each chest is hand made so this collection will take longer to ship.

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    Includes:
    • Expanded Class Candle
    • Screen Printed Dice Bag - Class Matched
    • Chessex RPG Dice Set
    • Custom Made Strongbox
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