About Our Incense
Incense is a popular way of adding pleasant scents to a home. When choosing incense sticks or cones, choose a scent that appeals to you to get the most out of the experience. The traditional Eastern scents, such as sage, cedar, and sandlewood, remain popular, but have been joined by such common favorites as cinnamon, lavender, rose, etc..
How To Burn Incense Sticks
When you are ready to burn an incense stick, start by holding it from the correct end – the end that is thicker, and coated, is the end you will be lighting up, so pick the stick up from the end that is thinner, and not coated.
Now light up a match or lighter, and hold the flame under the tip of the thick, coated end. Wait until it catches fire, and when it does, remove the flame from underneath.
Allow the flame to burn for a while – after some time, the flame will taper off itself, and if it does not, you can blow it out yourself. Allow it to burn for a few seconds at most – do not let it remain on fire, as this will lead to a wasted stick of incense.
Once you have succeeded in lighting it properly, put it in the incense holder – this will have a hole, in which you can secure the stick, and a tray, which will catch any ashes that might fall.
How To Burn Incense Cones
Incense cones give off pungent aromatic fragrances used to enhance the scent of a room. Cone incense is crafted from a mixture of powder and fragrance oils, giving it a rich texture and scent. However, using cone incense is not as simple as lighting a candle and letting it burn; there are a few additional steps and pieces of information vital to achieving the best result when burning.
Select an incense burner large enough to hold the incense cone -- the shape and sizes of both the incense cones and holders vary. If several of your fingers fit in the burner base and the base is bowl-shaped, it has room to catch ash from a lit incense cone.
Place a small amount of sand or dry uncooked rice at the bottom of the burner. Layer it evenly so that the cone sits flat on top. These elements help improve the airflow in your burner, while helping to conduct less heat throughout the surface or base of the burner. Set the burner on a non-flammable surface such as a ceramic tile or stone counter top, away from flammable materials.
Light the tip of the cone with matches or a lighter. Let 5 to 10 seconds pass and then extinguish the flame, blowing it out or fanning it with paper. The result will be a wafting spiral of smoke from the top of the cone as it begins to burn. Carefully place the cone in the burner and put the burner lid on top of it, if applicable. Allow the incense to burn down, giving off a rich aroma, until you are satisfied with the smell in the room.