Incense Types and How to Use Them

Safety Notes

BURNING INCENSE: Never leave burning incense unattended and always keep out of reach of children or pets. Always burn on a heat-proof surface, and safely dispose of ash only once it has cooled.

ASTHMA: Like many other irritants, smoke from incense can irritate asthmatic conditions. If you or anyone in your family are known asthmatics please consider this before purchasing or using any incense products.

What is Incense?

The word ‘incense’ is derived from the Latin ‘incensum‘ – to set on fire. All incense types, whether stick, resin, cone or herb, are smouldered to release their fragrance through aromatic smoke.

Not all incense is created equally, though. Many cheap commercially made incense types are simply sticks covered in sawdust and glue, dipped into synthetic fragrances and chemicals that help the scent ‘throw’. Many are potentially toxic or known carcinogens, or can cause headaches or nausea.

At AQ we focus only on NATURAL incense types that generally contain beautiful naturally aromatic ingredients and botanicals like resins, herbs or wood powders, and are typically handmade using centuries-old traditional methods – incense where you can actually see the gorgeous natural botanicals.

While some of the exotic types may appear a little daunting, most are just as simple to burn as a standard incense stick, and very few require any specialised equipment.

Types of Incense

Agarbatti – Indian Sticks

This is what most people picture when they think ‘incense’ – aromatic ingredients compressed around an inner bamboo skewer. High quality Agarbatti is generally made using the ‘masala’ method, with the raw ingredients ground into a paste, which is then hand-rolled around an inner bamboo stick.

TO BURN: Simply light the end of the stick, and when it begins to glow blow out the flame and allow the stick to smoulder over an ash-catcher, incense box or burner, or heatproof dish. The incense will naturally burn out as it reaches the uncoated bamboo section, and the ash can be disposed of once cooled.

Incense Cones

Instead of rolling ingredients around a stick, they are compressed into moulds to create Cones. They may be considered ‘purer’ than Agarbatti sticks, as there is no scent added from the burning skewer.

TO BURN: As Cones burn right through to the base, they need to be burned on a heat-proof stand, and not directly on wood (many come with a simple stand, or choose your own burner with a metal plate etc). Hold a flame to the tip, wait until it’s caught and is starting to glow red, then blow out the flame and allow to smoke. The cone will extinguish itself once it burns through to the base.

 

Backflow Cones

Differing slightly from standard cones, Backflow Cones have a hole in the base that goes almost to the top – the hole aligns with a hole or channel in a specialised Backflow Burner, allowing the smoke to flow downwards like a waterfall over the design to create a stunning visual effect. These will not work with ‘standard’ cone burners.

TO BURN: Light as you would with a normal cone and place on the platform. At first, smoke will come from the TOP of the cone, but once the lit section burns down to meet the hole inside (this may take a couple of minutes – just be patient) the smoke will then begin to flow DOWNWARDS.

 

Tibetan Dhoop

Tibetan Dhoop sticks are similar to Agarbatti sticks, except instead of compressing the ingredients around an inner bamboo stick, the ingredients are extruded into a cylinder, then allowed to dry. Made by hand from complex traditional blends of herbs, resins and botanicals, they have a rustic aroma that is much less ‘perfumed’ than most commercial incense.

TO BURN: Hold a flame to the tip in the same way you would a standard stick, wait until it has caught and is starting to glow red, then blow out the flame and allow the fragrant smoke to fill the air. As Dhoop is generally thicker and burns right through to the base, it requires a burner stand with a hole large enough, or can be laid across the bars of a Burner Box (many come with a simple burner – will not work with ‘ashcatcher’ burners).

Japanese Koh

Delicate Japanese ‘Koh’ is similar to Indian ‘dhoop’ in that it does not contain an inner bamboo skewer. The fine sticks give off less smoke and a subtle aroma, making them the perfect accompaniment to a relaxing bath or in a smaller space. Burn a couple at once for a stronger scent, or mix sticks for a unique fragrance.

TO BURN: Like dhoop sticks, Koh will burn until the very end so require a suitable burner stand, or can be laid across the bars of a Burner Box (not an ashcatcher – Morning Star sticks do come with a simple burning tile to place over a heatproof dish to catch the ash). Light as with any stick – ignite the end til glowing, then blow out and allow to smoulder.

 

Nepalese Rope

Rope is one of the most unique incense types you’re likely to come across, handmade using traditional methods. Dried herbs and other naturally scented botanicals are finely powdered and wrapped in a thin strip of hand-prepared Nepali lokta paper, which is then braided to form a soft rope-like dhoop stick, ready to burn.

TO BURN: Light the intertwined ends and once it’s alight, blow out the flame to allow the stick to smoulder. Rest a lit stick in a heatproof dish of sand or ash, on a suitable burner or hanging stand, or across the bars of a Burner Box. The stick will smoulder until completely burned through.

Resins & Smudge

See our other DISCOVER pages for detailed information on pure RESIN GUMS like Frankincense and Copal, or SMUDGE STICKS made from White Sage and other botanicals.

SHOP Incense

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So what on earth is a CENSER?

The term sounds a little exotic, but it simply means `a container in which incense is burnt during a religious ceremony`.

Censers are typically used for burning incense resins like Frankincense, Myrrh or Copal over charcoal tablets, though depending on the shape or design, they can also be used as incense cone, dhoop or rope burners, or smudge pots for your smudge sticks.

While resins can be burned on charcoal tablets in a simple heat-proof bowl of sand or earth, adding a Censer to your ritual is a great way to personalise and enhance the experience by selecting a design the reflects your style.

Popular designs include `screen` censers which have a metal grid to place your charcoal in (or over - they can be inverted), or simple bowl types. Some also come with hanging chains or handles, to move around an area while burning your incense. They can be simple and practical or with decorative embellishments like mother of pearl, or intricate engravings.

The majority tend to be made of long-lasting brass or metal, but this does mean that they can heat up with a red-hot charcoal tablet inside them. A simple way to reduce this is to add a layer of sand or earth into the base, which will insulate the burner from the heat. Regardless of the design, always place censers on a heat proof surface or coaster, and ensure you keep little hands or paws out of reach during use!

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DHOOP INCENSE is similar to Agarbatti sticks except instead of compressing the ingredients around an inner stick, the ingredients are pressed into a stand-alone mould such as a cone, or rolled / extruded into a long cylinder resembling a thick piece of spaghetti.

Dhoop is often considered purer than Agarbatti as the scent of the burning bamboo core may adulterate the fragrance. However it`s a bit of a trade-off as without the inner stick for strength, dhoop sticks are also more delicate and can snap more easily.

While Agarbatti sticks extinguish when they hit the uncoated bamboo, dhoop burns right through to the base or end before going out, so they need to be burned on a heat-proof stand - many dhoop sticks or cones come with their own simple burning tile/plate, or can be burned in a specialised burner or on a burner box with horizontal metal slats for the incense to lie on while it burns (at a pinch try inserting a stick into a bowl of damp sand or earth, eg a plant pot).

To light a dhoop stick, just hold a flame to the tip in the same way you would with a traditional incense stick. Wait until it`s caught and is starting to glow red, then blow out the flame and allow the fragrant smoke to fill the air.

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ROPE BURNERS AND MORE
Further to our earlier post on ROPE INCENSE, there are a number of gorgeous handcrafted specialised burners that suit Nepalese Rope - ranging from STANDS that hang the soft incense braids over a burning plate, to BOWLS and dishes on which the rope lies before it turns to ash after burning.

There are also multipurpose BURNER BOXES, which are a great idea if you enjoy different types of exotic incense - your rope, stick, dhoop or Japanese koh stick simply lies on the metal bars and the ash drops into the box below for a safe and easy clean-up afterwards.

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